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Overall Guidelines

The field of Oriental medicine draws students of all ages and from all walks of life who share an interest in a holistic approach to healthcare. In assessing applicants, NYCC looks for individuals with:

  • Potential to succeed in NYCC’s rigorous master’s degree programs in Acupuncture (M.S.A.) and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.S.A.O.M.)
  • Commitment to helping people through a healing profession
  • Strong communication skills
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Basic understanding of acupuncture and Oriental medicine

Direct contact with an acupuncturist as a patient, volunteer assistant or employee is strongly encouraged as a way of becoming more knowledgeable about the field. Applicants trained in another healthcare profession — such as chiropractic, medicine or nursing — are encouraged to apply, and may be eligible to receive credit for prior learning for some or all of the course work in basic sciences and biomedicine completed at another institution.

Academic Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants are required to show proof of successfully completing 90 semester hours (136 quarter hours) of college credit, including nine credits of bioscience course work, from an accredited, degree-granting institution
  • Proof of completing nine credits in bioscience course work prior to matriculation at least 3 credits of the bioscience requirement must be general Biology or its equivalent.
  • Grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in the prerequisite bioscience course(s)
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher is desired for preprofessional college study

Credit through CLEP or Other Proficiency Examinations

Up to 20 semester hours of a candidate’s preprofessional requirements can be earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and certain other college proficiency examinations

  • These credits must be granted by an accredited degree-granting institution
  • None of the science prerequisites can be satisfied through examination programs

Technical Standards for Program Success

New York Chiropractic College’s Graduate Programs in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine prepares students to become practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Contemporary acupuncture and Oriental medicine education requires that the accumulation of theoretical knowledge be accompanied by the concurrent acquisition of skills, professional attitudes and behavior.

NYCC maintains that prospective and enrolled students must meet certain technical standards that are essential for successful completion of all phases of the educational program. Candidates for the degree must meet the following technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations. Candidates for admission and students must demonstrate –

  • Strength, coordination, and ability to perform common acupuncture and Oriental medicine techniques
  • Strength, manual dexterity, and tactile perceptiveness and ability to perform in all laboratory and clinical settings, to diagnose and treat human ailments, and to maintain the safety and well-being of fellow students and patients without posing a threat to themselves
  • Visual, hearing and speech skills requisite to professional performance including reading medical reports, eliciting and recording patient histories, performing all diagnostic exams and procedures, and performing all therapeutic procedures
  • Capability to reason, learn, and perform independently, demonstrating the conceptual, integrative, and quantitative skills that are necessary for critical thinking, problem solving, measurement, calculation
  • Ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships, diagnosis, and therapeutic applications
  • Emotional health required for the full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities
  • Ability to adapt to change, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations;
  • Empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation

All of these requirements will be assessed during the admissions period and throughout the educational process.

Transfer Applicants

  • NYCC welcomes applicants who have completed course work in Oriental medicine at another institution and who are interested in transferring
  • Transfer credit will be considered for courses that are equivalent in content and credit hours to the NYCC courses for which credit is sought
  • You must have earned a grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher, and the course cannot be used to meet entrance requirements
  • Course work must have been taken at the master’s degree level or equivalent to be considered for transfer credit
  • Individuals without a master’s-level education who have an earned professional license (e.g., R.N., P.T.) with relevant work experience may be eligible to receive credit for prior learning for Western science courses
  • Evidence of proficiency in the subject matter will be required for course work from professional schools in countries that do not have accreditation systems equivalent to that of the United States
  • Course work to be transferred must have been completed within five years of the transfer date
  • Exceptions may be made for candidates holding a first professional degree or an academic graduate degree in a related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Credit for prior learning or transfer credit may be awarded to students who can show equivalent training in Taiji Chuan or Qigong, even if training was received at non-accredited institutions or in informal learning situations
  • Students must show evidence of previous study through transcripts or letters from instructors certifying dates and length of study (in hours), and/or must take and pass a challenge exam
  • Transfer applicants must complete all application procedures prior to matriculation and must furnish official transcripts of graduate or professional schools attended
  • Applicants must obtain and complete an application for transfer credit and wait for an evaluation
  • An offer of transfer credit, if accepted by the candidate, is not subject to further negotiation after transfer to NYCC
  • No more than 50 percent of the program credits may be met through transfer credit or credit for prior learning

Credit for Prior Learning

  • Credit for prior learning may be granted for basic science and Western medicine courses at NYCC to individuals with an earned health-professional license (e.g., R.N., P.T.) who have received significant Western science education and training but have not earned a graduate degree
  • Credit for prior learning may also be granted for basic science courses to individuals who have earned significant education in a particular field that provides equivalent mastery to an NYCC course
  • Individuals in this category will be required to take a challenge exam in order to receive credit for prior learning
  • Based on the evaluation of exam results, transcripts, and work experience, the Prior Learning Assessment Committee will determine the courses for which an individual may receive credit for prior learning
  • Any credit for prior learning must be determined prior to matriculation for applicants to receive credit in this category
  • Applicants who wish to receive credit for prior learning must submit a completed Credit for Prior Learning Request Form to the Admissions office
  • Students may audit courses for which they received credit for prior learning

International Applicants

NYCC welcomes applications for our D.C, M.S.A. or M.S.A.O.M. programs from international candidates. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must meet the same entrance requirements as U.S. citizens, or be qualified via a CCE-recognized, non- U.S. equivalency program. International candidates must complete the same application procedures as all others, and must additionally provide the following:

  • Evidence of the ability to read, write and speak English at a level of mastery sufficient to successfully complete the specific degree program
  • A comprehensive evaluation of educational credentials by an appropriate agency such as World Education Services (WES), International Education Resource Foundation (IERF), or others
  • Certified English translation of educational credentials
  • An Ability-to-Pay statement