MAcOM Admissions Requirements

AOMA considers applicants who demonstrate a clear intention to pursue graduate-level study, who model a high level of personal integrity, and who show an aptitude for Oriental medical education at the professional level.

Application Dates

New students may apply for the Fall, Winter, or Summer terms. Transfer students may apply for the Fall, Winter, Summer, or Spring terms. Non-degree seeking students must apply by the dates indicated below.

Admissions are conducted on a continuous, or rolling, basis and applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of published deadlines.

Spring Term 2015*

*Transfer Students Only
February 16 Spring term graduate application deadline
April 13 First day of classes

Summer Term 2015

 
May 23 Summer term graduate application deadline
July 20 First day of classes

Fall Term 2015

 
August 1 Fall term graduate application deadline
September 21 First day of classes

 

Admissions Requirements

Traditional Students

Students come to AOMA from a wide range of backgrounds and are inspired by many different life experiences. It is this very diversity that creates the rich, vibrant community that you’ll find with your fellow students. Bring your passion and your unique perspective. You’ll find an environment welcoming of the person you are, and supportive of the healer you’ll become.

Admissions Criteria – Traditional Students (First-Time, New Students)

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, or the equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level evidenced by a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of study
  • The capacity to model professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care

Applicants who meet the requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of all application materials listed on the how to apply page.

Exception to Admissions Criteria for Traditional Students

Students without a bachelor's degree may be considered for admission if they have completed a minimum of 90 baccalaureate level semester credits (135 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.

The 90 credits must include at least 30 credits of general education courses drawn from the following areas:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum 6 credits)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (minimum 6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/mathematics (minimum 6 credits)
  • Communications (minimum 6 credits)

Download a PDF outline of the general education requirements.

AOMA may accept credit obtained through testing, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), only if such credits have been previously accepted by a regionally accredited college or university and documented on the official transcript sent to AOMA. A maximum of 15 semester credits can be accepted in this category towards the admissions requirements.

Transfer Students

Each year, 10 – 15 students transfer to AOMA from other Chinese medicine schools. Because most ACAOM-accredited acupuncture schools have similar curricular standards, students are typically able to transfer the bulk of their credits towards graduation from AOMA’s program. Students interested in transferring to AOMA will meet with our transfer advisor for a transcript review to ensure proper placement in our program.

Admissions Requirements – Transfer Students from ACAOM-Accredited Acupuncture Schools

Students attending an ACAOM-accredited school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and who meet the following admissions requirements may apply for transfer at any time during their tenure at their current acupuncture school.



  • A bachelor’s degree or higher, or the equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement at the undergraduate level evidenced by a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of study
  • The capacity to model professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in previous acupuncture & Chinese medical program

 

Exception to Admissions Criteria for Transfer Students from ACAOM-Accredited Acupuncture Schools

Potential transfer students who do not possess a bachelor's degree, may be admitted to AOMA under the following criteria, and provided they have demonstrated an aptitude for professional study of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. All students admitted under this exception may be required to complete additional course work in order to gain the necessary proficiencies to advance in the program.
In order to be considered for admission, transfer students must fulfill each of the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits (90 quarter credits) at the baccalaureate level from a regionally-accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. These 60 credits must include a minimum of 30 credits in general education drawn from the following areas:
    • Humanities and Fine arts (minimum 6 credits)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences including History and Political Science (minimum 6 credits)
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (minimum 6 credits)
    • Communications, written and oral (minimum 6 credits)
  • Completion of at least one academic year (minimum 30 semester credits/45 quarter credits) of acupuncture and Chinese medical studies at an ACAOM- accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75

Click here to download a PDF guide to the general education requirements.

Transfer Credits:

In order to graduate from AOMA, a transfer student must successfully complete at least 35% of didactic credits and at least 50% of clinical credits at AOMA. To complete the degree at AOMA, transfer students must successfully pass, with a score of 70% or better, all practical and written benchmark and exit exams.

Because most ACAOM-accredited acupuncture schools have similar curricular standards, students are often able to transfer the bulk of their credits towards graduation from AOMA’s program. Students interested in transferring to AOMA will meet with our transfer advisor for a transcript review to ensure proper placement in the program

International Students

AOMA welcomes qualified applicants from around the world, and looks forward to enriching the student body through increased diversity on campus. In addition to meeting all of the admissions requirements for domestic students, international students are required to submit additional application materials.

Additional Application Materials

  • All documents and fees required of US applicants (traditional above)
  • Official transcripts for all previous academic work

All transcripts must be in English.

All transcripts must be sent directly to AOMA from the institution where the work was completed.

  • Transcript evaluation by a recognized provider of foreign academic credentialing services.

This credentialing report must be sent directly to AOMA from the credentialing service.

For a list of recognized, approved credentialing services, please  click here.

  • An original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS)

See English Language Proficiency below

  • Documentation of financial resources sufficient to demonstrate the ability to live and attend school in the United States for the first 12 months of study.

Download Certification of Financial Responsibility form.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants to AOMA who are international (non-immigrant) students from a non-English speaking foreign country, or who are U.S. permanent residents whose previous education was completed in a non-English speaking foreign country, are required to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency with the English language through the submission of an original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS®) documenting a score of at least 87 on the internet-based test (IBT) with minimum scores of:
•    22 in listening
•    26 in speaking
•    24 in writing

Applicants taking the paper-based test must submit an original TOEFL score report documenting a score of at least 508.

Alternately, applicants may be exempt from the requirement to submit a TOEFL score report if they have demonstrated English language proficiency through the completion of two years (60 semester credits/ 90 quarter credits) of baccalaureate-level education at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States DOE, or from an equivalent English-language institution in another country

Additional Resources

AOMA is listed in SEVP as “Academy of Oriental Medicine, Austin”

The Director of Admissions can assist prospective students with identifying specific courses among their completed work that satisfy the general education requirement. For assistance, please contact the admissions office by phone (512-492-3017) or email.