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DAcHM Completion Track

Program Overview

Designed for current Acupuncturists with an MAcHM or equivalent degree who want to achieve a doctoral education and expand their expertise.

Doctor of Science in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Completion Track:

  • Duration: 9 months
  • Curriculum: 300 hours of academic coursework and 40 hours of clinical internship
  • Structure: Advanced Doctorate coursework is offered in a monthly module format
  • Languages: Offered in English
  • Delivery Format: In-Person, Online

To see the list of Advanced Doctoral-level courses, please click here.

Admission Requirements

The following items are required to be considered for admission:

  • Application: Complete the application in English (online or paper) with the non-refundable fee ($100 for U.S. citizens/residents, $200 for international students).
  • Official Transcripts: Submit sealed official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • International students: Provide a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES member service (see for degree equivalency.
  • Non-English transcripts: Must be translated into English and evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation agency for U.S. educational equivalency.
  • Diploma(s): Provide a copy or copies of diplomas from colleges and higher-education institutions.
  • Recommendation Letters: Submit two letters of recommendation (in English or Korean) detailing your strengths and character traits.
  • Personal Essay: Write a one-page typed essay in English addressing:
    • Your motivation to attend Dongguk University Los Angeles.
    • Your interests and/or philosophical views of Oriental medicine.
    • Your strengths and skills that make you a suitable healthcare practitioner.
  • Photo: Provide one recent 2”x 2” color headshot.
  • Proof of Residency: Submit a copy of your passport, birth certificate, permanent residency card, or other documents verifying legal status in the U.S.
  • Interview: Participate in an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.


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    Entrance Criteria

    All DAcHM applicants must have completed:

    All DAcHM applicants, including Master’s graduates enrolling in the Professional Doctorate Completion program, must meet the admissions requirements at the time of their official matriculation.
    • Education Requirement:
      • Satisfactory completion of at least three years of undergraduate-level education (90-semester credits/135 quarter credits) with a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
      • The undergraduate education must include 3 units each for chemistry, biology, and psychology.
      • The institution where the education was completed must be accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or an equivalent international entity.
      • Additionally, applicants must hold a Master's degree in a field related to traditional medicine (e.g., MSOM, MAcCHM, MSACCHM, or any other master's degree related to traditional medicine).
    • Course Completion:
      • If the applicant did not take chemistry, biology, and psychology in their undergraduate level of education, they must complete these courses either at DULA or at other approved institutions.
      • These courses must be completed within 12 months from the date of matriculation.
    Three Routes for Completion of the DAcHM Program
    1. Enrolling as a New Student to DAcHM Program:
      1. The institution offers a dual degree, Master’s and DAcHM, upon completing your admission requirements for both programs.
      2. Students may enroll in both programs together, in which case separate enrollment agreements for each program will be signed simultaneously at the date of initial enrollment.
    2. Transferring into the DAcHM Program:
      1. Transfer credits may be approved for individual courses when a student has previously completed academic coursework at an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education that meets the same course outcomes as the equivalent Dongguk University Los Angeles course.
      2. Transfer credit is based on academic equivalency among courses and must be less than five years old.
      3. Students may apply for transfer credit and/or course exemption. The maximum number of credits for course exemptions and transfers granted is 50% of the total credits. Of that 50%, no more than 25% of the program's clinical training requirements may be accepted as transfer or exemption credit. No more than 33% of the total credits in a post-master’s doctoral degree program may be transferred or exempted.
    3. Enrolling as DAcHM Completion Program:
      1. The applicant may complete a MAcHM program and then enroll in a DAcHM Professional Doctorate completion track.
      2. The doctoral completion track requires 340 total hours, consisting of 300 hours or 30 quarter units of didactic instruction plus 40 hours or 2 quarter units of clinic instruction.
      3. This program is designed to be completed by an individual who graduated from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited master’s level program and will allow the Master’s graduate to achieve doctorate compet

    This program is designed to be completed by an individual who graduated from an ACAHM accredited/pre-accredited master’s level program and will allow the Master’s graduate to achieve doctorate competencies, earning the DAcHM degree. Students who enter this track complete the doctoral program requirements not included in the Master’s level training. This program is a component of the overall professional doctorate, not a separate, distinct program.

    For more information about the DAcHM Professional Doctorate program at DULA, please read Catalog & Student Handbook  (MAcHM/DAcHM), in the publication page. Or inquire to our admissions office at  (213) 487-0110 or email to [email protected].

    English Language Requirements

    The language requirement for English program is satisfied by;

    • Four years at a U.S. high school demonstrably delivered in English
    • At least two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate-or graduate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
    • At least two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate-or graduate-level education demonstrably delivered in English;
    • High school or two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate- or graduate-level education in an institution in one of the following countries or territories: American Samoa; Anguilla; Antigua & Barbuda;Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; British Virgin Islands;Cameroon; Canada (except Quebec); Cayman Islands; Christmas Island; CookIslands; Dominica; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; The Gambia; Ghana;Gibraltar; Grenada; Guam; Guyana; Ireland; Isle of Man; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho;Liberia; Malawi; Montserrat; Namibia; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norfolk Island;Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pitcairn Islands; Sierra Leone; Singapore; SouthAfrica; South Sudan; St. Helena; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & theGrenadines; Swaziland; Tanzania; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands;United Kingdom; U.S. Virgin Islands; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

    In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used.


    The applicant must have completed one of the following assessments at the required level:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) –  Total: 61
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format –  Overall band: 6
    • Duolingo English Test –  90
    • China Standard of English Language (CSE) –  CSE 6
    • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) –  C
    • Cambridge English Advanced –  C
    • Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) – B2
    • Occupational English Test (OET) – 250, C
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE), Academic – Overall: 45

    International Applicants

    DULA is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue an I-20 and enroll non-immigrant international students into both the Master’s program (MAcHM) and the Doctorate degree (DAcHM).

    State Authorization of Distance Education Outside of California

    Please be aware of the following information if you will not reside in California while enrolled in distance education courses at Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA).

    As distance education has become increasingly popular in the past few years, many states have prescribed an authorization process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents. Most states in the US are members of an organization called the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) that allows students to reside outside of the state where the institution they are taking online classes from is based. California, however, is not a SARA member state and thus non-California resident Distance Education students at all California schools, including DULA, must check with the individual state higher education agency in order to determine whether the state they reside will allow them to enroll in the program.

    Authorization (sometimes referred to as “registration,” “licensure,” “approval,” etc.) indicates that certain minimum standards have been met by the institution under the laws and regulations of that state. Authorization does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Credits earned at an institution do not necessarily transfer to all other institutions.

    Because DULA cannot ensure or control whether its programs comply with state requirements for enrolling distance education all prospective DULA Distance Education students will be directed to contact their state higher education agency with a list of contacts provided also in the Distance Education Orientation materials.

    Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA) is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAHM) and physically located at 440 Shatto Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Dongguk University Los Angeles has been granted approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) pursuant to California Education Code Section 94900. Both the MAcHM and the DAcHM programs have been approved by BPPE and is legally authorized to operate in the state of California. Dongguk University cannot confirm that its courses or degree programs meet the requirements for authorization or professional licensure outside the state of California. DULA strongly encourages prospective and current students to contact the appropriate or applicable state higher education agencies and/or licensing board(s) in states in which they reside prior to beginning any program of study.

    Students’ residency for State Authorization purposes is determined by their local address. For more information please contact the Registrar’s Office.