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CCHM Admissions

Applicants for the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine (CCHM) program must be graduates of Master’s level Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine colleges which are accredited or in candidacy for accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). Contact the Admissions Director for more information.

Graduates of the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program are eligible for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology exam through conversion to Oriental Medicine Certification. To be eligible for the exam, graduates must be an NCCAOM Diplomate in Acupuncture in active status.


After your application and application fee are received, our Admissions Director will contact you to arrange an interview. Interviews may be conducted by phone or video call. You will be notified of the admission decision within 2 weeks of your interview. There are no course exemptions or transfer credits available for the CCHM program.


English Language Competency
Academic success is dependent upon the student’s ability to understand, speak, read, and write in English. The level of proficiency needed for a graduate-level academic program is greater than that required for daily living. English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:

1. The applicant must have completed one of the following with English having been the language of instruction AND the language of the curriculum used:

  • four years at a U.S. high school demonstrably delivered in English;

  • at least two years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate- or graduate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;

  • at least two years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate- or graduate-level education demonstrably delivered in English;

  • high school or two years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate- or graduate level education in an institution in one of the following countries or territories: American Samoa; Anguilla; Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; British Virgin Islands; Cameroon; Canada (except Quebec); Cayman Islands; Christmas Island; Cook Islands; Dominica; Federated States of Micro nesia; Fiji; The Gambia; Ghana; Gibraltar; Grenada; Guam; Guyana; Ireland; Isle of Man; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Montserrat; Namibia; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norfolk Island; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pitcairn Islands; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Sudan; St. Helena; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Swaziland; Tanzania; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United Kingdom; U.S. Virgin Islands; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.




2. The applicant must have completed an English language competency assessment at the required level. Applicants must score at least 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based exam (iBT) or achieve an overall band score of 6.5 (Academic Format) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Equivalent levels of other English language assessment tools are also accepted. Contact the admissions office for minimum required scores. Other assessments include Duolingo English Test, China Standard of English Language (CSE), Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE), Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), Common European Framework Reference (CEFR), Occupational English Test (OET), Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Transcripts from other countries must be translated into English and evaluated by a credential evaluation service, such as World Education Services, or Educational Credential Evaluations.


If you have questions about the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program, please contact Juliet Daniel, Admissions Director by email, or call 828-225-3993.


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