Admission Requirements & Procedures of Piedmont University-School of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine(PUAAM)
Introduction to Admission Procedures
Piedmont University - School of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine (PUAAM) seeks mature, capable students
who have the preparation and motivation needed to accomplish their academic and
professional goals. In addition, they are full of passion for their chosen
field of study.
Piedmont University is an institution that
strives to bring to its campus students who are committed to personal and
intellectual growth and at the same time are willing to contribute to the
creative Christian atmosphere. PUAAM awards a degree on the basis of credit
earned by taking classes and labs, and the credit and the degrees are based
primarily on mastery of course contents through a prescribed curriculum. Piedmont
University¡¯s Master of Science in Acupuncture and Asian Medicine (MSAAM) degree program is a graduate
program that leads to a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). The graduate will
become a primary care practitioner, able to practice independently and to
encompass acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, acupressure, and breathing
techniques within the scope of practice.
PUAAM advises prospective students that they
must complete all necessary forms including official transcripts of all
previous academic work attempted as well as records of military and vocational
training. Transcripts will be evaluated and credit will be given in accordance
with the transfer credit policy. A transcript of all previous work is to be
sent from the school of origin to the Office of Admissions at Piedmont
University, and it must bear the official seal of the school of origin, as well
as the signature of the Registrar or designated official. Unofficial
transcripts will be accepted for preliminary evaluation; however, official
transcripts must be on file before official admission to a degree program will
be granted. Failure to file complete, accurate and authentic documents may
result in a denial of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension,
Admission decisions are based upon both objective and subjective
criteria. An applicant¡¯s previous academic record is an important predictor of
his/her ability to succeed at the University. Previous work experience in the
selected field of study may also be taken into consideration. Two personal
and/or professional letters of recommendation is required. Finally, PUAAM does
not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age or physical
disability in the employment of faculty and staff, the admission of students,
or the operation of its educational programs and activities.
Such discrimination is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights
Act (pertaining to race, color, and national origin, Title IX of the
Educational Amendments of 1972 (pertaining gender), Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1975 (pertaining to handicap), and the Age Discrimination
Act of 1975 (pertaining to age).
Education Credential Review and Evaluation
The University requires that all international education documents
and transcripts be submitted to a credential evaluation service that is a
member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.
(NACES), to verify authenticity and to assist in the approximation of credit
received to comparable levels of educational achievement in the United
States. This may also be submitted to
the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
(AACRAO), along with all educational documents, in order to receive that
evaluation of foreign credentials. AACRAO will complete its credential review
within eight weeks after receipt of the student¡¯s application, official
transcripts and diplomas. This
information can also be downloaded from their website.
Information for International Students
Students from other countries should be aware that acceptance into a
program is necessary before the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Service Form 1-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) is issued by the university.
This will then assist students in obtaining an F-1 student visa.
International applicants must:
Request for the 1-20 Form
of possessing financial resources to complete the academic program, including
all rules and regulations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration
academic transcripts from college(s) evaluated by a recognized credential
evaluation agency as noted above
English language proficiency
Application Procedures (see below)
Language Requirements for International Students
All international students are required to take the Test of English
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination in addition to meeting general
admission requirements if the native language is not English. The applicant
must pass TOEFL with a score of 61 iBT or its equivalent for the English
program, and with a score of at least 45 iBT or its equivalent for the program
in another language. Applicants who do not satisfy the requirement may be
considered for admission with English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, but
they must satisfy the proficiency in English before beginning the clinical
Qualifications for Admission
To be admitted to the University as a student in the professional
Master of Science in Acupuncture and Asian Medicine degree program, an
applicant must present the following qualifications:
grades of ¡°C¡± or better in a minimum of two academic years (90 quarter or 60
semester units) of education at the baccalaureate level, or otherwise equivalent
preparation for graduate level work from an institution recognized by the U.S.
Secretary of Education, or equivalent foreign academic institution. The
admissions Office can furnish additional information.
evidence of maturity and of understanding the roles and responsibilities of a
primary health care professional.
for All Students
The University accepts new students at the beginning of each
quarter. Applicants are required to submit the following to the Office of
application form and any requests indicated on that form.
dollar ($100) nonrefundable Application Fee.
from each college attended sent directly from that institution to PU. Work-in-progress
statements, if applicable, must be included. Occasionally some of an
applicant¡¯s previous college credits beyond those presented to satisfy the
two-year entrance requirement will fulfill a PUAAM course requirement,
resulting in advanced standing for a new student. If you feel a previous course
transfer should be granted such credit, you may complete a PUAAM ¡°Petition for
documents should be with notarized English Translation
completion of college education (60 semester units or 90 quarter units—all
general education required courses)
photograph must be submitted with the application (passport size is acceptable)
brief typed essay describing your capabilities and reasons for pursuing a
career in Asian Medicine.
Note to All Prospective PUAAM Students:
After processing your completed application, the Admissions Committee
will inform you of its decision. Several of the steps outlined above require a
lot of time to accomplish. It is wise to start the process well in advance of
the term for which you are applying.
After this time, students may be admitted only as time and space permit.
Any questions about application dates or any other part of the admissions
process should be directed to:
School of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Office of Admissions
10900 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044 U.S.A
At the discretion of PUAAM, a student may be admitted with a
conditional admission status when they have declared in writing and provide
some evidence that they possess the necessary qualification for full admission
status but have not yet provided all of the necessary documentation. Such
students will have only two quarters to provide the necessary documentation and
enroll in PUAAM at their own risk. If that documentation, when received does not
qualify them for full admission, they will not be permitted to continue in the
program and coursework completed will not be transferable.
Auditing Courses Policy
Admission for a student not seeking a degree is available for a
limited number of units. An abbreviated admission process is available for
auditors, who are admitted to courses on a space available basis. There is a
fee for auditing lecture and laboratory courses. Non-degree seeking students
will not receive certificates or diplomas for coursework taken at PUAAM.
Admission is subject to the availability of classroom space remaining after the
University¡¯s regular matriculating students. Students must also have the
consent of the instructor. A fee will be set for auditing lecture and/or
Persons who have the individual course prerequisites may, with the
permission of the Dean, enroll for a maximum of 15 units. To enroll for any
additional study, the student must meet the qualifications for admission as a
regular student and transfer into the degree program. All auditors must follow
submit an Application for Admission with the required non-refundable fee
This is a
one-time procedure, and does not have to be repeated for future enrollments.
the application a list of the course(s) to be taken, and a short explanation of
why they were chosen.
official transcripts from colleges previously attended sent to the Admissions
Office to substantiate your qualifications
to take the course.
for Students enrolled at another Asian Medical College
Students from other accredited Asian medical colleges who want to
take one or more specific course(s) at PUAAM must submit (1) a transcript from their
Asian medical school that is recommending the student to take the specific
course(s) at PUAAM. The Academic Standards Committee will review the transcript
and letter and approve or disapprove of that enrollment in specific classes at
PUAAM on a case-by-case basis.
Course credits may also be satisfied through Challenge Exams. Students
who have successfully completed prior coursework that is not directly
transferable to PUAAM may, with the approval of the Academic Dean, request a
Challenge Exam provided the material is similar in contents to the course to be
challenged. Challenge Exams are subject to these standards:
Take a separate examination for each course
Achieve a minimum score of 70% on each exam
taken—no ¡°re-takes¡± permitted
Complete all challenge exams by the end of the
Challenge examinations are subject to a charge
of 50% of the tuition for the course challenged
The Registrar receives and processes all applications. The Academic
Dean will review the applications for final approval and evaluate any
transferable credits. Students will be notified of their admission status once
the application file is complete and has been reviewed by the Dean. All
admission documents filed with PU become the property of PU and will not be
returned to the student.
To obtain an Application Form, Call (323) 777-5269 and ask for the
application form and information or you may download it from