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AIMC, Berkeley accepts applications on an ongoing basis. There are three start dates each year for our programs: Fall (September), Spring (January), Summer (May).

You will find application dates, admissions requirements, and an outline of the Master’s/Dual Degree and Doctoral Completion application processes below. Non-degree seekers, transfer students, and international students should follow the steps outlined below.

We recommend applying early to allow time for Admissions to review your transcripts and to give yourself plenty of time to qualify for financial aid. Once your application is complete, you will also be invited for an admissions interview. Late applicants must have all documents submitted one week prior to the start of the trimester.

Any questions, please contact our Admissions Department, admissionsinfo@aimc.edu.

Application Dates

Class Starts: Fall 2022:  August 29, 2022
Masters/Dual Degree Application Deadlines: Priority Application:  June 30, 2022 Late Application: July 30, 2022
Doctoral Completion Degree Application Deadlines: Priority Application:  March 18, 2022 Late Application: April 15, 2022

Dual Degree & Master’s Degree

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Master’s (MSOM) program must have:

  • High school diploma or GED. AIMC Berkeley does not accept ability-to-benefit (ATB).
  • The minimum education requirements of 60-semester units (equivalent to 90 quarter units) of undergraduate work from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Applicants for the Dual Degree (MSOM & DAIM) program must have:

  • High school diploma or GED. AIMC Berkeley does not accept ability-to-benefit (ATB).
  • The minimum education requirements of 90-semester units (equivalent to 135 quarter units) of undergraduate work from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must also be in good academic standing.

Application Process

1. APPLICATION PART 1
  • Write a 500-word essay describing the path that led you to pursue Acupuncture and and East Asian Medicine as a profession. Include your philosophy and goals as a healthcare professional.
  • Fill out Application Part 1 for either the Masters/Dual Degree.
  • Pay the $100-application fee and submit the form.
  • Begin to gather documents for application Part 2.
2. APPLICATION PART 2

Review this list & gather the appropriate documents before beginning Part 2 of the Masters/Dual Degree Application.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Government Issued ID
  • Send official college transcripts directly to AIMC via an electronic transcript service from all undergraduate schools attended previously. We can not accept transcripts that have been submitted to students first. AIMC Admissions currently only accepts electronic transcripts. Use the following information to request your electronic transcript:

    AIMC Admissions Department
    Holly Rhea, Admissions Director
    admissionsinfo@aimc.edu
    510-224-3178

    If for some reason electronic transcripts are not an available option for the sending institution, please contact Admissions for advice on how to proceed. Paper transcripts may take up to two weeks of additional processing time and should be sent using the above information plus our address: 2550 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

  • Two recommendation letters that speak to your academic ability, professionalism, compassion, maturity, and ability to complete the Master’s, Dual Degree, or Doctorate Completion program and become a successful practitioner. Letters can be from professional, educational, or personal contacts.
3. INTERVIEW

Once we receive all your items, Admissions will contact you to schedule an online interview. Online interviews are preferred but a phone interview may be available if you do not have access to an internet connection. You may check on the status of your application by emailing admissionsinfo@aimc.edu or calling (510)-224-3178.

Apply

Doctoral Completion

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Doctoral Completion program must have:

  • A Master’s degree equivalent to AIMC’s MSOM. Most California-board approved programs grant Master’s degrees equivalent to AIMC Berkeley’s.
  • High school diploma or GED. AIMC Berkeley does not accept ability-to-benefit (ATB).
  • The minimum education requirements of 90-semester units (equivalent to 135 quarter units) of undergraduate work from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must also be in good academic standing.

Application Process

1. APPLICATION PART 1
  • Write a 500-word reflection paper on your clinical practice/experience and on how you think your doctorate degree will enhance your clinical practice.
  • Fill out Application Part 1 for the Doctoral program.
  • Pay the $100-application fee and submit the form.
  • Begin to gather documents for application Part 2
2. APPLICATION PART 2

Review this list & gather the appropriate documents before beginning Part 2 of the Doctoral Completion Application.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Government Issued ID
  • Send official transcripts directly to AIMC via an electronic transcript service from all schools attended previously. We can not accept transcripts that have been submitted to students first. AIMC Admissions currently only accepts electronic transcripts. Use the following information to request your electronic transcript:

    AIMC Admissions Department
    Holly Rhea, Admissions Director
    admissionsinfo@aimc.edu
    510-224-3178

    If for some reason electronic transcripts are not an available option for the sending institution, please contact Admissions for advice on how to proceed. Paper transcripts may take up to two weeks of additional processing time and should be sent using the above information plus our address: 2550 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

  • Two recommendation letters that speak to your academic ability, professionalism, compassion, maturity, and ability to complete the Doctorate Completion program and become a successful practitioner. Letters can be from professional, educational, or personal contacts.

Doctoral Completion Applicants should additionally submit:

  • Off-site internship application for Sutter Health Mission/Bernal or Benioff Children’s by the application date of each (must have LAc for children’s hospital).
  • Any vaccinations/Titer for specific internship locations. Off-site internships may require a hospital onboarding/badging process for interns which is detailed within each of those applications.
3. INTERVIEW

Once we receive all your items, Admissions will contact you to schedule an online interview. Online interviews are preferred but a phone interview may be available if you do not have access to an internet connection. You may check on the status of your application by emailing admissionsinfo@aimc.edu or calling (510)-224-3178.

Apply

Transfer Applicants

Please call the Admissions department (510)-224-3178 or email admissionsinfo@aimc.edu today if you are considering coming to us from another program. We can easily give you a preliminary evaluation and help you know what transferring into our program might look like for you.

Official transfer credit evaluations are provided by the Academic Department once a student applies and submits all official transcripts. The transfer evaluation fee is $100. For transfer applicants from non-CAB approved schools, please apply first and then request a transfer evaluation.

Approximately 15% of the current AIMC Berkeley student body transferred from other acupuncture schools. Transfer students come to AIMC for a variety of reasons. They may be relocating, looking for a different class schedule and internship opportunities, or simply want to change schools. What they share is a passion for acupuncture and integrative medicine and a determination to succeed.We’re happy to help you make the transition as easy as possible!

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Non-degree seekers are students from the C.A.B. tutorial program or are enrolled at other acupuncture schools. Non-matriculating students are limited to taking up to 12 units at AIMC before being required to apply for transfer into our program. No exceptions.

Non-degree Application Checklist

  • Non-degree seeker application
  • $100 application fee (non-waivable/non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from your current or previous acupuncture degree program. We only accept electronic transcripts.
  • Letter from C.A.B. tutorial program stating classes needed and their equivalent course. AIMC can not evaluate course equivalencies for the C.A.B. tutorial program.
  • Lookup and verify course requirements/pre-requisites and our upcoming class schedule on the Registrar page.

International Applicants

AIMC Berkeley welcomes all international applicants to our diverse community of student healers. To apply to the program, international applicants must complete all of the regular entry admissions requirements and all of the following additional requirements.

Additional requirements for International Applicants only:

  • Please review the Application Procedure for International Applicants.
  • A course by course, international credential evaluation with course descriptions, GPA, and degree title evaluation: World Education Services (www.wes.org), Educational Records Evaluation Service (www.eres.com), or SpanTran (www.spantran.com)
  • Make sure to request the cumulative GPA with the evaluation report as this is required for the application.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (transcript from English language college showing at least 90-semester units or TOEFL iBT results submitted to Admissions directly from the institution.)
  • Application for I-20 Visa. To get started, fill out the Request for I-20 Form. Or, if you are an F-1 International Student applying to transfer to AIMC Berkeley, fill out the F-1 Transfer In Form. All International Students must also complete an affidavit of support form to complete their I-20 application.
  • Be prepared to provide AIMC with a copy of a valid passport, proof of financial support, and copies of: current Form 1-20, F-1 Visa, and EAD.

Testimonials

"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."

- Master’s Student
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