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Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine (ASOM)  

The Associate in Science program in Oriental Medicine option provides students with introductory knowledge of basic medical science, acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and herbology theories, and the practice of breathing exercise, Qi Gong, and Chinese hand manipulation therapy technique, Tuina, and acupressure.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine program, students are prepared for an entry level of career at an Acupuncture clinic and practice Tuina and acupressure to help patients relieve pains and discomfort. Students are also prepared to advance their education to the bachelor level of the Oriental medicine or to the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine which will qualify students upon completion to sit for California Acupuncture License Exam (CALE). Students should note that performing acupuncture or the needling on human body is only permitted with a valid acupuncturist license which is only issued to practitioners who successfully pass CALE. Students may refer to the section on the academic program information of the “Master of Science in Oriental Medicine” in this Catalog and the website of California Acupuncture Board, www.acupuncture.ca.gov for further detail on licensing and requirements.




Students desiring admission to the Associate in Science in Oriental Medicine must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed their high school education or G.E.D. with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better.
  2. Completed or be enrolled concurrently in General Education courses not less than 25 quarter units or the equivalent covering various academic disciplines which must include 2 courses of English & Communication, once course of mathematics, two courses of Natural Science, one course of Social Science, and one course of Humanities. General Education courses students are concurrently enrolled in must be completed prior to the completion of the AS program. The minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better.

Students applying for admission to the Associates in Science in Oriental Medicine program are required to follow the procedures below:

  1. Submit a copy of their high school diploma
  2. Submit a sealed official high school transcripts or G.E.D.
  3. Submit an official transcript(s) from previous college(s) attended showing completion of a minimum of 28 quarter units or its equivalent in General Education courses, or be in compliance with item 2 of Admission Requirements above
  4. Submit a completed application form obtained from Kingston University Admission
  5. Submit $100 of non-refundable application fee
Evaluation Process

Once the University receives all required documents and forms, the student’s application file will be deemed complete and a decision by the Academic Dean’s office will be made concerning the student’s admission to the school. 
Each potential student’s information is evaluated and transfer credit is awarded.  If additional documentation is needed, the Admissions Office will contact the potential student.  Admission is granted to applicants who demonstrate the ability to undertake the successful study of the intended subject and meet the admissions requirements. Applicants may be asked to supplement with additional evidence of academic proficiency.
Admission decisions will be made within 30 days of receiving all required documentation.

International Students
Unless a graduate from a US high school or foreign equivalent where English was the language of instruction evidenced by an official transcript, or a student having taken at least 2 years of education in a college program where English was the language of instruction evidenced by an official transcript, an applicant whose native language is not English must satisfy English proficiency requirement for admission to the ASOM program by scoring a TOEFL test with at least 450 PBT, 133 CBT or 45 iBT; a TOEIC of at least 480 or a IELTS of 4.
Transfer Student
Students wish to transfer from other higher education institutions are required to file application for admission as described above. Upon admission, the credits students earned from other institution previously attended will be evaluated. Appropriate credits will be granted if they are equivalent to courses offered at Kingston University.  For detail information on transferring credits from other higher education institutions, applicants are referred to review Transfer Credit Policy section in the Academic Policy.
Transfer Credit Policy
Tuitions & Fees
Application Fee $100
Tuition ($160/unit x 65 units for courses of major of study) $10,400
Registration Fee ($30/quarter x 5 quarters) $150
Minimum Tuition and Fees per Term for Full-Time Student $1,950
Estimated Cost for a Quarter including textbooks $2,300
Graduation Fee $120
Estimated Total Cost for Completing the Entire Program* $11,150
* Cost for completing General Education courses requirement excluded.

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