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 an integrative medical care model 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 $5,102. per trimester, or $15,306. per year. The estimated total charges for the entire 4 year program are expected to be $64,060. for students who are not transferring credits from other institutions. This estimate is based on program completion in 4 years and includes a 3% 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 January, 2018).

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

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

  1. Satisfactory completion of at least two academic years (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) of education at the baccalaureate level that is appropriate preparation for graduate level work, or the equivalent (e.g., certification in a medical profession requiring at least the equivalent training of a registered nurse or a physician’s assistant), from an institution accredited* by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher

The MATCM Program accepts applications for each trimester on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are reviewed as soon as the Admissions Office has received all of the required application materials.

*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 ($75 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, 2018).

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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