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Admissions Information

Admission to the College

Requirements for admission to the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine are as follows:

  1. Applicants must provide evidence of an associate’s or higher degree or have completed the minimum equivalent of 60 semester/90 quarter credits through an official transcript from an accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education or a degree from another country evaluated for U.S. equivalence, with the exception of degrees from professional practice whose professional standards do not require a baccalaureate degree for entry. The college will request transcripts on all students seeking admission to the college. Transcripts will become a part of the applicant’s file and must be evaluated by the Chief Operating Officer to ensure that these minimum standards have been met prior to an applicant’s acceptance to the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine. In evaluating applicants for admission to the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine’s programs, and in addition to the information stipulated in its application response, candidates to the Chicago College of Oriental Medicine must complete their 60 semester/ 90 quarter credits at the bachelor’s degree level in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education. This education must be the appropriate preparation for graduate-level work or the equivalent (e.g. certification in a medical profession requiring at least the equivalent training of a registered nurse or a physician’s assistant), from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  2. The transcript must indicate successful completion of 60 semester / 90 quarter of general education in the following areas:

1          Humanities & Social Sciences – 15 semester / 22.5 quarter

(Anthropology , Art History, Economics, General Humanities, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology)

2          English           6 semester / 9 quarter

(Composition, English, Literature, Speech)

3          Psychology     3 semester / 4.5 quarter

(General Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Principles of Psychology)

4          Biology           3 semester / 4.5quarter

(Anatomy, Animal/Vertebrae, General/Human Biology, Microbiology, Physiology)

5          Electives         33 semester / 49.50 quarter

(Asian Studies , Chinese language, Human Anatomy, Macroeconomics, Marketing, Medical Terminology, Public Speaking, Science Courses, Small Business management, Technical Writing, Math etc.)

Total   60 semester / 90 quarter

  1. Applicants must demonstrate an overall minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. All extenuating circumstances regarding admission into the program will be referred to the Admissions Committee for consideration
  2. Provide three character references
  3. A completed essay
  4. A current resume (if applicable)
  5. Must complete a mandatory admissions interview and
  6. Must complete an application for admission which includes a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  7. Background Check Fee will be charged.

In addition, the admissions committee will evaluate course work using the standards established by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and when and as appropriate may request syllabi to compare to the IAI standards in an effort to establish that the course work possesses the rigor expected to complete a baccalaureate degree.

The college will not admit individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor of a violent or sexual nature or any felony. CCOM will deny admission to applicants with such convictions. The College therefore will conduct a criminal background check on all applicants seeking admissions.

Entrance Requirements

Students must indicate the capability and sufficient maturity to function as a health care professional. The expectations of students in CCOM’s health care programs include but are not limited to:

  1. The ability to manage professional boundaries
  2. The ability to properly place acupuncture needles within a patient’s body and manipulate them approximately.
  3. The ability to perform appropriate clinical techniques and procedures and follow a supervisor’s directions
  4. The ability to perform in all laboratory and clinical settings without posing a threat to herself/himself or to the safety and well-being of fellow students or patients
  5. The ability and willingness to receive acupuncture and accessory treatment.
  6. The ability to see with or without reasonable accommodation

Students in the Master of Oriental Medicine degree program must pass the following physical abilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, for completion of their degree:

  • The ability to see with or without reasonable accommodation
  • The ability to identify odors, tastes, colors and other physical properties of herbs and other organic and mineral substances utilized in Oriental medical therapy and
  • The ability to document and prepare herbal formulae in accordance with Oriental medicine therapeutic principles, including but not limited to reading, writing, chopping, reading, mixing and grasping.


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