The California Acupuncture Board has released updates concerning applications for new California acupuncture schools. Oversight of acupuncture education is under the purview of the California Acupuncture Board and many new schools are applying for approval. There are approximately 20,000 acupuncturists in the USA and about half of them are practicing in California.
New Acupuncture Schools: Overview
Nine Star University in Sunnyvale, CA has had a recent site visit by the California Acupuncture Board and the application is pending final approval. The Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii has completed the application review process and requires a site visit. The Hongik International University in Los Angeles, CA has completed the application review process and further information has been requested by the California Acupuncture Board. The Health Medicine University in Palo Alto, CA has submitted an application and a review is pending. The Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture in Phoenix, Arizona is waiting on a California Acupuncture Board decision regarding out of state site visits. The Golden State University located in Downey, CA has just completed the site visit process. Oikos University in Oakland, CA and Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine located in New York are both pending review.
Nine Star University (NSUHS)
Nine Star University in Sunnyvale takes up a total of 10,921 square feet of space in a series of three buildings. It has 10 classrooms that can seat 15-20 people per room plus an additional 8 clinic rooms, an herb dispensary, a reception area, faculty and administrative offices, a computer lab, an event center that seats up to 150 people, and a library. The treatment rooms have space for between one to two acupuncture treatment tables. The library houses 2,600 books and the large event center is used for acupuncture continuing education classes for acupuncture CEUs, school events, and Tai Chi classes. Nine Star University is a non-profit organization and began operations in 2008. It is waiting for approval by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Mr. Yang owns the building and is the only licensed acupuncturist practicing at the Nine Star University (NSUHS) location. Enrollment is 25 students in the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program. NSUHS offers its program in English and Chinese but currently there are only students in the Chinese language acupuncture program. NSUHS employs 16 faculty members, 13 of whom are licensed to practice acupuncture in California.
Golden State University (GSU)
GSU takes up approximately 2,000 square feet including 2 acupuncture classrooms, a library, 3 clinic rooms, an herb dispensary, a reception area, and administrative offices. Ms. Kim is the only acupuncturist practicing at this location. GSU has 6 faculty members in its Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program that is offered in the Korean language.