The Mission of Texas Health and Science University, the oldest institution of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Texas is:
To educate a new generation of leaders for the global community in the professions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Business with a concentration in Healthcare Management, and to contribute to the global economy with their leadership, business acumen, English language competency, and professional skills;
To equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s competitive business environment; and for students of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to integrate this business knowledge and skills with training in the clinical therapies and applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the purpose of enhancing quality of life and community.
Graduates of this university will be qualified to meet the challenges of establishing and maintaining a successful profession in the 21st century, as evidenced by one or more of the following learning outcomes:
- A systematic knowledge of the theories, philosophies, and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine including a thorough grounding in the Chinese medical classics;
- The skills to assess patients and make an accurate TCM diagnosis and effective treatment plan;
- The ability to formulate and apply acupuncture and Chinese herbs based upon the total assessment of the patient;
- The skill to communicate accurately and effectively with other health care providers and appropriately refer patients to them;
- The ability to communicate professionally with academic, professional colleagues, business leaders, industry, patients and the public with empathy, compassion, and integrity;
- The training required for success in the global community as an international business leader, entrepreneur, manager, negotiator, vendor, or trader;
- The confidence to find successful employment in a healthcare related field, including the competence to establish and manage an acupuncture practice in sole ownership or in partnership with other health care professionals, and to administer and manage a clinic, hospital, and/or pharmaceutical business;
- The competence to comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate relevant research from diverse sources, apply information effectively in academic, clinical and business settings, and demonstrate the potential to make significant scholarly contributions to the profession.
Texas Health and Science University welcomes your interest in our school, and we are very happy to have you visit our site. We’d like to share a message from our president, Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin Lic.Ac. E.M.B.A.:
When you choose the path of Texas Health and Science University, you not only begin a career as an effective and much needed health care professional, but are also welcomed into the oldest continuously practiced system of health and healing. If someone chooses conventional Western medicine as a profession there are many obstacles to overcome. Time and money, as it is well known, must be in abundant supply when earning an M.D. A hundred thousand dollars of education expenses and as many as twelve years of school await these brave individuals. Once schooling is complete, there is a whole new set of costs when starting one’s own practice. We believe the desire to help people should be fostered by schools and medical treatment should be easily accessible to the community, so we offer our college in the name of this cause.Consider the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a cost-effective alternative. Qualified students can usually complete a degree plan in a little over three years at a fraction of the cost of earning an M.D., with all the effectiveness and specialization of an M.D. Acupuncturists also benefit from low overhead when starting their business. Treatments are more affordable, which means more clients are helped with less cost. No waiting for your business to take off, instead you are seeing positive results immediately thanks to affordable start-up and operating expenses.We strive to deliver the most complete, deeply rooted education in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While other schools are content to skim this rich tradition, we indulge in it, bringing our students the most accurate and comprehensive representation of these teachings anywhere outside of China. It is our driving force and the secret to our success.I hope you will consider Texas Health and Science University. Since day one of this unique school we’ve trained highly qualified practitioners of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our graduates have gone on to succeed beyond their wildest expectations, and we look forward to helping you do the same. Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin – December 2011
History of Texas Health and Science University
Texas Health and Science University was founded as the Texas Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1990 by Lisa and Paul Lin. It was the first school in Texas approved by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to provide instruction in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and became a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1994, and was first accredited in 1996. The University has continually maintained its accreditation since that time.
In 1997, the school was granted authority by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree and changed its name to Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In April 2005, the College was granted a Certificate of Authority by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
The start of 2011 brought many changes to the institution. Not only did it celebrate its 20th anniversary under the same leadership that it had started with but it was also able to expand its degree offerings. In April of 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted a Certificate of Authority to Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine was chosen by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University to be the first institution in the United States offering a Dual Degree program.
In December 2012, the college received an initial grant of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), in addition to its ACAOM accreditation. Then, in January 2013 the institution changed its name to Texas Health and Science University. These changes reflect the broadened mission of the University, which allows for additional programs, such as the new Master of Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management programs. The University’s mission and curricula reflect an emphasis in enabling its graduates to have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.
The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of the University has been carefully constructed to ensure that our graduates receive the highest quality education possible; that they are fully eligible upon graduation to apply for an acupuncture license in Texas; that with appropriate preparation they will pass the licensing examination; and that they will have every opportunity to be personally and financially successful as practitioners. Those students electing to pursue the dual degree will find their careers further enhanced with the ability to practice acupuncture on a global level.
In order to promote the popularization of American higher education, foster academic exchanges between United States institutions, scholars, students, and visitors, as well as encourage international cooperation in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Texas Health and Science University has developed formal agreements of cooperation with sister schools in China and Taiwan. The institutions enter into Sister School Relationships voluntarily in order to achieve mutual benefits and opportunities for the respective institutions and their faculty and students; and either institution may terminate the agreement at any time at will with one year’s written notice. The terms and conditions of the agreement include administrative collaboration and control over the academic programs, facilities, faculty, and curriculum, as well as assurance of the English language competency of instructors in the program.
The goals and objectives of the program are collaboration in educational programs, clinical practice, and research in order to achieve:
- Education and Training to mutually recognize Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine courses, curriculum, teaching, and training from both schools;
- Summer exchange programs and related short-term training programs;
- Academic exchange visits for students and faculty;
- Cultural enrichment and education;
- Language training and communication; and
- Award appropriate degrees upon successful completion of the combined programs when students complete the requirements for graduation.
Texas Health and Science University has cooperative arrangements with several sister schools in Asia. These institutions include:
- Meiho Institute of Technology in Taiwan (since 2003)
- Xinjiang Medical University in China (since 2007)
- Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan (since 2010)
- Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China (since 2010)
- Transworld University in Taiwan (since 2011)
- Jiangxi University of T.C.M. International Education College (since 2011)
Texas Health and Science University offers a Dual Degree program with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University . New and current students can enroll in this program and receive their Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree from TCTCM, with an additional Master of Acupuncture & Tui Na degree conferred by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.
Requirements for Admission
Texas Health and Science University offers a comprehensive program of study leading to the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree. The University desires for standard admission those applicants who have a minimum of 60 semester credits and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Candidates may also be admitted based upon the Admissions Committee determination that the applicant demonstrates suitability for graduate level study of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has successfully completed a minimum of 60 semester credits (or equivalent quarter credits) in general education.
General Education Requirements are defined as those areas of learning which are the common experience of all educated persons, including subject matter from the humanities, mathematics and the sciences, and the social sciences.
Admission to this program requires a minimum of 60 semester credits in non-remedial college courses. Thirty six (36) of these semester credits must be in General Education as described below. Note that courses within the area of concentration of the subject matter of the program shall not be considered general education courses. The remaining 24 credits can be in any other field of study as long as they are not remedial.
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