Professional Doctorate Admissions

Daoist Traditions Professional Doctorate (PD) program is available to enrolled MAOM students at Daoist Traditions. Applications from DT Alumni are being accepted for conditional enrollment based on ACAOM adopting their proposed revisions to the Professional Doctorate Standards. These proposed revisions can be found by clicking here. The admissions process for the PD program varies as to an applicants current status.

Applications are reviewed as soon as the Admissions Office has received all of the required application materials. The admissions team conducts an interview and evaluates each admissions portfolio in a holistic review to gain a full picture of each applicant. Applicants are notified of their status within 2 weeks following the admissions interview.

Admissions Requirements for MAOM Students

A. Students enrolled in Daoist Traditions’s MAOM program are eligible to apply to the PD program by successfully meeting the following admissions criteria:
1. Submit a nonrefundable $50.00 PD program application fee. Students dually enrolling in the MAOM/PD programs pay a flat $100.00 application fee.;
2. Submit transcripts, if needed, a minimum of three years (90 semester credits/135 quarter credits) of baccalaureate level education from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
3. Complete a co-requisite of 3 credits each of college level Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. Applicants must complete this coursework before entering their final semester of the PD program. College Level Examination Placement (CLEP) credits will be accepted in lieu of these three classes. Minimum credit-granting ACE (American Council on Education) scores must be achieved for each exam. Courses taken at Daoist Traditions do not count toward this requirement; for current Daoist Traditions CLEP policies, click here.
4. Submit a 750-1000-word essay: Daoist Traditions is committed to providing the community with Chinese medical care and to graduating practitioners to be the next generation of leaders in the profession. How do you see a doctoral education in Chinese and Herbal Medicine with its emphasis on integrative practice and evidence-based medicine impacting your individual practice, your collaboration with other Chinese medicine and biomedicine practitioners, and your role in advancing the overall profession? Please include the following in your essay: 1) personal reasons for wanting to earn a doctoral degree from DT; 2) your vision of the future of Chinese medicine as it enters an age of greater collaboration with biomedicine practitioners; 3) how you plan to balance a more integrated approach to Chinese medicine with your personal cultivation?

Click here for the MAOM Student Professional Doctorate Program Application.

Students concurrently enrolled in the master’s and doctoral programs will be conferred both the MAOM and DAHM degrees after completing the degree requirements.

B. Daoist Traditions’s MAOM Alumni must demonstrate their readiness for the PD through submission of additional  documentation and examination, in addition to the minimum entry requirements and application portfolio materials. Daoist Traditions Alumni are eligible to apply to the PD program by successfully meeting the following admissions criteria:
1. Submit a nonrefundable $100.00 PD program application fee, application fees will be refunded if we are unable to enroll degree completers under these proposed admissions policies for October 2017;
2. Submit a copy of current acupuncture license;
3. Submit transcripts, if needed, a minimum of three years (90 semester credits, or 135 quarter credits) of baccalaureate level education from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
4. Complete co-requisite of 3 credits each of college level Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. Applicants must complete this coursework before entering their final semester of the PD program. College Level Examination Placement (CLEP) credits will be accepted in lieu of these three classes. Minimum credit-granting ACE (American Council on Education) scores must be achieved for each exam. Courses taken at Daoist Traditions do not count toward this requirement, for current Daoist Traditions CLEP policies, click here;
5. Submit proof of current certification in CPR (adult/child/infant) and First Aid from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross;
6. Submit professional letter of reference attesting to the applicant’s maturity, leadership ability, and professionalism.
7. Submit a current curriculum vitae (CV);
8. Submit a signed affidavit stating that the applicant has an active clinical practice, listing practice details and weblink. [form] 9. Submit a 750-1000-word essay: Daoist Traditions is committed to providing the community with Chinese medical care and to graduating practitioners to be the next generation of leaders in the profession. How do you see a doctoral education in Chinese and Herbal Medicine with its emphasis on integrative practice and evidence-based medicine impacting your individual practice, your collaboration with other Chinese medicine and biomedicine practitioners, and your role in advancing the overall profession? Please include the following in your essay: 1) personal reasons for wanting to earn a doctoral degree from DT; 2) your vision of the future of Chinese medicine as it enters an age of greater collaboration with biomedicine practitioners; and 3) how you plan to balance a more integrated approach to Chinese medicine with your personal cultivation?

Alumni who graduated more than 5 years prior to entering must also complete a written examination and OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) to demonstrate retention of knowledge and competencies.
Alumni who graduated in 2007/2008 must submit transcripts with 2 credits in college Research or Research/Statistics with a grade of B or better. Course may be taken at DT however, it is a prerequisite for PD level courses.

Click here for the Alumni Professional Doctorate Program Application.

If you have specific questions regarding your eligibility, please contact our Admissions Director by email, or call 828.225.3993.

*Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts’ Professional Doctorate program is not accredited or pre-accredited 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 pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.
This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, Daoist Traditions can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.
Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to participate in the Federal grant and loan programs based on ACAOM’s approval.