Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine is one of the few acupuncture schools in the nation to have regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the same accrediting agency that accredits all the major colleges and universities. In addition, the college is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and is approved by both Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and California Acupuncture Board, which allows our graduates to sit in the California licensure examination. Our pain management protocol is the only one of its kind to have ever been accredited by the American Academy of Pain Management.
The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) program is a unique 4 year degree course of study that can be completed in 3.5 years, and gives students knowledge in holistic medicine, natural health, and overall wellness from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective. The program offers acupuncture courses, herbal courses, and biomedicine courses to train students to become an acupuncturist. The program places heavy emphasis upon acquiring in-depth knowledge of both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)—including knowledge of the properties and benefits of over 300 herbal medicines, the location and significance of over 360 regular acupuncture points—and Western Medicine. Whether considered as one of the holistic medicine schools, alternative medicine schools, natural medicine schools, or herbal medicine schools, the college has become one of the best acupuncture schools with our collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital System, which is comprised of 5 hospitals in Houston and surroundings, our partnerships with our 4 sister schools in Asia, and our support from the City of Houston. The college’s philosophy is integrating Eastern and Western medicine, and its academic, clinical, and research supports that view with its collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Houston, Memorial Hermann/HBU Wellness Center, University of Houston Clear Lake Health Center, Rice University, Hope Clinic, and Houston Methodist Hospital.
International Partnerships & Study Abroad in Asia
Our sister schools in China and Taiwan also continuously enhance the quality of our program. The institution’s faculty exchange program allows faculty from our sister institutions to rotate through our college so that both sides can continue to learn best practices and medical knowledge. Faculty from Tianjin Medical University, for example, has been able to rotate and teach our students about various acupuncture techniques, herbal prescriptions, and treatment strategies to our students. The college also offers an annual China abroad training, which allows students to have the option of observing and treating patients in one of our partner institutions in Asia.
One of the strengths of the college’s programs is its faculty. ACAOM has selected a total of 25 highly qualified faculty members with a faculty student ratio of 1 to 9. With the college’s philosophy of integration, almost 67% of the faculty has both Western medical backgrounds along with Chinese medical background, which allows courses to be more integrative in content while preserving the classics of the ancient medicine. In addition, almost 80% of the faculty has a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees.
Dual Degree Option in Healthcare Administration
ACAOM offers the opportunity for students to enroll in the dual degree program in Oriental medicine and Healthcare Administration. Students can apply to both the Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and either Master of Integrative Wellness Management program (on-ground) or Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership (online) for a significant reduced tuition.
Prerequisite for Admissions
To be eligible for admissions to the MAOM program, prospective students must meet the following conditions:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent (120 semester credit hours with at least 30 semester credit hours of general education and 30 semester credit hours being upper-level) from college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 semester hours. A student who has earned a master degree may be admitted on the basis of that degree with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Certain courses require Biology and Chemistry as a prerequisite. Students are required to plan ahead and complete both basic science courses prior to enrolling in the courses.
ACAOM is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant international students. To apply:
- Complete the application form
- Provide two identical passport size photographs.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.
- Write an essay (on the topic listed on the application).
- Secure two letters of recommendation from current or previous employers or other responsible individuals who have known you for more than 2 years.
- Provide a copy of valid personal identification.
- Submit a non-refundable application fee of $100 (or $150 for international student) payable to ACAOM by the application deadline. Applicants submitting after the deadline must enclose $200.
Additional Admissions Requirement For International Student
- If any transcript is from an international institution and it cannot be determined that all academic requirements for admission have been satisfied, then a credential evaluation of the academic transcript is required. Students can choose Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.gcevaluators.com), Spantran (www.spantran.com) or other agencies that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
- Students from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL score of at least 500 (paper-based) or iBt score of 61 or equivalent with a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening score of 22. Students may also have a level 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Submit proof of financial responsibility, either in the form of a bank statement or affidavit of support showing a guaranteed support of one year’s cost of attendance.
Please contact the Admission’s office to obtain an affidavit of support form.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The total tuition is about $58,320. Scholarships are available. Students may choose between full time and part time options. ACAOM is approved by the Department of Education to offer Federal Financial Aid. Financial aid includes Stafford Loans and VA benefits. Other fees may apply.
All tuition and fees are subject to change. A tuition payment plan can be arranged. Tuition payment(s) can be check(s) or cash, but no credit card will be accepted.
Transfer Credit Policy
A student who desires to have master degree semester credit hours earned at another accredited institution prior to enrolling in ACAOM count toward graduation requirements must apply for transfer of those semester hour credits at the time of admission into the ACAOM program. Courses will be considered for transfer only if the coursework is equivalent to ACAOM courses in content and hours and is not older than six years at the time of planned graduation from ACAOM. There is a fee for transferring credits. See the section on “Tuition and Other Costs.”
Students must provide supporting documentation and course descriptions from the college catalog where credit was earned when requesting evaluation of the course for credits toward graduation at ACAOM. If they want to take equivalent courses at another institution while attending ACAOM, they are required to obtain prior approval of such credit for transfer from the Dean of Academic Affairs. Non-accredited distance learning courses at any institution are not transferable. Courses considered for transfer credit must have been taken within 6 years of the projected graduation date of the student. The 6-year limitation may be waived for certain courses for students who were advanced degree-holding, practicing health care professionals within the previous six (6) years. ACAOM reserves the right to require a competency test for any course taken beyond the six year period. Coursework taken on a non-credit basis is not transferable.
Courses equivalent in content and hours taken at an acupuncture school are directly transferable if the school is accredited, or a candidate for accreditation, by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Coursework from non-accredited acupuncture schools may be considered for transfer credit only upon successful completion of one or more competency exams as authorized by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Transfer of credits can only be considered for courses completed with a grade of “C” or better. Credits for any clinical training including internship and observation II are not transferable. Exceptions to this case must be approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign educational credentials firm prior to transfer credit evaluation. An official credentialing evaluation document must be received directly from the credential evaluation institution.
In cases where insufficient supporting documentation exists to make a transfer credit determination, the Dean of Academic Affairs, after consulting with the course instructor, may require students to pass a competency test in the subject prior to awarding transfer. Students must score at least a 70 percent to pass the competency test. Credits earned by passing a competency test will be recorded as a “TC” on their academic record. A non-refundable fee for each test taken will be charged. To be granted a degree from ACAOM, a transfer student may not transfer beyond 60% of required credits for graduation.
Duration of the Program
The master degree is intended to be completed in 12 semesters. The program may be completed in as few as 9 semesters and a maximum of 18 semesters. Any transfer credit accepted toward graduation must have been taken within these guidelines as further explained in the section on “Transfer of Credits From Another Institution to ACAOM.”