ACADEMIC Degree Programs

Doctor of Acupuncture Degree Program

Become a leader in the field of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine

Fall 2022 Final Deadline July 1



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Doctorate Degree

Complete a 4-Year Doctorate Degree Program

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Getting Licensed

Take NCCAOM Board Exams

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Become A Licensed Acupuncturist & D.Ac

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About the Doctor of Acupuncture Program

The Doctor of Acupuncture program is designed to prepare its graduates for leadership in the field of acupuncture and integrative medicine. The Doctor of Acupuncture program leads to a Doctor of Acupuncture degree, allowing graduates to receive the highest level of education in the field, and achieve degree parity alongside other doctorally-trained healthcare professionals. Students enrolled in our four-year DAc program gain a comprehensive understanding of Chinese medical theory and the ancient and modern uses of acupuncture. Rigorous academic instruction and early clinical exposure are the hallmarks of our program. The flexible, hybrid program format allows students to complete courses both online and in the classroom. The final year of the program is delivered in a 99% online, asynchronous learning experience.

The Doctor of Acupuncture program includes a clinical internship, which is one of the most important and unique parts of the program, because it provides students with a place to immediately put acupuncture training into practice. DAc students spend four terms of the program completing a clinical internship onsite at the Won Institute, where they have the opportunity to treat patients under the supervision of experienced acupuncture faculty. The first two terms in the clinic are focused on implementing the Five Elements of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment plans. During the final two terms, students focus on developing their own identity as acupuncturists and have the freedom to craft their own treatment regimens with guidance from the faculty. This experience gives our Doctor of Acupuncture graduates the confidence they need to effectively treat patients in their own practice.

Coursework also includes training in meditation and mindfulness, allowing students to focus on the whole person including body, mind, and spirit. The Doctor of Acupuncture program prepares students to sit for the NCCAOM national board exams that are required for licensure as an acupuncturist in many states including Pennsylvania. 

Program Format & Schedule

Our Doctor of Acupuncture Program is a four-year program with three terms per year (fall, spring, and summer). New students begin in the fall term only. Classes are held one evening and two full days during the week for the first two years, with the schedule changing slightly during the clinical internship starting in the summer term of year two. The fourth year is conducted 99% online in an asynchronous format. Those with existing Master’s degrees in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can apply directly to the Doctor of Acupuncture Program completion track.


Why Won Institute?

  • Regional accreditation from Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Diverse, highly-regarded faculty & staff
  • A comprehensive education in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture
  • Advanced doctoral-level training allows for increased opportunities in clinical practice, teaching, and research
  • Flexible, hybrid program format blends both online and in-person learning 
  • Coursework in meditation & mindfulness
  • Study abroad opportunity in South Korea

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The Won Institute of Graduate Studies has partnered with Won Kwang University to offer a 10-day study abroad trip to South Korea. Current second and third year Acupuncture students along with licensed Acupuncturists are encouraged to participate in this trip. Click the button below to learn more about the benefits of participating in the upcoming study abroad trip to South Korea.