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    At the Forefront of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    ACTCM has been leading holistic, healing education for almost half a century. At our two Bay Area campuses, we’re constantly adapting to the changing demands of modern healthcare, integrating new research and methodologies with 3,000 years of Chinese medicine.

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    Career Choices, Stellar Pass Rates

    An ACTCM diploma distinguishes you in the field. Hands-on clinical experience and comprehensive coursework prepare you to practice the best patient-centered care.

    Our grads are sought after by hospitals, clinics, and universities. We also boast one of the highest pass rates on the licensure exam.

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    Teachers Invested in Your Success

    Our faculty are student-focused, engaged mentors who specialize in today’s most pressing issues, including women’s health and pain management.

    They’re passionate about your personal growth, professional development, and helping you build the relationships you need to succeed at ACTCM and flourish in your career.

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  • Mission-Driven, Diverse Students

    Learn with compassionate, creative, and deeply committed students who are shaping the future of integrative medicine.

    Study alongside peers with diverse work experience and education who share the same calling and are bringing Chinese medicine to underserved communities.

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    Hands-On Clinics +  Herb Garden

    Gain real-life experience and the confidence to treat patients at our acupuncture clinics. Intern at hospitals and health clinics in the Bay Area and China, where you learn to treat addiction, strokes, and women’s health issues.

    And tend to our student-run herb garden while you tend to your studies.

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ACTCM: A Half-Century of Health, Holism, & Chinese Medicine

ACTCM has been educating students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for almost half a century—teaching millennia-old traditional Chinese medicine, integrated with modern Western research and training. Students learn to use acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, massage, meditation, exercises, and movement to comprehensively treat chronic pain, illness, disease, trauma, addiction, and fertility.

Now in a world where healthcare means whole-body, patient-centered care, and choice, more and more patients are making informed decisions and choosing acupuncture. Prescribed by medical professionals and now part of many insurance plans, acupuncture is fast-becoming mainstream, not just an “alternative” option.

Our graduates are busy, thriving, and making their marks as Chinese medicine practitioners, researchers, and teachers—in community clinics, holistic businesses and alongside western medical practitioners in prestigious medical centers such as Stanford and UCSF.

We offer four nationally and regionally accredited degree programs taught by passionate teachers who are invested in your professional and personal growth. ACTCM’s merger with CIIS in 2015 has further expanded opportunities in integrative health through multimodal collaborations with the university’s broader mental health and wellness community.

Featured Blog Posts

Acupuncture for the People: ACTCM Alum María José Montijo on Volunteering in Puerto Rico

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Chinese Medicine is Gaining Ground in Mental Health Treatment

Nearly, one in five American adults suffers from mental illness, acco...

Acupuncture with Animals: Q & A with ACTCM Alum, Ella Woods

As part of our alumni Q&A series, we sat down with MSTCM and DAOM ...

ACTCM Alum Partners with UCSF to Shift Western Research Paradigm

After Developing a TCM Protocol to Treat Polycystic Kidney Disease, Dr...

Happenings at ACTCM

Contact us for a personal tour of our school or take a look at our recorded webinars.

Wednesday, June 26, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Webinar on Placenta Encapsulation: Risks and Benefits for Postpartum Recovery

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
ACTCM Open House

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