Admissions Overview

Admissions Overview

CSTCM is closely monitoring and following COVID-19 guidance as suggested by public health officials.

We remain committed to our central mission of placing education before all other factors and developing clinically effective, conscientious graduates, therefore online classes will be provided until further notice. Campus operations will continue according to guidelines.Thank you for your patience!

Please Note: Registration and enrollment for the Summer 2021 trimester is now underway!

If you are interested in more information about a career in Chinese Medicine please contact Timothy Farad, the CSTCM Recruiting Director.

In compliance with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) standards, students entering the MAc or MAcCHM programs must have completed at least two academic years (60 semester credits / 90 quarter credits) Baccalaureate level general education at an accredited institution, accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

For admission into the DAc or DAcCHM programs, CSTCM prefers candidates who have completed a Bachelors’ degree from an accredited institution, accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education but will accept those with 90 semester or 135 quarter credits of undergraduate work as documented on an official transcript sent directly to CSTCM. CSTCM expects a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher but will consider applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.9 provided they submit a statement explaining the circumstances.

Applicants accepted into the program who have not completed prerequisites in biology, chemistry, and psychology can complete the required prerequisite coursework by taking any of the courses needed as part of the curriculum required in the MAc or MAcCHM programs. Completion of the CSTCM MAc and or MAcCHM biology, chemistry, and psychology courses or equivalent from an ACAOM accredited AOM school is required to be admitted into the CSTCM DAc and DAcCHM programs.

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What We Look For

CSTCM is looking for students who have a realistic view of education and show the desire, motivation, and firm commitment to become dedicated, compassionate, and skilled TCM practitioners. The admissions committee assesses applicants throughout the application process. The committee reviews each applicant from numerous perspectives, including academic achievement, professional and life experiences, communication skills, and motivation. The programs at CSTCM require a strong commitment to learning multiple difficult skills. Prospective applicants are welcome to schedule an appointment with a CSTCM representative who will assist the prospective applicant in making a decision about applying. They can also arrange a tour of the school and visit some classes. We encourage all prospective applicants to visit the school. These arrangements can be made with the Recruitment Director.

Prospective Students

Prospective applicants are welcome to schedule an appointment with a CSTCM representative who will assist the prospective applicant in making a decision about applying. They can also arrange a tour of the school and to attend some classes. We encourage all prospective applicants to visit the school. These arrangements can be made with the Recruitment Director.

Our Standards

CSTCM has a nondiscrimination policy. Qualified applicants are considered based on individual merit without regard to disability, gender, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, race, or national or ethnic origin. This policy applies to all school matters and to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CSTCM.

Application Due Dates and Class Size Restrictions

Completed applications are due at least 2 months prior to the start of the trimester. Class size is limited for accelerated and full-time students. If space allows, applications may be accepted up to 1 week prior to the start of each trimester, although we recommend applying early. Those who are not accepted into the entering class for space reasons will be put on a waiting list.

Programs and Planning

For CSTCM to plan a student’s program, follow academic progress and coordinate Financial Aid, all students must declare which program (accelerated, full-time, half-time, part-time) they are in, with a projected graduation date.

Accelerated is considered to be over 240 hours per trimester.

Students in the accelerated MAc program can graduate in 28 months, while those in the accelerated MAcCHM program can graduate in 36 months.

Accelerated DAc students can graduate in 32 months. Accelerated DAcCHM students can graduate in 40 months. Full-time is 180-239 hours per trimester. Full-time students should graduate in about 4 years.

Half-time is 120- 179 hours per trimester. Part-time study is anything less than 120 hours per trimester.

Students must finish the MAc program in a maximum of 6.66 years (80 months) or the MAcCHM program in a maximum of 8.33 years (100 months). The DAc maximum allowable time to complete is 7.33 years (88 months) and 9.33 years (112 months) to complete the DAcCHM.

Students who would like to transfer from another acupuncture and or Chinese medicine school must follow the same application process. (See Academic Procedures – Transfer Students Credit in the Student Handbook).

Class Cancellation

CSTCM reserves the right to cancel a starting class or specific courses if the number of students enrolling is deemed insufficient. If a starting class is canceled, CSTCM will fully refund all money paid by students denied admittance.

Graduation Requirements

All students must meet graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of graduation, rather than at the time of application unless written policy states otherwise.

Veterans

CSTCM is approved to receive veterans benefits programs and various Colorado State Vocational Rehab programs. For information please talk to the Financial Aid Administrator.

Foreign Student Requirements

CSTCM is approved to issue I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for an F-1 Student Visa for foreign students. International students are responsible for their own English translation of transcripts and educational credential review of transcripts by an authorized agency if needed. (One such service is the World Education Services, Inc., PO Box 5087 Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087, telephone 212-966-6311).

The Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that all students on an F-1 visa maintain a full-time program of study, participate in classes regularly, and maintain satisfactory progress. Foreign students must also send an affidavit of financial support from the student’s sponsor or bank to show proof of sufficient funds to meet their tuition and living expenses for at least 1 year.

English language competency is required for all students seeking admission. English competency must be demonstrated either

a) through the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) an overall score of 61 with a minimum speaking score of 20 and a minimum listening score of 17 for the MAc and MAcCHM programs and an overall score of 80 for the DAc or DAcCHM programs.

b) Or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format – Acceptable score: IELTS overall band score of 6 with a minimum speaking score of 6.5 and a minimum listening score of 6 for the MAc and MAcCHM programs and an overall band score of 6.5 for the DAc and DAcCHM programs.

c) Or have completed at least two years of baccalaureate level education (60 semester or 90 quarter credits) at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or from an English language institution in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland. All instruction and curriculum materials must be in English.

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