Professional Doctorate Program
Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (DATM) program at DULA is a four-year Professional Doctorate program.
The curriculum consists of two parts:
The total DATM program consists of: 243 didactic quarter units (2,430 hours) and 50 clinic units (1,000 hours) for a total of 293 units (3,430 hours).
Students enrolling in the DATM program will be dual enrolled in the MSOM as well as the DATM program. DULA’s MSOM program prepares students to sit for California State Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE) and National certification exam (NCCAOM). Once students have completed all the MSOM requirements, students will be eligible to receive MSOM degree and advance with the state licensing exam and national certification exam, while completing the Professional Doctorate advanced courseworks.
DULA DATM program is offered only in English language.
Advanced Professional Doctorate Curriculum
The advanced Professional Doctorate (PD) courses will be offered in a module system. The PD completion program may be completed in less than a year.
To see the list of advanced PD courses, please click here.
Prospective students are invited to visit DULA and experience the community by scheduling a visit to our campus. Prospective students may sit in on classes, meet with faculty and current students, and experience clinical settings. Individual tours of the campus are available, and walk‐ins are always welcome. All prospective students who visit DULA in person or attend an on‐campus admissions info session will receive a tour of the campus and a comprehensive overview of your program of interest, including curriculum, class schedules, tuition, financial aid and answers to your specific questions.
To schedule a tour, please contact the Admissions Department at (213) 487-0110 or send an email to email@example.com. Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Preferences are given to early applicants.
General Entrance Criteria
All students, including Master’s graduates enrolling in the Professional Doctorate Completion program, must meet the admissions requirements at the time of their official matriculation. Professional Doctorate admissions criteria include satisfactory completion of at least three years (90-semester credits/135 quarter credits) undergraduate level education from an institution accredited or pre-accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
Three Routes for Completion of the DATM Program
There are 3 routes to complete the DATM Professional Doctorate Degree Program at DULA:
Enrolling as a New Student to DATM Program
This institution offers a dual degree master’s and DATM, upon completing your admission requirements for both master’s and Doctorate programs, you enroll in both programs in the beginning. You will have signed an enrollment agreement for the master’s program and an enrollment agreement for the Doctorate program. For students who intend to earn their master’s prior to, or together with, the Doctorate, the program will execute separate enrollment agreements for each degree program simultaneously at the date of initial enrollment.
Transferring into the DATM Program
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. Transfer credit is based on academic equivalency between courses that are less than five years old.
Students may apply for transfer credit and/or course exemption as part of their master’s degree or doctoral degree. The maximum number of credits for which course exemptions and transfers may be granted is 50% of the total credits in the master’s and the Professional Doctor programs. Of that 50%, no more than 25% of the program 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.
Enrolling as DATM Completion Track Program
The applicant may complete a MSOM program and then enroll in a DATM Professional Doctorate completion track. 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.
The DATM Completion program is designed to be completed by an individual who graduated from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited master’s level program. This doctoral completion track allows masters graduates to achieve doctorate competencies and earn the DATM degree. The DATM completion track for graduates of an ACAOM accredited master’s program is a component of the overall professional doctorate, not a separate, distinct program. Students who enter this track complete the remaining doctoral program requirements not included in their master’s level training.
DULA does not accept non-matriculated students into the DATM Completion Program.
For more information about the three routes for completion of the DATM Professional Doctorate program at DULA, please read our program catalog, or inquire to our admissions office at +1 (213) 487-0110 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Requirements
The DATM program is offered only in English.
English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:
Apply online or download a fillable PDF application
If you would like to process paper application, please send application materials to:
Admissions Review Process
- Once all application package and all supporting documents have been received, the applicant will be contacted for a personal interview with one of the members of the admissions committee.
- Following the interview, the application file will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
- The applicant will be notified in writing once a decision has been made by the admissions committee.
- The Committee’s decision will be one of the following:
Class Registration Counselling
See Student Page for Class Schedule Information.
Meet our Associate Dean and Academic Coordinator to discuss your class registration. It is very important that you plan your resitration ahead for your future academic schedule. You can visit our campus for counselling in person or email about your questionaires. Our Associate Dean can be reached by email email@example.com, Academic Coordinator can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org. We may also be reached via phone at (213) 487-0110.
New Student Orientation
All new students must attend the New Student Orientation and Registration session. The orientation reviews financial aid and registration options, the academic calendar, college policies, and the Doctoral/Master’s program. Please contact the admissions office for assistance prior to orientation for special needs assistance or special scheduling issues.
Please refer to the academic calendar for more information about the new student orientation date of each academic quarter.
Have a Question?
Speak with our Admissions Officer. You will be advised admissions inquiries from the beginning to the end.
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday.
Dongguk University, Los Angeles
Attention: Office of Admissions, MSOM Program
440 Shatto Place, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90020