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.

Fall 2022 Applications are open as of November 15, 2021

February 15, 2022 - 1st Priority deadline for all ACTCM programs. Submit by February 15th, 2022 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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The Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program is intended for students first entering the acupuncture field. Building on our Masters of Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) curriculum, our DACM degree combines acupuncture therapeutics, herbal medicine, biomedicine, and clinical training with an added focus on integrative and collaborative health care, research literacy, and evidence-informed practices.

Our world-class faculty provide an immersive educational experience that integrates teachings of Chinese medicine with Western medical practices. Our alumni are leaders in the field, and students graduate with a firm understanding of the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Western clinics and hospitals. Students also learn to incorporate contemporary research literature into their practices to respond to shifts in healing modalities. Our DACM program is immersive and transformative and offers students the opportunity to become masters in their field. DACM graduates receive a doctorate in Chinese Medicine (and can be called "doctor"). 

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Our faculty bring a wealth of practical experience to their classrooms and provide an education that is not just academic but experiential. Students are mentored in hands-on learning opportunities in our community clinics, starting in the first year of study. ACTCM's San Francisco location enables students to work with a diversity of patients in clinics that are community-oriented.

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The California Institute of Integral Studies is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501 (510-748-9001). The Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) programs of ACTCM at CIIS are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 (952-212-2434), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. The ACTCM at CIIS Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program was granted initial accreditation by ACAOM in November 2018, effective through February 2025. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed here.

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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