• International Students! On campus classes are available for Fall 2020 enrollment.
  • THSU Austin Campus administrative office is open with full staff during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:30 pm). Visitors & students may enter wearing face mask in limited numbers while keeping proper social distance.
  • Job opportunities for THSU graduates! Currently 5 positions open. Please check the Job Posting section for updates.
  • Fall trimester has begun as scheduled. All classes can be taken online or in person.
We appreciate your patience during this developing situation with COVID. We wish that we could give you more definitive answers to your questions about classes, but we are at the mercy of state and federal regulators and we are doing the best we can. 
On the plus side, the new SEVIS regulation requiring international students to attend classes on campus or lose their F1 status has been overruled. This means that, as of now, our international students are still permitted to attend classes online without endangering their permission to remain in the United States. We are still waiting for an official statement from SEVIS, so there may be additional updates to come.
Our current plan is to offer classes both on campus and online. We are doing this for a number of reasons. First, while many of our students prefer the online format, some prefer otherwise and we are doing our best to accommodate everyone. Second, certain classes can only be taught in person. If your class contains a need to meet in person, however briefly, your instructor will be the one to advise you about that and the university will do its best to keep the class environment as safe as possible. 
Finally, the clinic situation is novel in the arena of acupuncture education and it has taken us and our accreditors some time to determine how best to run an online version of clinical training. We have begun to offer online clinic, but there are some limitations to how much a student can accomplish online. For that reason, holding the internship clinic in person will soon become a necessity for most of you. Those of you who are not comfortable meeting in person are not required to come to the in-person clinic, but please understand that this will likely result in you having to postpone your graduation. 
For those of you in the CE class, Dr.’s Cao and Tan should have been in contact last week to set up a time for you to start those classes (online for now). If you are at the Austin campus and have questions about CE, please contact Dr. Cao at tcao@thsu.edu. If you are at the San Antonio campus and have questions about CE, please contact Dr. Tan at ltan@thsu.edu.
As mentioned earlier, the situation is constantly changing, and our university will follow the regulations set by several different agencies. For this reason, things may change within the next couple weeks. Please be patient and remember that we are doing our best to keep up with these updates!
  • Effective March 25, 2020 to April 13, 2020, all Austin faculty and staff will work from home until further notice.
  • Effective March 25, 2020 to April 9, 2020, all San Antonio faculty and staff will work from home until further notice.
  • Effective March 23, 2020 to April 24, 2020, classroom courses will shift to an online format until further notice. Check your thsu.edu email frequently for updates.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, the Student Clinics are closed. Clinic Observation and Clinic Internship classes will be paused until the emergency has ended, and clinic students will be credited for their progress completed so far.

April 3, 2020

Dear THSU Students, Faculty and Staff:

I want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication during this challenging time! By acquiring new ways of teaching and learning, our programs of study are continuing forward. I hope you and your families are staying safe and quickly adapting to this new, but temporary, way of living.

Teaching and learning via distance education require new skills and abilities. Of great importance is the need for excellent communication skills necessitated by being physically separated from each other. I ask you to continue to be patient with yourselves and others. Let us know any time if you have questions or challenges. We will do our best to promptly respond to you.

The student clinics remain closed. As soon as practically possible, we want to give priority to graduating seniors for the completion of their clinic courses.

You’ll be glad to hear that our summer trimester classes will begin on time, starting May 5. Whether we continue online classes, or return to onsite classes will be determined by guidance from our governmental regulators. We will be in touch with you as we get more information.

Out of necessity, we launched into online classes very quickly. I’d like to assure you that THSU is committed to always improving our methods through training and collaboration to deliver the best possible education. We want everyone to be successful – students, graduates, faculty members, and staff members.

It’s a time to live courageously, while also staying safe. Let us know how you’re doing. And keep up the good work!


Louis Agnese, Jr PhD

THSU Community Safety Plan

This plan will be continually updated base on developing news to ensure the safety of everyone in the THSU community. 





Ms. Jessie Zepeda Villegas practices as an independent contractor for Ancient Healing Wellness Center in San Antonio, TX.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine through Pacific College of Health and Science.  She also obtained her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Texas Health and Science University in 2018.

As a general acupuncturist practitioner, Jessie uses the essential syndrome differentiation that encompasses Traditional Chinese Medicine to generate positive outcomes.  The varied cases she sees are also an opportunity to grow in knowledge and diagnostic capabilities.  Jessie is comfortable working with all demographics and employs needling techniques that are suitable for the patient.

Currently studying in THSU’s Doctor’s program and focusing on expending her successful practice 360 Jasmine Acupuncture Clinic in north Austin TX. Jasmine transferred to THSU from another acupuncture school in Austin TX. “The instructors at THSU were amazing. Teachers like Dr. Lee, Dr. Tan, and Dr. Cao provided us a very solid foundation of TCM education. At the student intern clinic, they allowed us the freedom to treat patients our own way while guiding us with practical advice. I discovered my specialization during this time, which is pain management. Other classmates focused on facial rejuvenation or weight loss…etc.” “My old classmates who graduated from other schools that emphasized more on western medicine found themselves not knowing how to treat patients and had to take extra workshops & seminars…I made the right choice to come to THSU.”  

U.S. pilot. Retired Coastguard officer. Lance’s journey to become the first acupuncturist in the South Texas VA System was one of divine intervention.

After a helicopter crash, Lance was recommended by a neighbor to seek acupuncture treatment. “Not only it healed the physical pain, my anxiety from the crash and allergies all went away as well. I started to encourage other veterans to do the same and saw over and over again the positive effects on everyone.”

A doctor at the VA introduced Lance to THSU. “I looked up the school’s website and realized the holistic approach of TCM is much more than just acupuncture. I interviewed the students at THSU and saw their joy of helping patients”

Driven by his desire to help veterans who are unaware of the benefits of acupuncture, Lance decided to become a practitioner himself.

With 3 kids and an amazing wife that supported him through his studies at THSU, Lance got his license to practice acupuncture within 2 months of graduation. He immediately opened his own clinic in and was soon hired by the VA in South Texas as their first acupuncturist.

“It all happened so fast and simultaneously. I always advise my fellow THSU students to keep doing volunteer work. It opens a lot of doors.”

“The education at THSU prepared me to be a leader in our healthcare system’s continuous transformation from dis-ease based to wellness based. I now understand the beauty of how our bodies work”

Lance is now healing veterans at the VA and treating civilians at his clinic in San Antonio.

Congrats to Kelly on passing her board exam and on her way to get her acupuncture license!

Kelly had a BS in Psychology and wanted to focus her studies on mental health. Seeing an acupuncturist for her own anxiety issues got her curious about TCM and propelled her journey of going to an Acupuncture school.

“I’ve always been into holistic healing and I decided focus on TCM because I loved the eastern way of diagnosing and viewing the body.”

“I’m so excited to get my license and become a healer like I’ve always dreamed. I’m starting my own private practice at a co-op space with other alternative medicine practitioners!

Originally from Mexico, Roberto had a BS degree in Psychology and owned 2 businesses in San Antonio with his wife, watch/jewelry repair and teaching martial arts.

When obtaining his 1st black belt, Roberto hurt his back and couldn’t sleep laying down for days.

“My martial arts master told me to see an acupuncturist, I was skeptical, but did it anyway. After 4 treatments my back was completely healed. I started looking into eastern medicine and decided this is what I wanted to do”

While managing 2 businesses with his wife and raising 2 kids, Roberto drove to Austin everyday from San Antonio to take classes.

“I would wake up at 6am and drive to Austin, then start driving back at 4pm, then run my businesses until 2am.”

After graduating from THSU, Roberto started a successful TCM clinic in San Antonio. 8 years later he became the first faculty at THSU’s new San Antonio campus.

He is now happily teaching at THSU & running his TCM clinic with his wife.

Graduated from THSU in 2017, Jennifer has been practicing TCM in Austin at Luna Acupuncture & Apothecary for over 2 years.

With a degree in graphic design and looking for a change in her life when moved to Austin from Las Vegas, Jennifer was introduced to our school by a THSU alumni.

“I had chronic health issues and saw an acupuncturist in Vegas. He prescribed some herbs for me and I’ve been free of the pain ever since. I came to THSU wanted to get into herbalism and also to learn acupuncture and TCM, the whole eastern way of healing.”

“THSU professors’ insights during clinical training empowered us and helped us figuring out how to treat patients on our own. Dr. Lee, Dr. Tan, Dr. Cao, and Dr. Zheng were all amazing. Most of us passed our board exams before we graduated.”

Jennifer started her private practice 6 months after graduation.