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DOCTOR of ACUPUNCTURE and HERBAL MEDICINE (DAcHM)

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (DAcHM) program is designed to educate students to become licensed professional acupuncture and Oriental medical practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills. The foundation level of study is equivalent to the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (MSAcHM) which equips students with the didactic and clinical knowledge to be both eligible for, and capable of, professional licensure.

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Program Outcomes

The program outcomes for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine degree program are listed as follows:

1. Graduates understand and can apply a knowledge of conventional medicine into the practice of AOM.
1.1 Graduates can understand the theoretical foundation of biomedical sciences and apply that understanding into the practices of AOM.
1.2 Graduates understand the diagnostic and treatment protocols of conventional medicine.

2. Graduates demonstrate competency in the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
2.1 Graduates can explain the major concepts and theories of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
2.2 Graduates can perform AOM diagnostic methods and assessment criteria, and formulate, implement, monitor, and adapt treatment plans.
2.3 Graduates can effectively perform Acupuncture treatments.
2.4 Graduates can practice AOM herbal medicine and provide consultation on nutritional and dietary supplementation.

3. Graduates can demonstrate competencies in patient care in compliance with ethical, legal, and safety guidelines and communicate effectively in diverse
3.1 Graduates can conduct standardized procedures to identify situations that require referrals to other primary healthcare professionals, such as for emergency medical care. Students will also be able to demonstrate compliance with legal, ethical, and safety regulations, including those designed to protect individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
3.2 Graduates will be able to adapt to multicultural environments and settings. practice in diverse community contexts.

4. Graduates can develop and implement effective treatment plans, maintain standardized medical records, conduct case reviews, and manage their clinical practice.
4.1 Graduates can develop treatment protocols for individual patients and record patient medical information and treatment according to standardized guidelines.
4.2 Graduates can present case reviews and communicate with other primary healthcare professionals, write medical/legal reports, as well as bill for services using appropriate codes.

5. Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of patient assessment and diagnosis
5.1 Graduates can interpret AOM classical texts of patient assessment and diagnosis.
5.2 Graduates can conduct advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills for effective clinical treatment through integration of Biomedical and AOM diagnosis.

6. Graduates can demonstrate advanced clinical skills, and collaboration competence.
6.1 Graduates can apply advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills for clinical intervention and treatment.
6.2 Graduates can implement advanced and special AOM therapeutic modalities for effective clinical treatment.
6.3 Graduates can collaborate with other healthcare providers in the treatment of patients.

7. Graduates can demonstrate the ability to incorporate scholarship, research and evidence-based medicine/evidence-informed practice into patient care.
7.1 Graduates understand clinical research methodologies and types of scientific inquiry that produce reliable primary source scholarship.
7.2 Graduates can analyze the clinical research literature and apply findings toward improved diagnostic and treatment practices.
7.3 Graduates can apply research and/or evidenced-based knowledge into patient care.

8. Graduates can demonstrate the ability to formulate and implement plans for individual professional development.
8.1 Graduates can independently seek new knowledge and build a behavior.
8.2 Graduates understand the importance of lifelong learning and professional development for optimum patient care and can further use emerging n technologies to analyze, manage and enhance Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treatment procedures for healthcare service.

9. Graduates can demonstrate a knowledge of the contemporary health care system.
9.1 Graduates can understand the current healthcare system and regulations in the U.S.
9.2 Graduates can describe the role of acupuncture professionals within current health care systems and the impact of that role on patient care.

Graduation Requirements

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine degree is awarded to those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

1. Complete didactic courses and internship hours in the curriculum (or their equivalent) and have completed a minimum five (5) academic years (20 quarters) of full-time residency as a matriculated student at SBU. Thesis, dissertation, or project is not applicable to this degree program.
2. Achieve a minimum 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for all courses taken at SBU.
3. Pass all sections of the Comprehensive Competency Examination III (CCE III).
4. Clear all indebtedness and other obligations to the University.
5. Complete an exit interview conducted by the Finance Officer, if applicable.

Residency Requirements

To receive the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Herball Medicine degree, at least sixty-five (65) quarter units of graduate-level courses with one (1) year residency are required for students who graduated from foreign AOM institutions with an overall GPA of 2,5 or higher.

 To receive the Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine degree, at least sixty-five (65) quarter units of master-level courses and at least twenty (20) quarter units of doctoral level courses and advanced clinic internship with two (2) year residency are required for students who graduated from foreign AOM institutions with an overall GPA of 2,5 or higher.

More than 30% of quarter units at the graduate level earned by another institution may not be accepted as transfer credits toward the Master’s degree program and DAcHM program.

Licensure Requirements

The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (MSAcHM) program is accredited by the Accreditation

Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine prepares its students to meet the professional requirements for California Licensure. A graduate of this program is eligible to sit for the Licensure Examination conducted by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), provided the graduate has met all requirements. For other states, a graduate is recommended to contact the appropriate state licensing agency for specific licensing requirements. MAcHM graduates of SBU are also qualified to sit for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examinations.

In California, a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) is a primary care practitioner who is able to practice independently acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, oriental massage, acupressure, and breathing techniques within the scope of this practice. Licensure is regulated by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 180, Sacramento, CA 95835, Tel: (916) 525-5200.

Students taking the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam must complete an Exam Application and evidence of completion of Adult/Child CPR and First Aid. Students wanting to obtain licensure must complete a Live Scan Fingerprints. If the student has a criminal history record, the California Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation will send the information to the Board. The Board will review the documents on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is any cause to pursue administrative action against the license.

Every student preparing to sit for the licensing examination is prudent to contact the CAB for specific information about licensure requirements before applying to take the examination. Since licensure requirements may change, students are advised to annually request per annum current licensure information. South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine may not always be knowledgeable of changes in the requirements. SBU will recommend courses to be taken and procedures to be followed based on the best information it obtains from the CAB. Recent California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE) is given in English, Chinese, and Korean. Additional information is available at http://www.acupuncture.ca.gov/.

Other States
Laws regulating acupuncture vary from state to state and are constantly being revised. While the University does its best to keep current on licensure requirements, it does not guarantee that accurate current information is on file. Each student is responsible for obtaining licensure information and for the interpretation of such information.

Other Countries
The University continues to strive towards recognition by the licensing agencies of other countries. For this reason students and faculty are kept informed as information becomes available.

National Certification Commission for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
The National Certification Commission for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was organized to promote nationally recognized standards of excellence to insure public safety. There are separate examination and certificate programs for acupuncture and herbology. The NCCAOM certificate testifies that an individual has been recognized by colleagues to have the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective acupuncture and herbology practice. The NCCAOM examinations are used by the majority of state agencies as a part of the licensing requirement.
Additional information is available from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2025 M Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. (888) 381.1140, email: info@nccaom.org.

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