Frequently Asked Questions

The University of East-West Medicine has gathered a list of our most-frequently-asked questions. We hope that this list answers some of your questions and encourages you to enroll.

Q: What should I expect to pay for my TCM education at UEWM?
A: Our program is very affordable as we offer the lowest cost-per-unit in northern California . The academic courses cost $180 per unit; the clinic courses are $12 per hour. For students with no medical background, the total program costs $33,660.

Q: What degree will I earn when I graduate?
A: You will have earned a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the master’s program. For students pursuing the massage certificate programs, the certificates issued upon completion will be 200-hour, 500-hour, or 1000-hour Asian Bodywork Therapist Certificate.

Q: Is UEWM easy to find?
A: Yes. We are centrally located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale. UEWM is easily accessible from Highways 85, 101, 237 and 280.

Q: Is housing provided on campus?
A: No, however, there are apartments and single-family homes for rent in the immediate area.

Q: How long are the programs?
A: The entire Master's degree program takes three years to complete; however, previous credits transferred from other colleges, If relevant to the traditional Chinese medicine program, may shorten this time.

The Asian Bodywork Therapy program takes from 2 months to a year to complete, depending on the certificate-program selected.

Q: Can UEWM issue I-20?
A: Yes, UEWM is authorized to issue a Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20 for F-1 (Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and M-1 (Diploma of Asian Bodywork Therapist) student status.

Q: Are there any required courses I need to take?
A: Yes, courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. Students are required to complete these courses before they start taking second-year level courses.

Q: What percentage of your students has passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam?
A: Our students had a 100% pass-rate on the National Acupuncture and Herbology Exam, and achieved the highest overall and first-time pass-rate of all participating schools on the California Acupuncture Board Licensing Exam in 2001 and 2002.

Q: What career opportunities are available upon my graduation, and what pay can I expect?
A: Numerous opportunities exist for graduates--joining an established practice, opening your own practice, working in a clinic with more than one practitioner. The income potential is dependent upon one’s location, specialty, and commitment. With increasing interest and popularity within California and the U.S. , and better insurance coverage, the outlook for this career is very promising.

Q: Why do I need to send you my transcripts in order to attend?
A: State and accreditation regulations require proof of your previous academic history.

Q: Does UEWM offer financing?
A: Students may choose monthly installment payments with no interest or apply for low-cost Sallie Mae Alternative Loans for career training. Contact UEWM to qualify.

Q: Is UEWM affiliated with any other institutions here or abroad?
A: YES! UEWM offers study abroad program and exchanges activities with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, AnHui College of Chinese Medicine and Hei Long Jiang Chinese Medicine University . Our study abroad program with these universities offers an opportunity to study with masters in the heart of the culture that gave this medicine birth.

Q: Does UEWM have a job placement program?
A: While most of our graduates open their own successful practices, we do offer a public posting of currently available positions in this area. We also network with hospitals and medical centers with acupuncture programs for employment opportunities for graduates.

Q: When should I apply to UEWM?
A: UEWM has a rolling admissions policy, you may apply at any time; however, we recommend that you begin the application process one to three months prior to the term for which you plan to enroll. This will give you time to submit necessary documents such as an essay elaborating your interest in traditional Chinese medicine, official transcripts, and 2 letters of recommendation.

Q: What is the schedule of classes offered at UEWM?
A: We offer a flexible schedule with day, evening and weekend classes; English or Chinese program for both full- and part-time students.

Q: Why should I choose UEWM?
A: We are located near downtown Sunnyvale , California , in the heart of Silicon Valley . The Morgan Quitno awarded Sunnyvale as one of the top 5 safest cities in U.S. . According to KTSF/ Channel 26 and WorldJournal newspaper, Sunnyvale is one of the top ten cities in the nation noted for its beautiful surroundings, low crime rate, and educational opportunities. The University is professionally feng shui-designed to specifically provide a quiet, focused study environment. UEWM offers a solid education in TCM by highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors who are dedicated to their teaching profession and to students' learning . Because of our low student-teacher ratio, students experience a very personable, intensive educational environment.

If you have any question that is not addressed on this list, please contact the Office of Admission for answers.

University of East-West Medicine
595 Lawrence Expressway
Sunnyvale , CA 94085

Phone: (408) 733-1878
Fax: (408) 992-0448
E-mail: admissions@uewm.edu
Web Site: www.uewm.edu