FAQ

Is ACTCM accredited?
What makes ACTCM unique?
What programs do you offer? How long do they take to complete?
Do you offer classes for the public?
I work and have other commitments. Do you offer flexible schedules?
Do you provide housing?
Do you offer the option to study abroad?
Where do I complete my clinical internship?
When do classes begin?
 When should I apply?
What are the admissions requirements?
Do you offer federal financial aid or scholarships?

Is ACTCM accredited?

Yes. As a college at CIIS, ACTCM is an institution accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and College (WSCUC). ACTCM’s MSTCM and DAOM programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). In addition, the program is approved by the California Acupuncture Board, which allows our graduates to sit for the California state exam.

What makes ACTCM unique?

With a solid academic curriculum, esteemed faculty, and a diverse student body and clinical experience, ACTCM’s program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation.

What programs do you offer? How long do they take to complete?

Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine – 3,120 hours

First Professional Doctorate – 3,510  hours.

Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – 1,225 hours

Transitional Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – 315 hours

And various classes for the public.

Do you offer classes for the public?

We offer public classes through the California Institute of Integral Studies. Classes are held occasionally at the ACTCM campus (such as Qi Gong). Check out our CIIS Public Programs & Performances.


I work and have other commitments. Do you offer flexible schedules?

Yes. The college is aware that many students are balancing their personal lives, work, and school while attending ACTCM. By offering day and evening classes on an accelerated, full-, ¾-, or ½-time basis, ACTCM is able to offer flexible scheduling to accommodate those with other commitments.

ACTCM has scheduled courses so that students in the standard full-time program of study will only have classes on Monday through Wednesday for the first 5 semesters of the program so that they can better plan for family and work commitments.

Do you provide housing?

Yes!  Student housing is located in the sunny Mission District of San Francisco, a 15 minute bus or bike ride to campus and steps away from trendy shops and restaurants. Click here for more information.

Do you have a study abroad program?

Yes. ACTCM is affiliated with the Yue Yang Hospital at Shanghai University and the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou.  Study abroad trips are run every year between the winter and spring quarters.

 Click here for more information.

Where do I complete my clinical internship?

In addition to ACTCM’s on-site community clinic, the college maintains numerous partnerships with local hospitals and clinics. These alliances provide ACTCM interns with the opportunity to do clinical rotations in diverse integrative care settings.

When do classes begin?

Classes begin three times a year during the first week of September, January, and May.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. However, we suggest you begin the application process around three to four months prior to your preferred start date. Under special circumstances we are able to process applications closer to the start of each semester.


What are the admissions requirements?

All students are required to meet the following requirements for admission:
• A minimum of 90 semester or 135 quarter units from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent
• A 3.0 GPA (GPA’s under 3.0 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.)
• Submission of a completed Application for Admission
• Completion of an interview with the Admissions Committee

Do you offer federal Financial Aid or Scholarships?

Yes. federal financial aid is available to students in the master’s degree program who qualify. Scholarships are also available. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

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