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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What makes Pacific College special?
What are your students like?
How long are your programs?
Where do I complete my clinical internship?
How much is the cost of tuition?
Is Financial Aid available?
What are PCOM's entry requirements?
When do classes begin?
I work during the day. Do you offer classes at other times?
When should I apply?
Am I able to transfer between the San Diego, Chicago and New York campuses?
Do you provide housing?
Where are your campuses located?
How do I get started?
How Can I Reach You?

 

What makes Pacific College special?

  • Pacific's President, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, both hold graduate degrees in education. They bring expertise in curriculum development and teacher training.
  • Pacific College sponsors the world famous Pacific Symposium. This annual four-day conference held in San Diego hosts some of the best known lecturers, researchers and authors in the field of Oriental medicine. Here students have the opportunity to meet the authors of their textbooks in person and establish a professional, collegial dialog.
  • Pacific's Master's programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
  • Founded in 1986, Pacific currently has more than 1,100 student attending our campuses in San Diego, New York and Chicago.
  • In addition to an on-site clinical experience, Pacific students also have the opportunity to treat diverse populations of patients with rotations in local hospitals and clinics. These include: San Diego Hospice, University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Rimac Sports Training Facility, Pacific Center of Health, AcuSport Health Center, UCSD Free Clinics Project-Geriatric Clinic at First Lutheran Church, UCSD Free Clinics Project-Pacific Beach United Methodist Church, St. John's Riverside Hospital, Initiative for Women with Disabilities - Hospital for Joint Diseases, Grand Meridian Clinic, Jamaica Hospital, The Fortune Society, AidsCare/Wellness Institute, Laboure Medical Center/Lakeview Clinic, Evanston Northwestern Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and more.
  • In addition to being regularly featured in national news media, Pacific has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health and received awards for its curriculum and clinical training.

 

What are your students like?
Our students come from throughout the U.S. and abroad. From recent undergrads to experienced professionals, our students bring diverse educational and cultural backgrounds to Pacific. With an average age of 27-33, about two-thirds of Pacific's 1,000+ students are women.

How long are your programs?
By offering day, evening, and weekend classes on a full- or part time basis, Pacific is able to offer flexible scheduling to accommodate those with other commitments. When attending fulltime, the Masters program in Acupuncture & Oriental medicine takes 3 years and 8 months to complete. Pacific's Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine requires 70.5 credits of study over five semesters. Programs in Asian Body Therapy take from one semester to 2 years to complete, depending on the program.

Where do I complete my clinical internship?
In addition to Pacific's on-site community clinic, the College also maintains numerous partnerships with local hospitals and clinics in each of the cities it serves. These alliances provide Pacific interns with the opportunities to do clinical rotations in diverse integrative care settings. Visit our Clinical Training section for more information on each individual site.

How much is the cost of tuition?
Tuition varies for each campus due to differences in cost of living. Please refer to the Tuition & Fees section of this website or contact an Admissions Counselor.

Is Financial Aid available?
Federal Financial aid is available to those in the Masters program who qualify. Please visit our Financial Aid or call the financial aid department at (800) 729-0941 for more information.

When do classes begin?
We operate year-round on a semester basis, beginning the first week in January, May, and September.

What are PCOM's entry requirements?
For Pacific's Masters programs, students will need at least 60 units from an accredited, degree-granting college or university. For admittance into Pacific's Doctoral or Body Therapy programs, or for more information on suggested coursework and the transfer of classes, please contact see the Admissions Entry Requirements.

I work during the day. Do you offer classes at other times?
Yes, we offer evening and weekend classes. Please check our most current Class Schedule for details.

When should I apply?
We suggest you begin the application process 3-6 months prior to your preferred start date. However, under special circumstances we are able to process applications closer to the start of each semester.

Am I able to transfer between the San Diego, Chicago and New York campuses?
For Pacific's Master's programs, yes.

Do you provide housing?
Pacific does not provide student housing.

Where are your campuses located?
Acceptance to Pacific allows students to study in some of the most attractive cities in the country - San Diego, New York, or Chicago. Each of Pacific's three campuses is conveniently located and accessible by both automobile and public transportation. For more information on each campus and city, visit our Campuses section of this website.

How do I get started?


(International students require further documentation. Please speak with an Admissions counselor for details.)

 

How Can I Reach You?

San Diego Campus:
7445 Mission Valley Rd. #105
San Diego, CA 92108
(800) 729-0941

New York Campus:
110 William Street
19th Floor
New York, NY, 10038
(800) 729-3468

Chicago Campus:
65 East Wacker Place, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
(888) 729-4811