Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree program should submit:

  • A completed application
  • An application fee
  • Official transcripts for undergraduate course work to the Office of Acupuncture Admissions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum of 500-word personal statement

Admission requirements for the D-TCM program include a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (such as 120 completed semester credits). The following courses must be included:

  • 6 hours of English skills
  • 3 hours psychology
  • 3 hours of social science
  • 6 hours of biology
  • 6 hours of chemistry

Biology and chemistry courses must include a laboratory, must be passed with a grade of C or better, and must be a course offered for science majors. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required in the science prerequisites.

Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements of the D.TCM

  1. Complete a minimum of 46 months of resident study in an accredited institution; the last 4 semesters (77 credits) must have been in residence at the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute
  2. Complete all required coursework with a grade of “C” or better
  3. Complete all clinical hours
  4. Complete all clinical competencies
  5. Successfully pass clinical exams, including the clinical entrance exam (pass 75%), all modules of the clinical exit exam (7 modules, 70% to pass for each section), clinical practical points exam, clinical practical needling exam, clinical practical formulations exam, and all clinical OSCE evaluations
  6. Complete an exit interview
  7. Recommendation from the Chair of the Clinical Faculty
  8. Recommendation from the Program Director
  9. No student will graduate from the program who has not resolved all financial obligations with the University of Bridgeport

Transfer of Credit/Advanced Standing

The D-TCM degree program will not be accepting direct transfer credit. Because a first doctoral level degree is new to the field of acupuncture in the US, all students seeking advanced standing will have to have knowledge of specific subjects assessed through a challenge exam, portfolio review or similar evaluation techniques. No more than 90 credits may be transferred into the D-TCM program from outside institutions through the competency evaluation process.

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