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, contact the Office of Admissions to obtain a user name and password.
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
Fill out the "Personal Information" and "Your Application" sections completely.
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.
Colleges and universities
List all colleges and universities you’ve attended. You will have these colleges and universities send official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions (Step 4).
Do not send transcripts with your application. Those transcripts will not be considered valid for admission.
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.
Pay the non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
After completing Steps 1-3, you may submit your online application.
Step 4 - Have colleges send official transcripts
Contact all colleges and universities you’ve attended and have them send official transcripts directly to:
Northwestern Health Sciences University
ATTN: Office of Admissions
2501 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Step 5 - Submit the 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: