How to Apply

To apply, you will need to prepare the following materials to submit with our Online Application: 

• A completed DACM Application Form
• Application fee ($65)
• Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended
• 2 Letters of Recommendation
• A current resume
• A Statement of Purpose essay

DACM & MSTCM Application Instructions

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine accepts applications for most of its program for each of the three semesers: fall, spring, and summer. Application materials will only be accepted for the up-coming semester once the online application cycle is open. Applications are reviewed as soon as the Admissions Office has received all of the required application materials. Once materials are received and reviewed, students will be notified and a time for an interview will be scheduled. Applicants will be notified of their status within 3 weeks following the interview (phone interviews are available for out-of-state and international students).

International Student Information and Admission Requirements

Transfer Student Information


Application deadlines are as follows:*

February 15, 2019 – First priority deadline: Submit by February 15th for guaranteed review.

April 15, 2019 – Second priority application deadline: (pending space availability).

Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be able to be considered if you miss the deadline.

May 15, 2019 – Final priority application deadline.

June 15, 2019 Extension deadline.

August 1, 2019 Final deadline.

*A completed Health Certificate will be required upon acceptance.

*Applications submitted after the application deadline will still be considered. Priority, however, is given to those individuals whose applications are received before the official deadline.

Entry Requirements

To enter the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program, you must have completed the following requirements before applying:

  1. A minimum of 90 semester- or 135 quarter-units from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a foreign equivalent.* Credits must be at the college level and be applicable toward a degree program such as an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.  However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and ACTCM will consider prospective students whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.
  3. Demonstrated competency in English, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) TOEFL test or 80 on internet test for international students.
    • TOEFL: 80 test score.
      TOEFL is an Internet-based test. The CIIS TOEFL code is 4807. Visit the TOEFL website.
    • Pearson’s Test of English Academic (PTE): 53 test score.
      Visit the Pearson’s website.
    • IELTS 6.5 band score
      Visit the IELTS website

*Approval status for the foreign equivalency of each institution will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

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