As of mid-2015, there are over 60 accredited acupuncture and Chinese medicine training institutions in the United States. In California, as with most of the U.S., the study of Chinese medicine begins at the Master's degree level. Programs are set-up as four-year curricula, with most requiring a minimum of 2050 hours of classroom study, and around 1000 hours of supervised clinical training – a total of 3000 hours. As is the case with all of the schools in California, the Emperor's College program is modeled on the elite schools in mainland China. As a result, its curriculum is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
California regulations requires students to learn all aspects of Chinese medicine. These include the fundamental principles and theory underpinning the practice of Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine diagnosis, acupuncture studies, Chinese herbal medicine studies, Asian bodywork techniques, Chinese nutrition and exercise, and self-cultivation practices. Approximately one-third of the classes must be dedicated to the study of Western medicine topics such as anatomy and physiology, patho-physiology, clinical medicine studies, nutrition, and pharmacology among others. In order to graduate, students must also complete at least 950 hours of direct clinical training, which includes treatment of a specific number of patients.