How to Apply - College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Before you apply:
Review the admission requirements.
Step 1 - Obtain a username and password
If you have not already done so:
After you submit your contact information, you will receive an email from NWHSU Admissions with your username, password and a link to the online application portal.
If the NWHSU email is not in your inbox, check your spam folder.
If you submitted your contact information in the past and no longer have access to your user name and password, contact the Office of Admissions at 952-885-5409 and we will provide you with this information.
Step 2 - Login to the application portal
You may now login and start your online application.
At any time, you may save your application, logout, and complete it later.
Step 3 - Complete the application
There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee required with submission of your application.
Request official transcripts
Have your official academic transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions (including colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools and PSEO credits) sent directly to Northwestern Health Sciences University. To request an official transcript, contact the Registrar's Office at your prior institution(s). Transcripts from any previous graduate-level work are also required.
All official transcripts should be sent directly to:
Northwestern Health Sciences University
ATTN: Office of Admissions
2501 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Provide the name, email and mailing address of two references who you have known for at least six months. An email address and mailing address are required, so please have this information available when you apply.
References must be from persons who can attest to your professional and/or academic skills. References from instructors, employment supervisors, colleagues or other healthcare professionals are preferred, provided they know you well. Northwestern will send instructions to these people on how to submit a reference. Relatives are not accepted as references.
Write a two-page summary of your interests and goals, addressing these questions:
a. Why are you interested in acupuncture and Oriental medicine studies?
b. How much background reading have you done about acupuncture and Oriental medicine?
c. Have you had personal experience with acupuncture or Chinese herbs?
d. Do you have any previous involvement in health or human services?
e. In your previous occupations and studies, what have you found to be most rewarding and most challenging?
f. Explain why you feel you wil be a good healthcare practitioner
g. How will you balance your work and personal life with the program’s time and financial obligations?
A current resumé must accompany your application.
Minnesota Immunization Form
Minnesota state law requires us to have a signed immunization form on file for each student:
International and Transfer Students
International and transfer students must submit additional documentation with an application for admission: