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Program Format & Schedule

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Program Format

The program is designed to be completed in four years and four months across 13 trimesters with a 15-week schedule per trimester. An additional week is designated for makeup classes, if necessary. The program may be completed in as few as 11 trimesters, or students are allowed to progress at a more moderate pace and extend their clinical practice beyond Trimester 13 if necessary.


For programs that begin in September, class times are 9 a.m – 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. For programs that begin in January, class times are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

There are occasional scheduling exceptions for intensives, electives, non-credit requirements, and other special courses as described below. Students must plan ahead to clear work schedules and commitments to be available to attend all courses as required.

Chinese Herbs Courses

The Chinese herbs portion of the D.O.M. program consists of 37 credits delivered as two- to three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday), starting in Level II. Please refer to the Course of Study and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs in the Academic Catalog for more information.


The program begins with a three-day intensive and has a few intensives, including weekend intensives throughout the 11 trimesters. Most weekend intensives are 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 


Elective course offerings are typically bioscience (ISCI) courses held Mondays from 6 – 9 p.m, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and weekends (generally two weekends consisting of Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday), with some online availability. Offerings vary by trimester.

Non-Credit Requirements

This program includes five non-credit requirements, which will be explained in greater detail in the first and second trimesters:

  • Acupuncture Treatment: Students are required to receive ongoing acupuncture treatment (i.e five times a year seasonally at a minimum)
  • RES 511: Fundamentals of Information (online course)
  • IHM 015: Orientation to Clinical Practice
  • AOM VOL: Professional Project (75 hours over the three-year program)
  • AOM 015 Comprehensive Exam Level II (8 hours for review and exam)
  • AOM 019 Oral Exam Level III (1 hour)