Hawai‘i College of Oriental Medicine

Formerly Named "Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii"

Admissions Requirements

It Is Easier To Get Started With An Exciting Career In Acupuncture Than You May Know!

The ideal student comes from many backgrounds, ages and experiences and all share a love for helping others. Our small class sizes, amazing access to teachers and most importantly our commitment to you and your education is what matters most. 

We warmly welcome you to apply to HICOM.

Most Students Qualify To Enroll At HICOM

Applicants must be strongly motivated to learn Oriental medicine and be committed to the pursuit of healing as a profession.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of post-secondary education at an accredited college or university, preferably within the last 10 years.

And optional is 2 semester credits each in Biology and Chemistry are required with a grade of “C” or better or can be taken at HICOM during your first year. Coursework in Anatomy and Physiology is highly desirable, although not required.

Applicants must be proficient in English. Each student for whom English is a second language will be required to take an English proficiency test (TOEFL) and score at least 500. They will also have to score above the mean on the TSE (Spoken English) before becoming a clinic intern. This requirement will be waived if the student holds a 2- or 4-year degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

In admitting a student, the College assumes continuous enrollment for the entire course of study. If a student elects to take a leave of absence or withdraws from school for any reason, the College is not responsible if certain courses are not available should the student re-enroll at a later date (see also Leave of Absence and Withdrawal).

Because of the demanding nature of our curriculum, we strongly discourage concurrent enrollment in other courses of study.

Follow Your Dreams

ALOHA. E Komo Mai (welcome in Hawaiian).

If you're interested in learning more about Chinese medicine and how you can launch a rewarding career as an Acupuncturist, fill out the form below. You'll receive insightful health and career information by email right away.

A knowledgeable HICOM Admissions Advisor will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about our unique program in Hawaii. Your advisor will help you explore if an education through HICOM is the right path for you.

Mahalo Nui Loa.

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   Administration Office Hours Hilo Campus
   Tues, Wed, Thur  - 9am to 4pm

   Business & Financial Aid Office Hours
   Tues, Wed, Thurs - 10am to 4pm

   Hilo Clinic Hours
   Open: Mon & Fri - 9.30 am to 12.30pm, 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

   Phone Numbers

   Admissions:        (808)981-2790    Fax: (866) 757-2131   

   Administration:   (808)981-2790    Fax: (866) 757-2131

   Hilo Clinic:          (808)933-1369    Fax: (866) 757-2131

College Addresses:            

Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine
180 Kinoole Street, Suite 301
Hilo, HI 96720

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