Professional Doctorate Program for Degree Completers

The Professional Doctorate program offers master’s program graduates advanced competencies to provide the best quality care for patients. Students gain additional clinical skills and deeper knowledge in the areas of research and communication to effectively work with other healthcare professionals. The program builds on the master’s program with additional coursework in orthopedics, neurology, endocrinology, collaborative care, and advanced clinical practice. The PD program is pending approval by UNC Board of Governors.

Students attend week-long class and clinic sessions twice per year. The modular format and hybrid courses offer students the flexibility to continue their clinical practice while earning their degree. The program for Degree Completers consists of 317.5 hours/16.7 credits.

PD Program for Degree Completers – Semester Class Hours
                Semester 1 Semester 2
PD ONLY – Intensive Classes 52.5 30
PD ONLY – Clinical Hours 6 6
  Semester 3 Semester 4
PD ONLY – Intensive Classes 60 45
PD ONLY – Clinical Hours 59 59


*The Accreditation commision for acupu and oriental medicine has granted permission to begin enrolling students in the PD program. 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. Daoist Traditions has submitted an application to the UNC Board of Governors for a license to offer the Professional Doctorate degree program. Approval of the degree program is pending the outcome of the review.