Education Q&A

I'm interested in Acupuncture & TCM. What programs do you have?

We have a Masters and Doctoral program in Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization. We also have a master’s degree in healthcare leadership and wellness management.

What is the difference between the two Chinese medicine programs?

The Masters degree is a 163 credit hours and is the minimum educational requirement needed to take the NCCAOM Board Exams and apply for a license to practice acupuncture. The Doctoral program is a 171 credit hours and is a dual degree with the Masters. This program is better suited for individuals who are considering research, teaching or working at a hospital.

Can I do the program online?

Only about 10-15% of the program is usually conducted online while most classes take place on-campus. Due to COVID-19 however, we are holding many of our didactic classes online while our clinical courses are on-campus. We plan to move these classes back as the situation improves.

What time are the classes?

Most classes run from the late afternoons to nights on weekdays. Some are also on the weekends. Clinic shifts are generally in the mornings and afternoons since they take place when the clinic is open. These usually start in the second to third year of the program.

Is it possible to do the classes online at your school while doing the clinicals at a different clinic?

Only about 10-15% of the program is usually conducted online while most classes take place on-campus. Clinicals must be completed at our on-campus clinic under the supervision of our faculty.

What is the cost of tuition?

Each credit is $432. The Masters program costs around $70,416 ($72,566 with fees) while the Doctoral program is $73,872 ($76,022 with fees). Tuition is paid by semester depending on the number of credits that students take.

What are the prerequisites to apply?

Applicants should meet the following requirements: 1) At least 90 semester credit hours or a Bachelors equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution, 2) a 2.5 minimum undergraduate GPA for the Masters program and a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA for the Doctoral program, 3) a 3 credit General Chemistry class and a 4 credit General Biology class with lab.

Can I take the General Chemistry and Biology class at your school?

No, we do not offer these courses. You may take them at an accredited undergraduate institution. We recommend sending the course descriptions to our admissions team so that we can confirm that they meet our requirements.

Do I have to complete the General Chemistry and Biology prerequisite before enrolling?

Individuals may take these classes concurrently while enrolled in our program. However, we would strongly encourage completing them as soon as possible because they are needed to take higher-level courses.

Do I qualify to take the Transitional Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Specialization program?/ Can I apply for the Transitional Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Specialization program if I have an advanced degree as a MD/ Chiropractor/ RN/ etc?

Applicants must have already obtained a Masters degree in Acupuncture & TCM with a 3.0 GPA before being qualified to enroll in this program. Otherwise, they should apply for the 4-year Masters or Doctoral Acupuncture & TCM degrees.

If I already have a Masters or Doctoral degree in a field that is not related to Acupuncture and TCM, which program should I apply for?

Individuals should apply for either the Masters or Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Specialization. Transfer credits may be considered if they match ours in level (Masters and higher), content and hours. In such cases, the length of the program may be shorter than 4 years.

Do I need a background in the Sciences to apply for these programs?

While a background in the Sciences can be beneficial, our students come from a variety of majors, including Business, Humanities and others.

How much do acupuncturists make?

This varies a lot depending on many factors. In general, acupuncturists can make from $0 to $200,000 per year.

Can I finish the degree in a shorter period than 4 years?

While it is possible to finish the degree sooner if you take more classes, we generally recommend that students do so at their own pace as the content of the program is dense. If you have classes that can be transferred from another degree, it may be possible to finish the degree sooner.

Do I have to complete the program in 4 years?/ Do you allow students to enroll part-time in classes?

Students have up to 6 years to complete the programs. Thereafter, they may petition for additional time or be asked to reapply. If reapplying, students will be under a different catalog, which may require them to take additional courses.

What do graduates of these programs usually do?

Many graduates tend to work under other acupuncturists/clinics and eventually open their own. Those who obtain the Doctoral degree may work at hospitals or go into research and teaching. When available, our facility will also allow graduates to join the institution.

Business Administration & Integrative Health

I'm interested in Business Adminstration & Integrative Healthcare. What programs do you have?

We have a Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership degree as well as a Master of Integrative Wellness Management.

What is the difference between the two programs?

The Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership degree is 100% online while the Master of Integrative Wellness Management is a hybrid program. While their focus is similar, they have some differences in classes.

How long do the programs take?

At full-time status (12 credits or more), individuals may complete the program in 3 semesters. Each degree is 36 credits.

Can I do the program online?

Yes, the Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership program is 100% online, with classes being conducted in both an asynchronous and synchronous manner. The hybrid Master of Integrative Wellness Management has some classes that are conducted online as well.

What time are the classes?

Most classes run from the late afternoons to nights on weekdays. Some are also on the weekends. Internship shifts for the Master of Integrative Wellness Management program will generally in the mornings and afternoons since they take place when the clinic is open.

What are the prerequisites to apply?

Applicants should meet the following prerequisites: 1) A Bachelors degree from an accredited undergraduate institution, and 2) a 2.5 minimum GPA for the Master of Integrative Wellness Management and a 3.0 minimum GPA for the Master of Integrative Healthcare Leadership.

What can I do with these degrees?

Graduates of these programs usually find jobs in the business administrative sector of healthcare programs that can be found in companies, schools and hospitals. Some also conduct consulting services for integrative healthcare and alternative treatments.

What is the cost of the programs?

Each credit is $432. The Masters program costs around $15,552. Tuition is paid by semester depending on the number of credits that students take. There are also additional fees.

General Questions

What kind of financial assistance is available?

Individuals who are eligible to apply for Stafford Graduate Loans may fill out an application with FAFSA. Applicants who complete their application prior to the early deadline will also be automatically eligible for consideration of a partial scholarship. These scholarships are merit-based and are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, please refer to this link: https://www.acaom.edu/financial-assistance/

Can I get more information on your faculty members?

Altogether, we have 22 faculty who have received terminal and doctoral degrees.

Who can I contact for more information?

You may contact us at admissions@acaom.edu or 713-780-9777.

When can I enroll?

We have 3 semesters each year that you can enroll in. Application deadlines may be found at this link: https://www.acaom.edu/attachments/Admissions-Deadlines.pdf

Are your programs accredited?

Yes, all of our programs are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS). Our Acupuncture programs are also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). For more information, please refer to this link: https://www.acaom.edu/accreditation/

Does the school help with employment after graduation?

The school receives notifications from employers and will notify students and graduates of the opportunity. The college when available, will also open the facility for graduates to join the group.

Location/ Do you have other campuses?

We have one campus located at 9100 Park West Drive, Houston, Texas 77063. Our student clinic is also located at that site. Our outreach clinic is located in 6 Houston Methodist Hospital sites.

Does your school administer I-20s for international students?

Depending on the program, our school does administer I-20s for international students. However, all application documents must be received prior to administering the I-20.

Does your school take VA benefits for financial aid?

Yes, we work with the Post-9/11 GI Bill as well as Vocational Rehab. If you have other questions related to this category, please reach out to our financial aid officer, Theresa Ligon, at tligon@acaom.edu.

Does the school offer a post-doctoral degree?

No, we are not currently offering a post-doctoral degree.

What are your transfer credit policies?

Courses will be considered for transfer only if they match ours in level (Masters & higher), content, and hours. They should also not be older than 5 years at the time of the request unless the individual is still in that profession. For a preliminary evaluation of your transcript, please reach out to our admissions team at admissions@acaom.edu.

What are the schools current and ongoing innitiatives?

The institution is engaging in artificial intelligence and data analytics projects to determine health risks level of individuals.

How do I apply for the programs?

Our application can be completed online through this link: https://www.acaom.edu/apply-now/

What documents do I need to submit for my application?

For a list of documents to submit, please refer to our application checklist: https://www.acaom.edu/attachments/ApplicationChecklist.pdf

I am interested in a campus tour/ class observation. How can I go about arranging that?

Due to the pandemic, we are unfortunately not conducting any tours or class observations. However, our on-site clinic is open so if you would like to arrange a complimentary treatment session, please contact us at 713-780-9777 or admissions@acaom.edu. This is a good opportunity for those who would like to see the environment that the interns work in or need some exposure to determine if this is a field they would like to get into.