Doctor Of Chinese Medicine Program – Curriculum Overview

Degree offered

  • Doctor of Chinese Medicine (DCM)

Program length

  • 10 trimesters or just over three years

Program schedule and credits

  • Full-time day program, classes held Monday through Friday
  • Doctor of Chinese Medicine: 178 trimester credits

Program admission

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Curriculum organization
Doctor of Chinese Medicine

The curriculum for the Doctor of Chinese Medicine program provides comprehensive education and training in the following areas:

  • Cultural and philosophical foundations of traditional Chinese medicine
  • Traditional Chinese medical concepts (physiology, pathology, diagnostics, point location and point energetics)
  • Acupuncture treatment principles and practical skills
  • Herbal formulas and strategies
  • Tui Na
  • Related studies, including introductory Chinese language skills, ethics and practice management
  • Qi cultivation
  • Nutrition
  • Biomedical clinical sciences to a level required for competence in contemporary practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine
  • Clinical internships

Clinical requirements include:

  • Three additional clinical shifts beyond what is required for the Master of Chinese Medicine degree

Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University’s discretion.