Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)
Founded in 1980, ACTCM is one of the oldest Traditional Chinese Medicine colleges in the country and was the first in the nation to be approved to offer the Master's of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. ACTCM has been honored for its curriculum, faculty and clinic, and voted "Best of the Bay" by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The college has also been honored for its role in animal conservation and partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Save the Tiger Fund.
Become a Licensed Acupuncturist!
The Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) is the entry level degree for professional licensure in the state of California and other states across the country. This is the path you want to choose if you want a fulfilling career helping others achieve optimal health!
The MSTCM program is a comprehensive program designed to lead students to the level of knowledge and clinical proficiency necessary to become a successful independent health care provider—whether as an individual practitioner or as part of an integrative medicine team. From the very beginning of the program, ACTCM emphasizes hands-on clinical training in conjunction with the study of theoretical material, allowing students to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the depth of the medicine.
Why Choose ACTCM?
Achievement: We are proud to report that ACTCM students consistently have some of the highest scores on the California Licensing and National exams. We support our students by providing access to one of the largest and most comprehensive TCM libraries in the country, providing students with over 60,000 texts and hundreds of video resources to compliment student learning. Services such as our student-mentorship program, student tutoring, weekly Brown Bag Lunch presentations, and career workshops aid in student success both in school and in practice after graduation.
World Renowned Faculty
: Students have the chance to learn and train alongside leading acupuncturists in the field while earning their degree. Our faculty cosist of both Western- and Chinese-trained practitioners who have experience working in integrative medicine and the understanding necessary for dealing with the health problems of today's modern society. Our faculty have been carefully selected for their vast clinical experience and knowledge of TCM, as well as for their ability to transfer this information and skill to students. ACTCM requires that all faculty teaching in a classroom have 5-years experience practicing TCM and 10-years experience if teaching in our Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic.
Award-Winning Clinic Experience: ACTCM is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive and diverse clinical experiences in the country. In addition to an optional clinical internship in China, students at ACTCM have the opportunity to work as interns in multiple specialized clinical sites located throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. ACTCM's on-site Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic and Auricular Clinic provide over 20,000 low-cost acupuncture treatments to San Francsico Bay Area residents each year. In addition, ACTCM interns participate in multiple off campus externship sites and log hundreds of hours of community service annually.
Specialty in Herbal Education
: Our campus is surrounded by an Herbal Garden
which contains over 150 types of herbs and plants that hail from China, Japan, Korea, Europe and North and South America. The herbal garden is one of the first such gardens at an acupuncture school in the U.S. and serves as an educational tool by providing an opportunity to see herbs in different stages, teaching students how they grow and thrive, as well as their properties.The ACTCM Clinic features its own full-service herbal pharmacy that carries an extensive selection of high-quality herbs and medicines in raw, powered, and pill form and features an Herbal Clinic to address patients' needs through specialized herbal prescriptions.
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