In compliance with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) standards, students entering the DAOM program must satisfy one of the following requirements:
- Complete an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited entry-level program (i.e., master’s or professional doctorate) in Chinese medicine; or
- Complete an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited entry-level program (master’s or professional doctorate) in Acupuncture and at least 45 hours of herb courses; or
- Complete education in foreign countries, credits earned at a foreign educational institution must be validated by a recognized educational credentials evaluation service, to validate the applicant has achieved professional competencies equivalent to an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited master’s- level program in Acupuncture with at least 45 herb hours; or
- Licensed acupuncturists who have not completed an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited entry- level program (i.e., master’s or professional doctorate) in Chinese medicine must:
- Demonstrate and provide documents to validate the achievement of professional competencies equivalent to an ACAHM-accredited or pre-accredited master’s-level program in acupuncture or in Chinese medicine.
- Complete any deficiencies identified in CSTCM’s Masters or Professional Doctorate courses.
CSTCM’s programs are all taught in English. Therefore, English language competency is required for all students seeking admission.
International applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency for admission to degree, certificate, and non-degree graduate programs. 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|
|Test of 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|
* Please contact the DAOM Dean for more information about the English language requirements.
All students entering the program must have a laptop or other suitable device for accessing PDF course materials and other digital and online materials.
CSTCM only accepts transfer credits documented by an official transcript sent directly from the institute. For credits earned more than five years prior to admission, students must document that the requisite knowledge and competencies have been retained.
CSTCM DAOM program only accept transfer credit for the following courses: APDINT513 Integrative Collaborative Medicine (15hours), or/and APDRSH514 Clinical Research Paper Writing (15 hours), or/and APDRSH524 Clinical Research Methodology I (15hours), or/and APDRSH534 Clinical Research Methodology II (15hours).
Please refer to the DAOM Catalog for current information on Transfer Credit and Application Fees. For more information on transfer credit contact the DAOM Dean at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill in the inquiry form.