University description (as per official university website)
The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences was established in 1982 by Master Wei Tsuei. At the time, Master Tsuei operated the Taoist Center, a non-profit organization focused on educating the masses in Taiji, Qigong, and meditation, as well as TCM. Even though the majority of the Western world did not accept acupuncture and TCM as a prominent, viable form of health care, Master Tsuei and the first Academy directors knew that introducing organized TCM to the Western world would be the first step towards realizing health care integration and bridging the cultural gap between the East and West. Thus, the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences was founded as a private, non-profit institute for the training and advancement of traditional Chinese medicine within the context of Chinese culture. As an accomplished practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Taiji Quan, and Taiji meditation, Master Tsuei paved the way for the first official Oakland TCM program. The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences became the second institution of TCM in the United States.
In the years that followed, the Academy flourished, and the need for a larger facility grew. Master Tsuei and the Board of Directors occupied a beautiful building on 14th Street in downtown Oakland until 1989, the year of the great Loma-Prieta earthquake. After discovering cracks and fissures within the 14th Street facility, ACCHS took the opportunity to move the facility to a larger building with five stories and a stronger, steel foundation, the current facility located at 16th Street and Clay. In 1991, the Academy was approved by the California Council for Private Post secondary Vocational Education as a degree-granting institution, and in 1992, the Academy was accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Throughout its existence, the Academy cultivated a community where people from all walks of life could receive affordable, effective TCM health care. Now, the ACCHS clinic is a busy center for preventative medicine and serves as the institutional teaching clinic where students train to become competent health care providers.
Over the years, the Academy has matriculated 553 graduates...the passing rate for the California Licensing Exam always reaches 85% or so, and the National Certification Exam is often 100%, which proves the preparedness, competence, and excellence of our graduates. Our program enables the students to lay a solid medical foundation with strong medical ethics.
Currently, the Academy is approved by the California Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education as a degree-granting institution, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Today, we are a bona fide institution of higher learning, recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the integration of TCM within the Western medical modality has become a reality.
The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences is currently approved to offer a professional Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree under the California Education Code 94310.2 as overseen by the Bureau of Private Post secondary and Vocational Education within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Through approval of the California Acupuncture Board, graduates of ACCHS are eligible to sit for the California licensing examination for acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Eligible students may sit for the examination of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. ACCHS is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a provider of continuing education for registered nurses under the California Business and Professions Code.
Applying for Financial Aid
In order to determine what the student and family can pay towards the student's educational expenses, the student must apply for financial aid. A nationally established formula computes the family's contribution (EFC) using information regarding the family's income, assets, and number of family members in college. For a student who is considered to be dependent, the student and the parents complete the application. For students considered to be independent, the student and spouse (if married) complete the application.
The first step in applying for financial aid is to mail a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Student Aid Programs beginning January. The FAFSA is available in high schools and college financial aid offices beginning in December. In order for ACCHS to receive an electronic copy of the FAFSA, the student must write "Academy of Chinese Culture" and the code number "G32883" on the college release section of the FAFSA. Students may apply online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
About four weeks after the student mails the FAFSA (about one week if filed online), the student will receive a document called the Student Aid Report, and ACCHS will receive the electronic copy of the FAFSA. ACCHS will notify the student to submit verification documents if necessary. Verification documents may include the IRS tax forms and documentation of household size.
Types of Financial Aid, Eligibility Requirements
The Academy provides access to several low-interest financial aid programs and Work-Study, a program that allows FA students to work and go to school at the same time. Federal Direct Loans (Stafford Loans) can be utilized by degree-seeking students who qualify. Alternative loans are also available for students who meet credit criteria.
General Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility for ACCHS SFA programs (other than unsubsidized loans) is based on financial need. to have the financial need determined, a student must complete and file the FAFSA. Additionally, to be eligible for SFA program funds, a student must:
* Have a high school diploma or GED or receive a passing score on an independently administered examination provided by the Department
* Enroll as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
* Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
* Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
* Make satisfactory academic progress
* sign statements on FAFSA regarding educational purpose and overpayments and defaults.
A student must enroll at least half time to be eligible for Direct Loans Program at ACCHS. For more information on eligibility requirements, refer to the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook or the current Student Guide.