World Medicine Institute
(Formerly Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Mission Statement

The World Meicine Institute (formerly the Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) was established to provide quality education for all qualified persons wishing to become professional practitioners of acupuncture and oriental medicine within the Taoist philosophical and holistic health heritage practiced at the institute. The college prepares professional acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners who, after fulfilling state requirements, which typically require passing national board examinations, are technically proficient and have a deep understanding, sensitivity, insight, and intuition into a patient's physical, emotional, intellectual, energetic and spiritual health needs.


The World Medicine Institute opened in 1970, and was originally called the School of the Six Chinese Arts. It applied for candidacy with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1985, and was granted candidacy in 1989. In 1991, the college was accredited by ACAOM. It was reaccredited in 1996, 2002 and 2005.

Programs Offered

The World Medicine Institute offers a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The degree is awarded upon sucessful completion of a total of 2,568 hours of training, including a comprehensive curriculum 1,758 hours of academic study and 810 hours of clinical training and internship.

Consistent with its purpose, the college has adopted educational objectives that provide measurable traits/qualities students are expected to attain by the time they graduate. These objectives are relatively broad and give general guidance for the development of the curriculum and the measure of its success. World Medicine Institute graduates will be able to:

Contact Information

For more information on the World Medicine Institute, contact:

World Medicine Institute
College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
PO Box 11130
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 949-1050
Fax: (808) 955-0118
Web site:

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