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Bridging Eastern and Western healing traditions, Bastyr University offers a regionally and professionally accredited Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program, with a special focus on advanced pain management.
The DAOM prepares acupuncturists to deliver specialized pain management in integrative care settings. This post-graduate, clinical doctorate program is open to graduates of an accredited master’s degree in Chinese medicine (or its equivalent). Students deepen their understanding of Chinese medical classics and apply theories and treatment principles to clinical practice. Drawing on both traditional Chinese medicine and biomedical concepts, students gain profound skills to assist patients with chronic pain to improve their quality of life.
Minimum prerequisite for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree is a master's degree (or its equivalent) in acupuncture or acupuncture and Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-candidate or -accredited program. Applicants must also be licensed in their home state or in Washington state and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
The minimum cumulative GPA for required courses is 2.75.
The curriculum table lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.), the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C) and the total contact hours for the course over the entire quarter (Tot). This table reflects a full-time course of study. A part-time option is also available.
Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.
Graduates of the clinical DAOM program’s clinical doctorate will have the skills to:
Bastyr University’s Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program uses a weekend-intensive format that gives students the option of living and working elsewhere while completing the degree. Classes and a portion of the clinical training take place over one 4-day weekend (Friday-Monday) per month for two years. The program offers specialty training in advanced pain management using various acupuncture modalities including Chinese herbology.
The program can be divided into following areas:
1. Medical Classics including relevant selections from:
Huang Di Nei Jing
Shang Han Lun
Jin Gui Yao Lue
Wen Bing Xue
These courses allow students to deepen their understanding of Chinese medical classics, and to apply theories, treatment principles and techniques to the clinical relief of pain.
2. Advanced clinical skills:
Clinical diagnosis – Physical exam
Clinical diagnosis—Orthopedic/Neurological assessment
Clinical diagnosis – Imaging
Clinical diagnosis – Laboratory
Applied Research Skills
Recent Research Survey
Capstone independent study
4. Specialty Modules in Advanced pain management
Master Tung’s Points
Lasers & Advanced electro-acupuncture
Oncology and Auto-immune
Medical Qi Gong for Pain
5. Specialty Training
Neurobiology of Pain
Pharmacology of Pain Management
Trigger and Motor Points
6. Special Topics
Pediatrics and Gerontology
Urological, Gynecological, Digestive and Vascular Systems
Psycho/emotional Aspects of Pain
Arthritis & Rheumatology
Nutrition, Herbs and Supplements
Chinese Herbs for External Application
7. Clinical training:
Supervision in Master’s Degree Clinics
Internship Specialty Clinic at BCNH
Grand Rounds at Harborview Hospital with UW Resident MDs
Didactic classes—11 clock hours = 1 Credit
ONL- Online (Moodle Forum)—11 hours = 1 Credit
HYB- Hybrid (Moodle Course)—11 hours = 1 Credit
Clinic/Lab sections—22 clock hours = 1 Credit
1 clock hour = 50 min. of instruction + 10 min. break.
Evaluation of didactic competency achievement is conducted on-line via Bastyr’s Moodle system. This is estimated to be accomplished in one hour/credit and is included in the above. The evaluative tool is at the discretion of the instructor and could include an exam, a homework assignment, a relevant case history, etc.
Successful completion of the degree program requires a capstone project pertinent to the area of specialty.