Do you have questions about the Won Institute’s Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM) or Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) program? Check out our frequently asked questions.
Q: WHAT DOCTORAL PROGRAMS DOES WON INSTITUTE FOR GRADUATE STUDIES PLAN TO OFFER?
A: At this time Won is planning to offer two transitional professional doctorates. These are the transitional Doctor of Acupuncture (tDAc or DAc) and the transitional Doctor of Chinese Medicine (tDACM or DACM).
Q: WHAT IS A TRANSITIONAL DOCTORATE?
A: A transitional degree is designed to complete and complement a student’s previously completed course work in order to allow them to achieve competencies associated with a higher degree. The most recent example of this was the transition of many physical therapists who held the master’s degree to Doctors of Physical Therapy (DrPT). In the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine people who hold a master’s in acupuncture or Oriental medicine can enroll in a transitional professional doctoral program.
Q: WHAT IS THE DACM AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE DAc?
A: Both doctoral degrees offered by the Won Institute are transitional and are the same in terms of course content. The difference between them is based on the student’s prior work. The difference is in the prior training of the student. Students who have earned an ACAOM accredited master’s program in acupuncture may enter the Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) program. Students who have earned their master’s in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (East Asian Medicine) may join the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program. Students who hold a master’s degree in acupuncture and postgraduate certificate in Chinese herbal medicine may also join for the DACM.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN CURRICULUM AND COMPLETION TIME FOR THE DAc VS. DACM?
A: There is no difference in the completion time for these two transitional degrees.
Q: WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DACM OR A DAc?
A: These advanced credentials signal the fact that the you have made a commitment to continued professional development, improved patient care and to engaging with the integrated health care systems. The achievement of the doctorate demonstrates your commitment to higher standards of patient care and to the bringing acupuncture and Oriental Medicine into healthcare delivery systems. Increasingly, medical centers and hospitals such as the Veterans Administration recognize the added value that the doctorate brings to the clinical encounter. Conventional medical centers that provide acupuncture and Oriental Medicine services to their patients are seeking clinicians who are prepared at the doctoral level to serve as providers and practice managers. This makes both the DACM and DAc high demand degrees. Likewise, acupuncture schools and programs often prefer to hire faculty trained at the doctoral level. The professional opportunities are varied and increasing.
Q: ARE THESE PROGRAMS ACCREDITED?
A: The Won Institute of Graduate Studies is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to offer graduate-level education, and by ACAOM (the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) to offer the Master’s degree in Acupuncture and the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine. This program being offered now pending approvals by Middle States.
Q: WHEN IS THE PROGRAM SCHEDULED TO START?
A: The first DAc and DACM cohort will begin in late August of 2019, pending MSCHE approval. If there are any unforeseen accreditor-related delays then we plan to begin in January of 2020.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
A: The program for either the DAc or the DACM is designed to be completed in one year (three trimesters of study).
Q: HOW MUCH IS THE TUITION?
A: The tuition is a flat $10,995 for the entire program. Tuition is payable in each trimester at the rate of $3,665.
Q: DOES THE PROGRAM QUALIFY FOR STUDENT LOANS?
A: It will, once the Institute receives approval from Middle States and files the appropriate applications with the United States Department of Education.
Q: DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
A: No. Given the low tuition, scholarships are not presently available.
Q: WHY CHOOSE THE TRANSITIONAL PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES (tPD) AT WON INSTITUTE?
A: The Won Institute of Graduate Studies is a private, not-for-profit committed to facilitating the a positive and harmonious development individuals so that they can produce positive impacts on others. It is no accident that after establishing its graduate program in Won Buddhist studies that the Won Institute chose acupuncture and Oriental medicine as a professional practice which lends itself to personal development and positive social impacts.
Master Sotaesan, the founder of Won Buddhism as accomplishing a great synthesis of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist thought into a form of actionable and socially beneficial dharma practice. This world view is particularly meaningful in the tradition of East Asian medicine which is deeply informed by these three traditions. For example, the great 7th century physician, Sun Simiao, was known to honor and practice all three of these traditions.
The DAc and DACM curriculum at Won Institute is being developed and implemented by a team of Won faculty and outside experts to produce a program that is concise, engaging and actionable. Won’s program is focused on making positive contributions to your personal and professional development and to developing the ability to improve patient outcomes and deliver the benefits of East Asian medicine to the greater American healthcare system.
Won Institute recognizes that practitioners seeking out the transitional Professional Doctorate (tPD) already aspire to provide the best care to their patients and to productively engage the greater medical community. Won Institute believes that the values and perspectives of traditional East Asian medicine can have a positive impact on American health care.
Q: HOW ARE THE CLASSES DELIVERED?
A: Courses are delivered using the well-regarded and easy to use platforms Populi and Zoom. Most of the course content is delivered at a scheduled time with a live lecture and opportunities for student interaction.
Q: CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE WORKLOAD?
A: In addition to about 6 hours a week of online classes, students can expect to spend between 10 to 18 hours a week on reading and course assignments, depending on the class.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND THE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS?
Q: Will the Doctorate program ever be accredited by ACAOM?
A: In order to meet the demand for a high quality online transitional professional doctorate, Won Institute of Graduate Studies has determined to prioritize regional accreditation since regional accreditation of the transitional doctorate provides significant academic credibility. Additionally, ACAOM has no route to independently accredit the transitional professional doctorate. Won Institute’s process is consistent with that adopted by other programs in the field. That said, Won Institute plans to fully integrate its existing programs within the framework of the professional doctoral program and pursue accreditation with ACAOM in due course.