Admission Requirements - Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Program

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Master of Acupuncture / Master of Chinese Medicine -
admission requirements include:

  1. Total credits and cumulative GPA
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Qualifications
  4. Admission application

1. Total credits and cumulative GPA

  • A minimum of 60 college or university level semester (90 quarter) credits at a nationally or regionally accredited institution. All final decisions regarding applicable coursework are determined by the Dean of the College of Health and Wellness.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • All science courses must be taken for letter grade. Science courses must be passed with a grade of C or better

NOTE: A maximum of 16 of the 60 semester credits (24 of the 90 quarter credits) may be earned in a certificate or vocational/technical AAS program from a regionally accredited institution. These credits will be considered pass/fail and will not raise or lower the minimium cumulative GPA.

No more than 20 of the 60 semester credits (30 of the 90 quarter credits) may be acquired through CLEP examinations or challenging of courses and only in courses other than required science courses.

2. Prerequisites

Minimum semester credits
Minimum quarter credits
Biology (corequisite)
Animal/Vertebrate, General Biology/Zoology or Microbiology - no lab required. The Biology requirement can be taken either as a prerequisite or while in the program as a corequisite to be completed by the end of the second trimester. Survey courses will not be counted.
3 4.5
English, Composition, Literature or Speech
6 9
Psychology (corequisite)
General Psychology, Principles of Psychology or Introductory Psychology
3 4.5
Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy, Religion, General Humanities, Art History, Music History, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Political Science or Economics courses are acceptable. Business courses and studio courses in art or music may not be used to meet this distribution requirement. 
15 22.5
Recommendations include Human Anatomy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Marketing, Small Business Management, Public Speaking, Technical Writing, Chinese Language, Asian Studies or Medical Terminology
33 49.5



3. Qualifications

You must meet all additional qualifications. These qualifications assist you in progressing through the curriculum and clinical training in a Traditional Chinese Medicine program.

Review qualifications

4. Admission application

Students are encouraged to apply early. However, we continue to take applications if spots are available.

Complete an application

Note to applicants: Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited. Satisfying the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Transfer students from other Traditional Chinese Medicine schools who meet Northwestern's admission requirements can be accommodated.

Transfer and prerequisite approval: Approval of transfer or prerequisite course work for one academic program does not guarantee transfer or prerequisite approval of the same courses for another program.

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