Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and Herbal Medicine Certificate Programs:

To be eligible for admissions, prospective students must meet the following conditions:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent (120 semester credit hours with at least 30 semester credit hours of general education and 30 semester hours being upper-level) from college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 semester hours. A student who has earned a master degree may be admitted on the basis of that degree with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

 Basic Science Requirement

Certain courses require Biology and Chemistry as a prerequisite. Students are required to plan ahead and complete both basic science courses at another accredited school prior to enrolling in the courses.

Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Program:

An Applicant is required to have satisfactorily completed a Master’s degree or a Master’s level program in acupuncture or Oriental medicine from a college accredited (or candidate) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a GPA of at least 3.0. For individuals with less than a 3.0 GPA, additional documentations will be needed including:

  1. Evidence of passing of NCCAOM examination or
  2. Evidence of state licensure to practice or
  3. Recommendation from a previous academic dean/clinic director or
  4. Recommendation from two faculty members who taught the applicant
  5. In addition, all applicants must have completed enough hours in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and biomedical science according to the minimum Master’s standards set forth by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Current requirements include:
  6. 47 semester credits (705 hours) in Oriental medicine theory, diagnosis, and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies
  7. 30 semester credits (450 hours) in didactic Oriental herbal studies
  8. 29 semester credits (870 hours) in integrated acupuncture and herbal clinical training
  9. 34 semester credits (510 hours) in biomedical clinical sciences
  10. 6 semester credits (90 hours) in counseling, communication, ethics and practice management

Experienced Practitioners

The DAOM program may admit applicants who are experienced practitioners that do not otherwise meet the criteria for standard admission if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • The program may admit students who are experienced practitioners that do not otherwise meet the criteria for standard admissions who meet all of the following criteria:
      1. A thorough entrance evaluation of each candidate to establish a foundation of knowledge and skills those are appropriate for admissions to the doctoral program.
      2. Documentation of five years of full-time clinical practice in acupuncture or Oriental medicine. Experienced practitioners who graduated from a program prior to the development of the accreditation commission must have documentation of at least 5 years full time or equivalent of clinical practice in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Documentation will be required and may include a notarized statement from a CPA indicating that there was an operating practice for at least 5 years, letters of recommendation from 5 patients or co-workers that date back 5 years, or other documents as agreed by the Admissions Committee.

    1. Successful completion of an identified curriculum from the institution’s Master’s level program to rectify any deficiencies identified through the program’s entrance evaluation and admissions standards. Completion of the identified curriculum can be accomplished through the successful completion of specified courses, or by 15 Interim Guidelines for the Doctoral Eligibility Report demonstrating achievement of the specific course objectives through successful completion of challenge examinations.
    2. Applicants must minimally document satisfactory completion of an introductory course in the fundamentals of Chinese herbal medicine or its equivalent. These courses shall facilitate communication with, and referral to, practitioners of Oriental medicine.

Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership (Online):

To be eligible for admissions, prospective students must meet the following conditions:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent (120 semester credit hours with at least 30 semester credit hours of general education and 30 semester hours being upper-level) from college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 semester hours. A student who has earned a master degree may be admitted on the basis of that degree with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Master of Integrative Wellness Management:

To be eligible for admissions, prospective students must meet the following conditions:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent (120 semester credit hours with at least 30 semester credit hours of general education and 30 semester hours being upper-level) from college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 semester hours. A student who has earned a master degree may be admitted on the basis of that degree with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.