Admissions

We are as passionate about academic excellence as you are about helping others through healing. Our competitive admissions standards, challenging curriculum, and small class sizes reflect the quality of education you would expect from top-tier schools like US–institutions that are home to the best of the best.

Beginning your Chinese medicine career?  We offer two entry-level degree programs to students who are ready to start their career in traditional Chinese medicine.

Already a licensed acupuncturist?  We offer two doctoral-level degree programs for students who are ready to advance in their expertise and education, and are already practicing in the field and/or are licensed.

ACTCM is currently accepting applications for the MSTCM, DACM, Transitional DACM programs. Applications are accepted through the CIIS online portal, myCIIS. You will be redirected to this site when you click “apply now.”

Ready to enroll?
Click the button to apply to your ACTCM degree program.

Check out our course catalog and learn more about classes offered in each program.


Mark Your Calendar!

CIIS General Open House
February 9th, 2019

10A
M – 3PM PST

MSTCM/DACM Open House
February 12th, 2019

10AM – 2:30PM PST

Can’t make it to an open house? Call us to schedule a visit or watch a recorded online info session.


Our Degree Programs

Master in Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)

kaylahclass1Our master’s program is one of the most comprehensive in the U.S. Alumni practice all over the world, and are successful, independent practitioners as well as members of integrative medicine teams. ACTCM’s master’s licensure rate is consistently one of the highest in the country. To find out more about this program or to apply, click here.

MSTCM/DACM fact sheet

 

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)

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Our DACM program is the first “first professional doctorate” to receive national approval from the accrediting organization ACAOM. Students receive both MSTCM and DACM degrees upon graduation. This program is designed for acupuncturists who are beginning their career and wish to enter the field on the doctoral level. To find out more about this program or to apply, click here.

MSTCM/DACM fact sheet

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

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The DAOM program is designed for licensed acupuncturists looking to focus on integrative medicine, deepen their TCM knowledge and skills, and specialize in TCM pain management or TCM women’s health. To find out more or apply, click here.

 

Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)

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The transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (transitional DACM) is designed for all graduates of U.S. master’s degree programs from ACAOM accredited or candidate programs with at least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) from undergraduate studies and the completion of biology, chemistry and psychology courses who wish to enter the first professional doctoral program. Please contact Admissions, 415-401-0464 for our direct line or ACTCMadmissions@ciis.edu for more details.

Transitional DACM Fact Sheet


Side-by-Side Comparison of ACTCM at CIIS Degrees

DEGREEMaster of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (transitional DACM)Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)
Who is the program for?The MSTCM is a first professional master’s degree designed for those wishing to enter the acupuncture profession.The DACM is a first professional doctoral degree designed for those wishing to enter the acupuncture profession.The transitional DACM is designed for acupuncturists who hold an MSTCM degree and wish to achieve the advanced competencies in the DACM program.The DAOM is a postgraduate doctorate for acupuncturists wishing to specialize in pain management and women’s health.
Goals of the programFirst professional master’s degree leading to licensure as a licensed acupuncturist
First professional doctoral degree leading to licensure as a licensed acupuncturist, including more advanced skills in the areas of systems-based medicine, integrative care and the application of research to clinical practiceDegree for graduates of the MSTCM program who wish to develop the more advanced skills found in the DACM program, including systems- based medicine, integrative care and the application of research to clinical practiceDegree specializing in advanced skills in pain management, women’s health and integrative care, as well as the application of research literature to clinical practice
Clinical trainingYesYesNoYes
Students may complete part of their clinical training in China and apply these hours toward their degree.)YesYesNoYes
Prior education required to enter
3 years of undergraduate training3 years of undergraduate trainingMSTCMMaster’s degree in Oriental Medicine or equivalent
Program length176 semester credits
3,120 hours (full-time: 3.5 to 4 years)
192 semester credits
3,390 hours (full-time: 4 years)
21 credits
315 hours (2 semesters)
42.75 semester credits
1,225 hours (full-time: 2 years plus 1 semester)
Program formatClassroom plus clinical trainingClassroom plus clinical trainingClassroom plus online componentClassroom plus clinical training
Program scheduleWeekly classes and clinic shiftsWeekly classes and clinic shiftsMonthly weekend modules (Friday through Monday) plus online componentMonthly weekend modules (Friday through Monday)
Research componentCoursework on research in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.Coursework on acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Application of research to clinical practice.Coursework on acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Application of research to clinical practice.Coursework on acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Application of research to clinical practice. Includes Capstone thesis.
Capstone thesisNoNoNoYes
Estimated tuition$87,120$95,040$10,395$33,474
Location of didactic work Arkansas and De Haro campuses, external clinic sitesArkansas and De Haro campuses, external clinic sitesNone De Haro campus and external clinic sites

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Entry Requirements

To apply to the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) program or the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), you must have completed the following:

  1. A minimum of 90 semester- or 135 quarter-units from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a foreign equivalent.* Credits must be at the college level and be applicable toward a degree program such as an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant, and ACTCM will consider prospective students whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions [link to email:admissions@actcm.edu] to discuss their options.
  3. Demonstrated competency in English, or a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL test for international students.

*Approval status for the foreign equivalency of each institution will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

To apply to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program you must have completed the following:

  1. Graduation from an accredited program (or candidate for accreditation) in Oriental Medicine, or foreign equivalent.*      OR
  2.  A minimum of 10 years documented experience, plus formal college training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Applicants must provide ACTCM with official transcripts and may need to take challenge examinations in areas identified by the Admissions Committee.
  3. Good academic and financial standing at the last institution attended.
  4. Demonstrated competency in English, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) TOEFL test for international students.

*Approval status for the foreign equivalency of each institution will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

To apply to the Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (transitional DACM) program you must have completed the following:

  1. Graduation from a Master’s degree program in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine or Oriental Medicine accredited by (or in candidate status with) the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, or the foreign equivalent, with at least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) from undergraduate studies and the proof of completion of general biology, general chemistry and general psychology courses. Status of each institution or foreign equivalent will be determined by the Admissions Committee.
  2. In good standing at the last educational institution attended.
  3. ACTCM will not accept non-matriculated students into the transitional DACM program.

 How to Apply

To apply to the MSTCM, DACM or transitional DACM programs, you will need to prepare the following materials: 

• A completed Application Form
• Application fee ($65)
• Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended
• 2 Letters of Recommendation

• A current resume
• A Statement of Purpose essay

To apply to the DAOM program you will also need:

International Student Information

Transfer Student Information


Deadlines

Application deadlines are as follows:*

Semester Application Deadline
Summer 2019 Semester  April 1, 2019
Fall 2019 Semester  August 1, 2019
Spring 2019 Semester  December 1, 2018

* A completed ACTCM Health Certificate will be required upon acceptance. Applications submitted after the application deadline will still be considered. Priority, however, is given to those individuals whose applications are received before the official deadline.

To discuss which degree is right for you, contact Admissions at 415-401-0464 or email ACTCMadmissions@ciis.edu.

 


Financial Aid and Tuition

Our financial aid program is designed to make ACTCM affordable to accepted students. Approximately 80 percent of our students receive some form of aid from federal, state, and institutional sources. Apply for Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees for all programs can be found here.

 

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