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Doctor of  acupuncture and oriental medicine (DAOM)

Application requirements

The DAOM program is an advanced professional degree program designed to further expand the working knowledge and competencies of acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners through higher-level clinical research, advanced practices, and demonstration of expertise in selected areas of specialty in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM). The DAOM program is offered in two languages: English and Korean.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree program must meet the following requirements: 

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from an ACAOM accredited institution, or its equivalent.
  • All pre-admission courses must be completed with no less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • International students must have course work that has been verified by an educational evaluation service for equivalency to the SBU Master’s degree Program. If prerequisite educational requirements were earned at a recognized and approved foreign educational institution, the applicant’s official transcript must be evaluated by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Each applicant must demonstrate English language proficiency as stated in the English Language Requirements.
  • Applicants without acupuncture licensure require the approval of the Academic Dean and Doctoral Program Director. However, an applicant should hold a license in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine prior to the beginning of clerkship training.
  • An applicant must demonstrate suitability for the graduate degree program of acupuncture and Oriental medicine
Admissions Procedures

An applicant to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) must observe the following procedures:

  • Submit a completed Application Form with a non-refundable $100 application fee. (Download Application form)
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended directly to the Admissions Office at South Baylo University.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation. 
  • Submit a resume that includes educational background, professional and work experience, research and publications, and any additional appropriate information.
  • Submit a personal essay.
  • Submit proof of English language proficiency as stated in the English Language Requirements.

All applications and supporting documents submitted and received shall become the property of the University

Admission Evaluation

Applicants will participate in an in-person interview with the Director of Admissions or staff or other officials of the University. However, if the applicant lives outside California or outside the United States, a phone interview or an interview conducted by an alumnus may be substituted.

The DAOM Admissions Committee will review each applicant’s file, including academic records, CA Board licensure, personal essay, letters of recommendation and resume. The application will be reviewed and decided for admission on an individual basis. The prospective student may be asked to provide additional evidence of academic and professional proficiency.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

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 student must have completed a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate- or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution:
a) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education,
b) in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or Ireland.

In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;

2.Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT)
Acceptable scores: TOEFL iBT total score 80; or
3.International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Acceptable scores: IELTS overall band score 6.5 (Academic Format)
Admission to Advanced Standing

Credits for basic science subjects on a professional level shall be given upon a course-by-course evaluation, and only courses closely approximating in content and hours to the similar courses offered by the University will be accepted from a recognized school.

Professional level is defined as an accredited Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Osteopathic, or Traditional Chinese Medicine. No candidate for admission to advanced standing placement will be accepted if dishonorably dismissed from such a school.

Program Student Advisor in coordination with the Academic Dean and Program Director evaluates transfer credits to ensure compatibility and equivalence with the curriculum.

In accepting credits from other educational institutions, the academic office shall ascertain that said credits are not being applied towards both admission pre-requisites and professional program requirements.

Candidates for advanced standing must file with the admission office the documents required for any enrolling student, official transcripts, and a letter of honorable dismissal or withdrawal from the college the student previously attended. No credit for courses with a grade below “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be transferred.


Students whose enrollment has been withdrawn, transferred, or otherwise dismissed, and elect to return to the University, must submit a Petition for Readmission, transcripts from any institutions attended in the interim, a letter expressing their desire and intent to re-enroll and complete their program of study at SBU, and the application fee to the Academic Dean. The University has the authority to grant or deny a request for readmission at its discretion.

The readmission petition must be submitted to the Academic Dean at least ten (10) days before the beginning of the quarter in which the student requests readmission. The Academic Dean will determine if the student has demonstrated the likelihood of future success in the program of study. The Academic Dean will notify the student in writing concerning readmission. If readmission is granted, a
a student may resume course work at SBU.

Students who are placed on Academic Warning or Academic Probation at the time of their withdrawal, transfer or dismissal, remain on Academic Warning or Academic Probation upon re-admission, must earn the minimum required CGPA for the first quarter of re-admission to remain enrolled.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Transfer students must meet the admission requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and must comply with the same admissions procedures. Upon admission, academic credits earned at other educational institutions will be evaluated by the Doctoral Program Director and approved by the Academic Dean and transfer credit will be granted based on course content and instructional hours equivalency to the courses offered at SBU.

Transfer credit for courses with a grade of ‘B’ or higher completed at the accredited doctoral-level program or through the challenge examination may be given to students enrolled in the Doctoral degree program. The unaccredited course work deemed equivalent to the SBU doctoral degree program may be challenged by examination for transfer credit with approval of the Doctoral Program Director.

Transfer Credits (TC) will be evaluated by the Academic Office upon receipt of the following:
1. Official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.
2. Completed Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form.

Transfer credits for AOM courses from nationally accredited AOM educational institutions which are approved by the California Acupuncture Board can be fully accepted if equivalent to the University’s courses. Equivalency and comparability of Transfer Credits (TC) is based on nature, content, quality, level, and units/hours in the course-by-course evaluation process. Credit will not be awarded based on prior experiential earning.

The Registrar will inform the student in writing of any award of transfer credits. The Registrar will also maintain records of transfer credits granted in individual student’s file. The evaluation of transfer credit shall be completed within the quarter that the official transcript and TC evaluation request form were received.

Transferring students must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement. Transfer credits will be counted towards the maximal length of study at the University. Eight (8) quarter units shall constitute one (1) quarter term, which will be used in the determination of time limitation for graduation.

South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.

More than 24 quarter units (equivalent to 16 semester units) at the graduate level earned at another institution may not be accepted as transfer credits toward the Doctoral degree program. Clerkship hours will not be accepted as transfer credits.

Transfer Units to Qualify for SBU Quarter System
All transfer units for previous work shall be used to determine the time limitation for completion of the degree program. Eight (8) quarter units constitute one quarter for use in the determination of time limitation.

The transferability of credits you earn at South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you earn in any of the SBU educational programs is also at the discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

If the credits or degree, diploma or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals.

This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine to determine if your credits or degree, diploma or certificate will transfer.

It is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution which credits and /or coursework, if any, will be accepted.

Non-Matriculated Admissions

Non-matriculated students who wish to enroll in doctoral-level courses must meet the admissions requirements above. In addition, they must meet any prerequisites for individual courses.

Admission Contact information

Phone or Fax:
Phone: 714-533-1495 or 213-738-0712
Fax: 714-533-6040 or 213-480-1332


Office of Admissions
South Baylo University

1126 N. Brookhurst St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Contact Us

Anaheim Campus

Seon Kim
Director of Admissions

Phone: (714) 533-1495 Ext. 222,

Los Angeles Campus

John K. Youssef
Admissions Officer
Phone: (213) 738-0712,

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