Texas Health and Science University was founded as the Texas Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1990 by Lisa and Paul Lin. It was the first school in Texas approved by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to provide instruction in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and became a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1994, and was first accredited in 1996. The University has continually maintained its accreditation since that time.
In 1997, the school was granted authority by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree and changed its name to Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In April 2005, the College was granted a Certificate of Authority by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
The start of 2011 brought many changes to the institution. Not only did it celebrate its 20th anniversary under the same leadership that it had started with but it was also able to expand its degree offerings. In April of 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted a Certificate of Authority to Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine was chosen by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University to be the first institution in the United States offering a Dual Degree program.
In December 2012, the college received an initial grant of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), in addition to its ACAOM accreditation. Then, in January 2013 the institution changed its name to Texas Health and Science University. These changes reflect the broadened mission of the University, which allows for additional programs, such as the new Master of Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management programs. The University’s mission and curricula reflect an emphasis in enabling its graduates to have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.
The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of the University has been carefully constructed to ensure that our graduates receive the highest quality education possible; that they are fully eligible upon graduation to apply for an acupuncture license in Texas; that with appropriate preparation they will pass the licensing examination; and that they will have every opportunity to be personally and financially successful as practitioners. Those students electing to pursue the dual degree will find their careers further enhanced with the ability to practice acupuncture on a global level.