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MAHM Admissions

If you are considering applying to Daoist Traditions, speak with our Admissions Director to review the application process and to clarify any questions you may have. Before applying, we strongly encourage you to visit our campus, observe class sessions, and meet the staff to determine if Daoist Traditions is the right environment for you.

Daoist Traditions is dedicated to upholding a high standard of education to ensure that the public is served by caring, competent, and knowledgeable practitioners. The program requires a high level of commitment to learning several difficult skills. We seek applicants who can demonstrate that they have the motivation for the rigors of this type of program and learning process.

The Daoist Traditions community strives to cultivate a healing presence and convey that healing presence in all we do. Accordingly, we seek students who recognize that all life experiences provide opportunities for growth and change. Applicants must demonstrate the maturity, emotional stability, and good judgment essential to become effective practitioners. We take into consideration your previous academic record and professional experience as well as your desire to help others through a healing profession. Applicants are considered based on individual merit without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, race, veteran status, national or ethnic origin.


MAHM Admissions Requirements
Before acceptance, all applicants must have fulfilled a minimum of two years and 60-semester credits or 90 quarter units of general education at the baccalaureate level from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. All official transcripts must be sent directly from the college or university to Daoist Traditions. Refer to the MAHM Application for Admission for a complete list of admissions materials to be submitted.

Our curriculum requires students to engage in diverse and specific experiences essential to the acquisition and practice of essential skills and functions. Unique combinations of cognitive, affective, psychomotor, physical and social abilities are required to satisfactorily perform these functions. These competencies/functions are needed for successful admission and program completion.

MAHM Admissions Policy and Procedure
Applications are considered on an ongoing basis until the class has reached its maximum capacity. Once the class is full, additional applications may be considered and a list of alternates will be selected. New students are enrolled in August each academic year.

Interviews with the Admissions Team will be scheduled once your completed application materials are received. The interviews are an important part of our admissions procedure because we want to know our students on a more personal level than documentation will provide. On-site interviews are required but online interviews may be allowed in cases where distance is a factor.

Applying does not guarantee admission. Daoist Traditions reserves the right to deny entrance to any applicant. Some applicants may be placed on a waitlist and receive an admissions decision later in the admissions cycle.

Applicants interested in transferring course work from another college of acupuncture or Chinese medicine, please Click here.

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:
    a) four years at a U.S. high school demonstrably delivered in English;
    b) 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;
    c) at least two years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate- or graduate-level education demonstrably delivered in English;                                        d) 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 Evaluators (

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants As class size permits, Daoist Traditions will consider students with special interests who are not seeking a degree to audit courses. Faculty members are consulted to determine if allowing a non-matriculated student in a given course would adversely affect the quality of instruction. All educational requirements of the college and course pre-requisites must be met. Non-degree seeking students may audit a maximum of 9 credits per semester in the MAHM program. Courses exclusive to the DAHM program, CCHM program, and courses with clinical content cannot be audited by non-degree seeking students. Courses are charged at the per credit tuition rate with applicable fees. Refer to the tuition/fees list. See policies for Audited Courses. Non-Degree Seeking applicants must submit: 

1. completed Non-Degree Seeking Student Application

2. official college transcripts mailed directly to Daoist Traditions from the institution showing 60 semester credits or 90 quarter units of general education

3. copy of valid photo identification

4. $75 non-refundable processing fee

5. copy of acupuncture school diploma/degree or acupuncture license (if applicable).

If you have specific questions regarding your eligibility, please contact our Admissions Director by email, or call 828-225-3993.


Refer to the Academic Catalog for more details on the Admissions Procedure.


Download the Application for Admission | Apply Online

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