Sacramento, CA, Schools for Holistic Medicine
Individuals interested in studying holistic medicine in Sacramento will have to look outside the city for schools. The nearest schools with degrees in this field are at least 65 miles from downtown Sacramento. Two of those institutions and the programs they offer are explored in this article. Also included is a table of important information about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and campus settings. At the end of the article is a listing of other area schools that offer programs related to holistic medicine.
- About 65 miles from downtown Sacramento, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley offers graduate degrees in acupuncture and integrative medicine.
- The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, about 68 miles from downtown Sacramento, also offers graduate degrees in traditional Chinese medicine.
Comparison of Schools
The following table lists information that individuals should consider as they choose a school.
|Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College-Berkeley||Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||81*||99*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-18)||$64,226 (total master's program); $65,975 (total doctoral program)**||$15,708 (per year)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College-Berkeley**
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley
The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, about 65 miles from Sacramento, offers a master's degree program in Oriental medicine that covers a range of holistic healing practices from Asia. Graduates are eligible to sit for credential examinations from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and for the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam.
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
The college's Master of Science in Oriental Medicine is a 10-trimester program with a full-time course load that is considered heavier than that of other Oriental medical schools. While this program is equivalent to five academic years, most full-time students finish in less than four years. Major areas of study are oriental medicine, Oriental herbology, acupuncture, basic science, management and ethics in professional practice and integrative clinical medicine. Students must undergo a series of didactic and practical examinations to advance to different stages of the clinical program and for graduation. There are also opportunities to study at sister colleges in Japan and China. In addition, this school offers a dual doctoral program in acupuncture and integrative medicine, for those who either already have the master's in oriental medicine or are currently working toward that graduate degree.
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences
The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, which is about 68 miles from Sacramento, offers a master's program in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This program prepares graduates for state and national acupuncture board examination.
Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine-accredited Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine program is divided into pre-professional courses and graduate courses. The program trains graduates to determine the condition of a patient based on traditional practices of Chinese medicine. Students learn about acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, acupressure, meditation and Taiji (sometimes referred to as tai chi). Courses include meridian theory, Tui Na, herbology, Chinese nutrition, public health and acupuncture treatment. Clinical internships are required. Full-time students may complete the program in three or four years, and part-time students must complete all studies within eight years. This school also offers a 2-year doctoral program that focuses on orthopedics and pain management.
Other School Options
Chiropractic practice is also commonly considered holistic, and Life Chiropractic College West, about 73 miles away, offers a post graduate degree for those who want to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). California Institute of Integral Studies is situated about 75 miles from Sacramento and offers graduate degrees in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.