Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

(Austin Campus)

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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 membership in the modern health care system, as evidenced by:

  • Deepened knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, philosophies, and practices, including an extensive grounding in the Chinese medical classics and Western biomedical sciences, with application to integrated perspectives for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic conditions in the specialty area;
  • Exceptional skills in advanced patient assessment and advanced clinical intervention and treatment with acupuncture, herbal medicine, qi cultivation and energetic, diet and nutrition, and manual therapy;
  • Confidence in consultation with patients and collaboration with biomedical health care professionals in case management within a dynamic medical environment;
  • Demonstration of clinical management and supervision knowledge and skills; and
  • Competence to comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate relevant AOM research from diverse sources, apply information effectively in clinical settings, and demonstrate the potential to make significant scholarly contributions to the profession.

Description of the Program

The general training model and philosophy of the DAOM program is that of elevating, promoting, and increasing the skills and competencies of the professional practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and advancing the profession by the practical application of training to improve clinical outcomes and developing a new generation of leaders.

This will be accomplished in a variety of didactic, clinical, and research experiences by intensive, rigorous training, utilizing innovative acupuncture and herbal formulations, case studies, and collaborative dialogue with Western healthcare practitioners.

The application of the Pain Management Specialty will serve local members of the community seeking lower cost, alternative approaches to pain management to improve their quality of life.

The DAOM program is three-and-one-half academic years in length (equivalent to two calendar years plus one trimester) and is delivered in one intensive weekend per month. Students must graduate within 1.5 times the regular curriculum schedule of seven trimesters, that is, within 10 attempted trimesters, and no later than four calendar years after their initial program enrollment. Additional information may be found in the Satisfactory Academic Progress section of this catalog.

The didactic studies are comprised of courses in Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Specialty Case Studies.  Clinical courses include experiences in Collaboration, Supervision, and Internship.   Defense of a Capstone research thesis completes the doctoral degree.

At the end of each trimester, student progress is assessed with a variety of instruments and measurements.  These may include written and oral examinations, presentations of papers, and the final defense of research thesis as required.  In addition to these end-of-trimester assessments, there will be End of Year Student Progress Evaluations after the first and second academic years, and an Exit Evaluation at the end of the program.

The Assessment at the end of Year One will focus on theoretical understandings, critical thinking skills, and the integration of conceptual learning experiences.  At the end of Year Two, assessment will focus on the practical application of theories in the Student Clinic.  The end of Year Three assessment will focus on overall didactic and clinical achievement, culminating in the Defense of Thesis.

[Note on Accreditation:  The Texas Health and Science University Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program is not accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes.  This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Texas Health and Science University is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program.  However, Texas Health and Science University can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.]

Admission Requirements

Texas Health and Science University seeks candidates for admission to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program who possess a history of success in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and who desire to deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills through a rigorous program of study, which focuses on advanced clinical specialties; integration of AOM and Western biomedical knowledge, modalities, and skills; and the development of leaders for the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  In order to make this assessment of the candidate, the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s file including academic records, NCCAOM board certification, licensure if any, and personal history of professional service and accomplishments.

Applicants for admission into the DAOM program are required to have completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or ACAOM-candidate school or an international equivalent level master’s level program.  To meet the standard for the international equivalent, prior coursework must be evaluated by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org) for equivalency.  Minimal cumulative grade point average for admission is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

English language competency is required of all students seeking admission.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:

  • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
  • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
  • English language proficiency score of at least 80 on the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or 6.5 on the IELTS.  Applicants who score less than 80 may enroll in one of the THSU English as a Second Language programs.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

 

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of a master degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or its equivalent; such transcripts must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 80 or higher or IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Applicants who score less than 80 may attend one of the THSU English as a Second Language programs.

Transfer of Credit

Texas Health and Science University will accept academic credits earned at other accredited institutions and consider the award of course credit toward the University’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree according to the following guidelines:

  1. Limitations on the transferability of credits apply.  The maximum permissible number of transfer credits into the DAOM degree program is limited to 20% or fewer of the credits required for the DAOM degree.  Credit may be awarded for past coursework in a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program competed at institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commissions for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  Student performance in the coursework to be transferred will be evaluated in terms of equivalent subject(s) offered by the University.  Coursework to be considered for transfer will have been completed within ten (10) years of the date of application, with applicant receiving a grade of “C” or better.
  2. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must request a transcript review in writing within the first trimester of attendance. Request forms are available from the Registrar.
  3. The entire record of the evaluation and award of transfer credit will be included in the student’s academic file and made an official part of the student’s THSU transcript, with such credits annotated with “TC,” but will not be used to calculate the student’s GPA. For each credit reviewed and approved for transfer, a fee will apply.
  4. Applicants for admission into the DAOM program are required to have completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or ACAOM-candidate school or an international equivalent level master’s level program. The maximum permissible number of transfer credits from another ACAOM-accredited DAOM program at into the doctoral degree program is no more than 29 semester credits.

 

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits earned at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which a student may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree earned in the THSU program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which a student may seek to transfer.

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated student status is reserved for those students who are not seeking a degree at the time of admission to THSU, are not interested in receiving financial aid, and wish to waive academic advisement which would otherwise determine their courses for degree satisfaction or transfer credit eligibility.  Non-matriculated students who are enrolled in DAOM courses must meet all entry requirements and course prerequisites for participation in particular courses.

The Non-matriculated student status is designed to allow for the interested Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine student to attend courses without declaration of seeking a degree.  Students who register under this status for a given trimester may not matriculate until the following trimester.  When a student desires to become a matriculated student, he or she must notify the Admissions officer 30 days prior to the start of the trimester.  This status is most suited for students who desire to enroll in courses for personal enrichment and upgrading their job skills.

Curriculum

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree

Course Number Course Name Credits Hours
First Trimester
WM 8011 Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine 1 15
WM 8021 Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Clinical Practice 1 15
OM 8062 Advanced TCM Diagnostic Techniques 2 30
OM 8072 Advanced Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy 2 30
OM 8082 Advanced Chinese Herbal Treatment 2 30
CO 8048 Clinical Collaboration I 1 30
IN 8096 Clinical Internship I 1 30
Total First Trimester 10 180
Second Trimester
WM 8032 New Advances in Biomedical Research 2 30
WM 8042 Biomedical Pain Management 2 30
WM 8052 Advanced Scientific Research Methodologies 2 30
IM 8131 Advanced Patient Consultation and Case Management 1 15
IM 8141 Advanced Communication and Collaboration Skills 1 15
CO 8049 Clinical Collaboration II 1 30
IN 8097 Clinical Internship II 1 30
Total Second Trimester 10 180
Third Trimester
IM 8092 Integrative Internal Medicine 2 30
IM 8102 Integrative Gynecology 2 30
IM 8112 Integrative Oncology 2 30
IM 8122 Integrative Pain Management 2 30
CO 8050 Clinical Collaboration III 1 30
IN 8098 Clinical Internship III 1 30
Total Third Trimester 10 180
Fourth Trimester
CS 8152 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Musculoskeletal Disorders 2 30
CS 8162 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Neurological Disorders 2 30
CO 8051 Clinical Collaboration IV 1 30
IN 8099 Clinical Internship IV 3 90
Total Fourth Trimester 8 180
Fifth Trimester
CS 8172 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Gynecological Disorders 2 30
CS 8182 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Circulatory Disorders 2 30
IN 8100 Clinical Internship V 3 90
CA 8036 Clinical Capstone Project I 1 30
Total Fifth Trimester 8 180
Sixth Trimester
CS 8192 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Digestive Disorders 2 30
IN 8101 Clinical Internship VI 1 30
SU 8048 Clinical Supervision I 2 60
CA 8037 Clinical Capstone Project II 2 60
Total Sixth Trimester 7 180
Seventh Trimester
CS 8202 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Cancers 2 30
IN 8102 Clinical Internship VII 1 30
SU 8049 Clinical Supervision II 2 60
CA 8038 Clinical Capstone Project III 1 30
Total Seventh Trimester 6 150
     
Total 59 1,230

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 Hours 36 Credits
Clinical studies    690 Clock Hours 23 Credits
Total 1,230 Clock Hours 59 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

Item Amount
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

Item Amount
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

Item Amount
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

Item Amount
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

Item Amount
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 Fees11 Variable
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.

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