Admission Requirements

(THSU is no longer enrolling students in this program.)

Texas Health and Science University seeks candidates for admission to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program who possess a history of success in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and who desire to deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills through a rigorous program of study, which focuses on advanced clinical specialties; integration of AOM and Western biomedical knowledge, modalities, and skills; and the development of leaders for the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  In order to make this assessment of the candidate, the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s file including academic records, NCCAOM board certification, licensure if any, and personal history of professional service and accomplishments.

Applicants for admission into the DAOM program are required to have completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or ACAOM-candidate school or an international equivalent level master’s level program.  To meet the standard for the international equivalent, prior coursework must be evaluated by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org) for equivalency.  Minimal cumulative grade point average for admission is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

English language competency is required of all students seeking admission.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:

  • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
  • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
  • A minimum speaking score of 26 and a minimum listening score of 22.
  • English language proficiency score of at least 80 on the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

 

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of a master degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or its equivalent; such transcripts must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 80 or higher (with a minimum speaking score of 26 and a minimum listening score of 22), or IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Transfer of Credit

Texas Health and Science University will accept academic credits earned at other accredited institutions and consider the award of course credit toward the University’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree according to the following guidelines:

  1. Limitations on the transferability of credits apply.  The maximum permissible number of transfer credits into the DAOM degree program is limited to 20% or fewer of the credits required for the DAOM degree.  Credit may be awarded for past coursework in a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program competed at institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commissions for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  Student performance in the coursework to be transferred will be evaluated in terms of equivalent subject(s) offered by the University.  Coursework to be considered for transfer will have been completed within ten (10) years of the date of application, with applicant receiving a grade of “C” or better.
  2. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must request a transcript review in writing within the first trimester of attendance. Request forms are available from the Registrar.
  3. The entire record of the evaluation and award of transfer credit will be included in the student’s academic file and made an official part of the student’s THSU transcript, with such credits annotated with “TC,” but will not be used to calculate the student’s GPA. For each credit reviewed and approved for transfer, a fee will apply.
  4. Applicants for admission into the DAOM program are required to have completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or ACAOM-candidate school or an international equivalent level master’s level program. The maximum permissible number of transfer credits from another ACAOM-accredited DAOM program at into the doctoral degree program is no more than 29 semester credits.

 

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits earned at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which a student may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree earned in the THSU program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which a student may seek to transfer.

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated student status is reserved for those students who are not seeking a degree at the time of admission to THSU, are not interested in receiving financial aid, and wish to waive academic advisement which would otherwise determine their courses for degree satisfaction or transfer credit eligibility.  Non-matriculated students who are enrolled in DAOM courses must meet all entry requirements and course prerequisites for participation in particular courses.

The Non-matriculated student status is designed to allow for the interested Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine student to attend courses without declaration of seeking a degree.  Students who register under this status for a given trimester may not matriculate until the following trimester.  When a student desires to become a matriculated student, he or she must notify the Admissions officer 30 days prior to the start of the trimester.  This status is most suited for students who desire to enroll in courses for personal enrichment and upgrading their job skills.