AOMA considers applicants who show a high level of personal integrity, clear intention, and an aptitude for Chinese medical education at the professional level.
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 practice professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care
Applicants who meet the requirements will be considered for admission upon submission of all application materials listed below.
- Completed application form (click here to access online application form)
- Official college transcripts sent directly from the college(s) attended to AOMA’s admissions office
Personal statement of no less than 350 words to include:
- Reasons for embarking on this course of study at this school
- Demonstration of a keen desire to study Oriental medicine
- Proof of an understanding of the major commitment of time, finances, and personal dedication necessary for a successful academic career
- Preparation for transition to graduate school and/or relocation to Austin
- Career plans
- Current resume or C.V., outlining educational and professional development
Two letters of recommendation sent directly to AOMA from professionals, instructors, and/or employers who know the applicant and the applicant’s skills and ability to perform masters level studies.
- Letters must be signed by the authors. Letters may be submitted via AOMA’s electronic submission system bearing the electronic signature of the author (see online application form for details) or submitted by mail or fax. If faxed, letters should be printed on letterhead.
- AOMA does not accept letters of recommendation submitted by direct email, photocopies, or unsigned letters.
- Copies of any professional licenses or certificates held by applicant
- Two passport-sized photos (2" x 2")
Completed applications will be evaluated by the Director of Admissions and the admissions committee. After this initial evaluation, applicants may be granted an admissions interview. Acceptance or rejection is typically communicated within 7-10 days of completion of the admissions interview. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of their preferred entry date.
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)
AOMA accepts 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.
Transfer Students, please visit our transfer student section.