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Admission to American University of Complementary Medicine
Individuals interested in taking courses for credit must be admitted to the University before registering for or attending classes. The admission process examines both the academic and personal qualifications of all applicants. Failure to follow the required admission procedures, provide all requested documentation or declare all prior enrollments in postsecondary institutions may result in a delay in the application process, denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

The Application and Information Packet
Prospective applicants to AUCM Programs can obtain applications and information from this website. Acrobat files of the catalog, application and registration forms are located in the "Admissions" Section of this website. You may also contact the Admissions Office: American University of Complementary Medicine, 415 North Camden Drive, Suite 203, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 or by calling (310) 550-7445 or e-mail: marketing@aucm.org. Catalogs and Applications will also be found on this website in the "Programs" and "Admissions" sections.

Academic Counseling
Students who are admitted to a degree or certificate program are entitled to formal academic counseling by the Dean. Counseling appointments may be scheduled with the Dean's Office. The Registrar's Office will be available for counseling regarding transcript evaluation, transfer credit, and challenge credits for degree and certificate requirements.

Application and Admissions as a Certificate Program Student
Applicants for the Certificate Programs must be at least 16 years old.

The following items will be required from each certificate student applicant during the admission process:

  • Completed application form
  • Appropriate non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars
  • Evidence of High School graduation, equivalent documents, or transcripts of other post-secondary education
  • Personal interview (in person or via telephone)

Application and Admissions for the Associate of Arts Degree
Applicants for the Associate of Arts degree program must be high school graduates or have the equivalent education as indicated by a GED, California High School Proficiency Certificate, diploma, military education (as evidenced on a DD-214 or similar document), or evidence of other postsecondary education.

The following items will be required from each A.A. degree applicant during the admission process:

  • Completed application form
  • Appropriate non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars
  • Evidence of High School graduation, equivalent documents, or transcripts of other post-secondary education
  • Personal interview (in person or via telephone)

Application and Admissions for the Bachelor of Arts Degree
Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree program must complete a minimum of sixty units of general education with a minimum of a 2.0 grade-point average. Applicants for the B.A. must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Appropriate non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application essay
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Personal interview (in person or via telephone)

Application and Admissions for the Master of Science Degree Program
Applicants for the Masters' programs must have completed a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of a 2.5 grade-point average.

Applicants for the Masters' must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Appropriate non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application essay
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary college or university education
  • Personal interview (in person or via telephone)

Application and Admissions for the Clinical Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degrees
Applicants for the Doctoral degree programs in Ayurvedic Medicine and Homeopathy, respectively, must have completed a Bachelor's degree from a state-approved or accredited college or university. Applicants for the Ph.D. in Classical Chinese Medicine need to have completed a Master's degree program in Oriental Medicine or equivalent education of a minimum of 30 semester units in said program with a 3.0 minimum average. The applicant's essay, letters of recommendation, and personal interview should indicate stong motivation for completing the program and suitability for training as a practitioner/scholar in the field of complementary or alternative medicine.

Applicants for the Doctoral program must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Appropriate non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars;
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application essay
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate education
  • Official score on the GRE, MAT, or satisfactory score on American University of Complementary Medicine's Doctoral Admissions Test (applicants who have already received a doctoral degree in any subject from an accredited institution are exempt from this requirement).
  • Personal interview (in person or via telephone)

Admission as an Auditor
Individuals who want to attend classes without receiving academic credit must register for classes and pay the requisite fees. However, auditors do not need to apply for admission to the University. Auditors take part in class discussions and activities but do not prepare or submit written assignments or take examinations. Auditors must be approved by the Registrar or Academic Dean, who will determine that they meet the prerequisites for the course work they would like to audit.

International Students
Classes will be taught in English only. AUCM does not offer classes in any other language; however, AUCM admits highly qualified international students who meet both the University and U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirements (students must secure their own authorization to remain in the U.S. for study, i.e. via possession of a green card or other satisfactory authorization). AUCM does not currently have I-20 status from the INS. AUCM requires prospective international students to have an academic background equivalent to educational preparation in the United States, to fulfill the specific application and admission requirements of the degree or certificate program, and to speak and write English.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which preferably includes the Test of Written English (TWE), is required of all international students whose native language is not English, unless they have successfully completed other postsecondary education in the United States, excluding English as a Second Language course work. For applicants required to take the TOEFL examination, only applicants scoring above 550 on the TOEFL exam are considered for admission. In addition to the TOEFL, applicants and/or students may be required to take University-administered writing competency examinations.

To apply for admission to the University as an international student, all graduate level applicants must submit to the University the following:

  • A completed application form;
  • The appropriate non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application essay
  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • TOEFL score report, if English is not the native language
  • Certification of finances in U.S. dollars
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary work in original language
  • Certified translations of all school transcripts, if not in English including any postsecondary work and any degrees or certificates awarded
  • Applicants will be required to have transcripts evaluated by an evaluation service

International applicants who want to transfer from other accredited U.S. educational institutions must fulfill all application and admission requirements and be in good standing as full-time students at their current institutions. The deadline for submission of the application and all supporting documentation is three months prior to the trimester of intended enrollment.

Letters of Recommendation
All applicants in graduate degree programs must submit two letters of recommendation. The two letters must be sent directly to the University from individuals to whom the applicant's background and his/her academic skills are well-known. If possible, one letter should originate from someone with a graduate degree in the field the applicant wishes to study. Each letter should describe the referencing person's relationship to the applicant and the length of time they have been acquainted; the applicant's aptitude for the course of study to which the student has made application; the applicant's ability to think, work, and study independently; and the applicant's strengths and weaknesses. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, applicants are permitted to see all references submitted with their application for admission, unless the right to this access has been waived by the student.

Student Application Essay
Each applicant to AUCM's graduate degree programs must submit a well-structured, understandable application essay that meets the standards of clear, skillful academic writing. The material should possess a logical structure, utilize appropriate vocabulary, and follow accepted rules of grammar. This essay must be typed neatly, double spaced, on a computer, word processor, or typewriter and must not exceed two pages in length. It should discuss the academic, intellectual, and professional aspects of one's life in narrative form before applying to AUCM. Academic and personal ambitions, projects, and pastimes should be related insofar as their influence on his/her academic future and prospective profession. It should include a brief explanation of why the person has chosen to pursue a degree from AUCM, along with an account of what he/she expects from the studies and which specialization or subject area the applicant wants to explore and master.

Transcripts
All applicants with a degree must submit official transcripts of their degree(s) from approved or accredited schools. AUCM will verify the existence of the degree or its equivalent. Applicants without a bachelor's degree must submit all documentation of college credits earned and make an appointment with the Registrar's Office. Applicants for the Associate of Arts and the Bachelor of Arts Program must submit evidence of high school graduation or a copy of their GED.

Official transcripts encompassing all postsecondary education must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the AUCM Admissions Office. In addition, transcripts must bear the official seal of the institution and indicate all degrees earned. Upon receipt, transcripts become the property of the University and will not be returned. This information is protected by federal law. Under the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, release of information about your program is only available under certain prescribed conditions. If you have questions about these conditions, please write the Office of the Registrar or telephone us for additional detailed information.

Personal Interview
When a student has fulfilled all of the requirements for admission to AUCM, the student will be contacted by telephone to arrange either an in-person or telephone interview with a University faculty or administration member. The student's completed application and interview rating sheets then are reviewed by the AUCM Admission Committee, which makes final admissions decisions. AUCM does not discriminate in admissions decisions on the basis of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Challenge and Transfer Credits
Transfer credit may be awarded for applicable coursework completed at other postsecondary institutions with verification of transferability by the Registrar's Office and approval by the Dean. Up to 9 units may be transferred and a limit of 27.5 units toward a degree may be granted by the challenge exam and transfer method for Required Courses. Prerequistie and Co-Requisite courses have no transfer limits. Courses will be considered for transfer credit if relevant to the degree program and completed with a grade of B or higher, or the equivalent if another grading system was used.

Challenge exams are available when students have evidence on a transcript of coursework completed in an area of study but are unable to fully document the completeness or level of the material covered in that course. All requests for challenge exams must be approved by the Dean. Challenge examinations are comparable to a final examination in the course in which the student is asserting competency.

All transfer and challenge exam requests should be made at the time of matriculation into the University.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available from a variety of private lending institutions. AUCM has a relationship with SLM Financial which provides student lending. Please inquire at the Registrar's office for information. Payment plans are also available through the Registrar's Office. Students may opt to pay educational expenses with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

Students may discover grants, loans, and scholarships are periodically available from various sources (e.g., private foundations and banks), and are designed to reduce students' reliance on loans and enable additional students to attend the University.

Housing
AUCM is located in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, twenty minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, in an urban area bordered by freeways. There are no dormitory facilities administered by AUCM. There are, however, apartments available within walking distance of class locations. Monthly rentals are approximately $700 to $1,200. Additionally, there are numerous hotels in close proximity ranging in rates from $40 to $100 per night. AUCM assumes no responsibility to find or assist a student in locating housing.