DAOM: Doctoral Program in Oriental and Integrative medicine

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) Program at Emperor’s College offers a dual-specialization in Internal Medicine & Physical Medicine. Our dual-specialty approach focuses on key areas of modern healthcare while implementing cutting-edge best practices grounded in tradition.

In short, we provide practitioners of Oriental medicine with the advanced clinical and professional skills they need to accelerate their careers and expertly address the needs of today’s diverse patient population.

The Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Emperor’ College offers the opportunity to develop your skills as a practitioner, build your confidence and learn the professional skills necessary to build and expand your clinical practice. Our curriculum includes advanced training in all aspects of TCM/Oriental medicine and within two core specialty areas, applicable biomedical science and advanced patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The skills and knowledge you acquire will allow you to collaborate with health care practitioners in multiple disciplines to treat patients, conduct research and engage in other scholarly activities.

You will be learning from experienced and successful teachers and practitioners who demonstrate superior knowledge and skill in their fields, and a passion and commitment to healing. The program is designed to foster collaboration, build professional networks and participate in unique clinical learning experiences that you can get at no other AOM college, preparing you for a future in Oriental medicine and/or integrative medicine as a skilled practitioner, respected professional colleague, teacher, leader and innovator.

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Feel free to give the DAOM Program Assistant a call at 310.453.8300 ext. 117

or email: tara@emperors.edu


Application Due DateInterview Dates
Cohort 13
Start Date October 12, 2016
September 2, 2016July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Cohort 14
Start Date April 19, 2017
February 28, 2017January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Cohort 15
Start Date October 11, 2017
September 1, 2017July 7, 2017 - September 29, 2017



DAOM Program Structure

The DAOM program at Emperor’s College consists of 1,250 total hours – 600 hours of didactic instruction and 650 hours of advanced clinical rotations – completed over the course of eight academic quarters.

Classes meet one extended weekend per month, Thursday through Sunday, for approximately eight hours each day so you can continue your clinical practice while pursuing your degree. Clinical hours are fulfilled through a variety of options throughout the program.

Classes meet one 4-day weekend per month, Thursday – Sunday.
During the 2-year program, 4 weekends consist of 5 days each.


DAOM Cohort Model for Maximum Learning

Peer-to-peer learning is one of the largest benefits of the cohort model and we capitalize on this in every way.

Our cohort model focuses on the development of clinical problem solving skills. Lively discussions and sharing of clinical approaches encourage fellows to challenge assumptions from their master’s training and benefit from the diverse educational backgrounds of their classmates.

Internal Medicine

Four areas of focus in Internal Medicine are taught with a dual-specialty approach in mind.  Instruction takes a keen focus on inter-disciplinary medicine and teaches you the skills needed to enhance cross-referrals with other health care providers.

Doctoral fellows receive clinical and didactic training in all areas of the Internal Medicine specialty:

  • Cardiology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Immunology I
  • Immunology II

Physical Medicine

According to acupuncture data from a recent National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, musculoskeletal complaints accounted for 7 of the top 10 conditions for which patients seek acupuncture.

The Physical Medicine specialty is aimed to provide doctoral fellows with a comprehensive understanding of diagnostic methods and effective treatment modalities for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, physical injury, and issues of mobility. Faculty includes leaders in acupuncture orthopedics and sports medicine such as US Olympic Team acupuncturist Takeshi Komatsu.

Doctoral fellows receive clinical and didactic training in the following two areas of the Physical Medicine:

  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stroke Rehabilitation & Prevention

Personalized Clinical Training

At Emperor’s College, doctoral fellows have the unique opportunity to develop a personalized plan for clinical training based on their prior experience, current clinical practice and their educational goals.

We understand the importance for practitioners to shape their advanced clinical training in a way that is beneficial to their careers and that will pave the way for their future success as leaders in the chosen field.

In addition to Internships and Preceptorships, Mentorships are one key element in the personalization of clinical training. Doctoral fellows have the opportunity to mentor under a clinician from a health care field of their choice.