AUSTIN, Texas – July 2, 2014 – Texas Health and Science University is pleased to announce today that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), has approved the expansion of its scope of accreditation to include the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program. This affirms the consent given by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the University’s programmatic accreditor for the doctoral program.
“I am so proud of our latest accomplishment,” says Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, L.Ac., E.M.B.A., President and Chief Executive Officer. President Lin continues, “This confirms the place of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine within the modern higher education system, and establishes this profession as an important academic and research discipline. Our administrative staff have worked hard to reach this new milestone.” Texas Health and Science University is the first ACICS-accredited institution in Texas to offer a doctoral-level program, and first in the nation the first to offer an ACICS-approved doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Chinese Medicine. The program is set to launch in September 2014.
Texas Health and Science University is a comprehensive, for-profit educational institution. The University was formerly the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first school of Acupuncture in the State of Texas, established in 1990. The school offers Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Master of Business Administration and MBA in Healthcare Management degrees. The University also offers a 70-Hour Acudetox Training Program for licensed health care professionals approved by the Texas Medical Board, and English as a Second Language certificate programs. The University has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) since 1996. It is also the first institution in the nation to be awarded accreditation for Master and Doctor degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the 100-year-old Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA with an auxiliary classroom in San Antonio, the University offers a Dual Degree program at the master level with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University and has sister school relationships with seven institutions in Taiwan and China.