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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 application process 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,

Application Dates

Class Starts: Summer 2021: May 3, 2021 Fall 2021: August 30, 2021
Priority Application Date: Summer 2021: March 8, 2021 Fall 2021:  June 30, 2021
Late Application Date: Summer 2021: April 8, 2021 Fall 2021:  July 30, 2021


Applicants for Master’s 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. If you are considering a doctorate, please see the requirements below.

Applicants for Dual Degree and Doctoral Completion programs 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.



  • Write Your Essay
    • Masters and Dual Degree applicants: Submit a 500-word essay describing the path that led you to pursue Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine as a profession.
    • Doctoral Completion applicants: Submit 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 either the Masters/Dual Degree or Doctoral program.
  • Pay $100-application fee and submit form.
  • Begin to gather documents for application Part 2.


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

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Government Issued ID
  • Official college transcripts sent directly to AIMC Berkeley (via an electronic transcript service) from all schools attended previously.  Due to shelter-in-place AIMC Admissions can only accept electronic transcripts. If for some reason this is not possible for the sending institution, please contact Admissions for advice and a plan of how to proceed. Paper transcripts may take up to two weeks additional processing time.
  • 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

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 location. Off-site internships may require a hospital onboarding/badging process for interns which is detailed within each of those applications.


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 or calling (510)-224-3178.


Transfer Applicants

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. Please call the Admissions department (510)-224-3178 or email 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. For transfer applicants from non-CAB approved schools, please apply first and then request a transfer evaluation. We’re happy to help you make the transition as easy as possible!

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.


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. AIMC reserves the right to refuse admission to any non-degree seeker. We do not offer preliminary transcript evaluation services to non-degree seekers. Pre-requisites will be evaluated only after the application is complete. No exceptions. Application and registration must be completed in full by the priority application deadline.
Summer 2021: March 8, 2021

Non-degree application checklist:

  • Non-Degree Seeker Application with $100 application fee (non-waivable/non-refundable)
  • Send unofficial copies of transcripts from your current or previous acupuncture degree program. We only accept electronic transcripts.
  • Check the class schedule to find courses needed
  • Look up and verify course requirements and pre-requisites via the student catalog If students haven’t met the prerequisites they may not be able to take the classes requested. AIMC will verify this only after non-degree application is complete.
  • 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

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.

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 (, Educational Records Evaluation Service (, or SpanTran (
  • 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 or TOEFL results, we highly encourage electronic transcript submissions.)
  • 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, and if applicable copies of: current Form 1-20, F-1 Visa, and EAD.
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Join us for our next Open House in May!

Join us online to gain a comprehensive overview of our programs including curriculum, schedules, tuition, financial aid, our tele-health clinic, and online herbal pharmacy. Current AIMC students will also be available to share their experiences and answer questions.

If you attend and decide to apply for the Fall 2021 term, your application fee of $100 will be waived.

Fall term begins on August 30th.

To ask about joining summer term (starting May 3rd) or to stay in the loop for the date of May’s open house, contact Holly at 510-224-3178 or


"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