Holistic Medicine Degree Programs in Sacramento, CA

The Sacramento, CA, area does not have any not-for-profit schools offering holistic medicine degree programs. The nearest private not-for-profit schools with these degree programs are about 80 miles away. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Sacramento, CA, Schools for Holistic Medicine

Individuals interested studying holistic medicine in Sacramento will have to look outside the city for private not-for-profit schools. The nearest schools with degrees in this field are more than an hour and 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Those two 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 graduation rates. At the end of the article is a listing of Sacramento schools that offer programs in massage therapy, which can be related to holistic medicine.

  • Almost 80 miles from downtown Sacramento, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley offers a master's degree program in Oriental medicine.
  • The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, about 82 miles from downtown Sacramento, offers a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley

The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, about 80 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.

Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences

The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, which is about 82 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.

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 (2011) 152* 111*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2011-12) $14,478* $13,205*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Other School Options

Individuals interested in holistic medicine-related programs in Sacramento may want to consider massage therapy programs at Carrington College California, Anthem College and Bryan College - Sacramento (located in Gold River). All three are private for-profit schools that offer diploma or associate's degree programs in massage therapy.

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