What will I learn?

Traditional Chinese medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. Practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, massage, and other methods to treat a wide range of medical conditions in their patients. The University of Bridgeport’s Acupuncture Institute (UBAI) is proud to offer the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (D-TCM) degree program, a comprehensive training in Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, adjunctive therapies, and biomedicine at the graduate level.

Our program is the first clinical doctoral TCM program on the East Coast to be offered within a university setting. Graduates of this program learn how to provide the full range of benefits of traditional Chinese medicine and clinical assessment to their patients, including in those states where traditional Chinese medicine practitioners act as primary care providers.

UB offers the unique opportunity to study traditional Chinese medicine alongside students pursuing other health profession degrees in our comprehensive university. Students will collaborate with naturopathic, chiropractic, and other students and practitioners in the UB Clinics, our clinical teaching facilities. This environment promotes the development of clinical, interpersonal communication, and decision-making skills as well as the professional conduct, efficiency, and confidence required to provide exceptional patient care.

The D-TCM program is designed to provide significant training in biomedicine and integrative medicine for those interested in providing traditional Chinese medicine in primary care. Chinese medicine practitioners play an important part in U.S. healthcare. The Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, including acupuncturists. UBAI is dedicated to ensuring that its graduate practitioners are included in all aspects of healthcare, from the private office to hospitals and public health forums.

UBAI’s D-TCM program will help graduates participate in a healthcare system that is multidisciplinary and enhances competence, mutual respect, and collaboration across all healthcare disciplines. The clinical program stresses a team-based approach to care.

Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program, the graduate will have the ability to:

Summer intake is will begin on May

  • Demonstrate competency in utilizing the four examinations to identify Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnoses
  • Formulate and skillfully implement the safe and effective clinical application of Chinese medicine modalities based upon a total assessment of the patient
  • For the D-TCM: Formulate and skillfully implement safe and effective acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, qi cultivation, and other adjunctive techniques
  • Adapt diagnosis and treatment strategies as needed for diverse patient populations
  • Evaluate patient care from biomedical, pharmacological, and Asian perspectives in order to understand the medical context in which patients present, make appropriate treatment and consultation decisions in various healthcare settings as part of a collaborative health care team, and make timely referrals when appropriate
  • Value patients’ dignity and confidentiality
  • Apply knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient-centered care in a variety of settings in order to optimize patient health and coordinate care with other healthcare practitioners

Which department am I in?

Acupuncture Institute

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
USD $635 per credit hour (This fee is for 2019-2020 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

Acupuncture Institute

60 Lafayette Street,

BRIDGEPORT,

Connecticut,

6604, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For applicants who have not yet received their Bachelor’s degree certificate/diploma.

For international students

Students who have not yet received their Bachelor’s degree certificate/diploma

A minimum score of 80 (IBT); A minimum IELTS Band score of 6.5; A minimum PTE Academic score of 58; A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 95; A grade of “C” or better from an accredited American university for one semester of college English Composition; A minimum score of 19 in the English Section of the ACT Exam; An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Services) Level 112; An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English; An EIKEN score of Grade Pre-1 or above; A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Deadline:

We review applications on a rolling basis for a fall start term only. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application and all supporting materials by July 15th for priority consideration.

Spring deadline: December 1st

Summer deadline: April 15th

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About this uni

Located just one hour from New York City, the university is set amongst 400 acres of parkland along the coast of the Long Island Sound.

  • Bridgeport is located close to Boston and New York City
  • Ranked the 39th most diverse university in the U.S.
  • Offers academic merit scholarships to international students
  • Small class sizes with a 16:1 student-faculty ratio