Due to the recent announcement that CIIS’ Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to close ACTCM, we regret that we will no longer be accepting new students.

To honor the commitment and investment of current students, faculty, and staff, ACTCM will pursue options for a teach-out, supporting currently enrolled students in completing their degree within a designated timeframe. Each student will be individually advised of their best path forward.

ACTCM has been at the forefront of acupuncture and Chinese medical education since its inception in 1980, offering first professional and postgraduate degrees in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Through their course of study, students have studied with esteemed faculty and practiced hands-on care in our innovative acupuncture clinic and on-site herb garden. Our programs have provided a truly exceptional professional education in the acupuncture and Chinese medicine field.

While the upcoming closure of ACTCM deeply saddens our community, we are confident that the Medicine and amazing work of faculty, students, and alumni will continue to benefit our local and global community.

A Doctorate Addressing Today’s Health Care

The online Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Completion Program (DACMCP) allows graduates of Master degree programs to obtain their doctoral degree from home in 2 semesters. The program consists of course work in doctoral-level research and collaborative communications with the addition of advanced Chinese medicine-specific content. Students will engage in academic research and writing with the intent to gain skills suitable for publication and professional presentation as Doctors of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

This program does not include clinic internship or lab classes. The classes are didactic, or based on clinical analysis and mentorship, making online instruction suitable for deepening and extending practitioner knowledge. This program provides practitioners with skills to provide the best quality collaborative care essential to treat the whole health of their patients.

The DACMCP is designed for those graduates of Master's level education approved by ACAHM, formerly known as ACAOM. This program is for those that want to advance their knowledge and skill sets in integrative, collaborative care while earning their doctorate.

Designed with the working professional in mind, the DACM Completion Program offers the opportunity to obtain doctorate education in a convenient online 2-semester program. The degree builds on MSTCM knowledge to provide additional coursework in systems-based medicine, oncology, and advanced syndrome-based herbal study, research literacy and evidence-informed practices. 

Chinese medicine has significant contributions to offer at times of greatest need. A doctoral degree will support your current practice and help to prepare you for the journey ahead.

Health care is rapidly changing. We recognize that modern health care calls for acupuncturists to be equipped with the knowledge, communication, and research skills to effectively work with other healthcare professionals which is why the online DACM Completion Program focuses on creating a deeper knowledge base by advancing practitioner skill sets in integrative, collaborative care.

The Online DACM Completion Program provides students with a deeper knowledge base so that they can provide the best quality collaborative care essential to treat the whole health of their patient.

Visit the DACMCP page on the official ACTCM website.

Life at ACTCM

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine has 200 students and a small, intimate campus. Students enjoy a low faculty to student ratio, small classes, and close connections with each other and alumni.

ACTCM's campus is located in two sites on San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. Potrero Hill is close to downtown and a picturesque part of the city that is easy to commute to. San Francisco is a dynamic city that is a cultural, culinary, and financial center with a diverse population. Students enjoy great concerts, nightlife, beaches, nearby forests, and great weather!

The city's diversity is also reflected in the populations of patients at our clinics, giving students a broad clinical experience. Our onsite teaching clinic is open to the public. Student practitioners partner with faculty advisers and receive hands-on experience.

Many of our students tell us that they feel very at home at ACTCM, and our alumni often have bonds with each other that last long past graduation.

If you would like to visit us to see if ACTCM is right for you, please call our admissions department at 415-401-0464.

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