Accreditation & Approval

The Master of Science of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) - the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Chinese medicine practitioners. 

The following programs offered by California Institute of Integral Studies are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) (now ACAHM): 
(1) Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization [currently named Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine] 
(2) Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization [currently named Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine]
• including a Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine specialization degree completion track 
(3) Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
California Institute of Integral Studies has voluntarily ceased enrolling students in the advanced practice Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program after May 2019 and has instituted an ACAOM approved teach-out plan for all currently enrolled students. During the teach-out period, the program maintains the current accredited status. 
 
Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAOM Directory
 
ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org

In 1986, ACTCM became the first college in the country to award a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM). In 1991, the College was granted accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), and re-approved in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2013, and 2021.

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) degree program was granted initial accreditation by the ACAHM in November 2018, effective through February 2025.

The DACM Completion Program is approved as an online program by WSCUC.

Since the merger with California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in July 2015, ACTCM as one of the four schools of CIIS, is institutionally accredited by WSCUC, a regional accreditor.

WSCUC is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100. Alameda,            CA 94501; phone (510) 748-9001.

Licensure and Certification

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS is approved by the California Acupuncture Board, and graduates of the MSTCM and DACM programs are eligible to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

For licensure information, contact: 

State of California Acupuncture Board

1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 180 
Sacramento, CA 95834 
Phone (916) 515-5200 
Fax (916) 928-2204

Graduates of the MSTCM and DACM programs at ACTCM are eligible to take both the national certification exam modules offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE). Graduates of the DACM Completion Program are only eligible for NCCAOM certification exams and the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam on the basis of their master’s-level degree, which is a pre-requisite for entry into the DACMCP. The DACMCP does not confer eligibility for certification or licensure on its own. 

The ability of an individual candidate to be licensed in a state is dependent on meeting the specific licensure requirements for that state. Graduation from an accredited acupuncture or Chinese medicine program does not guarantee licensure in a state. Please see specific licensure requirements for the state in which you intend to practice for more professional licensure information. 

Read detailed information on state licensure.

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