Doctor of Acupuncture Completion Track

Students with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture or acupuncture and Oriental medicine can apply to the DAc completion track with the following requirements:

  • Earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the ACAOM accredited master’s program.
  • Meet the prerequisites for the DAc program

Applicants in this category may need to take certain master’s level courses in order to meet the competency of current MSA/MSAOM program

Students in the third year of the MSAOM program and fulfill the admission requirements can apply for the DAc completion track.

The curriculum tables that follow list the tentative schedule of courses each quarter.


AM6401TCM Techniques 4


AM8103Survey of Integrative Medicine


AM8112Case Analysis and Clinical Research


AM8200Clinical Diagnosis 2 - Lab


AM8806Specialty Clinic 1


AM8807Specialty Clinic 2


Total Credit Hours:12.5


AM7202Clinical Diagnosis 1 - Imaging


AM8113Acupuncture Medical Classics


AM8115Professional Development


AM8116Integrated Case Discussions


AM8808Specialty Clinic 3


AM8809Specialty Clinic 4


Total Credit Hours:12

Total Requirements

 Total Core Course Credits
 Total Prerequisite/Corequisite Credits
 Total Elective Credits
 Total Clinic Credits
 Total Requirements
Curriculum and course changes in the 2019-2020 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2019-2020 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the DAc program must complete their degree requirements within seven years. Students must complete at least two-thirds of their credits, 119 quarter credits (DAc + MSA) or 155 quarter credits (DAc + MSAOM), in residence at Bastyr University including all clinical credits.

Students in the professional doctorate program must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be in good academic standing. For more information on academic status, see Academic Status – Probation, Suspension and Dismissal in the Academic Policy and Procedure Manual.

In AEAM department, grades below a 72.9 percent indicate failure to meet the minimum level of competency for learning objectives or core competencies. A student who receives a failure in a required course, lab, clinic shift or internship must repeat that course, lab, clinic or internship.

In order to receive a license to practice acupuncture in the majority of states, a student must earn either an MSA or MSAOM degree, pass the NCCAOM licensing exam and meet any additional state requirements. Several states require Chinese herbal medicine training for licensure (e.g., California, Florida, New Mexico and Texas).

Electives/Special Topics

The DAc program requires an additional of 4 elective/special topic credits to the master’s requirement. These credits may be any general electives/special topics as long as the prerequisites for each course are met.