Application Process  |  Apply to OCOM  |  Prerequisites  |  Transfer Students  |  International Students  |  Veterans/Immigration

 The Application Process

To apply to OCOM’s master’s program, you will need to access the online admissions application form. First, contact the Office of Admissions at 503-253-3443 x176

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017. Applications are reviewed and processed as they are received.

As part of the online application, you will be asked to submit the following items:

  • One recent photograph;
  • Two personal essays;
  • Two references from professionals with whom you are associated (at least one should be from an instructor) who can comment on your ability to succeed in the master’s program and your potential as a health care provider;
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary school or college previously attended;
  • A professional resume;
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $75

The Admissions Committee will review applications only when all of the above materials have been received by the college. Application materials will be accepted and processed until the incoming class and the waiting list are full.

After reviewing your materials, the Admissions Committee will schedule each qualified applicant for a required, face-to-face, on-campus interview (exceptions to on-campus interviews can be considered in extenuating circumstances). Admission decisions are confirmed within seven business days of the admission interview.

Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to make a tuition deposit of $250 to secure your place in the entering class. This deposit must be received within two weeks of acceptance. Upon registration for Fall classes, the deposit will be applied to your first-quarter tuition.

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 Prerequisites

Applicants must complete a minimum of three years of college at an accredited* institution (a minimum of 135 quarter credits, or 90 semester credits). By the time you matriculate, you must also have completed the following courses:

  • One college-level class in general human biology covering the majority of the following topics:
    Basic biological chemistry
    Cell structure and function, including basic cell metabolism and energy transformation
    Overview of genetics
    Reproduction
    Evolution and the classification and organization of living matter
  • One college-level general chemistry class covering the majority of the following topics:
    Atomic and molecular structure
    Periodic table and properties of selected elements and compounds, including hydrocarbons
    Covalent and ionic bonds
    The properties of gases, liquids and solids
    Acid, base and solution chemistry
    Basic thermodynamics
    Chemicals
    Basic chemical calculations
  • One college-level general psychology class covering the majority of the following topics:
    Scientific methods used to study behaviour and mental processes;
    The basic vocabulary of psychology;
    The general history of the field of psychology;
    The major theories and schools of psychology; and
    The basic findings in the following areas of psychology:
    Sensation and perception
    Learning and memory
    Emotion
    Development
    Social psychology, and
    Psychopathology

Each of these science courses must be completed at an accredited* college or university with a grade of "C" or better. Courses in biology, chemistry and psychology must be a minimum of three quarter credits or two semester credits in length. 

Don't wait to apply! An applicant with outstanding prerequisite coursework may be awarded a "conditional acceptance," granting admittance into the Fall class contingent upon meeting the conditions of their acceptance (i.e. completing required coursework), without delaying their admissions process. 

*Accredited means having been approved fully and without contingency by an association or other organization of peers recognized for that purpose by the U.S. Secretary of Education to offer a particular degree or degrees at a particular level, as specified in the approval.

 Transfer Students

A transfer student is one who has completed coursework at a college of acupuncture or Oriental medicine and is seeking transfer credit and specialized placement as a result of that coursework. As a transfer student, you must meet the same prerequisites as any applicant. You may request transfer of credits in the master’s degree program for courses taken at an accredited or ACAOM-candidate college prior to enrollment at OCOM.

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 International Students

OCOM is approved by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization to grant admission to full-time students. I-20 forms are available to admitted applicants who meet INS requirements. Students who were not educated in the United States must meet the same admissions requirements as U.S.-educated applicants. Such candidates must have their educational credentials evaluated by an international educational service such as World Education Services and have these sent to OCOM’s Office of Admissions. 

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate written and oral competency in English. These applicants must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (internet based test). For minimum required scores, contact the Office of Admissions.

Please note: students who submit the I-20 are not eligible for federal financial aid, and must submit a form and supporting documents detailing how they plan to finance their education. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

 Veterans

The OCOM master's degree program is an approved program for enrollment by eligible veterans. VA-eligible students must contact the Registrar for more information.