DAC & DOM Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements for Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) Programs

1) Satisfactory completion of at least three years (90 semester credits/135 quarter credits) undergraduate level education from an institution accredited or pre-accredited by an agency recognized by the US department of Education.

  • A. Degrees earned outside of the US, issued by an institution not recognized by the department of education must be translated and evaluated by an agency recognized by NACES (National association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.). VUIM offers a service for a fee through FIS (Foundation for International Services, Inc.), a member of NACES.
  • B. Completion of undergraduate level Chemistry, Biology and Psychology courses. If not complete, the student will be required to take graduate level courses in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology at VUIM

2) Completed application for admission. 

3) Application fee 

4) English language proficiency:

  • A. Completion of a two year (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) baccalaureate or graduate-level, English based education in a US institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US secretary of Education or in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.
  • B. TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher (including minimum speaking exam score of 26).
  • C. IELTS overall band score of 6.5 or higher

5) Submission of Official transcripts from all institutions for which a degree was earned. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope or directly from the institution in a secure digital format. Students will be required to submit official transcripts from all other institutions from which academic credit was earned if the student intends to request transfer of credit.

6) 300 – 700 word essay – “What inspired you to pursue a career in acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine?”

7) Recommendation

8) Photo ID

Admissions Requirements for DAc and DOM Degree completion students

The PD completion track is designed for the individual who has graduated from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited Master’s level program. Students who enter this track complete the remaining doctoral program requirements not included in their master’s level training.

1.     The applicant must meet all of the admissions requirements outlined above. 

2.     The applicant must have satisfactorily completed master’s degree or master’s level program in Acupuncture/ Oriental Medicine from an ACAOM accredited/pre-accredited program or institution.

3.     If the applicant is not a VUIM Alum, a comprehensive transcript analysis must be completed by the Academic Dean and demonstrate that all applicable master’s level AOM coursework completed is equivalent to VUIM’s MSA or MSOM degree requirements in terms of content, rigor, and credit hour requirements.  There is a $400 fee for this evaluation. The results of this review may require the student to complete coursework at VUIM at the Masters’ level.

4.     Any applicant who graduated more than 5 years prior to entering one of the PD programs must also complete a written examination and a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) to demonstrate retention of knowledge and competencies.