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

Acupuncture School in LA
Earn the degree you need to become a licensed acupuncturist. Our students leave here as strong individuals, ready to become competent, licensed primary healthcare professionals.

Get the Skills to Become a Licensed Acupuncturist & Qualified TCM Practitioner

The Yo San Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM) is the only degree currently recognized to sit for licensing. We offer a unique and comprehensive curriculum that integrates eastern and western medical instruction and clinical experience with a rich 38-Generation family heritage of Qi cultivation and development. Our program teaches you to become an example of whole and healthy living for others prepared to be a competent, licensed primary healthcare professional.

Next Start Date:
Aug 28th

Unparalleled Curriculum

This program 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. The well-rounded curriculum includes:

Year One: A Fundamental Year – Discover the Medicine
Explore the fundamental principles and theories of all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture and Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia.

Year Two: An Accumulation Year – Observe the Medicine
Your development continues for the practice of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine with courses in clinical nutrition, pathophysiology and psychology of patient care. TCM diagnosis, basic needling techniques, and herbal formulations are taught and practiced. Students also learn Tuina, the Chinese equivalent of physical therapy, along with concepts and practices in both TCM and Western nutrition.

Year Three: A Transitional Year – Apply the Medicine
You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of both TCM and Western clinical sciences through a series of classes focused on the clinical aspects of the medicine. Students also have the opportunity to observe clinicians at work in various off­site clinical externship programs affiliated with Yo San University.

Year Four: The Clinic Internship – Become the Medicine
Begin your Clinical Internship. Intern activities include assessment and examination of patients, formulation of diagnosis and treatment plan, and the implementation of treatment with TCM modalities. You will be guided by experienced, licensed supervisors to develop and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and responsibility until such standards become a fundamental characteristic.

As a YSU student, you’ll cultivate personal growth and sustained wellness while you gain the skills to help others to achieve the same.

As a graduate, you’ll stand as an example of whole and healthy living for others, fully-prepared to be a competent, licensed primary healthcare professional.

I spent over 5 years of my life here. The teachers and staff were beyond compare. The experiences I shared within those walls were the most rewarding of my life. I met the most inspirational people; we shared our joy, our pain, our laughter, our tears. This place was truly a home away from home and a family like no other.

Megan Catherine Lindsey - Yo San Graduate

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Choose a Concentration:

As a YSU Master’s student you may choose to focus on one of three rewarding specialities:

Taoism & Qi Cultivation
Gain greater appreciation for the development of 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.

Women’s & Children’s Health
The health of women and children is pivotal to healthy families and communities. This concentration will provide a platform for gaining and applying advanced integrative learning focused on gynecological and pediatric conditions.

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.

Get more details on the MATCM Concentration options.

Bita Yadidi, L.Ac. shares how caring for her children inspired her to pursue her path.

Get Real-World Clinical Experience

YSU is dedicated to providing a diverse learning experience that ensures our students are prepared to pursue their practice interests and meet their patients’ needs. YSU partners with a wide array of medical organizations to augment each student’s clinical training.

You’ll feel confident and eager for your transition from student to TCM professional after gaining so much real-world experience before you graduate.

Get more details on YSU partners and externship opportunities.

Get Personalized Advising & Ongoing Support

Academic advising is an important feature of the program at YSU and an excellent way to ensure that you are progressing towards your goal.

Academic advising begins after you are accepted to the program. You will meet with your academic adviser prior to registering for classes to review program requirements and to schedule your courses for your first trimester.

You’ll also have the opportunity to request FREE tutoring at any time.

Get more info on YSU Tutoring programs

Is a Future in Traditional Chinese Medicine Right For You? Get More Info…

To learn more about becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and to explore whether Yo San University is a good fit for you, click the “Get More Info” tab.

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