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The following are requirements for admission into the Master’s of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM), and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) programs at Yo San University in California.
Master’s of Acupuncture and Traditional
Chinese Medicine (MATCM) Requirements
All applicants must meet the following admissions requirements for the MATCM program:
❖ Satisfactory completion of at least two academic years (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) of education at the baccalaureate level that is appropriate preparation for graduate level work, or the equivalent (e.g., certification in a medical profession requiring at least the equivalent training of a registered nurse or a physician’s assistant), from an institution accredited* by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education
❖ A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
The MATCM Program accepts applications for each trimester on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are reviewed as soon as the Admissions Office has received all of the required application materials.
*Accredited means having been approved fully and without contingency by an association or other organization of peers recognized for that purpose by the U.S. Secretary of Education to offer a particular degree or degrees at a particular level, as specified in the approval.
Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
All applicants must meet the following admissions requirements for the DAOM program:
❖ Successful completion of a Master’s Degree Program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine consisting of at least 2800 hours, at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education; or from an equivalent English language institution in another country.
❖ Applicants whose master’s-level education was not in English may be considered for admission with English as a second language, but they must satisfy the proficiency requirement in English before matriculation.
❖ A grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.0
Special Requirements: Applicants with a Master’s degree or Master’s level qualification in TCM or Oriental medicine of less than 2800 hours must demonstrate experience equivalency. A deficiency in educational hours may be remedied by documented clinical experience. Deficiencies in undergraduate or master’s degree grade point averages (3.0 minimum) will also be noted. Applicants in these categories will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee who will consider formal education hours, clinical experience and professional contributions to the field.
International Applicant Requirements
If you currently reside in a country outside of the United States of America, you’ll need the following in addition to the above:
❖ Official foreign educational transcripts evaluated by an accredited independent academic evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Transcripts need to be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. The evaluation, containing the total number of earned credits and cumulative GPA, should be sent directly to Yo San University by the evaluating agency
❖ Demonstration of English language competency by at least one of the following means:
• Scoring at least 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based test (iBT), with a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22; or a level 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam;
• Successful completion of at least three years (90 semester credits or 135 quarter credits) baccalaureate level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an equivalent English language institution in another country. Applicants who do not satisfy this requirement may be considered for admission with English as a second language, but they must satisfy the proficiency requirement in English before beginning the clinical experience.
❖ Evidence of financial resources sufficient to cover at least one academic year of tuition/education costs and living expense.
❖ An I-20 application together with a photocopy of the photo page of the applicant’s passport
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