Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

 

FOR FAQs SPECIFIC TO THE M.AC. PROGRAM, CLICK HERE.

 

GENERAL FAQs:

 
 
How can I schedule I tour and observe classes?
Please check our tour schedule.  Please email admissions@siom.edu to rsvp for a tour and make arrangments to sit in on classes.  Since there are limited spots for each tour, please attend only after confirming with an admissions counselor that you are scheduled for a particular date.
 
Can I talk to an admissions counselor?
Please send your request for advising and your daytime contact information to admissions@siom.edu.  Advising is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment.
 
When should I apply?
We have rolling admissions and are currently accepting applications.  Applications take approximately two weeks to process, after which qualified applicants will be invited to interview in-person.  SIOM will have rolling admissions and accept applications until the class is full.   In-person interviews are required for both programs. If you are from out-of-state, we recommend that you apply well in advance of the date you wish to interview, to give the admissions committee time to make its decision, and to give you time to make any necessary travel arrangements to attend the interview.
 
How much is tuition?

Please go to our tuition and financial policies page for current tuition information.

 
When was SIOM founded?
SIOM was founded in 1994 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
 
Is it possible to transfer from another school?
No. All students are expected to enter at the beginning of the program and attend full-time for 3 years.  It is not possible to transfer coursework from another acupuncture program or graduate early. Some western biomedical classes may be accepted for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. For further explanation, please email admissions@siom.edu.
 
Is it possible to attend SIOM part-time?
No, all students must enroll full-time. We do not have any part-time students.
 
Is there financial aid available?
SIOM students currently receive financial aid loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program.  For more information, please contact us at admissions@siom.edu.
 
Is it possible to apply if I do not have all the prerequisites completed yet?
 
Yes.  If you have outstanding prerequisites, you may apply on a contingency basis.  Please provide a plan of completion with your application.  If you apply and are accepted, your acceptance will be contingent upon your completion of any remaining prerequisites with a grade of "B" or higher and updated transcripts showing the completion of remaining prerequisites must be submitted prior to the first day of the fall trimester.
 
 
What kind of schedule does SIOM have?
SIOM is on a trimester schedule. Each trimester is 15 weeks.  M.Ac.O.M. students start their first trimester in the fall.  Beginning in 2013, M.Ac. students will start in the fall term.  Students attend during fall, winter and spring/summer trimesters.  Our academic calendar is included in our catalog, which can be downloaded from the front page our our website.
 
Are SIOM graduates eligible to take the CA Board Exam?
The M.Ac.O.M. Program is approved by the CA Acupuncture Board.
 
Is SIOM approved for eligible students to receive their Veterans' education benefits?
The M.Ac.O.M. and M.Ac. programs at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine are approved for the purposes of enrolling persons eligible to received education benefits under Chapters 30, 32, 33, and 35, Title 38, U.S. Code and Chapters 1606 and 1607, Title 10, U.S. Code.