Becoming an Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

If you’re interested in Eastern medicine and have completed 2 years of college at an accredited institution, you could be ready to pursue our master’s degree at Yo San University and be at the forefront of integrative healthcare.

More people than ever before recognize the value of integrative healthcare and are seeking sustained wellness through Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Yo San University, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles California, educates students to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist healing arts. The school facilitates the development of students’ spiritual and professional growth, and provides the community with integrative medical care and services.

The Master’s of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM) Degree Program from Yo San University offers a unique opportunity, through rich tradition, expert guidance and clinical hands-on experience, to prepare for a rewarding future as a licensed TCM practitioner.

This is the forefront of integrative healthcare education, born out the school founders’ unbroken linage of 38 generations of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Ancient Wisdom | Modern Medicine at Yo San University

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Masters Degree Program Admissions Information

Tuition

Tuition and fee charges for the MATCM program are approximately $5,715per trimester, or $17,143. per year. The estimated total charges for the entire 4 year program are expected to be $68,571. for students who are not transferring credits from other institutions. This estimate is based on program completion in 4 years and includes an annual cost increase.

About 70% of our Master’s degree students are able to offset the cost of tuition through scholarships and financial aid.

You can download a detailed schedule of MATCM program fees and services here (effective May 2022).

Financial Aid

The Yo San University Master’s and Doctoral Acupuncture degree programs are eligible for federal financial aid and monetary assistance from private resources to help students cover the cost of their university education.

Nearly 70% of our Masters and 60% of Doctoral students meet the costs of their education with aid from the Federal Student Loan Program.

Steps to apply for financial aid.

For assistance with your financial aid options, eligibility requirements and application process contact admissions today.

Scholarships

Yes, there are several scholarship opportunities for new incoming students as well as transfer students. Among them are:

Founders’ Award
Each trimester, Yo San University awards this $1,000 tuition credit to one incoming student possessing high academic and personal achievement. This award is for MATCM students and transfer students with no more than 30 transfer credits, and is awarded one time only. No additional application materials are required other than application for admission.

Yo San Legacy Scholarship
The Yo San Legacy Scholarship recognizes academic excellence and perseverance in the MATCM program.  Currently enrolled MATCM students who have completed at least two years (defined as 96 credit units) in the program are eligible for the award. This award is an $800 tuition credit per trimester, renewable for six consecutive trimesters. Up to two (2) awards are given per trimester.

Read more about scholarships available to Yo San University students

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the following admissions requirements for the MATCM program:

  • Satisfactory completion of at least two years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of general education at the baccalaureate level from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or an international equivalent
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher

ALL APPLICANTS
To apply for admission to the MATCM program, all applicants must submit:

  • A completed application
  • The required application fee
  • Official transcripts from every school/college listed on the application
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation on official letterhead
  • A 500-word statement of purpose
  • A current résumé
  • Two passport-size photographs

A personal interview with the Director of Enrollment Management will also be required.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
Yo San University is authorized by federal laws to enroll non-resident alien students who meet the admissions requirements for the MATCM program, and comply with the laws and regulations set out by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to the above standard admissions requirements and application process for all applicants, international applicants must submit:

  • Official foreign educational transcripts issued directly from the foreign institution.
  • If the academic transcript is in any other language except English, it must be translated into English by a recognized official translation agency.
  • A comprehensive course-by-course evaluation, with total number of credits earned and cumulative GPA, conducted by an accredited academic evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES), and sent to YSU directly from the evaluation agency.
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient to cover at least one academic year of tuition/education costs and living expenses. (Please contact the Admissions Office for the most current information)
  • A non-refundable International Student Application Fee of $150.
  • An I-20 application along with a photocopy of the photo page of your passport
  • Demonstration of English language competency as noted below

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
All courses are taught in English. English language proficiency is required of all applicants seeking admission to Yo San University. Demonstration of English language competency may be achieved by one of the following means:

(A) Successful completion a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) undergraduate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution:
(i)  accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or
(ii)  in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.

In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;
OR
(B) Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT): Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score of 61, with minimum speaking score of 20, and minimum listening score of 17
OR
(C) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format: Acceptable scores: IELTS overall band score 6 with minimum speaking score of 6.5 and minimum listening score of 6. All students matriculating must demonstrate English language competency as a condition for admission.

*Accredited means having been approved fully and without contingency by an association or other organization of peers recognized for that purpose by the U.S. Secretary of Education to offer a particular degree or degrees at a particular level, as specified in the approval. 

How to Apply

To apply, You’ll need to submit the following information to the Office of Admissions

  • A completed MATCM Application
  • Application fee ($100 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants)
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended, showing a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units
  • Two Letters of Professional or Academic Recommendation
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A current resume
  • A Statement of Purpose essay (500 words maximum)
  • Admissions Interview

Apply Online or Download an Application

Doctorate Degree Program Admissions Information

Tuition

Tuition and fee charges for the DAOM program are approximately $5,472. per trimester, or $16,416. per year. The estimated total charges for the entire 2 year program are expected to be $33,735. for students who are not transferring credits from other institutions. This estimate is based on program completion in 2 years and includes a 3% annual cost increase.

About 60% of our doctoral students are able to offset the cost of tuition through scholarships and financial aid.

You can download a detailed schedule of DAOM program fees and services here (effective May, 2021).

Financial Aid

The Yo San University Master’s and Doctoral Acupuncture degree programs are eligible for federal financial aid and monetary assistance from private resources to help students cover the cost of their university education.

Financial Aid takes the form of scholarships,  grants and loans.  Nearly 70% of our Masters and 60% of Doctoral students meet the costs of their education with aid from the Federal Student Loan Program.

For assistance with your financial aid options, eligibility requirements and application process contact admissions today.

Scholarships

There are several scholarship opportunities for new incoming students as well as transfer students. Among them are:

Founders’ Award
Each trimester, Yo San University awards this $1,000 tuition credit to one incoming student possessing high academic and personal achievement. This award is for MATCM students and transfer students with no more than 30 transfer credits, and is awarded one time only. No additional application materials are required other than application for admission.Yo San Legacy Scholarship
The Yo San Legacy Scholarship recognizes academic excellence and perseverance in the MATCM program.  Currently enrolled MATCM students who have completed at least two years (defined as 96 credit units) in the program are eligible for the award. This award is an $800 tuition credit per trimester, renewable for six consecutive trimesters. Up to two (2) awards are given per trimester.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the DOAM program must meet the following admissions requirements:

Applicants who have earned a Master’s degree consisting of at least 2800 hours in TCM or Oriental medicine from an ACAOM accredited or candidate institution with evidence of not less than a 3.0 grade point average can be considered for admissions to the DAOM program after submitting the application form and accompanying documents.

Special Requirements: Applicants with a Master’s degree (or Master’s level diploma) in TCM or Oriental medicine of less than 2800 hours must demonstrate experience equivalency. A deficiency in educational hours may be remedied by documented clinical experience. Deficiencies in undergraduate or master’s degree grade point averages (3.0 minimum) will also be noted. Applicants in these categories will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee who will consider formal education hours, clinical experience and contributions to the field.

International Applicant Requirements

If you currently reside in a country outside of the United States of America, you’ll need the following in addition to the above:

  • Official transcripts from each school listed on the application from outside the United States, evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org) to coincide with the US grading system
  • Official TOEFL SCORES (minimum score of 80 on the Internet Based Test)
  • Financial statement from bank showing the minimum amount to qualify
  • A completed MATCM/DAOM application form
  • Payment of $150 (dollars) International Application Fee
  • Two passport –style photographs (2×2 inches to be used for student identification cards)
  • A Statement of Purpose essay (500 words maximum)
  • A current Resume or Vitae
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation on official letterhead

How to Apply

To apply, You’ll need to submit the following information to the Office of Admissions

  • A completed DAOM Application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation on official letterhead
  • A 500-word statement of purpose
  • A current résumé or academic curriculum vitae
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Copy of state licensure (where applicable)
  • Admissions interviews

Apply Online or Download Application Form

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