Doctorate Acupuncture Oriental Medicine 2018-08-08T23:46:55+00:00
Doctorate Degree Program at Yo San University

Expand your practice
in reproductive medicine
or the field of healthy aging.

Doctorate in Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

Learn in an intimate
supportive environment.

The residency sessions at Yo San are small, fostering an intimate, personal learning experience. The doctorate program is field based, problem oriented, and guided by the Taoist philosophy of balance and harmony.

Our clinical partners are leaders in integrative health care such as the Wellness Center at the Historic LAC + USC General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

An executive program
for working professionals.

Attend just 1 weekend per month. The 24 month Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(DAOM) degree program is a clinical-based professional degree that allows acupuncturists to expand their practice by specializing in either reproductive women’s health or longevity and healthy aging.

The emphasis is on learning through experience with renowned experts in TCM and Biomedicine in a series of collaborative clinical settings at leading health care centers in Southern California.

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Questions about our Doctorate Degree Program?


Tuition and fee charges for the DAOM program are approximately $5,472. per trimester, or $16,46. per year. The estimated total charges for the entire 2 year program are expected to be $33,735. for students who are not transferring credits from other institutions. This estimate is based on program completion in 2 years and includes a 3% annual cost increase.

About 60% of our doctoral students are able to offset the cost of tuition through scholarships and financial aid.

You can download a detailed schedule of DAOM program fees and services here (effective May, 2018).

The Yo San University Master’s and Doctoral Acupuncture degree programs are eligible for federal financial aid and monetary assistance from private resources to help students cover the cost of their university education.

Financial Aid takes the form of scholarships,  grants and loans.  Nearly 70% of our Masters and 60% of Doctoral students meet the costs of their education with aid from the Federal Student Loan Program.

Steps to apply for financial aid.

For assistance with your financial aid options, eligibility requirements and application process contact admissions today.

Yes, there are several scholarship opportunities for new incoming students as well as transfer students. Among them are:

Founders’ Award
Each trimester, Yo San University awards this $1,000 tuition credit to one incoming student possessing high academic and personal achievement. This award is for MATCM students and transfer students with no more than 30 transfer credits, and is awarded one time only. No additional application materials are required other than application for admission.

Yo San Legacy Scholarship
The Yo San Legacy Scholarship recognizes academic excellence and perseverance in the MATCM program.  Currently enrolled MATCM students who have completed at least two years (defined as 96 credit units) in the program are eligible for the award. This award is an $800 tuition credit per trimester, renewable for six consecutive trimesters. Up to two (2) awards are given per trimester.

Read more about scholarships available to Yo San University students

Applicants for the DOAM program must meet the following admissions requirements :

Applicants who have earned a Master’s degree consisting of at least 2800 hours in TCM or Oriental medicine from an ACAOM accredited or candidate institution with evidence of not less than a 3.0 grade point average can be considered for admissions to the DAOM program after submitting the application form and accompanying documents.

Special Requirements: Applicants with a Master’s degree (or Master’s level diploma) in TCM or Oriental medicine of less than 2800 hours must demonstrate experience equivalency. A deficiency in educational hours may be remedied by documented clinical experience. Deficiencies in undergraduate or master’s degree grade point averages (3.0 minimum) will also be noted. Applicants in these categories will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee who will consider formal education hours, clinical experience and contributions to the field.

International Applicant Requirements

If you currently reside in a country outside of the United States of America, you’ll need the following in addition to the above:

  • Official transcripts from each school listed on the application from outside the United States, evaluated by World Education Services ( to coincide with the US grading system
  • Official TOEFL SCORES (minimum score of 80 on the Internet Based Test)
  • Financial statement from bank showing the minimum amount to qualify
  • A completed MATCM/DAOM application form
  • Payment of $150 (dollars) International Application Fee
  • Two passport –style photographs (2×2 inches to be used for student identification cards)
  • A Statement of Purpose essay (500 words maximum)
  • A current Resume or Vitae
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation on official letterhead

View Detailed Requirements

There are two easy ways to complete your application form below:

To apply, You’ll need to submit the following information to the Office of Admissions

  • A completed MATCM Application
  • Application fee ($75 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants)
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended, showing a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units
  • Two Letters of Professional or Academic Recommendation
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A current resume
  • A Statement of Purpose essay (500 words maximum)
  • Admissions Interview

Specialty programs in the high demand areas of integrative medicine:

Women’s Health and
Integrative Reproductive Medicine

This two year clinical doctorate specialty integrates advanced Western and Eastern diagnostics and treatment protocols for the effective management of women’s reproductive health. Program features include: Case-base learning; Advanced herbal formula writing; Practical demonstrations of acupuncture; Physical exams for specific conditions; collaboration with other health care professionals; evidence-based practice and research methods.

Healthy Aging and
Integrative Internal Medicine

This two year clinical doctorate integrates advanced Western and Eastern diagnostics and treatment protocols for the effective management this specialty. An in-depth focus on longevity, healthy aging through preventative care, and health cultivation. Clinical residents receive advanced training in their area of specialty by attending the program’s specialty focused clinics.

"A healer first needs to recognize positive life energy, to practice the subtle power of regeneration, which is the force we call Tao." Hua Ching Ni, Yo San University Chancellor Emeritus

Our exceptional teaching clinics.

On Campus: the Award Winning Blount Community Clinic
Voted “Best Acupuncture Center” of  the Westside in 2017 our specialty clinics include Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Reproduction, Orthopedics and Pain, and Healthy Aging and Internal Medicine.

Our Clinical Partners: at the Forefront of Integrative Health Care
Through your experience with our partners, you’ll gain a deep understanding of how acupuncture and TCM are continually playing an expanding role in healthcare today.

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • The Wellness Center at the Historic LAC + USC General Hospital
  • Venice Family Clinic, Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center
  • Being Alive Los Angeles Wellness Center in West Hollywood
  • WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica

Dr. Maoshing Ni:
the clinical experience at Yo San.

Our teaching clinics provide vital care to a large population.
It’s our way of giving back to the community and teaching our students in the process.
Listen to a 40 second message from our founder, Dr. Maoshing Ni.

The doctoral degree program:

The Yo San Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree is designed to accommodate working practitioners who complete their degree while maintaining their professional practices. The DAOM degree provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of advanced topics in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, post-graduate level biomedical training, significant supervised clinical work in areas of specialization, exposure to research and evidence based medicine, and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills.

The YSU DAOM program is 1,220 hours in length, comprising of 570 didactic hours and 650 clinical hours. DAOM courses are offered once per month during a 3-day weekend intensive with a flexible clinical training schedule, allowing practitioners to earn a doctorate degree in 24 months while maintaining their private practices. View the 2018 and 2019 DAOM program residency dates.

In the first academic year, DAOM candidates begin their studies in both core curriculum content such as research, professional development, advanced diagnosis and treatments, and advanced courses associated with their chosen area of specialty. Candidates develop their capstone research project proposals and receive IRB approval, as well as begin their clinical training in the Yo San Blount Community Clinic and other approved mentorship sites.

DAOM candidates continue their studies with the focus on specialty area concentrations, continued advanced clinical training, and submittal of their capstone research project at the Dissertation Conference and graduating with the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree. The Capstone Research Project is an integral component of the YSU DAOM program. Candidates are introduced to evidence-based medicine and current TCM research, and participate in a critical review of select current TCM and biomedical research.

DAOM candidates receive advanced clinical training in their area of specialty by attending the program’s specialty focused clinics and developing individual and customized plans for their clinical training experiences.

Opportunities for externships, mentorships and preceptorships include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Clinical Internships at Yo San University Blount Community Clinic
  • Clinical Externships at specialized clinics and hospitals in the local area
  • China Externships at universities and hospitals in China
  • Mentorship programs with experienced senior practitioners and faculty in the field
  • Preceptorships programs with focus on education or academic administration
  • Specialty grand rounds

Questions about the Doctorate Degree Program?

"The best practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine is skilled at forseeing the development and progression of disease, acting for prevention, and strengthening the natural healing process." - Hua Ching Ni, Yo San University Founder

Talk to an admissions counselor.

We’re here to answer your questions about the doctorate program and serve as your mentors through the application process. You can choose to schedule a session in person or over the phone to learn more about topics such as admission requirements, financial aid, and scholarships.

The art and science
of reproductive medicine:

Listen to the collaboration on fertility medicine from both a Western and Eastern perspective.

Michael Maguire, DAOM
when I wake up in the morning

“20 years after graduating from Yo San, I still feel great about what I do for a living.” Listen to a 30 second message from our graduate, Michael Maguire, DAOM, Lac

Schedule a tour and sit in on a class.

We regularly schedule personal tours of the Yo San campus which give you the opportunity to sit in on a class, ask questions, and meet other students who are on the path of becoming an exceptional practitioner of the healing arts.

Program Overview

Launched in spring 2010, Yo San’s DAOM program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). The program is 1220 hours in length, composed of 570 didactic hours and 650 clinical hours. Courses are offered in a monthly modular format over a two-year period. If you’re interested in acupuncture and want to become an acupuncturist in Los Angeles, Yo San is the place to do it.

The program offers two specialties: Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine and Healthy Aging & Longevity. Within the chosen area of specialization, candidates complete a Capstone Project as evidence of their mastery of program content. Capstone Projects are original works demonstrating the ability to think critically and creativity, craft a synthesis, and develop new ideas and perspectives on a topic potentially advancing the practice of integrative medicine

Program Format

Our DAOM program is designed to fit the needs, interests, resources and schedules of TCM practitioners wanting to pursue a program of study advancing their knowledge and skill in integrative medicine and leading to a medical specialty. Master clinicians consisting of senior TCM practitioners and Biomedical experts from China and U.S. collaborated to create Yo San University’s DAOM program in integrative medicine. Their contributions are twofold: 1) They wrote the curriculum and continue to mold its evolution, and 2) as instructors and mentors, they share their valuable experience and knowledge of TCM and Biomedicine.

Integrative Curriculum

Core courses are designed to equip doctoral candidates with information, processes, research tools, and perspectives to enrich their specialization studies, to aid in professional development and to enhance professional relationships. These courses help bridge the gap between TCM and biomedicine further encouraging cross-referrals and inter-disciplinary medicine. As a subset of the Core curriculum, TCM courses train students to apply a specific text from the TCM Classics to a research model and in the advanced application of classic texts in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Another subset, Bioscience and Research Methods courses, prepare students to collaborate with Western medical professionals to treat patients and do research.

Full details of the courses may be read in the program catalog by clicking this link.

Modular Structure

Classes are offered once a month, over three day weekends, allowing candidates to earn a doctorate in 24 months while maintaining a private practice. Clinical training, at the University’s clinic, at externship clinics and in China, is flexible and will be arranged separately from the weekend intensives according to the needs and schedules of candidates. Specified modules are designed to meet California CEU requirements.

DAOM Residency Weekends (2016 – 2017)


Selection of a specialty is included in the Admissions Application process and is finalized at the initial registration for classes. Specialty start dates reflect demand. Specialty programs may share the same start dates but more commonly, they will start several months apart.

Specialty and Core courses are inter-dispersed to allow candidates to develop their specialization knowledge over the length of the program. Course work integrates TCM and Biomedical approaches to the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctions, disorders and diseases within the specialty area. Candidates will apply increasingly complex approaches to their specialty study through the application of processes and perspectives include their core classes. Classes meet over 3-day weekend every month including 2.5 days of classroom activity and a half-day of clinical training.

Clinical Training

The program allows you to design the clinical experience that will be the most meaningful to you and best fits your needs and schedule. Clinical hours fall into two categories: 160 prescribed hours included in the Weekend residency allocated to Grand Rounds and Mentorship. And, at least 390 hours allocated to Mentorships and Preceptorships in a training plan you design.

Mentorships include hours shadowing and/or collaborating with a TCM practitioner or RE/MD during treatment and/or counseling sessions. You can chose from Yo San’s list of mentors and sites or from other appropriately credentialed practitioners outside the University. Sites include the Yo San University Sunday Clinic, clinics and hospitals off-site and in China.

Preceptorships hours include teaching or supervising other TCM practitioners or trainees at a TCM school.

The purpose of Yo San University’s Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills of our students in Oriental Medicine by way of instruction, scholarly activity, research, clinical specialization and practice, resulting in enhanced competencies in patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment intervention and integrative patient-centered care.

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to embrace their core knowledge, expand their understanding and active practice of all aspects of Oriental Medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qi cultivation and nutrition. The DAOM program at Yo San University also seeks to strengthen candidates’ understanding of biomedical sciences while assisting candidates to develop relationships with other healthcare providers for professional collaboration and scholarly endeavors. By imparting and supporting critical thinking and lifelong learning, the DAOM program at Yo San University aims to cultivate superior practitioners, scholars, teachers and leaders in the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Graduates of Yo San University’s Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program are able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in all aspects of Oriental Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi cultivation and nutrition;
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of biomedical sciences relevant to their chosen clinical specialty and practice;
  • Apply critical thinking and advanced clinical reasoning in patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment intervention within their chosen specialty;
  • Integrate evidence-based biomedicine to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practice to provide holistic patient-centered care;
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with other healthcare providers in multi-disciplinary settings;
  • Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to research and scholarly activities;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the acupuncture and Oriental Medicine profession; and
  • Show evidence of life-long learning through professional growth and the continued pursuit of excellence.

The two-year DAOM program in integrative Medicine at Yo San University is designed for acupuncturists who are interested in advancing their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knowledge and skills, learning the intricacies of a clinical specialization, as well as developing the skills needed to conduct research or participate in research studies. Doctoral candidates have a unique opportunity to study with expert faculty in their chosen clinical specialty. The University’s innovative DAOM program emphasizes collaboration in clinical settings by providing rigorous training in advanced concepts of TCM and biomedicine and promoting a dynamic relationship between TCM and Biomedicine. By integrating biomedical science and TCM, the program aims to produce extraordinary practitioners, scholars, teachers and leaders in the field.

The YSU DAOM program is 1,220 hours in length, comprising of 570 didactic hours and 650 clinical hours. DAOM courses are offered once per month during a 3-day weekend intensive with a flexible clinical training schedule, allowing practitioners to earn a doctorate degree in 24 months while maintaining their private practices