New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

36 months
16800 USD/year
16800 USD/year
16800 USD/year
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The TCM strand begins with the basic theories of Chinese physiology based on Yin and Yang and the five elements, and progresses in a stepwise fashion through Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, Syndrome Analysis, Treatment Principles, and Clinical Acupuncture Practice.


The clinical aspect of the acupuncture program consists of four phases:

Observation (4 credits/120 hours)--in this phase the student observes the acupuncturists and interns in all aspects of their practice: patient intake, questioning, checking pulse and tongue, diagnosis, treatment strategy, and needling.

Assistantship (2 credits/60 hours)--in this phase students begin to assist the acupuncturists in treatment procedures such as moxibustion and cupping, and can withdraw needles from the patient.

Junior Internship (8 credits/240 hours)--in this phase students begin to needle patients under close supervision, and perform diagnoses with guidance from the clinical instructor.

Senior Internship (10 credits/300 hours)--in this final phase students diagnose and treat patients with more minimal supervision.

Before entering the clinic as an Observer, students must take a class “Introduction to Clinic” in which they are introduced to clinic procedures and expectations, including patient intake, record keeping, different clinic levels and attendant responsibilities, and general rules of cleanliness and deportment.

As one of the pre-requisites to becoming an intern, students must attend a course “Introduction to Clinical Internship”, which focuses on clinical competency training for junior and senior interns.

Before beginning their Junior Internship, students must pass a Clinic Entrance Examination which tests all areas of TCM and Acupuncture studied up to that point. Also required before treating patients in the clinic is certification in Clean Needle Technique and in CPR. Before progressing to Senior Intern, students must pass a Clinical Skills Assessment Test and submit a detailed Case Report. There is also a comprehensive Graduation Examination which students are required to pass at the end of their program.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Muculo-skeletal & Palpatory Anatomy
  • Western Physiology
  • Clinical Pathophysiology
  • Western Diagnosis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Completed Application Form (click here for the form)
  • An Application Fee ($70; $120 for Transfer Students; $170 for International Students) A Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages, typed and double spaced)
  • Documentation of U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or Visa Status
  • Official College Transcript (course descriptions may be required for transfer credit)
  • Certified Academic Evaluation (foreign transcripts only)
  • Three Recommendation Letters or NYCTCM Reference Forms

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    16800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    16800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50400 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.


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