Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites for the DACM Program:

  • Completed Application/Process
  • Completed at least three years (90 semester units or 135 quarter units) of education from a US accredited college or university (or international equivalent)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 grade scale
  • Required 3 Semester Units: General Biology with a minimum passing grade of “C”.
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • English competency

Additional Co-Requisites:

  • 3 Semester Units: Chemistry for Health Science
  • 3 Semester Units: Physics
  • 3 Semester Units: Psychology

These courses may be taken concurrently during the program. Each class must be passed with a minimum “C” grade and must be completed by the end of the second year of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at SCU. Candidates who have completed co-requisites prior to matriculation may be assessed for advance standing.

Transfer Students

    Transfer status is available to applicants accepted into the Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program. As per California State Board requirements, the minimum amount of time a student can attend SCU and earn an SCU degree is one academic year, and it must be the last year of their education.

    Advanced standing for Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is based on the College dean’s evaluations of the student’s transcripts and capabilities, and if necessary, by placement exams which are administered after acceptance. Credit will not be allowed for courses in which the applicant has received a grade lower than “C” (or equivalent).

    Transfer applicants must follow the general application procedures for the appropriate program listed above. In addition, they must provide official transcripts from each professional program attended and a letter of good standing from the professional program from which they wish to transfer.

International Students

    SCUHS welcomes applications from qualified students from other countries. The general admission requirements are identical for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. However, immigration regulations, varying educational backgrounds, and financial considerations require additional procedures. For visa purposes, international students must provide a foreign address in the Application for Admission. International applicants who are admitted to SCUHS will receive a visa information packet along with the acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions. Important visa guidelines are enclosed in this packet.

    Certification of Finances

    As required by the immigration regulations, international students must show that they have sufficient funds to study in the U.S. There is a Certification of Finances form that you must complete and return to the SCUHS Office of Admissions. The COF is used for financial verification purposes only. The minimum amount of funds required for the 2008-2009 academic year is $32,111 USD (subject to annual increase with tuition) for the Doctor of Chiropractic program, $18,821 USD (subject to annual increase with tuition) for the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, and $33,409 USD (subject to increase with tuition) for the Dual Degree program. Additional funds are required for spouses and dependents.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE)

    Students applying for admission to the DACM program must demonstrate English competency. This may be demonstrated with the TOEFL iBT exam. Students taking the TOEFL must pass the iBT exam with an overall score of at least 80 and at least a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22. As an alternative, a student can score a level 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam to demonstrate competency.

    The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions.

    Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL score. Photocopies, faxes, and student copies are not acceptable. NOTE: Applicants to the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine must also submit an official copy of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the TOEFL iBT. Testing information on TOEFL or TSE may be obtained at or by writing to TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08504. SCUHS does not grant exemptions to the TOEFL or TSE requirement, regardless of an applicant’s citizenship status in the U.S., or study at another university or college taught in English.

    All applicants for whom English is not their native language will be considered for a program of study in accordance with their TOEFL/TSE score(s). Applicants will not be admitted without an official score on file.

    For all degree programs, the minimum required TOEFL score is 500 (paper based), 173 (computer based), or 61 (internet based). Additionally, for the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Dual Degree Programs, a minimum TSE score is required equal to or higher than the mean score for that particular exam.

    Health Insurance and Other Documents (TSE)

    All international students must submit proof of valid and unexpired health insurance acceptable in the United States. Furthermore, all international students must submit a copy of our valid passport, including name, date of birth, passport number, expiration date, photo, and signature. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (877) 434-7757.


    The SCUHS Office of Admissions will evaluate your information and issue an I-20 form. You will present your I-20 form along with other supporting documents to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country and apply for an F-1 visa. Note that lengthy visa processing should be anticipated due to the new immigration regulations effective January 2003. It is important that you allow yourself enough time (at least 4 weeks) to apply for the visa. Please contact the Office of Admissions with questions about obtaining a visa, (877) 434-7757.

    International applicants are considered for SCUHS scholarships. All scholarship decisions are made independent of the Certification of Finances (COF). Scholarships can be incorporated into the COF.

    SCUHS offers international students an option to work on campus after their first trimester at SCUHS. For more information, please contact the SCUHS Office of Financial Aid, (562) 902-3360.

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