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Curriculum

(THSU is no longer enrolling new students in this program.)

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsHours
First Trimester   
WM 8011Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine115
WM 8021Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Clinical Practice115
OM 8062Advanced TCM Diagnostic Techniques230
OM 8072Advanced Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy230
OM 8082Advanced Chinese Herbal Treatment230
CO 8048Clinical Collaboration I130
IN 8096Clinical Internship I130
 Total First Trimester10180
Second Trimester   
WM 8032New Advances in Biomedical Research230
WM 8042Biomedical Pain Management230
WM 8052Advanced Scientific Research Methodologies230
IM 8131Advanced Patient Consultation and Case Management115
IM 8141Advanced Communication and Collaboration Skills115
CO 8049Clinical Collaboration II130
IN 8097Clinical Internship II130
 Total Second Trimester10180
Third Trimester   
IM 8092Integrative Internal Medicine230
IM 8102Integrative Gynecology230
IM 8112Integrative Oncology230
IM 8122Integrative Pain Management230
CO 8050Clinical Collaboration III130
IN 8098Clinical Internship III130
 Total Third Trimester10180
Fourth Trimester   
CS 8152Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Musculoskeletal Disorders230
CS 8162Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Neurological Disorders230
CO 8051Clinical Collaboration IV130
IN 8099Clinical Internship IV390
 Total Fourth Trimester8180
Fifth Trimester   
CS 8172Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Gynecological Disorders230
CS 8182Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Circulatory Disorders230
IN 8100Clinical Internship V390
CA 8036Clinical Capstone Project I130
 Total Fifth Trimester8180
Sixth Trimester   
CS 8192Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Digestive Disorders230
IN 8101Clinical Internship VI130
SU 8048Clinical Supervision I260
CA 8037Clinical Capstone Project II260
 Total Sixth Trimester7180
Seventh Trimester   
CS 8202Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Cancers230
IN 8102Clinical Internship VII130
SU 8049Clinical Supervision II260
CA 8038Clinical Capstone Project III130
 Total Seventh Trimester6150
    
 Total591,230

Course Numbering System

All DAOM courses in the curriculum are designated with a Course prefix used to identify the College’s division of courses by academic specialization:  WM = Biomedical and Western Medicine Courses; OM = Oriental Medicine and TCM Courses; IM = Integrative Medicine (TCM/Western Medicine) Courses; and CS = Clinical Specialization Courses.  The prefix is followed by a four-character unique number of 8, which indicates its DAOM doctoral status, followed by three digits.  The second, third, and fourth numbers indicate the unique course number.

Graduation Requirements

All candidates for graduation from the doctoral degree program must complete their studies, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, within 10 attempted trimesters, and no later than 4 calendar years after their initial program enrollment. The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to graduation from the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program:

Didactic studies   540 Clock Hours36 Credits
Clinical studies   690 Clock Hours23 Credits
Total1,230 Clock Hours59 Credits

 

Course Descriptions 

Western Medicine

 

WM 8011  Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine

This course is intended for doctoral students who must have basic knowledge about the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM, also known as evidence-based practice or EBP). It aims to apply the best available evidence gained from the scientific research to clinical decision-making. It seeks to assess the strength of the evidence of benefits and risks of treatments and diagnostic tests. It also helps clinicians understand whether or not a treatment will do more good than harm to the patients.

1 credit; Prerequisites: None

WM 8021  Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Clinical Practice

This course will introduce to doctoral students the basic principles and processes of critical thinking and clinical reasoning. It will also provide essential skills students need to become safe and competent acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine practitioners. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning strategies are simplified through the use of real-life scenarios and decision-making tools, all supported with evidence for why the strategies work.

1 credit; Prerequisites: None 

WM 8032 New Advances in Biomedical Research

This course is designed to provide doctoral students with rich information about new developments and discoveries in the field of biomedical research and relevant medical advances in clinical diagnosis and treatment. It will offer most current insight into symptoms, signs, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for common diseases and disorders of virtually all organ systems of the body.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

WM 8042 Biomedical Pain Management

This course is presented to doctoral students with a strong emphasis on the subject of pain management in Western medicine. Topics that will be covered include general principles and guidelines for pain management, definitions, mechanisms, classification, prevalence, and consequences of pain, appropriate assessment and treatment of pain, and strategies to improve pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

WM 8052 Advanced Scientific Research Methodologies

This course will teach doctoral students advanced scientific research methodologies used to assess and evaluate quantitative and qualitative approaches to clinical research in Western, Oriental and Integrative medicine. Focused topics include basic principles of biostatistics, data collection, analysis and interpretation, study design, literature searching, and research paper writing. It will help students in their preparation for the capstone project proposal and thesis.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  None 

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

OM 8062  Advanced TCM Diagnostic Techniques

This course focuses on the introduction of advanced diagnostic techniques of traditional Chinese medicine. The course covers the research about the diagnostic standard of syndromes, experimental methodology using animal models in research, advanced meridian diagnostic method, objective research methods of observation, smelling and listening, questioning, and pulse diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None 

OM 8072   Advanced Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy

This course focuses on the comprehensive and advanced indications, contraindications and energetics of the classical 12 kinds of puncture methods recorded in inner Canon of Yellow Emperor and Nanjing. The course also covers the comprehensive and advanced indications, contraindications and energetics of all kinds of moxibustion used in China. The course also covers the basis of Acupuncture with respect to the assessment and treatment of painful syndromes.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

OM 8082   Advanced Chinese Herbal Treatment

This course addresses the applications of herbal formula compatibility and is an advanced subject of herbology and formulas. This course will cover comprehensive, advanced technique and method of herbal formula combinations, with an emphasis on herbal formulations for pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

 

Integrative Medicine

IM 8092     Integrative Internal Medicine 

This course integrates the TCM internal medicine into the Western internal medicine by addressing the practical applications of TCM diagnosis and treatment for common Western medical diseases and disorders. Students will focus on studying painful syndromes related to the body’s organ systems, and all the TCM treatment modalities for these conditions. Chinese herbal medicine therapy will be covered more extensively in this course.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

IM 8102     Integrative Gynecology  

This course will present to the students an integrated approach to common gynecological conditions encountered in clinical practice. A step-by-step diagnostic methodology and key points in the treatment methods of gynecological diseases based on clinical experience will be discussed. Students will also learn ovulation-related menstrual disorders, pelvic inflammatory diseases, pregnancy and postpartum complications, and other miscellaneous problems.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

IM 8112     Integrative Oncology

This course focuses on the comprehensive and advanced knowledge of oncology from both Western medicine and Oriental Medicine perspectives, which include epidemiology of oncology, etiology of oncology, pathophysiology of oncology, influencing factors, assessment of techniques, diagnosis of oncology symptoms from the Oriental Medicine point of view, and the treatment modalities such as medication, herbal medicine, and diet therapy.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

IM 8122     Integrative Pain Management

This course focuses on the introduction of advanced acupuncture and moxibustion techniques, Chinese herbs, and Chinese massage (tui na) to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions associated with pain that practitioners commonly encounter in their practice. Advanced acupuncture techniques are emphasized in this course. The course is a presentation of definition, etiology, pathology, and treatment approaches in TCM and Western medicine.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

IM 8131     Advanced Patient Consultation and Case Management

This course will teach doctoral students how to master techniques that manifest themselves as behaviors that clinicians display when they interact with their patients. Psychology of patient care, patient education, health promotion, managed care system, and coordination of health care services are among the topics that will be discussed.

1 credit; Prerequisites: None 

IM 8141     Advanced Communication and Collaboration Skills

This course will teach doctoral students advanced interpersonal communication theory and topics.  Interpersonal communication principles are applied to different settings, groups and organizational contexts.  Cultural sensitivity awareness and diversity issues will be applied when working and communicating in different contexts to improve and gain better collaboration among organizational settings.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None

 

Clinical Specialization:  Pain Management

CS 8152    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related To Musculoskeletal Disorders

This course uses a clinical case study curriculum which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to musculoskeletal disorders.  This includes the cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment, and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view.  Students will learn by studies of case reports, analysis, and discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for musculoskeletal pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

CS 8162    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Neurological Disorders

This course is clinical case study curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to neurological disorders, which include cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by studies of case reports, analysis, and discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for neurological pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

CS 8172    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related To Gynecological Disorders

Based on advanced literature and evidence-based medicine, this course is clinical case study curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to gynecological disorders, such as dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, urinary tract infections, volvodynia and vaginitis.  Topics include etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by way of case reports, case analysis, case discussion, and case presentation. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for gynecological pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None 

CS 8182    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Circulatory Disorders

This course is clinical case study curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to circulatory disorders: coronary artery disease, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, peripheral vascular disease and so on, which include cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by the ways of case report, analysis and discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build up a strong scientific background for acupuncture and herbal treatment for circulatory pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

CS 8192    Clinical Ca se Studies of Pain Related to Digestive Disorders

Based on advanced literature and evidence-based medicine, this course is in the clinical case study curriculum.  It is designed to introduce the doctoral students to advanced, comprehensive, effective pain management of patients with pain related to digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastroparesis, and others.  Topics include the etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and intervention from the Oriental Medicine point of view by the way of case report, case analysis, case discussion, and case presentation.  Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for digestive pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

CS 8202    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Cancer

This course is clinical case studies curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to cancer, which include cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by the ways of case report, analysis and  discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for cancer pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

 

Clinical Training

CO 8048, CO 8049, CO 8050, CO 8051   Clinical Collaboration

Clinical collaboration is one component of the clinical training for doctoral students. From the first trimester, students will start to work strategically to develop professional relationships and affiliations with other health care providers, such as MDs, DOs, RNs, DCs, etc. Students will learn how to write a detailed case note or progress report by utilizing standardized SOAP format, and to understand the scope of practice for other health care practitioners and specialists in an attempt to establish a potential referral network.

4 credits; Prerequisites: None for CO 8048.  Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course.

SU 8048, SU 8049   Clinical Supervision

In this course, students will become familiar with the process of clinical supervision, understand and develop supervision skills of traditional Chinese medicine. Students are mentored to become a supervisor of master’s level students. The format includes clinic discussion, interaction, and TCM practice of skills. Each of the students will supervise two specific intern students in the school clinic during the course of the trimester. Students will also learn how to evaluate the quality of performance of clinic intern students.

4 credits; Prerequisites:  WM 8011, WM 8021. Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course. 

IN 8096, IN 8097, IN 8098, IN 8099, IN 8100, IN 8101, IN 8102    Clinical Internship

The internship phase of training is the practical application of classroom training, collaborative clinic training, and research studies to the treatment of patients.  Interns will see patients in the clinic who present with the conditions of the program specialty.  Interns will diagnose and treat patients utilizing advanced skills learned in the classroom, with oversight from the Clinic Instructor.  Interns will also dialog with master’s level interns to continue the treatment principles and practices for their patients in the weeks between intensive weekend clinic sessions.  The three emphases of Clinic Internship will be (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a treatment plan that reflects advanced understandings, and (3) the practical application of advanced treatment skills and techniques.

11 credits; Prerequisites:  OM 8062, OM 8072, OM 8082. Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course. 

CA 8036, CA 8037, CA 8038   Clinical Capstone Project

This course is a culminating clinical research project, which begins at the 5th trimester of the second year of the doctoral study, and completes at the end of the program. There are 3 phases as described in the following:

Phase 1: Introduction to the clinical capstone project, in which doctoral students will learn the general principles of how to select a research topic related to the clinical practice, and to organize, write, and present their proposals for the clinical research projects to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval;

Phase 2: Ongoing clinical capstone projects, in which doctoral students will further understand the detailed expectations of the clinical research project, and conduct their research work in the clinical setting with the support and advice from their mentors;

Phase 3: Completion of the project followed by defense of the thesis for the clinical capstone project, in which doctoral students will present their completed research projects and written papers to peer-reviewed committees, receive feedback, and finish final editing for potential publication

4 credits; Prerequisites:  WM 8011, WM 8021, WM 8042, WM 8052, IM 8131, IM 8141; Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course.

 

Tuition and Fees

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

ItemAmount
Classroom Tuition (per credit hour)$360.00
Clinic Tuition (per credit hour)$620.00
Tuition Estimated Tuition1$27,220.00
1 Seven trimesters is the recommended schedule for this program of study. The Board of Governors reserves the right to raise tuition 4-8% as appropriate.

One Time Fees

ItemAmount
U.S. Students – Non Refundable Application Fee$75.00
International Students – Non Refundable Application Fee$150.00
International Students Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee$200.00
Trimester Deposit (Applicable towards first trimester tuition)$250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour)$15.00
Herbal Sample Kit$149.00
White Coat Fee$39.00
End of Year Comprehensive Assessment$50.00
Graduation Fee$150.00

 

Recurring Fees

 
ItemAmount
Student Services Fee2$110.00 per trimester
Textbooks, professional equipment, clinic supplies (estimate)$500.00 per trimester
Internship (Interns only)3$95.00 per trimester
Malpractice Insurance4$95.00 per trimester
Payment Plan Fee5$25.00 per trimester
Fee Includes facility, lab, wifi, library, tutoring, administrative services…ect
3 This fee pays for expendable supplies in the clinic as well as cleaning and waste disposal. Internship normally begins in the third trimester when the student takes Clinical Internship.
4 This fee must be paid by students in the intern clinic in order to treat patients.
The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class.
The rest of the payments are due the first day of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

ItemAmount
Late Registration Fee5$25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days)$25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)6$50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan7$25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course8$25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course9$75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester.
Does not apply to new students.
After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President.
Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late.
Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester.
Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

ItemAmount
Student I.D. Card (replacements)$5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam)$50.00
Intern Clinic Treatment Fee-Students$5.00
Duplicate Diploma$25.00
Official Transcripts10$15.00
Library Fees11Variable
10 Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
11 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note ***

THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.