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Texas Health & Science University

Formerly College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
4005 Manchaca Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Contact for Transfer Students:

Leon Liu Admissions

Articulation Agreement: No

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • 2 years at ACC + 4 trimesters at THSU = Bachelor of Science degree
  • Earn your BSTCM and become an acupuncturist assistant or clinic manager.

Texas Health and Science University is proud to announce its Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The program represents coursework found in the first four trimesters of the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program.  This program prepares the graduate to work as an Acupuncture Assistant and provides a fundamental knowledge base for possible employment as an herbal dispensary assistant, medical office manager, or acupuncturist assistant.

The bachelor's degree program allows students who have completed the general education requirements (totally 60 semester credit hours) at another recognized institution to be admitted and study toward a bachelor's degree.  The suggested course of study may be completed in four trimesters and is considered upper-division coursework for the bachelor's degree.  Students must complete all the coursework required for their degree within six trimesters.  Upon completion of the program, students have the option to continue to the master's degree program in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

  • 2 years at ACC + 3.3 years at THSU = Master degree/Bachelor degree
  • Combined Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (BSTCM)/Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM)

The curriculum of the Master of Science of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been carefully constructed to meet or exceed the requirements for licensure by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the requirements for sound educational processes established by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Our graduates are fully eligible upon graduation to apply for licensure in Texas. Students who have not yet earned a bachelor degree will be awarded both a bachelor and master degree upon successful completion the total 173 credit hour degree program.

  • Dual Masters Degree with Zhejiang Medical University in Hangzhou, China

Texas Health and Science University is pleased to offer our Traditional Chinese Medicine dual master's degree program. THSU students will have the opportunity to earn their Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as their Master of Acupuncture and Tuina from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZCMU).

  • Students must enroll in the program in September with at least one trimester of TCM education to ensure they will have enough of the foundations of TCM to succeed in their studies abroad. If a student does not enroll for the program in September, then the student must wait until the next September to apply.
  • The first year, students visit ZCMU for two weeks where they attend TCM classes and observe faculty members.
  • The second year, ZCMU will send a representative to THSU to instruct students as they prepare their thesis.
  • In the final year, students will spend one month (30 days)  in China to intern in ZCMU's facility, treating patients. After successful completion of three years with concurrent enrollment at both institutions, students will earn their dual degrees from THSU and ZCMU.

After successful completion of both degrees, students have an option to practice acupuncture in China with a licensed endorsement. Because of the increasing number of multinational corporations in China, there are many English-speaking Europeans and Americans working abroad that would prefer to receive acupuncture from an English-speaking practitioner. This creates a market for English-speaking acupuncturists in China.

For more information about our unique program of study, please see our website.


A minimum of 60 hours are required for admission. The University's graduation requirements total 173 credit hours in specific didactic and clinical courses in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, which our University offers in a three and one-third year academic program.

  • At least 36 hours of general education subject matter from the humanities, mathematics, sciences, and social sciences.
  • Enrollment is 3 times per year (January, May, September).
  • No GRE, MCAT, or GMAT required.

International students welcome! I-20 available.

For more information regarding the University's Admissions standards, requirements, and applications, please see our website or apply online.


Grades of D may be counted for the purpose of fulfilling the University's admissions requirements, but not for transfer credit.

Approximate Cost/Range for One Academic Year:

Clinic Tuition (per trimester credit) $450.00 ($15.00/clock hour)

Didactic Tuition (per trimester credit) $270.00 ($18.00/clock hour)

Most students enrolled full-time at the University (17 or more hours per trimester) pay an average tuition of $4,945.00 per trimester for each of their 10 trimesters of enrollment.

Distance Learning

The Texas Health and Science University does not offer any instruction via distance learning; all instruction is face-to-face and in-person.

Financial Aid (for those who qualify)

Federal Title IV financial aid funding programs as applicable, are available to eligible students enrolled at least half-time in the University's program of study including:

  • Pell Grants
  • College Work-Study program
  • Direct Loan program
  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and the Veterans' Administration educational benefit

For more information, please see our website.

Professional Program

Acudetox: RN and LVN

THSU is pleased to offer an Acudetox specialist training program as professional development for licensed professionals in the fields of health care and social work. Acudetox is an acupuncture-based protocol used to treat alcoholism, substance abuse, and chemical dependency. The treatment works by releasing naturally occurring chemicals in the body that ease the symptoms of withdrawal and help fight addiction.

The 70-hour Acudetox program consists of 30 online instructional hours and 40 hours of hands-on clinical training. Texas Health and Science University is the only acupuncture school in Texas with an Acudetox specialist training program approved by the Texas Medical Board. Upon completion of our program, individuals will be eligible for certification through the Texas Medical Board for a fee of $52.00.

What is "TCM"

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is the world's oldest continually practiced form of healthcare. Practiced throughout Asia for thousands of years, TCM focuses on treating the disease, not just the symptoms. In the West, TCM is often equated with acupuncture, but that is just part of the story. TCM is a holistic approach to health that includes not just acupuncture, but also Chinese herbs, acupuncture,qi gong,andtai chi.

THSU is pleased to offer a program of study that is focused on the traditional teachings of TCM, including ancient texts such asWen Bing Lun, Golden Chamber, Shan Han Lun, and Four Streams of Scholars. Few schools in the US offer a truly traditional program of study, and THSU is the only one in Texas.

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