San Francisco Acupuncture College Hosts Open House for People Considering a Career Change

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The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is holding a Master’s program open house for prospective students of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Those interested in a career change are urged to drop by to learn about the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) program and life as an acupuncturist.

ACTCM is holding a Master’s program Open House on Saturday, May 21

Making a career shift in the middle of a recession is scary to many people, but investing in higher education is an excellent choice for many people facing stagnant wages and stressful working conditions

In times like these, many people are thinking about changing direction in their career. Chinese medicine and acupuncture is a rewarding choice of profession, spiritually and economically. On Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco is hosting an open house for prospective students interested in alternative medicine as an occupation. ACTCM is located at 455 Arkansas Street in San Francisco.

The open house will feature a welcome address from the president, an informational presentation on Chinese medicine, an overview of the Master’s program, and a presentation on student life. These will be followed by discussions about acupuncture as a career, admissions, and financial aid information. The open house will end with a tour of the campus.

“Making a career shift in the middle of a recession is scary to many people, but investing in higher education is an excellent choice for many people facing stagnant wages and stressful working conditions,” says Yu-Wen Chiu, LAc, Director of Admissions for ACTCM. ”Healthcare services are always in demand, so people who take advantage of this time to pursue a degree in alternative medicine will be set up for success when the economy turns around.”

Acupuncture is one of the fastest-growing areas of healthcare. According to the National Institute for Health, 10 percent of American adults have tried acupuncture and 57 percent of Northern California physicians use or recommend acupuncture, and treatments are covered by most health insurance plans.

Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine report a high level of job satisfaction. Many operate their own practices or work with a small group. They have a lot of flexibility with setting their schedule, and they start making good money quickly.

According to Payscale.com, acupuncturists with less than one year of experience earn a median salary of $45,000. The median salary in California is $62,500. Experienced practitioners often earn six-figure incomes. Most of all, they get the satisfaction of helping and healing others: acupuncturists can help people with weight loss, allergy relief, pain management and fertility treatment.

“While recessions aren’t exactly predictable, they typically last two to three years, which is just enough time for you to get a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and recession-proof your future career as a licensed acupuncturist,” says Maggie Hackett, an ACTCM alumni.

For those concerned about investing the time and money right now, ACTCM offers full-time, three-quarter and half-time tracks. Students can choose between sections with classes mostly in the afternoon and evenings, classes mostly in the mornings and afternoons, or classes mostly in the evenings and weekends.

ACTCM also offers an Asian Body Therapy program. Those interested in a career as a massage therapist can receive a Tui Na or Shiatsu Massage Certificate through a one-year program. These programs can be complete either separately from or concurrently with the master’s degree program. ACTCM offers financial aid and scholarship packages. 80% of its students receive financial aid through government lending. For those nervous about taking on debt, the financial aid office offers assurance that no student has ever defaulted on their student loan.

For more information about ACTCM’s open house or any other questons, call (415) 401-0464 or visit the website at http://www.actcm.edu.

About the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine San Francisco
The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has been at the forefront of educating student in Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco since its inception in 1980. Its two degree programs—the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)—provide a truly exceptional professional education.

ACTCM’s community clinics serve as a diverse and demanding training ground for its students, while providing affordable health care services to the community. ACTCM’s certificate programs in Tui Na and Shiatsu and its introductory classes for the public offer additional educational opportunities for current ACTCM students, healthcare professionals and the general public.

About Acupuncture
Acupuncture restores balance and health, and is used for everything from chronic pain to drug dependence. It is also an effective allergy, weight loss, and fertility treatment.

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