Admission Requirements

DAOM Program Admissions Standards

General Admission

Admission to the professional doctoral program requires the satisfactory completion of a Master’s degree or Master’s level program in Oriental Medicine from an ACAOM accredited or candidate acupuncture & Oriental medicine program or its international equivalent.

Special Admissions

Due to the emerging nature of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program, ATOM has adopted a special admission policy for experienced practitioners who have been actively engaged in the profession for at least five years, but have not attained the master degree from an ACAOM accredited or candidate acupuncture & Oriental medicine program or its equivalent.

Admissions with Deficiencies The program may admit applicants with particular educational deficiencies of a limited nature who possess an ACAOM-accredited or candidate degree or master’s level diploma or international equivalent provided that such persons complete any course work deficiencies prior to taking relevant doctoral program courses for which such course work is a prerequisite.

Experienced Practitioners The program may admit applicants who are experienced practitioners who do not otherwise meet the criteria for standard admissions but who:

  1. Complete an entrance evaluation to establish a foundation of knowledge skills and abilities that are appropriate for admission to a clinical doctorate;
  2. Document at least five of full-time clinical practice in acupuncture or Oriental medicine;
  3. Complete any of the prerequisite Master’s courses that were not completed in previous acupuncture/OM training. Credit for these courses may be earned through the completion of specified courses, or by demonstrating achievement of the specific course objectives through successful completion of challenge examinations.

Tutorial Students

ATOM does not accept students who are licensed to practice acupuncture based on completion of a tutorial program. All applicants wishing to enroll in the DAOM program must have graduated from a formal training program in acupuncture or Oriental medicine.

International Students/English Language Proficiency: All international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency to the satisfaction of ATOM prior to enrollment in the DAOM program.

DAOM Program Admissions Documents
Certain admissions documents must be submitted to ATOM to begin the application process for admissions to the DAOM program. Once submitted to ATOM, these documents can neither be returned to the candidate nor forwarded to any other institution or agency. The Admissions Committee makes all acceptance decisions. New matriculating classes begin in January (WINTER Session).
Candidates applying for the DAOM Program must submit each of the following admission documents:

  1. Sealed, official transcripts for all post-secondary education, including AOM
    education sent to:
    Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine
    Attention: Admissions Department
    100 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 100
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  2. Application for admission to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.
  3. Proof of identification (i.e. Driver’s license, Passport, Alien Registration Card).
  4. Copy of Social Security card
  5. Professional Resume.
  6. Two letters of Recommendation (Excluding members of immediate family) addressing the candidate’s potential as a doctoral student.
  7. A one page essay describing the applicant’s background, reasons for pursuing a doctorate, and professional goals & aspirations.
  8.  $30 Non-Refundable Application Fee.
  9.  Copies of Acupuncture Physician license, copies of diplomas of all Post-Secondary educational institutions attending and Master’s degree.
  10. Certifications, and certificates issued by the NCCAOM if applicable.

[ Upon receipt and review of all college transcripts, an interview will be scheduled with the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Admissions Committee.

Admissions Process

Not all applicants can be accepted for admission. ATOM reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who is not approved by the Admissions Committee.
For information about admissions for the DAOM program contact:

Dr Allyson Wilson
Assistant to the Director of the DAOM Program

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM)
100 East Broward Blvd., Suite 100
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
(ph) 954-763-9840 ext. 230
(fax )954-763-9844



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