First Professional Doctorate (DAcCHM)

One-year online degree program
For practicing acupuncturists

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcCHM)

For professionals with a master's degree in Chinese medicine, the completion program is an opportunity to earn the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcCHM) degree in just 315 hours. Graduates are prepared to excel as an independent acupuncturists and to collaborate effectively with Western medical doctors, physical therapists, and other health-care professionals.

Duration:  1 year (18 units / 315 Hours)
Program Highlights: integrative care, high quality and convenient path to Dr. title
Program Tuition: $8,000, estimated
Financial Aid: Yo San Alumni Scholarships
Other Degree Names: DAcCHM Bridge program, Transitional Doctorate
Classes held: in-person and online (hybrid) weekdays and evenings
Admission Requirements: graduates with a Master's level degree from an accredited school of Chinese Medicine.

Why a practicing acupuncturist should consider the program
In the DAcCHM Completion Program, you develop proficiency in integrative medicine terminology, enabling you to effectively communicate your TCM knowledge and skills within a biomedical context. Acquiring expertise in Western medicine diagnosis enhances your ability to collaborate with other medical professionals as a Primary Healthcare Provider.

After completing this 315-hour program, you will be prepared to confidently expand your practice as a primary health care provider.

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Graduates of our DAcCHM Completion Program Doctor are able to:

  • Collaborate effectively with Western medical doctors, physical therapists, and other health-care professionals.
  • Utilize system-based medicine within hospital care settings
  • Emphasize integrative medicine, combining traditional and modern healthcare approaches.


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Curriculum: Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Completion Program (DAcCHM)

Didactic Component

Course CodeCourse TitleUnitsHoursFormat
PD350Taoist Acupuncture115Online or in person
PD430Taoist Medicine115Online or in person
PD360Herbal Pharmacognosy115Online or in person
PD370Herb-Drug Interactions115Online or in person
PD210Medical Writing & Communication Skills230Online or in person
PD340Research115Online or in person
PD410Integrative Medicine I – Overview of Patient Care Systems115Online or in person
PD420Integrative Medicine II – Chinese Herbs and Modern Disorders345Online or in person
PD4340Integrative Medicine III - Advanced TCM Nutrition230Online or in person
PD450Patient Education & Counseling130Online or in person
Total Didactic Courses14210 

Clinical Training Component

Course CodeCourse TitleUnitsHoursFormat
CL900Clinical Internship390Options Below*
CL911Integrative Case Studies115Options Below*
Total Clinical Training4105 
Total Doctoral Completion Module Requirements18   315

*Clinical Training Component Options:
DAcCHM Completion Module students have a variety of ways to fulfill the Clinical Experience requirements for

their degree. You are required to complete a total of 90 hours and can combine any of the categories below to fulfill this requirement. A clear plan must be submitted to the Dean for approval prior to the start of the Clinical Experience.


    • YSU Specialty Clinic
    • Clinical Mentorship
    • Clinical Preceptorship
    • Research/Writing
    • Additional case study classes

YSU Specialty Clinic:
Students provide direct patient care in the YSU Blount Community Clinic. Senior clinical faculty provide guidance to enhance and elevate clinical thinking and decision making and strategies for delivery of expert care. If there is interest in interning during our Women’s Health specialty clinic, this can be arranged.

Clinical Mentorship:
Clinical Mentorship is a student driven process where doctoral students receive clinical training directly related to their respective interests in an approved clinic, hospital or private practice with senior practitioners in an integrative health setting.  All mentors and mentorship plans must be approved by the Program Dean via an application and verification process, prior to commencing the Mentorship.  In addition to meeting specified requirements, the doctoral students mentor submits a written evaluation of the resident’s performance at the end of the mentorship training. Note: Mentors do not need to be Licensed Acupuncturists.

Clinical Preceptorship:
Clinical Preceptorship is another student driven process intended to allow for doctoral students to experience a broad spectrum of clinical training opportunities in other areas pertinent to the individual resident’s education and professional interests. The Clinical Preceptorship may be comprised of teaching at approved institutions, involving academic instruction, clinical supervision and/or other approved education activities. Mentorship programs can be included in this category under a licensed acupuncturist.

Research/Writing Projects:
A student who has an interest in research and writing may engage in projects that are intended for publication in a peer reviewed journal. The paper or case study must be written and approved by the Program Dean and intentions for publication needs to be articulated and submitted.

Case Studies
Engage in additional case study classes to expand knowledge of integrated care (totaling 90 hours). If this option is chosen, this should be decided early on in the program due to program offerings.

Please meet with the Dean to discuss the various options available for your clinical training.



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Unlock the Next Level of Excellence in TCM with YSU's Online DAcChm Program

Embark on a Transformative Journey:

Yo San University's Online Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcChm) program is an innovative, one-year completion degree program meticulously designed for practitioners who have already achieved a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This program is uniquely structured to blend ancient Taoist healing techniques with modern integrative medicine, offering a deep dive into advanced aspects of acupuncture and herbal therapy.

Program Overview:

  • Duration: 1 year, fully online
  • Eligibility: Practitioners with a Master's degree in TCM
  • Focus: Advanced clinical skills, integrative medicine, research methodologies
  • Outcome: Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcChm)

Advanced Curriculum Tailored for Excellence:

Our curriculum, compliant with the standards set by the NCCAOM and the California Acupuncture Board, covers advanced clinical skills, cutting-edge research in acupuncture and herbal medicine, and integrative approaches to patient care. Courses are taught by renowned experts who blend scholarly research with practical expertise.

Flexible Online Learning:

Designed for busy professionals, our program offers the flexibility of online learning without compromising the depth and quality of a traditional doctoral program. Interactive sessions, engaging online resources, and a supportive learning community ensure a comprehensive educational experience.

Career Advancement:

Graduates of the DAcChm program are poised to become leaders in the field of TCM. This degree opens doors to advanced clinical practice, academic positions, research opportunities, and a higher level of professional recognition.

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Course Descriptions
In-person and Online Acupuncture Doctorate Degree Program at Yo San University

Taoist Acupuncture - PD350
Instructor: Dr. Daoshing Ni, PhD, LAc

Taoist Acupuncture Course Summary

The Taoist Acupuncture course delves into the principles of Taoist philosophy and their application in acupuncture practice. It covers foundational Taoist concepts like Yin-Yang balance, Five Elements theory, and the influence of cosmic principles as per the I Ching. The course integrates these principles with practical acupuncture techniques, focusing on the meridian system, point selection, and needling methods. It also explores Taoist health cultivation practices, emphasizing lifestyle and spiritual aspects for overall well-being. Specialized topics include the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, the Five Phases and Six Divisions of Yin and Yang, and the twelve earthly branches, all key to understanding and applying Taoist principles in clinical practice. The course balances traditional Taoist wisdom with modern clinical applications, aiming for a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding Taoist Philosophy and Principles: Grasp the core Taoist concepts such as Yin-Yang, Five Elements, and Taoist cosmology, and their relevance to health and acupuncture.
  2. Proficiency in Acupuncture Techniques: Gain skills in identifying and utilizing acupuncture points, along with mastering various needling techniques.
  3. Knowledge of the Meridian System: Understand the Jing Luo (meridian) system and its connection to different organs and health conditions.
  4. Application of the I Ching in Clinical Practice: Learn how to integrate the principles of the I Ching, including Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, into diagnostic and treatment strategies.
  5. Taoist Health Cultivation Practices: Acquire knowledge of Taoist Yangsheng practices for lifestyle and wellness, including diet, exercise, and spiritual practices.
  6. Clinical Applications and Case Studies: Ability to assess patient conditions using Taoist diagnostic methods, with a focus on pattern differentiation and treatment planning.
  7. Holistic Treatment Approach: Understand and apply a holistic approach to health, treating the individual as a whole (physical, mental, and spiritual aspects) rather than just symptoms.
  8. Integration of Taoist Wisdom with Modern Practice: Blend traditional Taoist principles with contemporary medical knowledge for effective acupuncture treatment.
  9. Development of Personalized Treatment Plans: Learn to develop and adapt treatment strategies based on individual patient needs, emphasizing a patient-centered approach.
  10. Critical Thinking and Adaptability: Cultivate the ability to think critically and adaptively in applying Taoist principles and acupuncture techniques in various clinical scenarios.

This course equips students with a deep understanding of Taoist acupuncture, enabling them to apply these age-old principles effectively in modern clinical practice for holistic health and wellness.


Outline of Taoist Acupuncture Course

Each topic in the Taoist Acupuncture course contributes to a comprehensive understanding of how Taoist philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine principles can be applied in modern acupuncture practice. The foundational teachings provide the philosophical and theoretical backdrop, which informs the practical aspects of acupuncture. The course progresses from theory to practice, ensuring that students grasp the underlying principles before moving on to clinical applications. The holistic approach emphasizes treating the individual as a whole, integrating physical, mental, and spiritual health, which is central to Taoist thought and acupuncture practice.

I. Foundations of Taoist Philosophy

  • Yin and Yang: Understanding the balance of opposites and its impact on health.
  • Five Elements Theory: Exploration of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water in health.
  • Taoist Cosmology: Universe's origins and its relation to human life and health.
  • He Tu and Luo Shu: Foundational Taoist cosmological concepts that are crucial for understanding the universe's energetic principles.
  • I Ching (Book of Changes): Integration of its principles into acupuncture practice.

II. Acupuncture Theory and Techniques

  • Meridian System (Jing Luo):
    • Understanding of energy channels.
    • Relationships between meridians and organs.
  • Acupuncture Points:
    • Identification and functions of key points.
    • Point selection strategies.
  • Needling Techniques:
    • Various methods of needle insertion and manipulation.
    • Safety and efficacy considerations.

III. Taoist Health Cultivation (Yangsheng)

  • Lifestyle and Wellness:
    • Diet, exercise, and meditation practices.
    • Connection to acupuncture and overall health.
  • Spiritual Aspects:
    • Incorporation of spiritual practices in healing.
    • Role of mindfulness and inner balance.

IV. Specialized Taoist Acupuncture Practices

  • Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches:
    • Use in diagnostic methods and treatment planning.
    • Relationship with the timing of acupuncture.
  • Five Phases and Six Divisions of Yin and Yang:
    • Detailed study of elemental and energetic cycles.
    • Clinical application in diagnosis and treatment.
  • Zi Chou Yi Mao and other Branches:
    • Understanding the 12 earthly branches.
    • Their impact on acupuncture treatment and energy flow.

V. Clinical Applications and Case Studies

  • Diagnosis and Pattern Differentiation:
    • Methods for assessing patients based on Taoist principles.
    • Case studies illustrating practical applications.
  • Treatment Planning and Strategies:
    • Developing comprehensive treatment plans.
    • Adaptability and patient-centered approaches.

VI. Integration and Holistic Approach

  • Linking Theory and Practice:
    • Application of Taoist concepts in contemporary acupuncture practice.
    • Balancing traditional wisdom with modern medical knowledge.
  • Holistic Health and Wellness:
    • Emphasis on treating the whole person, not just symptoms.
    • The role of acupuncture in broader health maintenance.


Dr. Daoshing Ni is the cofounder of Yo San University and a published author, educator, and TCM practitioner well-known and respected for his special interest in reproductive medicine and gynecology. Dr. Dao started his studies in Chinese medicine with his father, Hua-Ching Ni, at an early age. After earning his OMD. and PhD in Oriental Medicine, he pursued advanced studies in internal medicine, gynecology, and pediatrics at both Beijing and Nanjing Colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Dr. Dao is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society, and American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. An active faculty in the DAOM program at Yo San University, Dr. Dao is the author of Tao of Fertility and co-author of Sitting Moon: A Guide to Rejuvenation after Pregnancy.

Taoist Medicine - PD 430
Instructor: Dr. Rob Hoffman, DAOM, LAc

We are pleased to announce a new course in our DAcCHM degree, PD430 Taoist Medicine, taught by Dr. Robert Hoffman.
What is Taoist medicine? Taoist medicine, when properly engaged, embraces a broad set of healing and self-cultivation practices that are intimately tied to lineage, ritual and the very Dao itself. Though Taoist practice and Chinese medicine emerge from the earliest traditions of Chinese culture and travel many of the same developmental pathways in their 2000+ year history, they are often disparate, despite their shared vocabulary.

Taoist medicine is a relatively modern term often used to describe practices which are apart from modern TCM and qigong practice.

In this 15-hour course, we will explore the history of Taoist medicine, it’s lineages and practices, and seek to understand how these might be engaged in modern clinical practice.

Dr. Robert Hoffman is a 23rd generation Quanzhen Longmen Daoist in the Dan Tai Bidong Zong sect. He has been studying Taoism and Buddhism for over 20-years, and in that time, has traveled throughout China and Japan to further his studies. With his teachers, Josh Paynter and Jack Schaefer, Dr. Hoffman has engaged in Taoist ritual practice, scriptural study and the use of Taoist talismans.




1 - Understand the development of Taoism and Chinese medicine

2 - Gain understanding of the importance of Taoist ritual and practice

3 - Enhance student awareness of Chinese textual sources


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1 - Describe the concepts, principles, theories and terminology utilized in Taoist medicine

2 - Apply knowledge of Chinese natural sciences, Taoism and Chinese medicine to their personal cultivation and clinical practice

3 - Demonstrate critical reflection on their professional knowledge and skills, incorporating new perspectives of Taoist practice and medicine

Integrative Medicine II: Chinese Herbs and Modern Disorders - PD420

Instructor: Peter Holmes, LAc

As practitioners of Chinese Medicine, we have a unique opportunity to tap into an overlooked resource. Since the 1960s, researchers in China and Japan have actively been investigating the pharmacological properties of Chinese Herbs. These herb properties directly address tissue pathologies such as inflammation, allergy and infection, they are highly relevant to effective treatment of the many metabolic, neurological and endocrine disorders currently seen in modern society. In China, doctors of both Western and Chinese Medicine routinely make use of modern herb findings when formulation formulas for their patients. We too have the opportunity to integrate these into our practice. This course will present research based functions of important Chinese herbs and their expanded clinical applications in full detail, along with examples of formula building and traditional formula modification.

Peter Holmes is an English-trained medical herbalist, essential oil therapist and practitioner of Chinese medicine with over 35 years' experience of using herbal and essential oil medicines in clinical practice. His extensive training included studies with Oriental Medicine doctors Ted Kaptchuk and Giovanni Maciocia; medical herbalist and pharmacist Henri Verdier in Paris, France; medical herbalist Christopher Hedley in London, England; and Chinese medicine sinologist Elisabeth Roche-Vallee in Paris, France.

Peter brings to his courses and seminars over 35 years of study, clinical practice and teaching experience with Western herbs, Chinese herbs and essential oils. He has explored and developed both the physiological and psychological aspects of using essential oils in treatment. He has specifically pioneered their clinical use with acupuncture and bodywork since 1982 and in 2011 co-founded Aroma Acupoint Therapy


Instructors: Jamie Boyd, DAOM, LAc and Yolanda Reid, MD

To excel as a health care professional, you should have a few tools in your medical bag beyond instruments and medications which are critical to your patients’ health and wellbeing. These tools include communications skills, empathy, and patience. Learning to listen, process, and understand your patient’s experience will promote wellness, especially if used in conjunction with integrative techniques. These tools can also be useful in helping to prevent burn-out among providers, as self-examination and insight can be an outlet for frustration and fatigue. Listening to one’s self--with empathy and caring—is like the oxygen mask you put on first, before your child, so you can better cope with the stresses of health care to survive and continue to help others.

This course will explore a breadth of communication and writing skills for multiple environments. We will approach this from the ethics and persona of our archetype, the Sage physician, as mentioned in Classical Chinese texts. As healthcare teams become prominent, enhanced communication among different fields of education and service grow is needed. How can you best communicate and collaborate with providers from different fields, such as medicine, nursing, etc.? (Especially if they speak the language of SOAP notes?) If you’re working with a mentor or in research to complete your education, how can you frame and develop your research reports and journal articles to promote their publication in the appropriate media? If you’re facing a patient in distress, how can a reporter’s skills translate into the 5 W’s of “getting the story”, i.e. the history, you need to develop a treatment approach?

Fiction writers such as Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, Somerset Maugham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Carlos Williams, and Tess Gerritsen started their careers as doctors. Conan Doyle based his renowned character of Sherlock Holmes on his Edinburgh University professor, Joseph Bell. The inductive skills that Conan Doyle learned in his medical studies, he could later apply to criminal detection, and facilitate the recovery of justice. Writing can take the inner thoughts shared with you by your patients, as well as your own, and process them on paper to provide insight and direction for your and your patient’s benefit.

The syllabus below touches on a breadth of skills in writing that will be valuable in your profession in the years to come. The class will be participatory, with presentation of some background material in each session, followed by the implementation of workshops and round tables to perform in-class writing exercises relevant to the presentation, along with opportunities to present homework assignments for supportive input and feedback from the faculty and your classmates. We look forward to listening to you, and helping you further develop your skills, empathy, and patience—for you and your patients.


Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Communicate with other health care professionals in appropriate terms

2. write and revise materials for clarity of content and communication, precision, and

appropriate tone, length and language for specific communication goals related to AOM


3. Have the opportunity to develop a handbook/’bible’ for their office and future office staff in

establishing communication standards in practice.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Recognize and describe the essentials of good written and verbal communication skills for

TCM professionals.

2. Apply knowledge of skills and concepts in writing and speaking communications to an array

of verbal and written communication tasks in the profession of TCM.

3. Know the difference between medical reporting, business communication, and creative non-

fiction in professional writing and media.

Yolanda "Linda" Reid Chassiakos, MD, FAAP, FACP, is a physician/journalist/author of award-winning fiction and non-fiction. She completed medical school and residency in Pediatrics at Georgetown University, and served as a Lt. Commander in the US Navy, stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital as Assistant Head of the Ambulatory Branch Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. After a commendation and honorable discharge, she worked for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and as a medical editor and feature reporter for the CBS station's Eyewitness News in Washington, DC. She was hired by Lifetime Medical Television in Los Angeles to produce, write, and host medical education programs for professionals and the public, and wrote essays and columns for the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Tribune International, and HuffPost. Dr. Chassiakos was a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA for 35 years, and served as the Chair of the Medical Staff for the UCLA Ashe Center.until 2000, when she moved to CSU Northridge and served as Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Klotz Student Health Center for 21 years. She then Dr. Chassiakos co-edited two non-fiction books, Collaborations Across the Disciplines in Healthcare and New Leadership for Today's Health Professionals . She is the co-author, with Deborah Shlian MD, of the medical thriller series Dead Air, Devil Wind, and Deep Waters, and the author of the award-winning Science Fiction/Fantasy The Zygan Emprise Trilogy. She and her husband are the proud parents of three wonderful young adults.

Dr. Jamie Boyd is a free-spirited mother of two radiant kiddos and the owner of Whole Family Wellness Center. She has been in clinical practice and family medicine since 2006. She earned her MSTOM in 2006 and her DAOM in 2021. Jamie has an unending curiosity about medicine and healing. She has a deep love of Classical Chinese Medicine and current allopathic medicine. In her practice, she rests in both worlds and calls upon the wisdom of both systems to inspire fresh perspectives and treatments for her patients. She deeply respects allopathic diagnostic technology and Classical Chinese Medicine’s logic and 3000-year-old treatment strategies. She integrates both to help support the healing process using acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine.

The Art of Doctoring: Manifestations of Compassion in Modern Multimodal Clinical Doctoring Inspired by the Sage Physician in Classical Chinese Medicine, was an IRB approved study, surveying compassionate clinical doctoring in multimodal settings. Using the data, she created a training program to inspire compassionate clinical doctoring and to improve doctor burnout in the clinical exchange.


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Bita Yadidi

This place is very special and magical. I feel very blessed and grateful to be able to receive this kind of medicine. And also the Ni family, 38 generations and getting that transmitted to us, that ancient wisdom that we seem to forget. I’m grateful to receive that.

Bita Yadidi, L.Ac. Yo San University Doctoral Student

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