Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Admissions

DACMApplication Checklist

Graduates of Daoist Traditions’ Master’s program must submit the following application materials:

  1. Application for admission with $100.00 non-refundable application fee
  2. 700-1000 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 Medicine impacting your   individual   practice, your collaboration with other Chinese medicine and biomedicine practitioners, and your role in advancing the overall profession? Essays evaluated based on content and standard writing conventions.
  3. Copy of valid photo identification (driver’s license preferred)
  4. Current, color, forward facing photo, ie: photo that would be accepted for a passport
  5. Official undergraduate transcripts (if needed)
  6. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  7. Documentation showing certification in CPR(adult/child/infant) and First Aid through a course offered or approved by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Visit,, or
  8. Letter of reference from a person with whom you have a professional relationship, e.g. employer/teacher. Letter should address your ability to be effective in a professional setting, commitment to personal endeavors, integrity, maturity level, and healing presence
  9. Photocopy of current acupuncture license or NCCAOM certification (if completed)

Other Program Requirements:

  • Students must complete a prerequisite of 2 credits each of college level Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. Credits must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or an equivalent international entity. College level Examination Placement (CLEP) credits or StraighterLine ACE courses will be accepted for these three classes. Minimum credit-granting scores must be achieved for CLEP/ACE credits. Details in catalog.
  • Alumni who graduated prior to 2018 must also complete WM603 Healthcare Disparities.
  • 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 showing 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 WM750/852 Research and Evaluation 1-2.

The admissions process for degree completers includes a comprehensive transcript analysis to ensure that all applicable MAOM coursework completed is equivalent to DACM program degree requirements in terms of content, rigor, and credit hour requirements. Additional courses may be required to correct gaps in coursework.

Click here for the DACM 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. In May 2018, the UNC Board of Governors issued a license for Daoist Traditions to offer the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) Degree Program.