AOMA considers transfer students from other Chinese medicine schools who show a high level of personal integrity, clear intention, and an aptitude for Oriental medical education at the professional level.
Admissions Requirements – Transfer students from ACAOM accredited acupuncture schools
Students attending an ACAOM accredited school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and who meet AOMA’s admissions requirements for traditional students may apply for transfer at any time during their tenure at their current acupuncture school.
Transfer students are subject to all of AOMA’s admissions requirements for traditional students in effect at the time of admission. In addition, transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their previous acupuncture and Oriental medicine school to be considered for admission. (Please also see Exception below).
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.
Transfer students who meet all other admissions requirements, but do not possess a bachelor's degree, may be admitted to AOMA under the following criteria, 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)
- Click here to download a PDF guide to the general education requirements.
- 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.
Transfer students must submit all of the application materials listed for traditional students.
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.
Transfer credits are accepted only from ACAOM accredited schools. Official transcripts of all previously completed work must be submitted to the director of admissions as part of the application. Transcripts will be reviewed and credits will be awarded at AOMA’s discretion. Many factors are taken into consideration when granting transfer credits, including, but not limited to: the school where credit was originally earned, length and content of the original course, original course requirements, length of time since work was completed, and grade received. After a thorough transcript evaluation,AOMA will determine whether the subject matter of the course(s) previously taken is substantially the same as the subject matter of any course(s) contained in the student’s eligible program of study at AOMA. For all such courses,AOMA will grant the student transfer credit.