COVID-19 Update from the Program

The entry-level degree programs at ACTCM, the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), are designed as face-to-face courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACTCM has been following its programmatic accreditor’s stipulations on emergency waivers for face-to-face instruction (see For the 20202021 academic year, ACTCM will continue to offer courses that cover didactic content as live webinar or asynchronous online format consistent with approval by their programmatic accreditor for inclusion of distance learning courses within the degree programs where 51 percent or more of the content is face-to-face instruction. The course matriculation sequence for the entry classes of Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 has been revised to provide exclusively online courses for Fall 2020 (first semester) and Spring 2021 (first and second semesters). Returning students, who entered prior to Fall 2020, are scheduled in both face-to-face practical courses and online formats for didactic courses in all semesters of the 20202021 academic year. Planning for course delivery is ongoing and may be revised in response to public health concerns.

The DACMCP Completion Degree program courses are scheduled as 100 percent online asynchronous courses. Instructors may elect for thoughtfully planned synchronous delivery of specific lectures, office hours, or learning activities.

For all face-to-face course offerings, ACTCM is implementing engineering and procedural infection control consistent with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Directives issued by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Spring and Fall 2022 applications are now open!

Spring 2022 applications are open as of September 15, 2021

Application Deadlines for Spring 2022:

October 15, 2021 - 1st Priority deadline. Submit by October 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review. ​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.
November 15, 2021 - 2nd deadline. Please submit by November 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for review.
December 1, 2021 - Final deadline. Please submit by December 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for review.
December 15, 2021 - Extended final deadline for all programs still accepting applications. Please submit by December 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT for review.

Fall 2022 Applications are open as of November 15, 2021.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022:

February 15, 2022 - 1st Priority deadline for all ACTCM programs. Submit by February 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT. for guaranteed review. ​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications. 

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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.

Join our community of Chinese Medicine Doctors.

Enrolling now for 2021 Fall Semester!

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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