Career Outlook

July 19, 2016

Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Licensure Requirements
Students wishing to practice acupuncture in California must first obtain a state license, which requires qualifying for and passing California’s written examination. In order to qualify for California’s examination, students must successfully complete one of the following:
• An educational and training program approved by the Board
• A tutorial program in the practice of acupuncture approved by the Board
• A foreign education training program that is equivalent to the curriculum required at a CAB approved school

 
Upon the successful completion of the MSTCM program in NSU, students will have met the California Acupuncture Board minimum licensing requirements and will be eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensing examination given by the California Acupuncture Board. California Acupuncturists are licensed under the State Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Medical Quality Assurance, and Acupuncture Board at 1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 180; Sacramento, CA 95834. Phone: 916-515-5200; Fax 916-928-2204

 
Students who have successfully completed the NSU 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. Passage of the NCCAOM exam or NCCAOM certification is required in all states outside of California that require a license to practice acupuncture. For information concerning the national licensing exam and licensure in other states contact NCCAOM, 76 South Laura Street, Suite 1290, Jacksonville, FL 32202; phone: (904) 598-1005; fax: (904) 598-5001; website: www.nccaom.org

 
A List of potential employment opportunities for TCM graduates in private practice or in association with the following:
• Acupuncturists
• Chiropractors
• Clinical practitioners
• Education roles in Traditional Chinese Medicine fields
• TCM Product Manufacturers
• Herb farmers
• Massage Therapists
• Healthcare Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
• Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides