Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


How to Apply

Before you apply, we encourage you to visit the school, take a tour, sit in on classes, and get a treatment in the teaching clinic in order to become more familiar with our programs.  Please contact us at for information.  Please state in your email which program you are interested in applying for.

Click here for upcoming tour and interview dates.

M.Ac.O.M. and Program Rolling Admissions

SIOM is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013 admission into the M.Ac.O.M. and M.Ac. programs.  Applicants with plans to complete some prerequisites prior to fall entry may be considered on a contingency basis.  Please check here for upcoming interview dates.  Applicants will be notified of their admissions status within two weeks after their interview. Applicants who are accepted will have two weeks to make a decision and send in their enrollment agreement and a nonrefundable $500 deposit to reserve a their place in the entering class.  This deposit will be applied to the first trimester's tuition.


Interview spots are on a space available basis.  To be considered for a particular date you must have a complete application turned in at least two weeks before the interview date.  Early application is recommended.  Please check here for upcoming interview dates.

Decisions regarding acceptance are made within two weeks after the interview. Applicants are accepted until the class is full.  Some applicants may be placed on a wait-list basis. Candidates for admission must demonstrate maturity, academic ability and sincerity to enter the field of Oriental medicine.

Materials required for application:

  • Completed SIOM application
  • A recent passport-sized photograph
  • Official transcripts of prior education sent directly to SIOM from the originating institution. Transcripts from other countries must be translated into English and evaluated by a credential-evaluation service. We suggest World Education Service (
  • Essay describing reasons for choosing this field and the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • A brief explanation of how you plan to finance your education and living expenses
  • $100 application fee (non-refundable).
  • Prospective Student Release of Information Form

Mail your application materials to:

ATTN: Admissions
Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
444 Ravenna Blvd., Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98115


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).

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy: The Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or age.