The doctoral program consists of nine online courses, a comprehensive examination,  and a dissertation.  The courses are grouped into three sections over 3 terms. Each course consists of 2 hours of online class per week over an 8 week period, along with ancillary study, and a final exam upon completion of each course.  The Comprehensive Examination, taken after the core courses are completed, consists of essay questions that are sent to the student and is open book style.  The dissertation program has two courses designed to teach how a dissertation is put together and the creation of a proposal for the dissertation. The dissertation is then completed, and after a successful oral defense the degree Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) is awarded.

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The California Acupuncture College was originally founded in 1978 in conjunction with the National Acupuncture Association in Los Angeles, California.  It was one of the first schools in the country to begin training students to become professional acupuncturists. After a number of years of inactivity, the CAC is proud to re-open its doors to again lead the profession of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine toward higher academic and professional standards. It is toward this goal that we have joined with Akamai University and function as one of the colleges under its university umbrella.

 Akamai University is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). Akamai has been designated as an ASIC Premier University for demonstrating several quality areas of strength and good practice. ASIC is a member of the British Quality Foundation (BQF), sits on the Quality Standards Group of UK NARIC, and is one of a number of international accrediting bodies listed in the international directory by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).

CAC continues its mission to integrate the principles of oriental medicine and its energetic concepts with the standards of Western Medicine.  Our vision is that by a continual melding of these medical systems, the highest level of health care can be achieved for the health and well-being of the entire planet.

This current program is designed to continue and refine the education of those graduates from existing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs who have not achieved the doctoral degree level.  Completion of this program will award the Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) degree to those graduates from recognized programs for the training of acupuncturists and oriental medicine practitioners in the US as well as other countries.

How To Apply For The CAC OMD Degree?

This program is open to all practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine who have graduated from a recognized, approved, or accredited program in Oriental Medicine, or have at least 5 years of experience and can demonstrate the equivalent training.  

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What is The CAC OMD Degree?

This degree program is intended to expand the scope of practice of graduate practitioners and researchers in the field of Oriental Medicine.   It is designed to expand and deepen the knowledge of Oriental medicine and at the same time confer upon the students the degree Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD).

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Click here to download or fill out the application form on-line.  This application along with the $100 application fee is necessary to be considered for admission to the California Acupuncture College Doctor of Oriental Medicine program.

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