Admissions

Requirements for Admission

Welcome to the Dongguk University Los Angeles Application Process! We offer both an Online Paperless Application and a Downloadable PDF Application.

In order to be eligible to apply to the MSOM Program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Minimum of 90 quarter units or 60 semester units* at the Baccalaureate level of education, from an institution recognized by the US Department of Education.
    • College courses with a grade “C” or above will be counted toward transfer units.

 

Required Documents for Admission

Once you have met these eligibility requirements, you may proceed with your application. Please note all of the following will be required for completion of your application:

  • Personal statement essay (written in English)
  • Two letters of recommendation (written in English)
  • One passport-sized color photo (2"x2")
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and/or universities (must be submitted prior to the first day of class)
  • Copy or copies of diploma(s) from all higher-level institutions attended
  • Non-refundable $100 application fee
  • Completion of the your online/paper application form (written in English)
  • Foreign students are required to submit a Credential Evaluation Report during their first quarter. For more information, please see your Program Director
  • Foreign students are required to submit an Affidavit of Support

 

 

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer from other schools of Oriental medicine must be in good standing (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25) and meet the current admission standards in place at the time of application. The application process is the same for both transfer students and new students. Transfer students will be required to satisfactorily complete the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their admission. All transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted to DULA directly from all institutions attended by the transferring student. Additionally, transfer students may also be required to submit further items, such as documentation of clinical training hours, course syllabi and/or course descriptions to ensure proper analysis of transfer credit.
 
Transfer students normally meet with the Academic Dean prior to or at the time of submitting their application. Because transferring from another institution is an important decision, our administrative staff makes every effort to ensure students are fully aware of all potential issues before making an informed decision to transfer. No credit is granted for military or corporate training, prior experiential learning, nor through portfolio assessment. We accept only transfer credit judged to be equivalent in content and quality to DULA’s requirements for graduation. Students seeking admission from another Oriental medicine program must meet the following requirements:
 
  • A minimum of one academic year (45 quarter units) must be spent as a full time matriculated student in the DULA program
  • Before transfer credit will be awarded, all official transcripts containing coursework for which credit is sought must be received by the Office of Admission for evaluation. The following guidelines will be followed:
  1. Up to 100% transfer credit for actual coursework successfully completed in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Nutrition, History of Medicine, Medical Terminology, Clinical Science, Clinical Medicine, Western Pharmacology, Practice Management, Ethics, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education or, in the case of foreign institutions, recognized by the appropriate governmental agency.
  2. Up to 100% transfer credit for actual coursework and clinical instruction in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Anatomy and Physiology, Acupuncture Techniques, Acupressure, Traditional Therapeutic Exercise, and Traditional Herbology, provided the coursework to be transferred has been successfully completed at a school approved by the California Acupuncture Board, and is also equivalent to the relevant coursework and hours required by DULA.
  • For candidates applying from institutions not approved by the California Acupuncture Board, but otherwise approved or accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education or the appropriate governmental agency, the following guidelines will be applied:
  1. Up to 100% transfer credit for actual western medical coursework hours that have been successfully completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education, or, in the case of foreign institutions, approved by the appropriate governmental agency provided that the coursework is equivalent to the relevant coursework and hours required at DULA.
  2. Up to 50% transfer credit in relevant subject areas for successfully completed coursework in acupuncture and oriental medicine from institutions accredited or approved by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education, or in the case of foreign candidates, the appropriate governmental agency. DULA may also require the student to take subject specific examinations in order to demonstrate a level of knowledge comparable to that achieved by a DULA student before credit is awarded.
  • A maximum of 50% of the actual clinical coursework and instruction required at DULA may be awarded if the clinical coursework to be transferred has been completed at an institution accredited or approved by an agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education or the appropriate governmental agency if from a country outside of the United States.
  • No credit will be awarded for Western medical internship or residency training toward the actual clinical coursework and instruction required at DULA.
Course work taken at another institution after admission to DULA is not transferable unless approved in advance in writing by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Students may not be concurrently enrolled in another Oriental Medicine program.

 

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION 

The transferability of credits you earn at DULA is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits you earn in MSOM program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits 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 DULA to determine if your credits will transfer.

Application

For link to our Paperless Admission Process, please click here.  The Application Deadline is by Friday of the 7th week during a school quarter.

If you wish to apply using the paper format, please download, fill out, and send the following documents (via email or mail), along with the aforementioned additional requirements:

If emailing your application, please use the following contacts:

Once your completed application has been submitted and processed, you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator/Admissions Representative for an interview.  Interviews will take place Monday through Wednesday during the 8th week of a school quarter.