Transfer Policies

DACM Transfer Policy

Transfer of Credit
Transfer Credit for Courses That Satisfy the General Science Requirements

  • Transfer credit will be granted for individual courses that meet ACTCM’s general science requirements only if thecoursework was completed at a U.S. institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency, or at a foreign institution evaluated by an agency approved by ACTCM at CIIS and found to be equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Only courses that are demonstrably equivalent to ACTCM’s requirements are acceptable. (A course description or syllabus is generally required to substantiate equivalency.)
  • Transfer credit will be granted only for courses completed with a grade of C (70 percent) or better.
  • Transfer courses taken at another institution more than five (5) years prior to the application date will be considered for transfer only if the applicant is able to demonstrate current knowledge of the subject matter. ACTCM may require a challenge or placement examination for courses taken more than five years prior to the application date, or may require the student to retake the course.
  • Credits for general sciences including transfer credit, credit by challenge exam, and corequisites must be awarded prior to taking the first-level comprehensive examinations.

Transfer Credit for Courses That Satisfy DACM Requirements

  • Transfer credit may be no more than one-third of the total units required for the student’s program.
  • Only courses taken at the graduate level at an accredited U.S. higher education institution or its foreign equivalent may be considered for transfer credit to satisfy DACM program requirements.
  • Only courses that are demonstrably equivalent to ACTCM’s requirements are acceptable. (A course description or syllabi are generally required to substantiate equivalency.)
  • Transfer credit will be granted only for courses completed with a grade of C (70 percent) or better.
  • Transfer credit may be granted for up to 100 percent of the required biomedical courses.
  • Transfer credit may be granted for up to 100 percent of the required didactic coursework in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from an accredited college approved by the California Acupuncture Board. Transfer credit may be granted for up to 50 percent of the required didactic coursework in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from an accredited college that is not approved by the California Acupuncture Board.
  • Transfer credit will not be granted for clinical courses, with the exception of clinical observation courses that aredemonstrably equivalent to ACTCM’s observation courses. (A course description or syllabus is generally required tosubstantiate equivalency.)
  • Transfer courses taken at another institution more than five (5) years prior to the application date will be considered for transfer only if the applicant is able to demonstrate current knowledge of the subject matter. ACTCM may require a challenge or placement examination for courses taken more than five years prior to the application date, or may require the student to retake the course.
  • All transfer credit for coursework that meets requirements in the DACM must be awarded prior to a student’smatriculation at ACTCM at CIIS.

MSTCM Transfer Policy

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer from another college of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to ACTCM at CIIS must follow the same application process. In addition to undergraduate transcripts, a transfer student must also submit a transcript from all acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine colleges at which they studied previously. Transfer students must provide course descriptions and syllabi for all classes completed at another institution. All acupuncture and Oriental medical colleges must be accredited or in candidacy with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or another accreditation commission recognized by the United States Department of Education, or the foreign equivalent. Depending on the amount of acupuncture and Chinese medicine education received at another institution, transfer students may be required to take the first- or second-level comprehensive examinations and/or placement examinations so that ACTCM can develop a course schedule that reflects their level of knowledge. If a transfer student lacks sufficient knowledge in a certain subject, they will be required to audit or take a course for credit in order to reach a level equivalent to other students in the MSTCM program. In general, the placement of transfer students into specific MSTCM classes is based on a review of all previous educational coursework, as well as on the outcomes of any placement examinations taken. ACTCM will not accept nonmatriculated students into the MSTCM program.

Transfer of Credit
Transfer Credit for Courses That Satisfy the General Science Requirements

Transfer Credit for Courses That Satisfy MSTCM Requirement.

  • Only courses taken at the graduate level at an accredited U.S. higher education institution or its foreign equivalent may be considered for transfer credit to satisfy MSTCM program requirements.
  • Only courses that are demonstrably equivalent to ACTCM’s requirements are acceptable. (A course description or syllabus is generally required to substantiate equivalency.
  • Transfer credit will be granted only for courses completed with a grade of C (70 percent) or better.
  • Transfer credit may be granted for up to 100 percent of the required biomedical courses.
  • Transfer credit may be granted for up to 100 percent of the required didactic coursework in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from an accredited college approved by the California Acupuncture Board. Transfer credit maybe granted for up to 50 percent of the required didactic coursework in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from an accredited college that is not approved by the California Acupuncture Board.
  • Transfer credit will not be granted for clinical courses, with the exception of clinical observation courses that aredemonstrably equivalent to ACTCM’s observation courses. (A course description or syllabus is generally required tosubstantiate equivalency.)
  • Transfer courses taken at another institution more than five (5) years prior to the application date will be considered for transfer only if the applicant is able to demonstrate current knowledge of the subject matter. ACTCM may require a challenge or placement examination for courses taken more than five years prior to the application date, or may require the student to retake the course.
  • All transfer credit for coursework that meets requirements in the MSTCM must be awarded prior to a student’smatriculation at ACTCM at CIIS.

DACMt Transfer Policy

Transfer of Credit

  • Transfer credit will only be awarded for coursework at the graduate level that supports the program’s objectives andmeets the standards for completion of the program. These credits must come from an accredited institution or its international equivalent.
  • All courses submitted for transfer credit will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee for applicability to the curriculum. Applicants must provide course descriptions and syllabi for each course they wish to be considered.
  • Transfer credit awarded by the program shall not exceed one-sixth of the total hours of the transitional DACM.
  • Coursework taken at another institution more than five years ago will be considered for transfer only with appropriate examination (or acceptable evidence of current content knowledge use).
  • Clinical hours/experiences or CEU credits are not accepted as transfer credit.

DAOM Transfer Policy

Transfer of Credit

  • Transfer credit will only be awarded for coursework at the graduate level that supports the program’s objectives andmeets the standards for completion of the program. These credits must come from an accredited institution or its international equivalent.
  • All courses submitted for transfer credit will be evaluated by the DAOM Admissions Committee for applicability to the curriculum. Applicants must provide course descriptions and syllabi for each course they wish to be considered.
  • Transfer credit awarded by the program shall not exceed one-third of the total hours of the DAOM.
  • Coursework taken at another institution more than five years ago will be considered for transfer only with appropriate examination (or acceptable evidence of current content knowledge use).
  • Clinical hours/experiences or CEU credits are not accepted as transfer credit.
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