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Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students and Degree Completion Students


Admissions Requirements for Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) Programs: Transfer Students and Degree Completion Students

Transfer students:

  1. Transfer students must meet the admissions requirements in effect at the University at the time of their official matriculation. Those requirements are listed below:

The admission requirements for New Students are as follows:

A. 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 units 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.

B. 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.

C. 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.

D. 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:

  I. Test 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

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

  III. 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.

E. 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

F. 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.

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

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

I. 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 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.

2. The transcript with course syllabi from the school the applicant previously attended and requested for transfer credits will be carefully evaluated before the transfer credits are granted per ACAOM standard.

3. Credits accepted for transfer must have been earned at a post-secondary institution accredited or pre-accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

4. Credits accepted for transfer must be based on an official transcript received by VUIM.

5. In considering the acceptance of education and training obtained in foreign countries, credits earned at a foreign educational institution must be validated by a recognized educational credentials evaluation service.

6. Credits earned more than five (5) year prior to admission may only be accepted for transfer or exemption after validating that the student has retained the content knowledge and competencies of the respective courses for which transfer credit are being assessed.   The student must pass the competency tests.

7. Transfer students may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of DAc. / DOM program total credits pending evaluation of courses for comparability in content, rigor, and credit hour requirements.  Of that 50%, no more than 25% of the DAc. / DOM program clinical training requirements may be accepted as transfer credit.

8. Transfer students must take at least two academic years in program residence before receiving the Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) or Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) degree.

Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) Admission Requirements for Degree Completion Students:

The DAc. AND DOM 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 1) 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’s alumni, VUIM’s comprehensive transcript analysis must demonstrates that all applicable master’s level AOM coursework completed in other institution is equivalent to VUIM’s MSA degree requirements in terms of content, rigor, and credit hour requirements.
  4. The applicant who graduated more than 5 years prior to entering the DAc. or DOM must also complete a written examination and a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) to demonstrate retention of knowledge and competencies.