Who ultimately made the decision to close the school? Was CIIS leadership involved?

The decision to close ACTCM was made by CIIS’ Board of Trustees. CIIS leadership had convened an external review audit at the request of the Board.

Was the decision to close the school purely financial?

No. The decision to close was multifaceted; finances, leadership, changes in the field, among others, were also involved.

Can I see a copy of the reviewer’s report?

An Executive Summary of the report with all pertinent information has been made available to the public.

Who owns the ACTCM brand/IP? How can someone purchase/acquire it?

CIIS currently holds the ACTCM brand. When the two institutions merged, ACTCM became a school of CIIS. It ceased to exist as a separate entity. As such, the “brand” is owned by CIIS. For another organization to use the name and curriculum, agreement would need to be reached between CIIS and the other entity. 

Would it be possible for us to salvage or start up ACTCM again as a standalone institution?

See above. Creating a new standalone institution was one of the options in the report. Because the likelihood of viability was low, this option was not recommended.

What about the accreditation; does CIIS hold that, and can we get it back?

Current WSCUC accreditation for ACTCM programs and degrees is held at the institutional level by CIIS.  Once those programs complete their teach-out and close, the ACTCM-specific accreditation will be null and void.

Current ACAHM accreditation will likewise be null and void once ACTCM closes.

Students completing their programs as part of the teach-out will be receiving fully accredited degrees.

What is happening to the books and publications from ACTCM’s library?

Decisions on books, publications, and similar resources will be included in a detailed teach-out plan, currently being developed. Acupuncture and TCM-related physical collections (print books and journals), e-books, and electronic subscriptions (e-journals and databases) remain available to students and faculty.

What is happening to ACTCM’s medicinal garden?

Decisions on the medicinal garden will be made as part of the detailed teach-out plan currently being developed. We will do our best to ensure that this resource will remain available to the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

ACTCM Students

Is ACTCM closing immediately?

No, ACTCM will remain open for a teach-out of students who can complete their degree by Summer 2024.

What is a teach-out?

A teach-out allows currently enrolled students to continue with their coursework over a set period of time.

What is the timeline for the teach-out?

While the timeline for the teach-out has not yet been finalized, we are committed to giving students a period of approximately two years to complete their degree.

What will the process be for the students? Will I be able to graduate or transfer?

We have contracted with a consultant with expertise in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine education to help guide the teach-out process. She is holding individual meetings with every currently enrolled student to review their course of study and advise on the best path to degree completion. You will either be able to graduate from ACTCM at CIIS or to transfer to another school and graduate from there.

How will part-time students be supported through this process?

Part time students will meet with our consultant to review their course of study. You will be advised of your best path to degree completion; this will vary based on each individual situation.

I want to find out whether I should transfer or continue at ACTCM. How can I learn what is best for me?

Please watch for an invitation for an individual meeting with our consultant; she will help you determine whether you should transfer or remain at ACTCM.

Will you negotiate on students’ behalf so that all credits, including audit credits will transfer fully?

We are in communication on transfer credits with the other greater Bay Area schools of Chinese Medicine. We cannot guarantee that all courses you have taken will transfer as programs differ. You will be advised regarding options for transfer.  Ultimately, transfer credit is determined by the other institution and is under the guidance of state and national accreditation standards.

For students who are “halfway” through their program, how can we ensure we are prioritized for individual review so that we don’t pay for classes this summer that won’t be transferable?

We are meeting with currently enrolled students as quickly as possible. If you are eligible to transfer, we will ensure that any courses taken this summer can be transferred. Students should contact Praise Wu immediately to schedule an appointment with our consultant.

Will my credits transfer to another TCM school?

This will be determined through an individual analysis of your transcript. The other local Chinese Medicine schools are working with us to provide maximum transfer of credits within compliance requirements.

What if I can’t finish my program in the timeframe you give us? If I am not able to graduate before the school is closed, should I transfer?

This must be based on an assessment of your transcript and course of study. You will be advised of your best path to degree completion.

Can you help me with the process of transferring? Have agreements been made between ACTCM and another institution where my credits will transfer?

We are in communication with the other area schools of Chinese Medicine. If a transfer is the best path for you, we will assist you with this process.

How do I obtain my transcripts and records? How much time do I have to get them? Will alumni have any issues in obtaining their transcripts?

Your CIIS transcript can be obtained through the Registrar and is available upon request. It is permanently retained and can be requested at any point in the future. All financial records can be obtained through the Finance and Financial Aid offices, respectively. Transcripts submitted for admission to CIIS will need to be re-obtained from those institutions.

Are all classes for next semester going to be held as scheduled?

Yes, Summer semester will occur as planned.

Will Summer 2022 semester be affected by this announcement?

No, there will be no change to Summer 2022 semester.

Is there any process where I can obtain a refund?

Tuition or fees that have been paid for courses taught will not be eligible for a refund.

I have decided to transfer and will have expenses related to that including application fees at my new school. Will CIIS reimburse me for these?

Yes, CIIS will reimburse fees for applications to transfer to up to two schools. Transfer fees - 5 Branches up to $500.

Can the ACTCM clinic stay open?

There will be no immediate changes to the clinic. A plan for the future of the clinic will be developed and communicated as we proceed with the teach-out.

Is it possible to alter school policies for how many clinic shifts are offered and possible for students to take during one semester?

The ACTCM Program Committee, along with our consultant, is looking at clinic shifts and other ways of allowing students to accelerate if they wish to do so.

Will financial aid through CIIS still be available to ACTCM students through the teach-out?


How will closure impact current and past financial aid loans?

It will not impact current or past loans.

Will CIIS be covering the tuition for extra unexpected classes that we would be required to take if we transfer to another institution.

Please review this as part of your individual assessment meeting.

Is faculty/staff going to decrease? Are classes going to become less available?

All core faculty will continue for at least the next academic year if they wish to do so. We will assess needs as we go forward; as students graduate or transfer, there will be a decrease in the number of classes offered, but you will have access to the classes outlined in your individual study plan within the expected timeframe. Availability of classes will depend on you following your agreed plan of study; should you fall behind on your plan of study, we cannot guarantee classes will be available.

A major student support for passing comprehensive exams has been the Tutor Coordinator. This position has been empty since before Covid. Are you prepared to pledge that this position will be filled to ensure that students get the support they need to be able to pass their exams as part of the teach-out?

Yes. We are committed to supporting students in successfully completing their program.

Will I not get to graduate if the school closes because I didn’t pass comps?

There will be support for preparing for Comps. There will be no change to requirements for graduation.

If I finish my degree at ACTCM, will it be a CIIS/ACTCM@CIIS degree?

Yes, there will be no change to your degree.

How will CIIS help with the students who moved to San Francisco near ACTCM from out of state and have no car to drive to other schools or those who have signed leases before this decision was made?

This will be an individual assessment. If, after you have your individual study plan, you believe you will have a housing or transportation impact because of this decision, please schedule an appointment with Fraylanie Aglipay, Student Affairs,

Will former employees have any issues with getting their verification of their employment after ACTCM officially closed?

No. We will maintain all records and will have information about accessing records available on the CIIS website.

Will I have access to past Canvas course spaces and my CIIS email account?

Yes, you will have indefinite access to past Canvas course spaces ( and CIIS email account (

ACTCM Faculty and Staff

What does this mean for my position? Am I no longer employed?

There is no immediate change to faculty or staff employment. The teach-out will take place over an extended period. HR will provide information to faculty and staff as needed.

What does this mean for my benefits, etc.?

There will be no change to your benefits as long as you remain at your current employment level. HR will be available to discuss your benefits and compensation.

What does this mean for my research?

If you are conducting research at ACTCM or CIIS, please contact the Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) to discuss your approval and timeline. For any other research questions, please contact Liz Beaven,

What are important points that I need to make to students during this process?

We want to provide a supportive environment for students as they review their options and proceed with completing their programs. Important points include confirming the Board’s decision of closure and that we have entered a process of teaching-out currently enrolled students. The quality of their education will not be impacted, all graduation requirements remain in place, and you are there to support them. If students have further questions, they should contact our consultant.

ACTCM Alumni and Donors

I graduated before the merger/several years ago. What impact does this closing have on my degree from ACTCM? Does this change the status of my degree?

No, there is no change to the status of your degree.

What will happen to my favorite professors/staff members?

We will be working with faculty and staff to support them in this transition and to ensure that they are informed. We do not anticipate immediate changes to faculty or staff; this transition will take place over time.

I previously sent a gift, am I able to rescind that gift?

Gifts that have been given to ACTCM or CIIS will have been used for their intended purpose. If you wish to discuss a prior gift, please contact Richard Buggs in Advancement.

Contact and Follow-up Meetings

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Is ACTCM accredited?

Yes. As a college at CIIS, ACTCM is an institution accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and College (WSCUC). ACTCM’s MSTCM and DAOM programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). In addition, the program is approved by the California Acupuncture Board, which allows our graduates to sit for the California exam. 

What makes ACTCM unique?

With a solid academic curriculum, esteemed faculty, and a diverse student body and clinical experience, ACTCM’s program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation.

What programs do you offer? How long do they take to complete?

Do you offer classes for the public?

We offer public classes through California Institute of Integral Studies. Classes are held occasionally at the ACTCM campus (such as Qi Gong). Check out our CIIS Public Programs & Performances.

I work and have other commitments. Do you offer flexible schedules?

Yes. The college is aware that many students are balancing their personal lives, work, and school while attending ACTCM. By offering day and evening classes on an accelerated, full-, ¾-, or ½-time basis, ACTCM is able to offer flexible scheduling to accommodate those with other commitments.

ACTCM has scheduled courses so that students in the standard full-time program of study will only have classes on Monday through Wednesday for the first 5 semesters of the program so that they can better plan for family and work commitments.

Do you provide housing?

Not at this time. Check out our Student Housing Guide.

Do you have a study abroad program?

Yes. ACTCM is affiliated with the Yue Yang Hospital at Shanghai University and the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou. Study abroad trips are run every year between the winter and spring quarters. Reach out to us at for more information.

Where do I complete my clinical internship?

In addition to ACTCM’s on-site community clinic, the college maintains numerous partnerships with local hospitals and clinics. These alliances provide ACTCM interns with the opportunity to do clinical rotations in diverse integrative care settings.

When do classes begin?

Classes begin three times a year during the first week of September, January, and May.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. However, we suggest you begin the application process around three to four months prior to your preferred start date. Under special circumstances we are able to process applications closer to the start of each semester.

What are the admissions requirements?

All students are required to meet the following requirements for admission:

  • A minimum of 90 semester or 135 quarter units from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent
  • A 3.0 GPA (GPA’s under 3.0 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Submission of a completed Application for Admission
  • Completion of an interview with the Admissions Committee

Do you offer federal Financial Aid or Scholarships?

Yes. federal financial aid is available to students in the master’s degree program who qualify. Scholarships are also available. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

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