March 1, 2016

Master Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Quick View of the Program

The Nine Star University of Health Sciences (NSU) Master’ of Sciencein Traditional Chinese Medicine degree program consists of 2,205 hours (147 semester units) of academic course work and 960 hours (32 units) of clinical internship at the University’s Health Center totaling 3,165 hours.  Course work includes studies in Oriental medicine theory,acupuncture, herbology & herbal formulas, Western medicine & science, Tui-na (traditional Chinese massage therapy), and practice management & ethical practices, in addition to the clinical internship. More specifically,

NSUHS’s academic program consists of the following:

  • Basic, Applied science and Western medicine:                        615 hours.

  • Oriental medicine, Acupuncture & Tui-na:                               780 hours.

  • Herbology & Formulas:                                                               480 hours.

  • Practice Management:                                                                  75 hours.

  • Public Health:                                                                                 45 hours.

  • Case management:                                                                       90 hours.

  • Professional Development:                                                         45 hours.

  • Clinic Internship:                                                                         960 hours.

Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Licensure

Upon the successful completion of the MSTCM program, students will have satisfied the California Acupuncture Board minimum licensing requirements and are eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing examination given by the California Acupuncture Board. Students who have successfully completed the NSUHS Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine are also qualified to sit for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certification examinations

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.


If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.