Academic Policies of Piedmont University-School of

Acupuncture and Asian Medicine(PUAAM)


General Policy on Grading

It is an integral part of the teaching responsibility of the faculty to provide careful evaluation and timely assignment of an appropriate grade to each enrolled student. In the absence of compelling reasons, such as mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence, the grade determined by the instructor of record is to be considered final.  For purpose of correcting an error, an instructor may change a grade with approval of the Academic Dean.


Grade Report

At the end of each quarter, notification of the student¡¯s academic standing and report of grades achieved while in attendance at the University are mailed to each student. Grades are normally mailed within one week following the last day of the term, unless there are any unpaid charges or other penalties on record against a student. 

Questions regarding grades, academic credit, or transcripts should be referred to the Office of Admissions and Records.  If a student questions a grade he/she received in a course, he/she should attempt to resolve the grade issue with the instructor, If the student is not satisfied with the instructor¡¯s decision, the matter may be taken up with the school dean.


Grading System



Grade Points























Minimally Passing






Very Poor












No Credit






Satisfactory Progress






Report Delayed






Notice Regarding ¡°Incomplete¡±

Any student receiving an ¡°Incomplete¡± grade will be given six weeks from the end of the quarter to complete the assignment. Any student receiving a ¡°C¡± grade or below, is responsible for making arrangements with the instructor for improving his/her grade. Student performance will be evaluated by: examination, attendance, classroom participation, special projects, laboratory performance, field experience, and research work.


Degree Requirements

The MSAAM degree program consists of a four-academic-year program on a quarterly basis. In order to complete the MSAAM degree program, student must successfully complete total 264 quarter units (3,120 hours), which consist of didactic course work 216 units (2,160 hours); Asian Medicine 47 units, Acupuncture 38 units, Herbal Medicine 46 units, Basic Sciences 35 units, Western Medicine 26 units, Clinical Management 24 units, and clinical course work 48 units (960 hours).


Clinical Practice Requirements

Before students start the required 960 hours of clinical practice training, they must complete the required courses (CM400 Preclinical Prep) and pass all the required examinations at the school clinic as well as instructor¡¯s clinics. Each student is supplied with the ¡°Practice Observation¡±, ¡°Clinical Internship-Level I¡±, ¡°Clinical Internship-Level II¡±, ¡°Clinical Internship-Level III¡±, and Internship-Level IV¡±. There is a classroom discussion and problem solving procedure by the supervisor(s), either upon the request of the students or by the supervisor as deemed necessary. Evaluation of student clinical training is completed by the supervising practitioners and based on the student¡¯s knowledge and clinical participation. See PUAAM Clinic Handbook.


Graduation Requirements

In order to complete a degree, a student must satisfy the requirements of total credit hours earned, grade point average, residency, literacy and distribution of credits by subject area. Students who fail to meet graduation requirements within six years from the date of their first admission must meet the requirements in effect at the time of their graduation rather than those which were effective at the time of their entrance. Students readmitted to PUAAM, after enrollment as a regular student at another institution, must meet the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.

General graduation requirements are as follows:

A passing grade in all coursework needed to meet degree requirements.

The successful completion of a comprehensive examination with a score of 70% or higher.

Fulfillment of all financial obligations to PUAAM.

A student must satisfy degree and course requirements, as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of enrollment at PUAAM as a student, unless the student interrupts his/her program. In that case, it may become necessary to satisfy the program requirements as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time the student re-enters as a student.


Time Limit and Residency Requirements

All didactic and clinical course work must be successfully completed in no less than 3 calendar years and not more than 6 calendar years from initial enrollment. Official Leaves of Absence and Withdrawal from the University will not count against the Time Limit.

In terms of residency, a quarter is defined as a minimum of twelve units or more. For transfer students, a minimum of one academic year with 50 quarter units in residence is required at Piedmont University.


California Acupuncture Board License Examination Requirements


Graduates who pursue license to practice acupuncture in California must pass California's written examination. In order to qualify for California's examination, an applicant must furnish satisfactory evidence of completion of one of the following:

An educational and training program approved by the Board.

         Students who enrolled in an approved acupuncture and Oriental medicine training program on or after January 1, 2005, must complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of theoretical and clinical training.

A tutorial program in the practice of acupuncture (consisting of a minimum of 2,850 hours of theoretical and clinical training), which is approved by the Board.

In the case of an applicant who has completed education and training outside the United States and Canada, documented educational training and clinical experience that meets the standards established by the state of California.


And please observe the following BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION 4925-4934.2:


4927.5. (a) For purposes of this chapter, "approved educational and training program" means a school or college offering education and training in the practice of an acupuncturist that meets all of the following requirements:

   (1) Offers curriculum that includes at least 3,000 hours of which at least 2,050 hours are didactic and laboratory training, and at least 950 hours are supervised clinical instruction. Has submitted that curriculum to the board, and has received board approval of the curriculum.

   (2) Has received full institutional approval under Article 6 (commencing with Section 94885) of Chapter 8 of Part 59 of Division 10 of Title 3 of the Education Code in the field of traditional Asian medicine, or in the case of institutions located outside of this state, approval by the appropriate governmental educational authority using standards equivalent to those of Article 6 (commencing with Section 94885) of Chapter 8 of Part 59 of Division 10 of Title 3 of the Education Code.

   (3) Meets any of the following:

      (A) Is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

      (B) Has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

      (C) Has submitted a letter of intent to pursue accreditation to the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine within 30 days of receiving full institutional approval pursuant to paragraph (2), and is granted candidacy status within three years of the date that letter was submitted.

(b) Within 30 days after receiving curriculum pursuant to paragraph (1), the board shall review the curriculum, determine whether the curriculum satisfies the requirements established by the board, and notify the school or college, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Bureau of Private and Postsecondary Education of whether the board has approved the curriculum.

(c) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2017.