Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine must have at least three years of college study at the baccalaureate level with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA  (90 semester or 135 quarter credits).  These credits are to include a minimum of 20 semester (or 30 quarter credits) in the following topics that provide training in the basic sciences appropriate for the health care field:

  • Biology (lab not required)

  • Chemistry (lab not required)

  • Psychology

  • Western Nutrition
  • A two course sequence in Anatomy and Physiology with a lab component for both courses

  • Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification


English Language Requirement:

All classes are taught in English. If the admissions committee has any concerns regarding the applicant's written and/or verbal fluency, the applicant will be required to score at least 500 on the PBT or 173 on the CPT of the TOEFL exam. The applicant may also be asked to take the Test for Spoken English (TSE).

Technologies Requirement:

Wenlin Software


Transfer Policy:

All applicants to the SIOM program are expected to enter at the beginning of the program. There are provisions for students to apply for credit for some biomedical science and Chinese language courses. Assessment of transfer credit is done on a case-by-case basis.  Students must submit a Transfer Credit Request Form (available through the Academic Coordinator) and provide records of previous college credit.  It may also be necessary to submit additional documentation and/or take a competency exam in the material.   Acceptance of transfer credit does not affect the overall cost of the program or the length of time to complete the program.  Please contact for more information.