SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2014 – The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) continues to be at the forefront of Chinese medicine education with the launch of the first professional doctorate, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). Starting in September of 2015, the program will welcome the inaugural cohort of students to the DACM program. The DACM at ACTCM at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is the first and only program of its kind approved by both the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). ACAOM is the national accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to establish policies and standards for educational programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. To sit for the NCCAOM (national board) exams, students must graduate from an ACAOM approved program. Currently, only ACTCM has approval from both commissions.
The new DACM program will be part of a rigorous program that prepares students for the acupuncture profession and licensure. The DACM faculty are some of the world’s greatest Chinese medical practitioners. Under their guidance, students will focus on integrative care and specialty areas such as Chinese medical classics, orthopedics and Chinese medical oncology. The curriculum, a further evolution of ACTCM’s esteemed Master’s degree program includes such areas of systems based medicine and cultural issues in healthcare. Clinical training starts at the very beginning of the program, alongside the study of Chinese medicinal theory, acupuncture therapeutics, herbal medicine and integration with Western medicine. DACM students will also explore Western and Chinese medical research scholarship. Through its clinical focus, the DACM provides students with the advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to work as a team member in the modern healthcare system.
2015 marks the 35th year for ACTCM as San Francisco’s graduate school for acupuncturists and as the American leader in Chinese medicine education. The college celebrates not only its long history of accomplishments, but the future of its programs and community. ACTCM at CIIS will lead in integration of Eastern and Western health perspectives and practices in the U.S. When today’s unique attributes of San Francisco health and wellness spread across the country, ACTCM at CIIS will continue to provide tomorrow’s ideas.
Founded in 1980 in San Francisco, The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is one of the oldest acupuncture and Chinese medicine colleges in the country. Distinguished faculty and a rigorous curriculum have established ACTCM as a truly exceptional program that brings in students from all over the world. ACTCM offers a master, first professional and post-graduate doctoral degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine as well as a broad selection of certificate programs, public classes, and continuing education courses.Recognized as “Best of the Bay,” the ACTCM Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic, and off-site clinics serve as a training ground for students while providing affordable health care services to the community.
On July 1, 2015 ACTCM will become the fourth college at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), joining the Schools of Professional Psychology and Health, Consciousness and Transformation, and Undergraduate Studies.