Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences, California, United States


Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences, California, United States

Contact Details

Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences
1600 Broadway Oakland
California 94612
United States
Phone: 510.763.7787
Fax: 510.834.8646
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General questions:
Instagram: @acchs_oakland 

Training Therapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Level Of Training


Qualification Awarded

Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM)

Duration Of Training

Four/Eight years

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s or Associates degree OR at least 60 semester units/90 quarter credits/900 hours of college education. 

You must have completed at least one course in each of the following categories: English Composition / Language / Literature, Mathematics / Logic / Statistics, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Electives. Online or in person coursework is acceptable, as long as it’s from a Department of Education approved school. You must have a 2.5+ GPA overall and 2.0+ GPA for each course that will count towards the 60 units.

Applicants must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+) or higher overall, and at least a 2.0 (C) in any individual course that will count towards the 60 credits.

If you are unsure whether you meet the minimum requirements, please email your unofficial transcript(s) to and we will evaluate them for you.

Co-requisites & Transfer Credit:

The following classes are not required for admission, but must be completed within the first year of study at ACCHS. You can complete them at ACCHS or transfer them in from another institution. 

If you believe you have already satisfied these requirements, please email your unofficial transcripts and course descriptions to and we will evaluate them for you.

  • Human Anatomy | 4 units (60 hrs)
  • Human Physiology | 4 units (60 hrs)
  • Western Medical Terminology | 2 units (30 hrs)
  • General Biology | 3 units (45 hrs)
  • General Chemistry | 2 units (30 hrs)
  • Biochemistry | 1 unit (15 hrs)
  • General Physics | 1.5 units (22.5 hrs)
  • Biophysics | 0.5 units (7.5 hrs)
  • General Psychology | 2 units (30 hrs)

Anatomy, physiology, biology, and medical terminology must have been taken in the past 10 years. Chemistry, physics, biochemistry, psychology, and biophysics can be taken at a period of more than 10 years old.

Enrollment Time

July 30th for Fall Term (end of August start)

November 30th for Spring Term (January start)

March 30th for Summer Term (May start)

Learning Outcome

  • The fundamental Cosmological, Philosophical, Daoist principles at the heart of Chinese Medicine practice, such as Yin/Yang Theory, 5 Element Theory, and 8 Parameters Theory
  • Chinese Medicine Pathology and Diagnosis, including Pulse Diagnosis
  • Chinese Medical Treatment Methods and Tools, including but not limited to: Acupuncture, Classical Chinese Herbology, Medical Tui Na Massage, Acupressure, Nutrition/Lifestyle practices, Fire Cupping, Moxibustion/Moxa, Taiji and Qigong
  • Basic Understanding of Western Medicine: Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology for Acupuncturists
  • The practical and ethical knowledge needed to open and operate a medical clinic, with an emphasis on supporting career success and creating an inclusive practice

Type Of Attendance

Full and part time

Credit Hour

3,205 hours (required courses)


Ten terms (semester equivalent)


The course is divided into two parts: a pre-professional course of the first two calendar years and a graduate course at the final calendar year. The pre-professional courses are considered to be equivalent to the latter two upper division years of a baccalaureate program Written and practical comprehensive examinations are given at the beginning of the sixth and ninth trimesters.

Learning Module

Term 0 Summer

  • BS116 Medical Terminology
  • BS111 Chemistry
  • BS110 Biology
  • BS112 Physics
  • BS111 Biochemistry
  • BS112 Biophysics
  • BS113 Psychology

Term 1 Fall

  • BS115 Physiology
  • BS114 Anatomy
  • OM141 Foundations of TCM 1
  • AT170 Meridian Theory
  • OM140 Medical Chinese
  • OM146 Taiji & TCM Philosophy

Term 2 Spring

  • OM142 Foundations of TCM 2
  • AT172 Acu Points 1
  • HM150 Herbology 1
  • BS117 Western Medical Pathology 1
  • OM147 Taiji & Qigong
  • PD134 History of Medicine

Term 3 Summer

  • OM143 TCM Diagnosis
  • AT173 Acu Points 2
  • AT174 Acu Techniques 1
  • HM151 Herbology 2
  • BS118 Western Medical Pathology 2
  • AT171 Clinic Procedures

Term 4 Fall

  • RV126 Precomp Review
  • Precomp Exam
  • OM144 TCM Diagnosis 2
  • AT175 Acu Techniques
  • HM152 Herbology 3
  • WM120 Western Medical Pharm
  • CP181 Clinic 1 / Observer 1
  • PD135 Research Methodology

Term 5 Spring 

  • OM245 TCM Diagnosis 3
  • AT276 Acu Techniques 3
  • HM253 Formulas 1
  • WM221 Western Medical Diagnosis 1
  • CP282 Clinic 2 / Observer 1
  • AT239 Tui Na

Term 6 Summer

  • HM254 Formulas 2
  • WM222 Western Medical Diagnosis 2
  • CP283 Clinic 3 / Observer 2
  • AT277 Orthopedic Acupuncture
  • BS219 Nutrition & Vitamins

Term 7 Fall

  • RV227 Basic Comp Review
  • Basic Comp Exam
  • AT278 Acupuncture Treatment 1
  • HM255 Formulas 3
  • WM223 Western Medical Sciences 1
  • CP284 Clinic 4 / Pre-Intern
  • PH236 Public Health
  • PM231 Practice Management

Term 8 Spring

  • AT379 Acupuncture Treatment 2
  • HM360 TCM Internal Medicine 1
  • WM324 Western Medical Sciences 2
  • CP385 Clinic 5 / Intern 1
  • HM362 TCM Gynecology
  • HM365 Four Classics

Term 9 Summer 

  • HM361 TCM Internal Medicine
  • CM332 Case Management 1
  • CP386 Clinic 6 / Intern 2
  • AT380 Acupuncture Treatment 3
  • HM356 Herb Pharmacology
  • WM325 Western Medical Sciences 3

Term 10 Fall

  • RV328 Final Comp Review
  • Final Comp Exam
  • OM348 Clinic Applications
  • OM349 Research Seminar
  • HM363 External Medicine
  • HM364 Traumatology
  • CM333 Case Management 2
  • CP387 Clinic 7 / Intern 3

Teaching Faculty

Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences

Source Of Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

Graduate Pathways

Upon graduation at ACCHS, students may further their education and deepen their practices with advanced Doctorates and PhD in Chinese Medicine and related studies.

Career Opportunities

The MSTCM program prepares individuals to become licensed physicians of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Graduate of the MSTCM program can take the California state licensing exam (CALE) and the National certification exam (NCCAOM).

Course Fees

USD 56,226 for the whole course (including tuition = USD 54,426; fees = USD 1,800) over 4 years

How To Apply

Applicants who are interested can download the online application form from the academy’s website (refer to links to download application form) and submit the application form to Office of Admissions with a one-time application fee of (USD100 for U.S. students and USD200 for foreign students), official transcripts, three letter of recommendation and other related support documents.

Applicant must also email their current resume or CV, statement of purpose and headshot color photograph to

Glossary, Abbreviations and Links

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