+ How can I schedule a tour and observe classes?

Please email admissions@sieam.edu to reserve a spot on one of our tours and to arrange to observe a class. Check our tour schedule for upcoming dates.

+ Can I talk to an admissions counselor?

Please send your request and your daytime contact information to admissions@sieam.edu. Advising is available by appointment.

+ When should I apply?

SIEAM accepts applications beginning in September for entry into the program for the following September until the class is full. Since class size is limited, prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Applications typically take approximately two weeks to process. All qualified applicants are required to complete an in-person interview with SIEAM faculty, so applicants should account for any travel that will be necessary to complete the interview.

+ How much is tuition and the technology fee?

All students are subject to a $50 technology fee each semester. This fee supports various IT projects directly benefitting students including, but not limited to, increased wireless capacity, technology and media-related library services, and access to the Unified Practice EHR system.

Because Unified Practice is used on iPads, all students are encouraged to bring their own iPad to school, if at all possible. However, the school will have iPads available during clinic for any student who needs one.


Acupuncture (M.Ac.) Degree

First Year$8,300$24,900
Second Year$5,467$16,400
Third Year$5,467$16,400
Total tuition $57,700

Estimated cost for books and supplies for the program is $1,600.

Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.) Degree

First Year$8,300$24,900
Second Year$8,300$24,900
Third Year$8,300$24,900
Total tuition $74,700

Estimated cost for books and supplies for the final year of the program is $2,000.

Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (D.A.H.M.) Degree

First Year$8,300$24,900
Second Year$8,300$24,900
Third Year$8,300$24,900
Fourth Year$5,600$16,800
Total tuition $91,500

Estimated cost for books and supplies for the final year of the program is $2,500.

+ When was SIEAM founded?

SIEAM, originally the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, was founded in 1994 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

+ Is it possible to transfer credit from another school?

SIEAM does not accept transfer credit for any acupuncture or East Asian Medicine training done at other institutions. Assessment of transfer credit for basic science courses is done on a case by case basis. Credit transfers do not affect the tuition costs or the length of training at SIEAM.

+ Is it possible to attend SIEAM part-time?

No, all students must enroll full-time. We do not have any part-time students.

+ Is there financial aid available?

SIEAM students currently receive financial aid loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program. For more information, please contact us at admissions@sieam.edu.

+ Is it possible to apply if I have not yet completed all the prerequisites?

Yes. If you have outstanding prerequisites, you may apply on a contingency basis. Please provide a plan of completion with your application. If you apply and are accepted, your acceptance will be contingent upon your completion of any remaining prerequisites with a grade of "B" or higher and updated transcripts showing the completion of remaining prerequisites must be submitted prior to the first day of the fall trimester.

+ What kind of schedule does SIEAM have?

SIEAM is on a 15-week trimester schedule, with 3 trimesters per year. Breaks between trimesters are typically two or three weeks. Please see our school calendar for more information.

+ Are SIEAM graduates eligible to sit for the California Board exam?

Not at this time. SIEAM has recently re-applied for California Acupuncture Board approval, but we cannot guarantee our application will be approved.

+ Is SIEAM approved for eligible students to receive their Veterans' education benefits?

The M.Ac.O.M. and M.Ac. programs at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine are approved for the purposes of enrolling persons eligible to received education benefits under Chapters 30, 32, 33, and 35, Title 38, U.S. Code and Chapters 1606 and 1607, Title 10, U.S. Code.