Dear Prospective Students,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I welcome your interest in our combined Bachelor/Master’s degree programs that prepare you to be a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

With a 4,000-year history of healing arts originating in China, acupuncture has been recognized and accepted as an integral part of medical practice in the U.S. for over 40 years. Since 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Handbook added a new Standard Occupational Code for Acupuncturists: 29-1291. On the Department of Labor website, acupuncture is marked as a “Bright Outlook Occupation”. Recently, acupuncture has been legalized in 47 states plus Washington, DC. In addition, herbs were legally added to acupuncture’s scope of practice in over 27 states.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have already been confirmed for their efficacy and safety, as well as for offering a cost-effective alternative within the American health care system, resulting in more and more Americans accessing this approach to promoting their health and wellness. In the current crisis of abuse and misuse of prescription opioids, nonpharmacological treatments for pain management, including acupuncture, have been strongly suggested by different national authorities, such as the FDA and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The Joint Commission (JC) has revised its hospital performance measures for pain management to include the requirement of providing nonpharmacological pain treatment modalities. The mainstream medical field has gradually accepted acupuncture as one important part of integrative health. More opportunities for acupuncturists are foreseeable.

After 25 years of experience in teaching Chinese medicine, NYCTCM is well-known in the field. I have been associated with the college as Academic Dean, and later as President, since its establishment. My approach to educating students is to provide a thorough foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory through a practice-based learning program taught in a genuine TCM style.

I view the expertise of our faculty and their authentic approach to teaching TCM as the strengths of our school. In small classes these master practitioners mentor students in the philosophy and practice of Chinese Medicine. They enjoy the challenge of teaching students the philosophical context of time-honored TCM classics as they role-model TCM practice in a contemporary medical setting.

My vision for the college is to put NYCTCM in the forefront of the evolution of American acupuncture and Chinese Medicine education with a commitment to excellence. Compassion, Tradition, Integration and Innovation are the core values of the College. With an exceptional Acupuncture and Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine program that adapts to most schedules, I believe you will find NYCTCM the ideal place for you to access this profession as your new career. I look forward to welcoming you to the school.

With Best Regards,

Yemeng Chen, Ph.D. (China) L.Ac., FICAE
New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine 
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