Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

Acupuncture School in California
As a DAOM student you have the opportunity to choose from two distinctive specialties to pursue leading to the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, at this Acupuncture School in California

Doctoral Program in Integrative Medicine (DAOM)

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DAOM Residency Dates 2016-2019


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.


 The program features two integrative specialty areas of study:

Healthy Aging & Longevity

Enhance your Traditional Chinese Medicine knowledge and credentials and gain valuable insight to integrative medicine practices. With continued training and mentorships you’ll become invaluable members of your community healthcare network. Having authored your own original scholarly work detailing your research, you’ll graduate with the confidence to prevent, diagnose and treat a vast array of complex conditions including: Cardiology, Orthopedics, Immunology, Pediatrics, Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine:

This two year clinical doctorate specialty, the Nation's first, integrates advanced Western and Eastern diagnostics and treatment protocols for the effective management of men’s and women’s reproductive health dysfunctions and disorders. Didactic and clinical instruction highlights the specialized treatment of such conditions as hormonal imbalances, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, infertility, erectile dysfunction, prostate diseases, urological and nutritional disorders, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.

Core Curriculum Courses

Core curriculum 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.

Specialization Curriculum

Specialization courses provide doctoral candidates opportunities to acquire advanced knowledge in their chosen clinical specialty over the full two (2) years of the DAOM program. By participating in advanced coursework in TCM and biomedicine, doctoral candidates apply increasingly complex approaches to their specialty study through the integration of specialized curriculum, research findings and clinical experiences. Classes meet during a 3-day weekend every month, comprising 2.5 days of classroom lectures and half day of clinical training. The YSU DAOM program presently offers two (2) specialization options: Healthy Aging & Internal Medicine and/or Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine. Potential DAOM candidates will be required to select their desired clinical specialty at the time of application for admission to the DAOM program. Specializations will be offered based on the interest expressed from program applicants. If sufficient interest for both specialties is expressed from applicants, the University may offer both specialties for an entry cohort of the same admissions year.

ADVANCED Clinical Education

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

CAPSTONE Research Project

The Capstone Research Project is an integral component of the YSU DAOM program. Each doctoral candidate is required to propose and complete a capstone research project and present their respective project at the Dissertation Conference as part of the DAOM program requirement. Candidates are introduced to evidence-based medicine and current TCM research, and participate in a critical review of select current TCM and biomedical research.

The Capstone Research Project are developed out of the candidates’ chosen field of specialization. This project demonstrates the doctoral candidate’s mastery and synthesis of knowledge and skills in critical thinking, scientific inquiry, clinical practice, and research. By the end of the third trimester of the program, candidates submit a written proposal outlining their research plan to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Yo San University for review and approval. DAOM candidates may continue with their research project only after their proposal is approved by the IRB and by their assigned capstone advisor. At the end of the program, doctoral candidates present and defend their capstone research project to a panel of faculty, visiting specialists and to peers in their DAOM cohort class at the Dissertation Conference at Yo San University. During the Dissertation Conference, DAOM candidates address questions raised by the dissertation panel; demonstrating their understanding and mastery of their selected research topic, research methodology, supporting scientific evidence and literature, and implications of the findings of their capstone research project.


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, submittal and defense of their capstone research project at the Dissertation Conference and graduating with the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.

Bita Yadidi

This place is very special and magical. I feel very blessed and grateful to be able to receive this kind of medicine. And also the Ni family, 37 generations and getting that transmitted to us, that ancient wisdom that we seem to forget. I’m grateful to receive that.

Bita Yadidi, L.Ac. Yo San University Doctoral Student

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