The Master of Science in Asian Medicine program emphasizes the unified understanding of the mind, body and spirit inherent in traditional Chinese medicine. Mastery of Asian medicine includes acupuncture as well as herbology expertise. The University has gathered a faculty committed to academic and professional excellence and to teaching the extensive body of knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective practice. A hallmark of the Master’s program is its extensive clinical training. The training includes practical skills instruction and clinical observation, followed by a yearlong clinical internship during which student- interns treat patients in a variety of clinical settings under the guidance of expert practitioners. As they progress through the internship phase, the students assume increasing levels of responsibility for patient care, and ultimately learn how to practice as independent healthcare providers.


Golden State University’s Graduate School of Asian Medicine believes the ancient and dynamic healthcare modality, known as Asian Medicine, is both an art and science. Becoming a competent and confident practitioner is a multifaceted process that involves understanding theoretical concepts, learning by doing, integrating theory with practice, and working closely with seasoned practitioners who understand the unity of mind, body, and spirit.


The mission of our Graduate School of Asian Medicine is to improve the quality of health care by providing graduate education for the training practitioner with courses of traditional Chinese medicine integrated with Western medical diagnosis technology. GSU Graduate School of Asian Medicine is dedicated to enhancing the standard of professionalism in practice and theory in traditional Asian Medicine. Golden State University’s graduate program stands to carry and develop Asian Medicine in American health care.


The purpose of our Graduate School of Asian Medicine is to prepare students for a career as a healthcare provider and to develop their intellectual and analytical abilities by offering comprehensive education in traditional Asian Medicine. GSU Graduate School of Medicine strives to foster an academic environment for mastery of students Asian Medicine, provide guidance towards obtaining licensure of acupuncture as a practitioner, and become a leader for further studies in their respective fields. Graduate School of Asian Medicine seeks to impart knowledge of complementary medicine and biomedicine to all its students.


GSU maintains clearly specified and measurable educational objectives, which reflect the effects the educational program is designed to have on students and are consistent with the institutional purpose and educational programs offered. After students complete the M.S.A.M. degree program, they will be:

  • Solidly ground in traditional Asian medical theory, and able to apply theory to clinical practice.
  • Confident in using Asian medicine assessment and diagnostic techniques in order to develop treatment plans for patients and help patients maintain and enhance wellness and vitality.
  • Competent in acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine as primary treatment modalities, as well as incorporate into practice elements of tui-na, nutritional counseling, exercise and breathing therapies, and other related modalities.
  • Conversant in Western medical terminology, pharmacology, diagnostic procedures, and conventional treatment options in order to communicate effectively.
  • Adept at practicing iteratively and collaboratively in a wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals and multidisciplinary medical clinics, and to work safely and effectively with patients undergoing conventional medical treatment.
  • Proficient in basic scientific research methodology, and have the ability to critically assess research literature on Asian medicine.

  • Knowledgeable of ethical, legal and professional requirements of licensed acupuncture practice, and have the practice management skills necessary for entering practice


The Golden State University Master’s Degree Program consists of 2,150 didactic hours (215 units) of academic course work and 960 hours (48 units) of clinical internship at the University’s Medical Center. Course work includes studies in Asian medicine theory, acupuncture, herbology & herbal formulas, western Medicine & science, and practice management & ethical practices, in addition to the clinical internship.

GSU’s academic program consists of the following:

Basic Science & Western Medicine 360 hours
Acupuncture 300 hours
Asian Medicine 420 hours
Herbology & Formulas 450 hours
Case Management 110 hours
Practice Management 50 hours
Professional Development 30 hours
Public Health 40 hours
Clinic Internship 960 hours
Electives 300 hours