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AIMC’s Professional Doctorate Completion program is designed for current Acupuncturists with an MSOM or equivalent degree who want to achieve a doctoral education and expand their expertise while continuing to work full-time.

The doctoral level competencies enable graduates to fully utilize the scope of practice of a California licensed acupuncturist, including, ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic imaging, giving effective nutrition advice and exercise counseling, collaborating with other practitioners in patient care, and incorporating scholarship, research, evidence-based and functional medicine into clinical practice. Students will learn to utilize Japanese abdominal & pulse diagnosis with herbal medicine, Dr. Tan and Master Tung acupuncture for pain management, and other advanced, specialized treatment techniques.

Featured Instructors

Nigel Dawes

America’s Foremost Scholar of Japanese Kampo Medicine

Dr. Tamsin Lee, DA[o]M, LAc.


This program is designed with your work schedule in mind; courses are scheduled over one weekend per month and can be completed in as little as two trimesters (30 weeks) or courses can be spread out for up to 4 trimesters.

Didactic: 11.5 units (172.5 hours)
Clinic: 4.5 units (136 hours)
Total: 16 units (308.5 hours)


Master’s of Science Degree in Acupuncture (equivalent to AIMC’s MSOM) including 18 didactic units and 4 units of advanced clinical training in Integrative Medicine.


Due to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,the Spring 2022 Doctoral Completion program will be offered as a hybrid online & in-person program. Clinical hours can be completed through Externships arranged by the student in their local area or through AIMC Berkeley’s on-site and off-site Internship opportunities. Off-site internships are currently limited. On-site Internship opportunities will vary each semester based on demand and clinical interests.


Graduates in 2022 will be the final students to receive the distinguished “Doctor of Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine” (DAIM) title. Beginning in 2023, to comply with ACAOM regulations, graduates from AIMC Berkeley’s Doctoral Completion program will receive the title “Doctor of Acupuncture with a specialization in Chinese Herbal Medicine.”

AIMC/Meiji Alumni Tuition

TUITION: $7,200 ($450 per credit)

$5,600 ($350 per credit) for Spring 2022

Standard Tuition

TUITION: $8,320 ($520 per credit)

To celebrate the Doctorate Completion Track accreditation by ACAOM, we’re offering a discounted tuition of $350/unit to Alumni who enroll in Spring 2022!

Tuition cost does not include fees, books, or equipment for the program.

  • Approximate fees: $1105
  • Approximate books & equipment: $750

Partial tuition refunds are available for Externship clinic hours.


AIMC’s Professional Doctorate program is accredited by ACAOM as of August 2021. Pending the acceptance of our application with the Department of Education, students enrolled in the Doctoral Completion program may qualify for Federal Financial Aid in the form of Direct Unsubsidized loans and/or Graduate PLUS loans. Spring 2022 DAIM students who complete the application process in time will not be penalized for late payments due to this temporary processing delay. Financial Aid Applications due January 18th.

Two acupuncturists wearing doctorate graduation caps, gowns, and sashes, smile in a garden holding their diplomas

Becoming A Doctor

Open House Wednesday, November 17th, 5-6 PM

Join us online to gain a comprehensive overview of our Doctoral Completion program for Acupuncturists with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture or equivalent degree. We will include information about the curriculum, schedules, tuition, financial aid, and clinic opportunities.

Also, if you attend and decide to apply for the Spring 2022 term, your application fee of $100 will be waived.

Spring term begins mid-January.

To join us, contact Holly at 510-224-3178 or


"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."

- Master’s Student
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