Transitional Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Medicine Specialization

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Overview and Purpose

The goal of the transitional doctorate is to help Master’s degree graduates to upgrade their degree to a doctorate without the need to enroll in the entire Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine program.  The transitional doctorate will focus more on integrative approaches and evidence-based research in Chinese medicine.

Prerequisite for Admissions

To be eligible for admissions, prospective students must meet the following conditions:
1. A Master’s degree in Oriental medicine or equivalent
2. A Master’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 grading system.

Course Mapping

An analysis of the prospective student’s transcripts will be made to determine if any gaps between the Master’s degree education and the doctorate exists.  Prospective students may be recommended to take additional courses aside from the transitional curriculum.

Basic Science Requirement

Certain courses require that the student have completed undergraduate-level Biology or Chemistry as a prerequisite. Students are required to plan ahead and complete basic science courses at another accredited school prior to enrolling in the courses.

English Proficiency

English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the doctoral program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:

The applicant must have completed one of the following:
a) four years at a U.S. high school demonstrably delivered in English;
b)at least two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate-or graduate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
c)at least two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate-or graduate-level education demonstrably delivered in English;
d) high school or two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate- or graduate-level education in an institution in one of the following countries or territories: American Samoa; Anguilla; Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; British Virgin Islands; Cameroon; Canada (except Quebec); Cayman Islands; Christmas Island; Cook Islands; Dominica; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; The Gambia; Ghana; Gibraltar; Grenada; Guam; Guyana; Ireland; Isle of Man; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Montserrat; Namibia; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norfolk Island; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pitcairn Islands; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Sudan; St. Helena; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Swaziland; Tanzania; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United Kingdom; U.S. Virgin Islands; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.;

In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used.


The applicant must have completed one of the following assessments at the required level:

Assessment Tool / Acceptable Score
English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) / Total: 61
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format / Overall band: 6
Duolingo English Test / 90
China Standard of English Language (CSE) / CSE 6
Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) / C
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) / C
Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) / B2
Occupational English Test (OET) / 250, C
Pearson Test of English (PTE), Academic / Overall: 45

Official documentation verifying one of the above options must be received by American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine directly from the issuing institution.

Applicants who do not have official documentation of one of the three options listed may submit a petition stating why they fulfill the English proficiency requirements along with any relevant supporting documentation. Submission of a petition does not guarantee approval or admission, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The Admissions Committee may request additional supporting documentation or an interview as needed to consider the petition. If the petition is denied, the applicant will need to acquire one of the listed options above to be re-considered for admissions.

Tuition & Financial Aid

$445 per didactic and clinic credit hour. Estimated tuition and fees for the entire program: $9,345

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Submit a digital photograph.
  3. Submit official transcripts* directly to ACAOM from all colleges previously attended.
  4. If any transcript is from an international institution and it cannot be determined that all academic requirements for admission have been satisfied, then a professional, “course-by-course” credit evaluation of the academic transcript is required. Any agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) can be used, such as,,,, etc…
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  5. Write a personal statement: a one-page, type-written essay discussing your passion and goal towards the program.
  6. Secure two recommendations from current or previous employers or other responsible individuals who have known you for more than 2 years.
  7. Provide a copy of valid personal identification (passport, driver‘s license, etc…).
  8. Enclose a non-refundable application fee of $100 payable to ACAOM by the application deadline.
  9. Interviews conducted by Admissions Committee (if necessary).
  10. If you plan to apply for Federal student loans (Graduate Stafford Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS loans) you must submit your FAFSA to us through Our school code is 031533. Your application will not be complete for admissions processing until the FAFSA report is received.