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To request credit for previous coursework, a student must submit official documentation during the Admissions process. A $50 Pre-enrollment Transfer Evaluation fee must accompany the request for transfer credit. After admission into the MSOMA Program, a $50 Transfer Credit Processing fee is assessed to finalize the transfer of coursework into student records.

Transfer credit may be granted for coursework from another accredited oriental medicine curriculum, provided it is documented by official transcripts. Transfer courses must be equivalent to courses offered at SCUSOMA. Students must have received a grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or higher in the coursework for it to be considered for transfer credit.

Transferable courses must have the same content as SCUSOMA courses for which transfer credit is being sought. The Academic Dean shall determine if this is the case.

Up to 100% of the transfer credit may be granted for SCUSOMA courses in basic sciences and western clinical sciences if taken at an Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (“ACAOM”) institution or at a regionally accredited college.

Up to 100% transfer credit may be granted for SCUSOMA courses in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Oriental Medicine for coursework taken at an acupuncture school approved by the California Acupuncture Board (“CAB”) and accredited by a candidate of ACAOM.

Up to 100% transfer credit may be granted toward SCUSOMA clinical training requirements from CAB-approved and ACAOM-accredited/candidacy status institutions.

Regardless of the conditions cited above, transfer students are required to complete one year of the program (45 didactic quarterly units) to graduate from SCUSOMA.

Coursework taken at another institution after admission to SCUSOMA is not transferable unless approved in advance in writing by the Academic Dean.

Students who have completed coursework at a non-accredited institution may request to take a challenge examination for the equivalent course at SCUSOMA for which credit is being sought. There is a $100 charge for each challenge examination. A passing score of 70% is required per challenge exam. Only one challenge exam is permitted per subject.

Courses completed more than 10 years before the date of admission cannot be transferred unless the student currently works in a field relevant to the course.

Credits used to satisfy the minimum prerequisites for admission cannot be used for transfer credit.

All foreign transcripts utilized for initial admissions and/or transfer credits must be evaluated from an evaluation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) prior to submission to SCUSOMA. SCUSOMA utilizes two recognized agencies:

 International Education Research Foundation (IERF) Credentials Evaluation Service (; and World Education Service (WES) International intelligence Service (