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General Information512-448-9999
Awards OfferedBachelor's degree, Doctor's degree - research/scholarship, Master's degree
Campus SettingCity, Large
Campus HousingNo
Student Population 89 (6 undergraduate)
Student-to-Faculty Ratio12 to 1

Mission Statement

New Federal Careers in Acupuncture
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture (NCCAOM) National Board-Certified Acupuncturists™, who are also state licensed, now have an established qualification standard for employment positions within the VA Health Administration, according to the newly published Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Handbook.  
Acupuncturists in the VA now have a government standard (GS) range of GS 9 -12, depending on the Acupuncturist’s level of education, training, and experience. This allows for an Acupuncturist to grow within their job title or have advanced placement within the system, depending on their experience and education; however, all Acupuncturists must be actively NCCAOM National Board-Certified. This news comes at a crucial time when the U.S. is facing a national opioid epidemic and acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to treat pain and has also been shown effective for reduce the use of opioids. This new government occupational standard will enable the most experienced and qualified acupuncturists to treat the thousands of veterans who are suffering from debilitating pain and addiction to over-prescribed opioids at the many Veterans hospitals and medical centers.
Previous Education Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (BSTCM):
  • 60 college credits (36 must be Gen. Ed.)
  • Minimum 2.0 out of 4.0 GPA
Master of Acupuncture with a Specialization in Chinese Herbal Medicine (MAc.): 
  • 60 college credits 
  • Minimum 2.0 out of 4.0 GPA
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): 
  • 60 college credits ( 36 must be Gen. Ed.)
  • Minimum 2.0 out of 4.0 GPA
Master of Business Administration (MBA) with optional Healthcare Management Concentration:
  • Bachelor’s degree of any major
  • Minimum 2.0 out of 4.0 GPA
Doctor of Acupuncture with a Specialization in Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAc.):
  • MSAOM degree or 5 years of experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist
  • Minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA
THSU is approved by the Texas Veteran’s Commission for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.
Special Learning Opportunities Religious Affiliation
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Student Services Undergraduates registered as students with disabilities
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Credit Accepted  
Faculty and Graduate Assistants Full-timePart-time
Total Faculty 120
Instructional 120
Research and Public Service 00
Total Graduate Assistants -1
Instructional -1
Research and Public Service -0