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

A Clinical Doctorate for those already with a Master’s looking to become leaders in enhanced patient care. As one of only eight programs nationwide, we offer two advanced specialty programs plus training in all aspects of TCM and within your core specialty, applicable biomedical science and advanced patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Doctoral Program in Integrative Medicine

We offer you two distinctive specialties to pursue leading to the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Our Program provides ambitious practitioners the opportunity to become leaders in the delivery of enhanced patient care. Created by leading TCM practitioners and Biomedical experts from China and the U.S., our curriculum includes advanced training in all aspects of TCM.

An Executive Program for Working Professionals  - Attend Just 1 Weekend Per Month                                                                                

In the DAOM Program, classes are offered once a month, over three day weekends. This schedule allows candidates to earn a doctorate degree in 24 months while simultaneously 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.

DAOM Residency Weekends Schedule (2016 – 2018)

Pursue a Rewarding Speciality

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:


Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine
This two year clinical doctorate specialty 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.

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.

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The program design allows our graduates to engage and collaborate with health care practitioners in multiple disciplines to treat patients or carry out scholarly research activities.

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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Get Integrative Clinical Experience & Mentorship

This program allows you to design the clinical experience that will be the most meaningful to you and best fits your needs and schedule. In addition to the hands-on experience you’ll gain in Yo San’s onsite public clinics, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience a range of unique integrative medical settings. Through these partnerships, students engage in multi-modality treatment approaches for chronic diseases, pain management, obesity prevention and management, and mental health. Together with our partners, we provide treatments to more than 21,000 patients each year.

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.

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Bita Yadidi, L.Ac. shares how caring for her children inspired her to pursue her path.

Research – The Capstone Project

As an advanced degree student you’ll complete a research project. The capstone project is a critical element in demonstrating your expertise as a new leader among your peers. Not only does your specific research topic show the depth of your knowledge in the given area, but your critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills will prepare you to better communicate with patients and the broader community to grow your practice.

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Get Dedicated Support

When you commit to Yo San University’s Doctoral Program, we commit to do everything we can to help you succeed and prepare you for a future in integrative medicine as a skilled practitioner, teacher, leader and innovator.

Be Part of the Exciting New Era of Integrative Healthcare

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