Established in 1980, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is one of the oldest Chinese medicine colleges in the United States, and was the first U.S. school to offer a master’s-level program in traditional Chinese medicine. An accredited institution, it has been recognized for its unique curriculum by San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
The campuses are located in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. The school has three campuses within blocks of each other: the main campus at 455 Arkansas, and additional campuses at 555 De Haro and 450 Connecticut Street, respectively.
The following programs of study are available:
- Certificates in Tui Na Massage
- Certificates in Shiatsu Massage
- Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Doctorate in Acupunctural and Oriental Medicine
The Master of Science track is a four-year program that first introduces Chinese medical theory and the basics of herbal treatment, acupuncture, and other aspects of Chinese medicine. Throughout the program, students are increasingly involved in diagnosis and treatment, first observing and then conducting examinations with greater levels of autonomy. The Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine program culminates with an internship as a clinic intern; if desired, students may complete this internship at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.
The doctoral program is an advanced two-year course of study intended for graduates of the master’s program.
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Admission requirements include:
- Minimum of 90 semester units completed at another accredited institution
- 3.0 GPA (exceptions may be made)
- Completed application for admission
- Completion of admissions interview
The school offers a limited number of grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Many students who are U.S. citizens receive aid in the form of Stafford loans or other federal loans and grants.
The student body typically ranges in age from 24 to 60, with an average age of 34. The school’s students come from all over the globe.
Across its three campuses, facilities include a computer lab, a large herbal garden, a library, a community clinic, free wifi and other amenities.
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