At the Forefront of Holistic Care with an Acupuncture Doctorate
Our first professional doctorate is an exciting new degree program for people who wish to enter the acupuncture and Chinese medicine field at the doctoral level and do not have prior training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. At a time when acupuncture is an increasingly valued treatment in mainstream care for patient wellness, it is important for acupuncturists to be equipped with the knowledge, communication, and research skills to effectively work with other healthcare professionals. Our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) degree incorporates our master’s curriculum of Chinese medicine, acupuncture therapeutics, herbal medicine, biomedicine, and clinical training with an additional focus on integrative and collaborative healthcare, research literacy, and evidence-informed practices.
Program Start Dates: Spring (early January), Summer (early May), and Fall (early September)
ACTCM joined California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) as it fourth school in 2015. The merger expanded resources and opportunities for acupuncture and mental health education and research. With more than 40 years of rich history, ACTCM continues to lead and shape education in Chinese medicine through innovative programming, conservation and community activism, policy leadership, and collaborative partnerships. ACTCM at CIIS is proud to be the first institution in the United States to offer a first professional doctorate degree approved by a national accreditor (ACAOM) and a regional accreditor (WSCUC).
A History of Exemplary Education: Students receive the highest standards of instruction, in a scholarly academic environment that has one of the best reputation in the U.S. of producing knowledgeable healers and leaders at the forefront of acupuncture.
Herbal Education:Our herbal program is one of the most comprehensive in the U.S., with education in herbal theory, identification, and use of more than 500 herbs. Students have access to the herbal lab/clinic and student-run herbal garden containing over 150 types of herbs and plants that hail from China, Japan, Korea, Europe, and North and South America.
World Renowned Faculty: Faculty consists of both Western- and Eastern-trained practitioners who have experience working in integrative medicine and the knowledge to deal with the health problems of today’s modern society.
Top Scores on Licensure Exams: Our students consistently receive the highest scores on the national and California licensure exams. In 2016, 100% of our recent graduates passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE).
Nationally and Regionally Accredited: ACTCM is proud to be the first institution in the U.S. to offer a first professional doctorate degree approved by a national accreditor (ACAOM) and a regional accreditor (WSCUC). ACTCM continues to be at the forefront of transforming acupuncture and Chinese medicine education.
Partnerships with China: We offer a two-week study abroad program in Hangzhou, three-month scholarship studies in Henan, and postgraduate training opportunities with leading Chinese herbal company Tong Ren Tang.
Student Resources: ACTCM provides a student-mentorship program, tutoring, weekly lunch presentations, ACTCM scholarships, one of the largest TCM library collections, and career workshops to aid student success both in school and in practice after graduation.
Life in San Francisco: ACTCM is located in a diverse, vibrant city that attracts healers from around the world to practice, teach, and explore new models of integrative care.
Amazing Alum Community:Our alumni are pioneering new therapies and integrative care experiences, founding new health and holistic organizations, and bringing the benefits of TCM into new areas of health care around the world.