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.

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.


Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)


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.


Already have your Master’s in Acupuncture and Chinese or Oriental Medicine?  We offer a doctoral degree completion program for students who are ready to advance in their expertise and education.

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACMCP)


The Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACMCP) is designed for graduates of ACAOM-approved Master’s programs with at least 90 college semester units (or 135 quarter units) of undergraduate studies who wish to complete their doctorate. To find out more about this program or apply, click here.


ACTCM accepts applications for the MSTCM, DACM, and DACM Completion Programs in Fall and Spring. Please contact to see if there is still room available in your program of interest. Applications are accepted through the CIIS online portal. You will be redirected to this site when you click “apply now.”

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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 to discuss their options.
  3. English language competency, demonstrated by one of the following:


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



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

All transcripts from schools outside the United States and Canada must be sent, at the applicant’s expense, to World Education Services (WES) foreign credential evaluation service. A course-by-course report* is required for all programs and will be used in lieu of the CIIS application requirement for original transcripts. CIIS accepts the WES ‘Basic’ report, but applicants may wish to complete the ‘ICAP’.

CIIS will also accept foreign credential evaluations that are in a comprehensive course-by-course format from the current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

To apply to the DACM Completion Program (DACMCP) program you must have completed the following:

Applicants must meet the above requirements for the MSTCM and DACM programs, plus 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. 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 DACM Completion Program.

 How to Apply

To apply to the MSTCM, DACM or DACM Completion Programs, you will need to prepare the following materials: 

• A completed online application with the following
• Application fee ($65)
• Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended
• 2 Letters of Recommendation 

• A current resume
• A Statement of Purpose essay

International Student Information

Transfer Student Information

Items Required Upon Acceptance

Upon notification of acceptance, students must submit the following directly to the Admissions Office:  

 An enrollment deposit of $300 (applied to tuition charges). 


Application deadlines are as follows for every academic year:*

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

* A completed 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.

**If you only learn of us after these deadlines and still wish to apply, please reach out to the admissions counselor for your program to see if there is still space available.

To discuss which degree is right for you, contact Admissions

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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