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Tri-State College of Acupuncture

Mission Statement

Tri-State College of Acupuncture provides an education that honors classical traditions and modern approaches in the training of independent acupuncture and Oriental medicine healthcare providers.  The college is also committed to educating other healthcare providers and the general public in aspects of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

In support of this mission, the acupuncture and Oriental medicine training at Tri-State focuses on the following 7 core values:

  1. Accountability: active acceptance of responsibility for the roles of the independent AOM provider, including self-reflection and self-regulation, that have a positive influence on patient outcomes, the health needs of citizens, and the AOM profession as a whole.
  2. Altruism: primary regard for the needs and best interests of patients; placing the needs of the patient before the self-interest, including financial, of the provider.
  3. Compassion and Caring: the desire to sense something of another’s experience of illness; concern, empathy, and consideration for the needs and cultural and religious values of others.
  4. Excellence: excellence in AOM practice requires consistent use of all available knowledge, while at the same time recognizing one’s limits and the need for consultation; integrating best clinical judgment and the patient’s perspective, while embracing advancement and challenging the status quo.
  5. Integrity: internalization of, and adherence to, high ethical principles and professional standards, fairness, honesty, and practicing what you preach.
  6. Professional Duty: meeting one’s obligations to provide safe and effective AOM care to patients to serve the AOM profession and positively influence the health of society at large.
  7. Social Responsibility: the promotion of mutual trust between the AOM profession and other healthcare professions and the general public; responding to the health and wellness needs of society.


Established in 1979, Tri-State was the first acupuncture school in the New York region, and the third in the United States. Tri-State has been at the forefront of the advancement of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine profession, working with lawmakers and national organizations to enhance the quality of AOM training and encourage public acceptance of these valuable health care modalities. The college’s founder, Dr. Mark D. Seem, Ph.D. was the first president of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), and a founding commissioner on the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Located in New York City, Tri-State has trained nearly 1000 students in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and related Oriental medical modalities. The college was accredited by ACCET in 1987 and 1991, became a candidate for ACAOM accreditation in 1991, was accredited by ACAOM in 1993, and reaccredited in 1998, 2003, and 2008.

Programs Offered

Tri-State offers a 3-year Master’s Degree program in Acupuncture and a 4-year Master’s Degree program in Oriental Medicine. The program in Acupuncture offers students rigorous hands-on training in three styles of acupuncture, as well as several complementary modalities, and prepares students to practice as independent acupuncture providers. The program in Oriental Medicine combines the program in Acupuncture with 810 hours of training in traditional Chinese herbal medicine.

The college also offers advanced post-Master’s training in Acupuncture Specializations, and continuing education courses throughout the year.

Contact Information

For more information on Tri-State College of Acupuncture, please contact:

Tri-State College of Acupuncture
80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 400
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 242-2255
Fax: (212) 242-2920
Web site:

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