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Browsing the links below you'll find answers to many of the questions most frequently asked by prospective students. If, after reading these answers, you still have questions, please contact the AOMA admissions office by phone (512-492-3017) or by email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

How long is the program?
Is it possible to go part-time?
When are classes?
Is it possible to attend classes online?
How much is tuition?
What are the pre-requisites?
Do I need to have a science background?
I’m just beginning my undergraduate work. Which course of study will best prepare me for acupuncture school?
Do I need a Bachelor’s degree?
How do I find regionally accredited undergraduate schools?
I already have a master's degree in another field, can I apply for the doctoral program at AOMA?
I have been to nursing or medical school. Can my credits count?

I’ve been to massage school. Can my credits count?
If I am applying with 90 semester credits, what general education requirements do I need to fulfill?
Is it possible to study only acupuncture, or only herbal medicine?
If accepted, can I defer admission?
 

 

How long is the program?

Students at AOMA can choose from different paces of study at which to complete the graduate program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine: the accelerated pace or full-time pace.

At the accelerated pace, students complete the master's degree program in three years and three months (since AOMA operates on a quarter system, one term equals three months). Students on the accelerated pace enroll in an average 20 quarter credits (13.2 semester credits) per term and are typically in class 21-30 hours per week.

Many students needing more time outside of class or who choose to move more slowly through acupuncture school complete the program at the full-time pace of study in four years and one term. At the full-time pace, students typically enroll in 15 – 18 quarter credits (9.9 – 11.88 semester credits) each term and are typically in class 12-21 hours per week.

All AOMA students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration each term. The academic advisor monitors a student’s path through the curriculum, ensures satisfactory academic progress, and gives advice regarding course selection and number of credits.

In order to qualify for federal financial aid, students must complete at least 34 credits in four terms, enrolling in no fewer than 9 credits in any three of those terms and no fewer than six credits in the fourth term. For more information, please contact the office of financial aid.

Is it possible to go part-time?

Please also see the answer to “How long is the program?” above.

AOMA maintains minimum enrollment requirements. Students who are enrolled at the minimum level are typically not eligible for federal financial aid. These students take an average of 9 - 10.5 credits each term, possibly fewer in summer. These minimum enrollment requirements ensure students make satisfactory progress toward licensure and they also maintain the pedagogical integrity of the program. Students enrolled at this minimum-level typically complete the program in six years and take an average of three to four classes each week.

When are classes?

AOMA holds classes in three time blocks each day: in the morning (9:30am – 12:30pm), in the afternoon (2:00pm – 5:00pm), and in the evening (6:30pm – 9:30pm). Each class is three hours long and, in the fall, winter, and spring terms, each class meets once per week. In the summer term, which is a shorter term, classes meet twice per week. It is important to note that enrollment in some day time classes is required for program completion.

Please browse the following links to view sample schedules: (Samples reflect courses available during fall terms.)
First-term, accelerated path
First-term, full-time
First-term, part time

Is it possible to attend classes online?

AOMA does not currently offer any distance learning or online couse options. All classes are taught on-site at AOMA's campus and clinical sites. Please see the 'When are classes?' section for additional information about course scheduling. 

How much is tuition?

For the masters degree program, tuition is $207 per credit for didactic coursework and $348 per credit for clinical coursework. This is equivalent to $18.25 per clock hour for didactic coursework and $16.25 per clock hour for clinical coursework.The total cost of tuition and fees for students entering the program after January 2014 is $53,266.

To find more information about the costs of attendance, please visit the tuition and fees page.
For information on financial aid, please contact the office of financial aid.

What are the pre-requisites?

For students applying with a bachelor’s degree, there are no prerequisites. Students applying with a minimim of 90 semester credits (and without a degree) must have completed 30 credits of general education courses in order to be considered for admission. Please see the answers to “What general education requirements do I need to fulfill?” and "Do I need a bachelor's degree?" for more information.

Do I need to have a science background?

AOMA does not have prerequisite courses for students applying with a bachelor’s degree. Please see “What are the pre-requisites?” for more information.

Currently, AOMA does not require nor give preference to students with a background in human biology. We have, of course, found that students who studied human biology in their undergraduate coursework are well prepared for the western science courses included in our curriculum. We have also found that students who studied, for example, anthropology, sociology, and psychology are well prepared for other aspects of our curriculum and equally well prepared for clinical practice.

I’m just beginning my undergraduate work. Which course of study will best prepare me for acupuncture school?

This is a wonderful question and one for which there are many answers.

Certainly pre-med or human biology courses give students a strong foundation from which to study Oriental medicine. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the western medical model within AOMA’s graduate program and studying human biology in undergrad can only deepen that understanding.

Because the paradigm of Chinese medicine is fundamentally different from the western medical paradigm, studying anthropology with a focus on east Asian culture can help prepare students to make that paradigmatic shift.

Given the direct physiological effects of acupuncture on the nervous system and the growing body of research demonstrating acupuncture’s efficacy in treating psycho-emotional disorders, undergraduate studies focusing on psychology and neurobiology would also benefit students of Chinese medicine.

Finally, courses (if not a dedicated course of study) in Mandarin language would greatly benefit students as they begin the herbal medicine program.

For helpful information about beginning your undergraduate education, please visit The College Board's website www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org.

Do I need a Bachelor’s degree?

AOMA considers for admission applicants who have completed a minimum of 90 baccalaureate level (i.e. not technical or applied) undergraduate semester credits at a regionally accredited institution. Ninety credits is equivalent to approximately three years of undergraduate work.

Additionally, AOMA will consider for admission transfer students who have completed at least 60 baccalaureate level (i.e. not technical or applied) undergraduate semester credits at a regionally accredited institution AND 30 semester credits at a school of Oriental medicine accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

How do I find regionally accredited undergraduate schools?

To determine if your undergraduate school is regionally accredited, check the accreditation section on the school’s website, visit one of links below, or contact AOMA’s admissions office.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (for schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (for schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (for schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming)

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (for schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (for schools in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (for schools in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas)
 

I have a master's degree in another field, can I apply to the doctoral program at AOMA?

The Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is designed for students with master's-level education in the field of acupuncture & Chinese medicine. Applicants with an advanced degree in a non-acupuncture related field who are interested in pursuing education in Chinese medicine should apply for the Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAcOM).

Depending on your previous field of study, you may be eligible to transfer credits towards the master's degree program. Please see the subsequent question for information about transferring credits from nursing or medical school.

I have been to nursing or medical school. Can my credits count?

Students with a background in the health professions and/or western sciences may have already completed some or many of the courses contained in AOMA’s biomedical sciences curriculum. Western medical professionals like nurses, medical doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors are often able to transfer in many courses completed as part of their medical degree programs.

To ensure appropriate equivalency, all coursework must be completed at the baccalaureate level as part of a program for health science/pre-med majors and must come from a regionally accredited institution.  Official transcripts of all previously completed work must be submitted to the Director of Admissions as part of the application. All potential transfer credits must be reviewed and approved by an AOMA academic advisor prior to enrollment.

Click here to download a list of courses commonly transferred towards AOMA’s biomedical science curriculum.

I’ve been to massage school. Can my credits count?

AOMA can only accept (for transfer or toward meeting admissions requirements) credits from regionally accredited institutions. Although many massage programs are nationally accredited by programmatic accrediting agencies, most are not regionally accredited. For more information on regional accreditation, please see the answer under “Do I need a Bachelor’s degree?”.

If I am applying with 90 semester credits, what general education requirements do I need to fulfill?

Students applying to AOMA's program with a bachelor's degree do not need to fulfill any general education requirements. Students applying with 90 or more credits, but no degree, must fulfill at least 6 credits in each of the four following areas: Natural Sciences/Mathematics, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Communications, to a total of 30 general education credits.The following are examples of courses that could fulfill the requirement in each area. Please note this list is not comprehensive. For questions about general education courses, please contact the admissions office.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics
College Algebra; Trigonometry; Math for Business/Economics; Statistics; Calculus; Business Calculus; Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Zoology; Botany; Geology; Astronomy; Life on Earth; Computer Sciences.

Social/Behavioral Sciences
Psychology; Anthropology; Archaeology; Economics; Geography; Sociology; History; Government.

Humanities/Fine Arts
English Literature; American Literature; World Literature; Philosophy; Advanced Foreign Language; Logic; Ethics; Art History; Theater; Music Appreciation; Film Appreciation; Visual Arts.

Written/Oral Communications
English Composition; Business Writing; Speech Communication; Public Speaking; Interpersonal Communication; First Year Foreign Language.

Click here for a PDF guide of the general education requirements.

Is it possible to study only acupuncture or only herbal medicine?

No. Students within the Masters of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) program must complete all of the required curriculum areas: acupuncture studies, herbal studies, biomedical science, clinical education, mind-body, Asian bodywork therapy, foundations of Chinese medicine, and practice management. Students may not take courses within only one curriculum area. 


If accepted, can I defer admission?

Once accepted, a new student may defer enrollment for up to one year from the date of acceptance before needing to reapply. The date of acceptance is the date the student is actually admitted to the graduate program, not the term of desired entry listed on the application form.