Academics Overview

Note Regarding COVID-19: Due to public health orders (PHO) issued by the State of Colorado most of the School’s classes are conducted online with the exception being practical classes and classes with practical components which are held under strictly controlled circumstances onsite. Clinical classes are held online and onsite with preference given to graduating and near graduating students for onsite clinics. The School will end online classes and resume all classes and clinics onsite when public health orders allow.

Academics Overview

Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) offers two graduate level educational programs with a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and related modalities), tui na (physiotherapy/therapeutic massage), Chinese nutrition, and energetic exercise/meditation, with a grounding in Western medicine, all as it is currently taught in mainland China. Our MAcCHM Program further integrates a comprehensive understanding of internal (Chinese herbal) medicine.

CSTCM utilizes 15 week trimesters, offering 3 trimesters per year. Students have 7 weeks off per year. Our programs can be designed for working adults to learn TCM in a supportive environment at their own pace. We are dedicated to students actually learning the medicine, not just graduating.

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Our programs allow accelerated students to earn our MAc degree in 28 months or our MAcCHM degree in 3 years (ACAOM minimum completion time), taking roughly 21 classroom hours per week. CSTCM accepts new students three times per year. This allows students to take a trimester off at any time without creating problems in the sequencing of the program. Credits are calculated by the following: 1 credit for every 15 hours of classroom work completed for didactic courses; 1 credit for every 30 hours of completed work in practical / clinical courses. The CSTCM academic year is the same as the calendar year. Trimesters begin the first Monday in January, early May, and late August / early September.

All programs are offered on an accelerated, full-time, and half-time basis, with 6.66 years (80 months) to complete our MAc program and 8.33 calendar years (100 months) as the maximum allowable time to complete our MAcCHM program.

Either program can be taken at an accelerated pace as in the curriculum examples shown . Full-time and half-time study is also available and can be tailored to each student’s individual needs. It is very challenging for a student to finish the program in this minimum.

The half-time pace is advised for students with financial or employment difficulties. It allows students to study at a more gradual and less stressful pace. Please note that a student may need to go to Full time for some trimesters to complete the program in the required time frames.

*Please keep in mind that being on an accelerated track does not guarantee graduation from either program in the minimum amount of time. In order to graduate in the minimum time allowed from either program a student must take every class offered for each trimester; this will be more than 16 credits each trimester.

*Part time is available but limited to enrolled students who have had a life event; maternity leave, health reasons, family or work obligations, etcetera; it is not intended to be for long term.

16 or more credits per-trimester – Accelerated*
12 to 15 credits per-trimester – Full-Time
6 to 11 credits per-trimester – Half-Time
5 or less credits per-trimester – Part-Time* (financial aid is not available to part-time students)

Due to the comprehensive nature and length of our programs, classes may be held on secular and religious holidays. While recognizing the importance of religious observation, CSTCM cannot promise students that the scheduled classes will not conflict with religious obligations.

Continuing Education Program

CSTCM offers an extensive number of optional seminars and workshops that provide valuable education for students, graduates, and all practitioners to refine and further develop their skills. CSTCM has brought in many national and internationally known instructors to give workshops. These continuing education units (CEU) qualify for the NCCAOM CEU credits. Students may elect to take CEU seminars at any time. Students are not required to take these seminars but they are recommended.

Public Education Programs

CSTCM offers some classes and workshops that are appropriate for the general public.

China Clinical Training Certificate Program

CSTCM is educationally associated and has an agreement with many universities in the People’s Republic of China, such as Heilongjiang University of TCM, Beijing University of TCM, Chengdu University of TCM, and Jiang Xi College of TCM. We offer intensive clinical training programs in acupuncture, internal medicine, tui na, tai ji, and qi gong at these various TCM universities. Our training programs allow for a great deal of flexibility to satisfy the varied interests of everyone. Upon completion, certificates are awarded. Interested students, graduates, practitioners, and the general public should consult the brochures available each year on the China Clinical Training Program.


CSTCM and the Master’s Degree Programs in Acupuncture (MAc) and Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialization (MAcCHM) are fully Authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Full Authorization is bestowed upon institutions of higher education that are institutionally accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency that has conducted an on-site review of the Colorado location.

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