Admission & Application Instructions


School Visit

Before filling out an application, we encourage you to review our website and to speak with the Director of Student Services to discuss any concerns or ask questions not answered on the website. We also highly recommend taking a tour of the school, sitting in on a class, or coming in for a complimentary acupuncture treatment in our teaching clinic.


To apply to the program you can access the application form by going to application page, and following the application link to our online college management program. After completing the application you must return to our application page in order to pay the $100 registration fee. (If you prefer, you may mail in the registration fee.)

Transcripts and Materials

You must have sealed official transcripts sent from each school you list under the prior education section of the application. The transcripts should be mailed to the MWAI Admissions Office or emailed to Please list all accredited college and university-level institutions you have attended, including technical schools, in chronological order on the application. Additionally, you must send us one passport size photo, a completed release of information form (available as a download from our site or through an email request), and two letters of recommendation. These may be sent to the school via regular mail or email at


Once the application is complete the Registrar will contact you to arrange for an interview with the Program Director. During the interview, 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 and why you chose Middle Way.

Admission Decisions and Priority Status

Priority Status will be given to those applicants who have all materials submitted and interviews completed by January 31st. The Admissions team meets during the 1st week of February to evaluate Priority Applicants, who will receive an admission decision with 30 days after this meeting. After the priority admissions, applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis until the class limit has been reached.

Waiting List

Once a class has filled, applicants’ names will be added to a waiting list. Applicants will be informed of their position on the waiting list and notified if space becomes available. If space is not available, those on the waiting list may elect to defer until the following year..


Upon acceptance into the program, you must send in a $500 deposit with your signed enrollment agreement to reserve a seat in the upcoming class. The enrollment deposit will be deducted from the first tuition payment.

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.

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.


It is the intention of Middle Way Acupuncture Institute to not discriminate against students or potential students on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.