Application Process

The General Application Process

Applying to VUIM is easy! The following materials are required for all students who apply to an Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine program at VUIM:

1) A completed Application for admission

2) Non-refundable application fee

3) Essay/Statement of Purpose

4) Official transcripts from all institutions where a degree has been earned; A 3rd party course by course evaluation will be required for all foreign degrees earned where English was not the language of instruction. Students may utilize any NACES or AICE member. In rare cases, other reputable 3rd party evaluation services may be accepted at the discretion of the Dean. 

5) Copy of Photo ID

6) Professional Recommendation

7) Proof of English proficiency

VUIM reserves the right to interview any candidate for admissions, to properly evaluate the prospective students candidacy, when necessary.

Please note that additional requirements may exist for individual programs. For more information please see the Admissions Requirements page for your individual program.

International Students and English language proficiency

If any of the education was completed outside of the US, at a college or University not accredited by an agency recognized by the department of education, a third-party course by course evaluation will be required for each degree. Prospective students may utilize any third-party member of or Additionally, prospective students can choose to have VUIM process this request through an approved third-party vendor for a fee. 

English proficiency can be demonstrated in the following ways (see program specific requirements for scores and additional details):

  • 1. TOEFL exam (My Best exam scores are acceptable)
  • 2. IELTS exam
  • 3. Completion of a two year degree (60 semester or 90 quarter credits [90 semester or 135 quarter credits for Doctoral programs]) at the baccalaureate or masters level, at an accredited US college or University in the US, or at a college or University in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (not including Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland

Non-matriculated Students

Non-matriculated students interested in taking individual courses should submit the application for “non-matriculated students program”. Please select the Master of Science in Acupuncture program when prompted. 

Non-matriculated students are required to meet the admissions standards for the Master of Science in Acupuncture program. 


The information below is an estimate of the expected processing time for each item. 

  • 1. Official transcripts (domestic) – 2-4 weeks
  • 2. Official transcripts (international) – 4 weeks or more
  • 3. Third-party international course by course evaluations – approximately 2-3 weeks if completed internally
  • 4. International student Visa processing – 8 weeks or more
  • 5. International student Visa transfer – 1-2 weeks
  • 6. Full application process (domestic) - 3-4 weeks
  • 7. Full application process (international) - 10+ weeks
Fall 19 Winter 19 Spring 20 Summer 20
Priority Deadline 09/02/19 12/02/19 03/02/19 06/02/20
Application Deadline 09/24/19 12/23/19 03/31/19 07/01/20
Start Date 09/30/19 01/06/19 04/06/20 07/06/20
Admissions staff are available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily to answer your questions. Please email us at [email protected].


Beginning with the Winter 2020 class, English Proficiency requirements for all VUIM programs will change. English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

1.The student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution: a)accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or b)in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;

2.Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score – 80 and TOEFL iBT speaking score – 26; or

3.International English Language Testing System (IELTS)Acceptable scores: ELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format) and IELTS spoken band score – 8.0