Admissions Requirements – MSTOM

Admissions Requirements – MSTOM

Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) – San Diego, New York, Chicago

Applicants for admission to these Master's degree programs must have satisfactorily completed an associate degree or its equivalent or higher, defined as at least 60 semester credits/90 quarter credits.

Applicants who have not completed a Bachelor's degree, an Associate of Science, or an Associate of Arts must demonstrate completion of 15 units of General Education classes contained within the 60 semester/90 quarter credits required for admission. An additional 15 units of general education must be completed prior to term 5 of the Master's degree program.

PCOM's Associate of Science (AS) degree qualifies students to apply to PCOM's Master's degree program. Graduates of PCOM's Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program may also apply to the Master's degree program, however, 15 of the required 30 general education units must be complete at time of admission. The college offers several general education courses that may be used to qualify. An Admissions Representative would be happy to advise you regarding helpful general education courses to take.

Within the total 30 general education units, at least one course must be taken in each of the following five categories: written and oral communication; quantitative principles; natural and phycial sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and humanities and fine arts. The remainder of the required general education courses must be distributed among at least three of the five categories.

Most applicants will have earned all or most of these credits within their prerequisite, academic courses. Required courses will be determined during the admissions process. A bioscience background is not a prerequisite; in fact, 5.5 to 8 units in the natural and physical science category may be earned by taking three courses within the program: Biology, Survey of Biochemical Principles and Biological Aspects of Physics. CLEP exams may be used toward fulfilling these G.E. requirements. A college admissions representative will describe these for you.

Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or greater will be considered for full acceptance to the program. Applicants with lower grade point averages will be considered for full acceptance or acceptance with requirements to the program with evidence of recent, significant academic success, or professional achievement. Students who are accepted with requirements are assigned a course of study at Pacific, and academic goals to fulfill the conditions for continued acceptance into the program. International students must meet English language requirements.

Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) – Chicago

Applicants to the Chicago campus that have not earned at least an Associate degree must have completed, within their 60-unit prerequisites, at least 37-41 credits in the following general education categories (minimum credits indicated in parentheses):

  • Natural, or Physical and Life Science (7-8 units, these may be completed at Pacific College)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 units)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (9 units)
  • Math (3-6 units)
  • Oral Communication (3 units)
  • Written Communication (6 units)

Equivalency for Prerequisite Requirements (Master's degree applicants)

As much as 30 semester units of the 60 units of prerequisites may be earned through prior learning assessment using a combination of the following assessment techniques;

  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • American College Testing Proficiency Examination Program (ACT/PEP)
  • U.S. Armed Forces Institute (USAFl) program
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) tests

For a complete subject listing of the CLEP examinations, information on study guides, important limits to granting of credit, and the location of examination sites, please contact the Pacific Admissions office.

Equivalency credit for corporate and military training may be assigned according to the recommendations established by the American Council on Education in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Forces.

PEP, USAFI, DANTES and corporate training credit requires a passing score reference.

Students who present a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Scholarship Service AP (Advanced Placement) Examination will be granted credit toward the general education requirements and may be granted trasfer credit toward the corresponding Pacific course. Unit credit will be granted for passing these exams as indicated, but no letter grade will be assigned or computed in a student's grade point average.

College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit granted for certain CLEP Subject Examinations and General Examinations in Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and English Composition may be used to fulfill General Education requirements.