Doctoral Program

DAOM Overview

DULA’s Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) DAOM is a two-year postgraduate program divided into eight quarters. Each quarter corresponds to Master's Program quarters. The program totals 1290 hours, of which 640 hours are didactic and 650 hours are clinical. Of the 640 didactic hours of coursework, 320 hours are devoted to the core curriculum and 320 hours focus on the integrative pain management specialty.  
Important competencies such as case study and presentation preparation, methods of consultation and collaboration, skills of clinical supervision, professional development, clinical evaluation, leadership, and research are introduced and discussed in detail. Students learn and apply skill and competencies in advanced patient assessment, diagnosis and advanced clinical intervention. 
Biomedical and TCM experts lecture in specialty training courses, providing DAOM students advanced knowledge and skill in assessment and disease etiology.  DAOM students are expected to gain consultation and collaboration skills and to build professional relationships with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Students progress through the program in a modular cycle of coursework. 
Dongguk University’s Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program has been granted Pre-Accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (“ACAOM”) and is in the process of seeking accreditation for this program. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068.

DAOM Student profile: 

The backgrounds and professional experiences of our doctoral students are rich and diverse. Our doctoral students come from the United States and Asia and have backgrounds in the medical field. Some of our students have formal training in Chinese and Western medicine from China. Some of our students have been practicing acupuncture and Oriental medicine for nearly 30 years. Other doctoral students have  experience as professors, nurses, medical doctors and researchers. 

Cost Comparison of DAOM Programs in Los Angeles

DAOM Programs
in Los Angeles
Estimated tuition and
fees of DAOM
Dongguk University Los Angeles $19,300
Emperor’s College $29,000 (only tuition)
Yosan University $33,100

For more information, contact the DAOM Coordinator at [email protected] or 213-487-0110.