Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


Admission Requirements and Information

All students interested in the Masters of Acupuncture degree (M.Ac.), Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (M.Ac.O.M.), and doctorate of Acupuncture and Herbal medicine (D.A.H.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)



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

The SIOM Board of Directors recently approved a change in SIOM’s entrance requirements regarding prerequisites. Effective for this upcoming Fall 2016, entering students are no longer required to have taken an Anatomy & Physiology course prior to entry. The school is shifting to having this training be part of the initial instruction at SIOM. Applicants who have already taken approved A&P courses will as usual receive credit for the coursework, and will not have to attend this aspect of the instruction at SIOM.



From its inception SIOM believed it was important to have A&P as a prerequisite for the SIOM training because of the well-equipped labs normally present in community colleges and universities. It also allowed students to focus on more advanced material when they entered SIOM. But over the years several things have occurred. One, the available interactive and online resources for instruction have increased exponentially, thus providing many useful and effective 3D resources for students. Two, applicants have experienced difficulty getting into A&P courses because of their high demand, cost, or geographic scarcity. This has created difficulties for completing these courses in a timely manner for entering SIOM. And three, the content of the courses can be both erratic and not necessarily relevant to studies in acupuncture and herbal medicine. This leads to an uneven background in students as they embark on learning the biomedical aspects of SIOM’s graduate programs.


For these reasons, SIOM leadership has decided to provide training at SIOM utilizing current interactive resources and instruction in the field so that students can learn this material within the SIOM program. This change is effective immediately and will affect anyone considering applying for Fall 2016 entry into SIOM. There is no additional tuition charge for the A&P coursework as it is now included within the full SIOM program.



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.