Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


Admission Requirements and Information

All students interested in the Masters of Acupuncture degree (M.Ac.) and Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (M.Ac.O.M.) must meet the following admissions requirements and procedures. Please read carefully.


Credits & GPA 

Applicants to SIOM must have at least three years of college study at the baccalaureate level (90 semester or 135 quarter credits) with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. 


Prerequisite Courses

These credits (90 semester or 135 quarter credits) are to include a minimum of 12 semester credits total (3 minimum per class) in the following topics that provide training in the basic sciences appropriate for the health care field. A grade of B or above is expected for these courses.


• Biology (no lab required)

• Chemistry (no lab required)

• Psychology (no lab required)

• Western Nutrition (no lab required)

• Anatomy and Physiology I and II (lab required, see more information below)


NOTE: Applicants with uncompleted prerequisites may still apply. If accepted, enrollment would be contingent upon completion of all prerequisites prior to the first day of fall classes with a B average or above.


Anatomy & Physiology

In addition to these 90 credits, all applicants must take at least 8 semester credits of Anatomy & Physiology with a lab at the collegiate level suitable for transfer credit into the SIOM program. In addition to transcripted evidence of this coursework, all applicants must pass a competency exam administered by SIOM in the first week of school. SIOM will also consider for transfer credit other biomedical sciences taken in other accredited health care training programs. These credits will be assessed on an individual basis and may require taking and passing competency exams.


CPR/First Aid

All applicants must have up-to-date basic CPR/AED training and First Aid certification prior to starting the program. Standard Red Cross certifications are sufficient for this requirement.



Candidates for admission must demonstrate maturity, academic ability, and sincerity to enter the field of Oriental medicine.


Please see our Catalog for additional admissions information, policy information, tuition, and financial aid information.