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455 Arkansas St
San Francisco, CA 94107
p. 415-282-7600
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American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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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

Financial Aid

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 1.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.34
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.69
Arrest 2 0.69

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,105 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 50 0.01
Forcible Rape 131 0.02
Robbery 3,088 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,408 0.54
Larceny 24,304 2.98
Vehicle theft 4,174 0.51

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Francisco, CA 94107
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,368 (17,368 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,073 (1.82 people per house)
Median Household Income$61,362
Families3,048 (2.64 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Other health professions schools
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively graduate/professional
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work required3
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District612

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $16,847 $16,847 $16,847
FT Graduate Required Fees $120 $120 $120
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $261 $261 $261
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity20
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$13,680
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4429th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $39,701 ($39,243 male / $28,515 female)
Number of FT Faculty 6 (4 male / 2 female)
Number of PT Faculty 64
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $9,959

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