About Us


Founded in 1980 in San Francisco, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS is one of the oldest, most prestigious Chinese medicine schools in the U.S. 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 master’s and doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine as well as public programs and continuing education courses through CIIS. Our students, alumni, and faculty are deeply engaged in the acupuncture community and are leaders at the forefront of integrative care, research, public health, and holistic wellness.

ACTCM joined California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) as its fourth school in 2015. The merger has expanded resources and opportunities for acupuncture and mental health education and research. ACTCM at CIIS is proud to be the first institution to be approved by both the national programmatic accreditor (ACAOM) and the regional accreditor (WASCUC) to offer a first professional doctorate.

Recognized as “Best of the Bay”, the ACTCM Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic, and off-site clinics serve as a training ground for students while providing affordable health care services to the community. The college has also been honored for its strong leadership role in promoting sustainable health care, particularly through protecting endangered species with WWF, AAF, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Save the Tiger Fund.

Our Mission ACTCM at CIIS will provide an exemplary professional education and quality patient care in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and related health care fields.

Our Vision ACTCM at CIIS will be an international center of educational excellence that advances professional collaboration and sustainability in Chinese medicine and health care.

Our Core Values ACTCM at CIIS embraces the philosophy and spirit of Traditional Chinese Medicine and seeks to embody the following values in every endeavor: