Interested in applying?

You can apply to the Academy online, or download a copy of the application and mail it to Admissions.

To complete the application process, please submit the following items along with your completed application:

  • $150 one time, non-refundable registration fee

  • Admissions essay
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate study. High school transcripts are not necessary

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Two (2) passport-size photos

Once transcripts have been evaluated, you will then receive a Transcript Evaluation Form explaining how your previous credits will be used to meet program requirements.

After all materials have been received, an Admissions Counselor will contact you to schedule an interview with an Admissions Committee member. In-person interviews are preferred, but interviews over the phone are available for those unable to travel to the Academy.

You will be notified of your acceptance status within two weeks after the interview and pending review by the entire Admissions Committee. All fees and documents must be received by this time. Students have access to the Academy’s Catalog prior to signing the Enrollment Agreement.

Additional Information on the Application Process

The registration fee can be paid online with a credit card when submitting the online application. Applicants can also mail a check to Admissions. Please note that applications received without the registration fee will not be processed until the fee is received.

There is room on the paper application to type or hand-write the admissions essay. If you are hand-writing your essay, please make sure you use an ink pen and that you write legibly. The recommended length for the essay is 300 words. We do not count individual words; however, if your essay exceeds several typed pages, you should consider revising it to more concisely answer the question. Please make sure that you directly answer the questions being asked of you. The essay is an important piece of the application.

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Academy. We do not accept unofficial transcripts or student copies of transcripts. Your undergraduate institution may offer the option of sending your transcripts via a secured electronic source for faster processing. The Academy does accept electronic copies of official transcripts provided that the transcripts are sent by official electronic security sources. Please contact your undergraduate institution for more information.

Letters of recommendation should be typed, dated and signed by the letter writer and then mailed directly to Admissions. We do not accept emailed letters. Please provide the correct mailing information to your letter writers. Recommendations should come from individuals who have known you a minimum of two years and can speak to your strengths as a future practitioner. People to ask include supervisors, long-time colleagues, previous instructors and acupuncture practitioners. Letters from relatives will not be accepted.

If you are a licensed acupuncturist and interested in applying only for our Chinese Herbal Studies program, please visit our Herbal Studies for Acupuncturists page.