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Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

(Austin Campus)

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


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Purpose of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program

The purpose of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is to provide practitioners with diverse opportunities for advanced didactic and clinical study and research in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  The program of study focuses on advanced clinical specialties, integration of and collaboration in AOM and Western biomedical knowledge, modalities, and skills, and the development of leaders for the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

 Educational Objectives of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program

Graduates of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program will be qualified to meet the challenges of establishing and maintaining a successful profession in the 21st century, as evidenced by:

  • A systematic and deep knowledge of the theories, philosophies, and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including a thorough grounding in the Chinese medical classics and Western biomedical sciences, with application to integrated perspectives for clinical assessment, diagnosis and intervention;
  • Exceptional skills to evaluate patients, make an accurate TCM diagnosis, and manage an effective treatment plan using acupuncture, herbal medicine, qi cultivation, energetics, diet and manual therapy;
  • The skill to confidently communicate accurately and effectively with patients and in collaboration with biomedical health care professionals and appropriately refer patients to them;
  • The ability to demonstrate clinical management and supervisory knowledge and skills;
  • The competence to comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate relevant AOM research from diverse sources, and apply findings effectively in a variety of clinical settings;
  • The ability to communicate professionally with academic colleagues, professional associates, business leaders, industry, patients and the public with empathy, compassion, and integrity;
  • The successful placement of graduates in leadership positions in the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as independent health care providers, and the skills to effectively and ethically manage the business aspects of a clinical practice and the development of the profession.