DAC & DOM Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements for Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) Programs

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Doctor of Oriental Medicine programs are designed as an entry-level degree for applicants who do not have prior training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The Doctor of Acupuncture program and Doctor of Oriental Medicine programs are open to VUIM students enrolled in the University’s Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA).

Students may concurrently enroll in the MSOM and DOM programs or concurrently enroll in the MSA and DAc. programs, ultimately being conferred both degrees after completing each respective degree’s graduation requirements. A student pursuing dual enrollment may be awarded an MSOM or MSA without completing the full DOM or DAc. program as long as all masters level graduation requirements have been met.

The admission requirements for new students:

1) The applicant must have satisfactorily completed at least three (3) years of undergraduate-level education (the equivalent of 90-semester credits, or 135 quarter credits, including 3 credit hours each for chemistry, biology, and psychology) with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or an equivalent international entity.

2) If the applicant did not take Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology in their undergraduate level of education, the student must take professional-level programmatic courses in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology offered by VUIM.

3) Degrees issued by a foreign institution not recognized by the US Secretary of Education must be translated and evaluated as equivalent to a US degree by an agency recognized by NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.), at applicant’s expense.

4) English language competency must be demonstrated by all students seeking admission to the program.  International students are required to demonstrate oral and written English competency via one of the following:

a) est of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL®iBT) Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT Total Score – 80 and TOEFL Ibt SPEAKING Score – 26; or

b) International English Language Testing system (IELTS) Acceptable scores: IELTS overall score 6.5 (Academic Format) and IELTS spoken band – 8.0;

c) The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate or graduate level, English-based education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. English must have been the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used.

5) Official transcripts must be submitted by the student and received by the University prior to matriculation. Candidates with foreign education, or education completed outside of the U.S., must submit an official foreign credential evaluation. Official sealed foreign credential evaluations must be submitted directly to the University.

6) The 300-word essay about “What Inspired You to Apply for VUIM’s Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) or Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) program?” will be read by the committee and students are encouraged to address her/his perspectives during the interview.

7) All required documents must be completed and submitted before the applicant is considered for an interview.

8) Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $100 (U.S. residents) or $150 (international applicants) for admissions process.

9) International students only: A financial statement to show evidence of financial support to attend school full-time is required. VUIM issues Form I-20 to eligible international students for the student F-1 visa application. All F-1 students are entered into the computerized Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and reported by the designated school officer each quarter.

Admissions Requirements for Currently Enrolled Master’s Program Students of VUIM:

1) The applicant must meet all of the admissions requirements for VUIM’s Professional Doctorate program in effect at the time of their application for admission – as noted above for new students.

2) The applicant must be in good academic standing making satisfactory progress toward their Master’s degree at VUIM.  A student is in good standing if the student has successfully met the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy of the university, as noted in the University’s catalog. The minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and completion rate required based on program and quarter progression for the University’s SAP policy are as follows:

Admissions Requirements for Degree Completion Students:

  • The PD degree completion track is designed to be completed by an individual who graduated from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited Master’s level program. Students who enter this track complete the remaining doctoral program requirements not included in their master’s level training.  
    • 1. The applicant must meet all of the admissions requirements outlined in Section A above. 
    • 2. The applicant must have satisfactorily completed master’s degree or master’s level program in Acupuncture/ Oriental Medicine from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited program or institution.
    • 3. If the applicant is not VUIM Alumna, a comprehensive transcript analysis must be completed by the Academic Dean and demonstrate that all applicable master’s level AOM coursework completed is equivalent to VUIM’s MSA degree requirements in terms of content, rigor, and credit hour requirements. There is a $300 fee for this evaluation. The results of this review may require the student to complete coursework at VUIM in addition to the 32.2 credits noted in the program.
    • 4. The applicant who graduated more than 5 years prior to entering the PD must also complete a written examination and a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) to demonstrate retention of knowledge and competencies.