Admission Application Instructions


1. The first step for admissions is to arrange an interview with Director of Acupuncture, Elsa Del Toro. During this interview process, you will be given the opportunity to review the details of the Middle Way Acupuncture Institute program and ask any questions you may have. The director will want to hear about how you have come to your interest in pursuing acupuncture as a career. After the interview, if you are approved as a candidate for admission, you will be able to proceed to the next step in the process.

2. Submit your completed application form along with a passport-sized photo of yourself and the $100 registration fee. You can submit your application online, or you can download a paper application from the website. The paper application can be dropped off in person or sent via mail.

3. Make arrangements to have your official school transcripts from relevant institutions sent directly from the school to c/o Registrar at MWAI, along with a completed release of information form. This form is also available as a download from our website or through an email request.

4. Once all application materials have been received, applicants will be notified of the admission decision within 30 days.

5. Upon acceptance into the program, applicants who choose to accept admission need to send in a $500 deposit with their enrollment agreement to reserve a seat in the upcoming class. The deposit is deducted from the first tuition payment.

Admission Requirements & Policies

General Education

Applicants must be able to document a minimum of 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (with a minimum of a “C” grade) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Dept of Education or an equivalent institution outside the United States.

Required Prerequisite Courses

The following course is required to be completed before entering the program: Biology: 3 semester credits (45 hours) or 5 quarter credits

Students must earn a “C” or higher in their prerequisite courses in order for the credit to be considered. None of the 90 credits required for admission may be used toward meeting the required 450 hours of bioscience classes included in the program curriculum.

Transfer Credits & Assessment of Prior Learning

Applicants to Middle Way Acupuncture Institute may apply for transfer credit for some of their biomedical science courses taken in training for other health care professions. These credits must meet the same standard as any prerequisite courses. Transfer credit assessment is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Middle Way Acupuncture Institute does not accept any transfer credit for acupuncture training completed at other institutions. Credit transfers will not affect the tuition costs or the length of training. To request transfer credit, students submit a Request for Transfer Credit Form and provide appropriate transcripts.

Required English Language Proficiency

All coursework is taught in English. All students applying to the program must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate this level of proficiency in one of the following ways:

1. By scoring at least 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet based test (iBT), which also requires a minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22, or a level 6 on the International English Language Testing Exam System (IELTS). Students must arrange to take the TOEFL test and then have an official copy of their results sent to Admissions. Please see for more information regarding the test.

2. By having completed a two academic year (60 semester or90 quarter credits) baccalaureate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an equivalent English language institution in another country.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be admitted on a conditional basis. Under no circumstance will a student be able to begin her or his clinical training before meeting the school's requirement for English proficiency.



All students are required to maintain and regularly check an email address. Students will be responsible for being aware of all communications sent to them via email by administrators or faculty. Owning a computer or having daily access to a computer is required.


Middle Way Acupuncture Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, race or color. Accommodations for qualified applicants with physical handicaps will be evaluated on an individual basis.


About Classes

Sizing the Class for the Benefit of the Students

In order to provide each student with quality, individualized instruction we keep our classes small. Students have access to supplies including equipment, training aids, and a lending library to aid with all coursework and study.

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Middle Way Acupuncture Institute -- 360-336-6129
321 West Washington St. #334 -- Mt. Vernon, WA, 98273