Accreditation & Approval

Both the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) degree program and the clinical Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree at ACTCM are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency for the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Programs that currently send candidates to the national exam modules offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine must be accredited or in candidacy by this commission. The California Acupuncture Board (CAB) requires that candidates for the California acupuncture licensing exam (CALE) be graduates from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program. Our MSTCM and DAOM programs are currently programmatically accredited by ACAOM.

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted continuing programmatic accreditation to the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS postgraduate doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, effective 24 February 2018. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed at:

ACAOM is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at:

8941 Aztec Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
Phone: (952) 212-2434
Fax: (952) 657-7068

Since our merger with California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in July 2015, ACTCM as one of the four schools at CIIS, is institutionally accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a regional accreditor. At this time, all of the programs offered by ACTCM at CIIS are regionally accredited by WSCUC, including our DACM program.

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA  94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001

Licensure and Certification

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS is approved by the California Acupuncture Board and graduates of the MSTCM program are eligible to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination. For licensure information contact:

State of California Acupuncture Board

1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 180
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 515-5200
Fax: (916) 928-2204

The comprehensive MSTCM program also meets the licensure requirements of most states that license practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, and prospective students are advised to contact the appropriate agency in the state in which they intend to practice for information on specific licensure requirements.

Graduates of the MSTCM program are eligible to take the examination and become certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). For more information, contact:

2025 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington DC, 20036
Phone: (888) 381-1140
Fax: (202) 381-1141



ACAOM granted permission for ACTCM to begin to offer a first professional doctorate program, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), in December 2014. The DACM program started its first cohort in September 2015.

The DACM is a first professional doctoral degree, allowing graduates to enter the acupuncture profession at the doctoral level. Designed for new applicants and master’s students in their first one to two years of training, the DACM degree is designed to meet the high standards of ACAOM, as well as meet the requirements for the California Acupuncture Board. To ensure that graduates with a DACM degree will be eligible for licensure in all states, CIIS will confer both the DACM and MSTCM degrees upon graduation from the DACM program. This means that prior to full accreditation from ACAOM, graduates will receive a regionally accredited doctorate as well as a masters degree that is both regionally and ACAOM accredited. The added advantage of receiving an articulated degree is that states such as New York, who for the time being will not recognize the DACM, will recognize the MSTCM, allowing a graduate of our fist professional doctoral program to apply for licensure using the MSTCM. Please note that articulated degrees are conferred simultaneously. It will not be possible to receive a masters degree “on the way” to working towards a DACM.

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program at ACTCM at CIIS has been approved through ACAOM Substantive Change and is eligible for accreditation by ACAOM. CIIS is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. However, CIIS can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

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