Requirements for Admission & Enrollment ...

Requirements for Admission & Enrollment Procedures

Requirements for Admission
For admission into the M.S.A.O.M. program, ARU requires prior completion of two academic years of study (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) at the baccalaureate level, or the equivalent at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the foreign equivalent.

General Education requirements are defined as those areas of learning that are the common experience of all educated persons. These include studies from concentrated areas in humanities, mathematics and the sciences, and the social sciences. Thirty six (36) of the minimum 60 semester units must be in these areas.  Courses within areas of concentration of the subject matter of a program shall not be considered General Education.  The remaining twenty-four (24) credits may come from any other field of study, including areas of concentration, as long as that they are not remedial in nature.

Humanities (minimum 6 units)
This includes courses in fields such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communication including rhetoric, composition, and speech. Not included are business communication, spelling, letter writing, word stud, and any study support classes.

Mathematics and Sciences (minimum 3 units mathematics & 6 units in science)
This includes courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, and other advanced mathematics courses. Business mathematics, basic computations, and math study support courses are excluded.

Social Sciences (minimum 6 units)
This includes courses such as history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and general psychology, but excludes courses such as practical psychology, selling techniques, and social or business behavior or etiquette courses.

Other Courses (minimum 24 units)
Courses in this category that are accepted can be from any field of study as long as they are not remedial in nature.

In addition, ARU recommends that applicants complete six semester credits in anatomy and physiology before enrolling in the M.S.A.O.M. program. However, students have the option of completing two anatomy and physiology courses during the first two trimesters of the M.S.A.O.M. program, as Anatomy and Physiology I and II are offered as part of the curriculum and subsequently required for graduation.

Applicants who have completed two academic years of study in a nursing or physician’s assistant program meet ARU’s undergraduate education requirements. ARU requires applicants to have maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in their previous undergraduate study.

Although not required, one letter of recommendation from a previous professor or employer substantiating that the applicant possesses the necessary intellectual ability and mental attitude to complete the required courses within the required time frame is helpful when evaluating the application, and so applicants are encouraged to provide a letter of recommendation.

Credentials of students educated in other countries are evaluated individually. Applicants are required to provide English translations of foreign language credentials, and to provide (at the applicant’s expense) evaluations of their documents by an independent credential evaluation agency satisfactory to ARU (ARU provides a list of such agencies, see Student Handbook and/or ARU website,


Enrollment Procedures
Application forms, current school catalogues, and other information concerning enrollment may be obtained from Arirang University, Admissions Department, 4613-D Pinecrest Office Park Drive, Alexandria, Virginia, 22312 (Telephone: 703-354-3533; Website:

Students may apply at any time to the University and may enroll at the beginning of any trimester, provided the appropriate courses are being offered. However, all required documents listed below must be submitted to the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the first day of class. Those applicants judged to be fully qualified who exhibit ample evidence of their capacity to successfully complete the University’s educational programs will be contacted for an interview with the Admissions Coordinator. For those who live far from the campus and find it impractical to make a special trip, the required pre-admission interview may be made by telephone at the discretion of the Admissions Coordinator.

All U.S. applicants are required to submit the following:

1.    Completed application form (including Statement of Purpose).

2.    Application fee of $100.00 (non-refundable)

3.    Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

4.    Two (2) passport-size photographs taken recently

5.    A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license.

6.    A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Arirang University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

7.    Arrange for an interview with the Admissions Coordinator