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Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH)

Grow the skillset needed to thrive as an acupuncturist in an integrative healthcare environment.

The two-semester, 20-credit Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH) program prepares students to meet the demands of today’s healthcare field and serve successfully as part of an integrative healthcare team. This program is designed for those who have completed a master’s level program in acupuncture or acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization.

Students gain an understanding of the healthcare practices and policies that guide collaborative care, and they explore models of integrative health and pain management. They learn directly from leaders in the emerging field of integrative health and develop a foundation of research competencies to guide explorations of integrative healthcare improvement, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovative Clinical Experiences

The program features extensive training in the latest theories and clinical approaches in integrative pain management as it relates to the application of acupuncture. Students learn from leading clinicians and educators in the field of integrative pain management from various areas such as nursing, physical therapy, physician’s assistant studies, pharmacy, occupational therapy, diagnostic medical imaging, chiropractic, and naturopathy. Practitioners from these various fields discuss best practices for the delivery of the highest-quality, patient-centered care. Students take part in clinical theater-style learning experiences focused on team-based approaches to healthcare. This allows students to differentiate between models of care and treatment modalities to best guide patient care.

Emphasis on Scholarship

DAIH candidates learn the difference between evidence-based medicine and evidence-informed practice. Students are trained to use the evidence base to modify treatment plans and to improve and guide patient care. Innovative clinical experiences are enriched through extensive reading and analysis of literature related to best practices and challenges in patient care.

Candidates for admission to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH) Degree Completion Program must have satisfactorily completed at least three (3) years of undergraduate-level education (90-semester credits or 135 quarter credits) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Candidates must demonstrate English language competency by one of the following means:

1. The student must have completed a two-year (60-semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution where English was both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum:

I. accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or
II. in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.

In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used.

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) - Acceptable score: TOEFL iBT total score – 80; or

3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format - Acceptable score: IELTS overall band score – 6.5.

Prerequisite undergraduate-level education required for admission to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health must include chemistry, biology, and psychology. MCPHS University offers professional-level programmatic courses in chemistry, biology, and psychology in lieu of program admission prerequisites.

Doctoral degree completion students must have satisfactorily completed a master’s-level program in acupuncture or acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited program or institution.

In considering the acceptance of education and training obtained in foreign countries, credits earned at a foreign educational institution must be validated to be equivalent to a master’s degree by a recognized educational credentials evaluation service.

All applicants will undergo a comprehensive admissions assessment, including transcript analysis, that demonstrates that all applicable master’s-level coursework completed is equivalent to the program’s published degree requirements in terms of content, rigor, and the attainment of master’s-level professional competencies.

Credits earned more than five (5) years prior to admission may only be accepted for transfer credit after validating that the student has retained the content knowledge and competencies of the respective course(s) for which transfer credits are being assessed.

All official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and supporting materials can be sent to:

Worcester Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
508.373.5607 or 800.225.5506


Fall Term

SARES 700 Research Design & Evaluation 3
SADAC 810 Professional Development: Lifelong Learning 2
SADAC 811 Systems Based Medicine: Patient Care Systems 3
SADAC 812 Systems Based Medicine: Collaborative Care 2
TOTAL   10

Spring Term

SADAC 820 Advanced Diagnostic Studies 2
SADAC 821 Integrative Acupuncture Pain Management 4
SADAC 822 Integrative Acupuncture Clinic 4

Upon successful completion of our Doctor of Acupuncture & Integrative Health (DAIH), degree completion program, students will be able to:

  • Serve successfully as part of an integrative healthcare team.
  • Evaluate published research to guide healthcare improvement, innovation, and interprofessional delivery.
  • Exhibit an understanding of healthcare practices and policies across the healthcare system.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to engage in lifelong learning and regular self-assessment to achieve continuous professional growth.
For more detailed information, visit the “Online” section of Tuition and Fees.

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of DAIH faculty


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