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Master's Degree at Yo San University

Learn in an intimate,
supportive environment
dedicated to academic excellence.

Master’s of Acupuncture and
Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM)

Balance and harmony.

The education at Yo San is field based, problem oriented, and guided by the Taoist philosophy of balance and harmony. Classes are small, fostering an intimate, personal learning experience. Our faculty is committed to academic excellence, sets high standards, and is determined to provide you with an education that is at once intellectually stimulating and relevant in today’s modern health care environment.

Spiritual medicine.

Creating an educational environment where students can satisfy their desire for spiritual and medical knowledge is the essence of Yo San’s legacy.

Yo San students have a thirst for quality instruction and enjoy a lively exchange of ideas with their professors.


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).

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.

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

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

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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. 

There are two easy ways to complete your application form below:

Online Application
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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

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Our diverse faculty: east and west

We have a core of native born and trained Chinese instructors who have studied, taught, and practiced at some of China’s top TCM Universities; some come from distinguished families of Chinese practitioners.

Equally impressive is our dedicated western trained faculty, some of whom have been with us from day one. Many of our adjunct faculties are skilled practitioners with years of clinical and teaching experience and strong specialties. Our western trained faculties teach TCM theory, Chinese herbology, and Qi development courses as well as western medical sciences and practice management.

Our TCM professors have made names for themselves in specialties such as dermatology, HIV/AIDS, gynecology, diabetes, infertility, and substance abuse.

Our exceptional teaching clinics.

On Campus: the Award Winning Blount Community Clinic
Voted “Best Acupuncture Center” of  the Westside four years in a row (2015-2018), our specialty clinics include Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Reproduction, Orthopedics and Pain, and Healthy Aging and Internal Medicine. .

Our Clinical Partners: at the Forefront of Integrative Health Care
Through your experience with our partners, you’ll gain a deep understanding of how acupuncture and TCM are continually playing an expanding role in healthcare today.

  • The Wellness Center at the Historic LAC + USC General Hospital
  • Venice Family Clinic, Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center
  • Being Alive Los Angeles Wellness Center in West Hollywood
  • WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica
"To learn the ancient medicine, you cannot simply take what has been written in books and study that. You must develop yourself spiritually before you can become a true healer." Yo San Ni, 36th generation healer

Choose an advanced MATCM concentration:

Yo San students have the opportunity to pursue advanced courses in one of our three focused concentration areas. You will gain distinctive skills and deeper understanding to support your chosen career path, and stay abreast of healthcare advances and market trends.

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1. Women’s and Children’s Health

The health of women and children is pivotal to healthy families and communities. Well woman and pediatric care that considers lifestyle, nutrition, and environment is a growing area of specialization among acupuncture and TCM practitioners. This concentration will provide a platform for gaining and applying advanced integrative learning focused on gynecological and pediatric conditions.

2. Taoism and Qi Cultivation

Yo San University is well-known for its rich legacy and diverse curriculum in Taoism & Qi Cultivation. This concentration enables students to gain greater appreciation for the development harmony and balance as the foundation for well-being. Through advanced studies, students become masters of their personal Qi and are better prepared healthcare practitioners. These studies form the backbone of a YSU education.

3. Acupuncture Orthopedics & Pain Management

Today’s integrative environment is bringing TCM practitioners into partnership with a broad array of healthcare providers and disciplines. With proven effectiveness for conditions ranging from arthritis to sports injuries, no area of TCM is as sought after as Orthopedics & Pain Management. This concentration provides advanced training to assess, diagnose and manage a wide assortment of musculoskeletal conditions and pain.

Your journey:

During the four-year Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM) program, you will experience a rich 38-generation family heritage of Qi cultivation and personal development combined with a unique and comprehensive curriculum that that includes exceptional classroom teaching and clinical experience.

In the first academic year, fundamental principles and theories of all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Pharmacopoeia are introduced. Students will also learn basic biomedical sciences such as Biology, Biochemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Western Medical Terminology. Concurrent with the Herbal Pharmacopoeia courses, students observe and receive hands-on experience in the Yo San University Clinic Herbal Dispensary. Students will also begin exploring and understanding the foundational concepts in Taoist Studies and Qi Cultivation.

The second year’s classroom experience continues with an in-depth study of the practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, including subjects such as TCM Diagnosis, Acupuncture Point  Location, Tuina/Acupressure, and Herbal Formulas. Biomedical sciences during the second year include classes such as Clinical Nutrition and Pathophysiology. Students will also continue their studies in Taoism and Qi cultivation.

Through the Clinical Theater course at the end of the second year, students begin their clinical training by observing licensed faculty/practitioners manage real-life clinical patients with the various modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The First Comprehensive Examination, taken at the end of the second year, serves as a benchmark tool to assess academic progress in the curriculum.

In the third year of the MATCM program, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of both TCM and Western clinical sciences through a series of didactic courses that focus on the clinical aspects of the medicine. Courses will include TCM, Internal Medicine, Herbal Formulation Skills, advanced Acupuncture needling techniques, Western Physical Assessment and Clinical Medicine, Western Pharmacology, Laboratory & Radiological Diagnosis, Biomedical Acupuncture, and other clinically-oriented courses to prepare students for their clinical internship.

Third-year students continue to observe and assist clinical faculty and interns in the care and management of patients at the Yo San University Community Clinic. Students will also complete their Clean Needle Technique (CNT) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses in preparation for clinical internship.

On passing the Pre-Clinical examination, usually toward the end of the third year, and fulfilling all the required coursework, students will embark on the final stage of the program: Clinical Internship.

The clinical education component in the MATCM program comprises three levels of internship training, with increasing levels of direct participation and responsibilities for patient care and management under the direct supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Intern activities include assessment and examina- tion of patients, formulation of diagnosis and treatment plan, and implementation of treatment with TCM modalities. Students are guided to develop and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and responsibility until such standards become a  fundamental characteristic.

Classroom experience at this stage will be focused on clinical case studies and integrative approaches to TCM, as well as the ethical, legal, business and management aspects of setting up and maintaining a successful acupuncture practice.

During the fourth year, students will also have the opportunity to pursue advanced courses in one of the following focused concentration areas: Acupuncture Orthopedics & Pain Management, Taoist Studies & Qi Cultivation, and Women’s & Children’s Health. The combined power of focus and choice offers both current students and graduates of the MATCM program distinctive skills and deeper understanding to support their chosen career path, as well as to keep our graduates abreast of healthcare advances and market trends.

A total of six (6) units of Advanced Focused studies credits are required in the MATCM curriculum.

All students are required to complete 840 hours of supervised clinical internship with a minimum of at least 350 patient treatments. Clinical Internship may begin once a student has completed the prerequisites specified, and must be completed prior to graduation. Yo San University also offers several off-site clinical training opportunities at various multidisciplinary medical facilities including training sites at Venice Family Clinic; Integrative Chronic Pain Clinic at the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center; Being Alive in Los Angeles; WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica and Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. All students are required to participate in at least one of these clinical externship programs.

Externships supplement the clinical experience by offering students learning opportunities in unique integrative settings. Through these valued partnerships, students engage in multi- modality treatment approaches for chronic diseases, pain management, obesity prevention and management, and mental health.

Together with our partners, we have provided more than 255,000 free or subsidized treatments through our Community Clinic and externships since 2000.

From observing a surgery, to working with other healthcare professionals in an interdisciplinary practice, Yo San students complement their formal externships by engaging in a broad range of experiences that deepen their knowledge of integrated healthcare.

Additional information and details on clinical training can be found in the Clinic Handbook.

Yo San University’s Qi Cultivation curriculum takes root in the 38-generation Ni family heritage of self-healing and Qi cultivation practice which believes that practitioners who have balance and mastery of their Qi will be better healers. The study of Qi cultivation is not just academic, it is also experiential: students have the opportunity to cultivate their awareness, capacity, and skills through not only classes but also through practicing breathing and physical movements designed to mirror and bring alive the TCM content of their coursework. The Qi Cultivation program offers students the opportunity to heal and cultivate themselves energetically in order to directly experience the balance and harmony that underlie Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi Cultivation courses are structured into two tiers: a mandatory foundational level series (6 units) and an advanced focused concentration. A total of six (6) units of Qi Cultivation credits are required in the MATCM curriculum.
Yo San University also offers a clinically focused Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree. The DAOM is designed to accommodate working practitioners who complete their degree while maintaining their professional practices. The DAOM degree provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of advanced topics in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, post-graduate level biomedical training, significant supervised clinical work in areas of specialization, exposure to research and evidence based medicine, and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills.
  • Yo San University graduates demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the theories and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Yo San University graduates will have acquired the clinical skills and; proficiency to competently evaluate patients using Traditional Chinese Medicine examination techniques, formulate a medical diagnosis and treatment strategy, and carry out the treatment in a skillful and professional manner.
  • Yo San University graduates understand the importance of Qi cultivation in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and demonstrate practical skills in the various techniques of Qi cultivation.
  • Yo San University graduates will have acquired the necessary skills to begin their professional practice and be able to effectively communicate, educate and work with the public in integrative medical care models.
  • Yo San University graduates recognize the importance of conducting their practice in an ethical and professional manner, and engage in the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine within the appropriate federal and state legal requirements.

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"The best practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine is skilled at forseeing the development and progression of disease, acting for prevention, and strengthening the natural healing process." - Hua Ching Ni, Yo San University Founder

Schedule a tour and sit in on a class.

We regularly schedule personal tours of the Yo San campus which give you the opportunity to sit in on a class, ask questions, and meet other students who are on the path of becoming an exceptional practitioner of the healing arts.

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Julie Chambers, MATCM professor:
teaching the world of herbs.

“I know some herbal teachers just study the words, but that’s such a missed opportunity.”  Listen to a 30 second message from our professor, Julie Chambers, MATCM, Lac

David Cohen, MATCM professor:
it’s not a linear way of thinking

“I teach the basic principles courses, and my approach is that this is a whole new way of thinking.” Listen to a 30 second message from our professor, David Cohen, MFA, Lac

Talk to an admissions counselor.

We’re here to answer your questions and serve as your mentors through the application process. You can choose to schedule a session in person or over the phone to learn more about topics such as admission requirements, financial aid, and scholarships.

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Yue-Ying Li, MATCM professor:
I learn a lot from my students.

“I teach the students, but they teach me as well.”
Listen to a 20 second message from our professor, Yue-Ying Li, MMED, Lac

The success of our graduates.

“Every one of our students represents the next generation of healers in our family.” Listen to a 30 second message from our founders, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, and Dr. Daoshing Ni

The ancient medicine of TCM is based on the Taoist view that each person is a seamless unity of body and mind