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 THE WON INSTITUTE OF 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 (
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 (
Q: WHAT IS THE DACM AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE
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
Q: WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?
A. Live synchronous lectures will meet Tuesday and/or Thursday nights from 7-10 pm EST dependent upon the semester. Live lectures will not exceed six hours per week, and in some semesters the time commitment will be less. All content will be recorded for later viewing. In addition, students can expect to spend 12-18 hours per week on asynchronous learning which can be completed on their own time.
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: WHERE CAN I FIND THE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS?
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
A: These advanced credentials signal the fact that
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
Q: WHEN IS THE PROGRAM SCHEDULED TO START?
A: The first DAc and DACM cohort will begin in January of 2020, pending MSCHE approval.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
A: The program for either the
Q: HOW MUCH IS
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
Q: DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
A: Yes accepted students are eligible to apply to the Institutional Aid Scholarship.
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
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
Won Institute recognizes that practitioners seeking out the transitional Professional Doctorate (
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.