At the discretion of Samra University, a student may be admitted with a "Conditional Admission" status when they have declared in writing and provide some evidence that they possess the necessary qualifications for "Full Admission" status but have not yet provided all of the necessary documentation. Such students will have one quarter only to provide the necessary documentation and enroll in Samra University at their own risk. If that documentation, when received, does not qualify them for Full Admission, they must leave the program and reapply for admission once the necessary requirements have been filled. Students not supplying Samra University with that information within one quarter, will not be allowed to continue in the program until said information has been received by the office of Admissions.
Admission as a Non Degree Seeking Student
To apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student:
Complete and submit an Application for Admission with the required non-refundable fee. This is a one-time procedure, and does not have to be repeated for future enrollments;
- Attach to the application a list of the course(s) to be taken, and a short explanation of why they have been chosen; and
- Have official transcripts from colleges previously attended sent to the Admissions Office to substantiate your qualifications to take the course.
Transfer Credit Policy and Regulations of the University
All students entering Samra University are, in fact, transfer students, entering with at least 90 quarter (60 semester) units, the equivalent of two years of college. Some entering students will have completed more than the minimum entrance requirements and may be eligible for advanced standing.
College courses taken at schools acceptable to the Admissions Committee, completed with grades of "C" or better, and similar in content, class contact hours and credits to courses required and/or offered by the academic program, may be accepted for advance standing transfer credit. To support a request for such credit, a student must fill out the Petition for Transfer Credit for each course and supply the registrar with the official course description (usually from the catalog of the school where the course was taken) and must assure that Samra University receives official transcripts directly from the issuing institution. Transfer credit courses need to be completed within the previous ten (10) years from the date of admission to the University. If courses were completed more than ten (10) years ago, then the student has the option to repeat the courses or take challenge examinations.
Students may petition for transfer credit through a variety of other means as well. Credit for passing standard scores administered by such organizations as College Board Advanced Placement (AP), College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEF), American College Testing Proficiency Exam (ACTIPEP), or credit for military service training (as set forth in The Guide to the Educational Experience in the Armed Forces) may be awarded upon receipt of official documentation, at the discretion of Samra University, for satisfying both the general education requirements and specific courses in the Samra curriculum.
"Academic Policies" section for additional information.
- Credit shall only be awarded for actual course work or directly relevant experience received by the student. As used in this regulation, "experience"
means academically relevant learning which involves the student directly in the area of the curriculum required in this section and includes integrated field and clinical internships, apprenticeships, tutorial programs and cooperative educational programs.
- Where the coursework and clinical instruction were completed at an acupuncture school not approved by the Board, the evaluation shall include an examination administered by the school in the subject area(s) in which transfer credit may be awarded.
- The outcome of the prior education and experience shall be equivalent to that of an average student who has completed the same subject(s) in the training program and shall meet the curriculum standards and graduation requirements of the training program.
- Up to 100% transfer credit may be awarded for course work and clinical instruction completed successfully at another acupuncture school or college which is approved by the Board.
- Up to 100% transfer credit may be awarded for courses completed successfully in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, anatomy, physiology, pathology; "Nutrition and vitamins, history of medicine, medical terminology, clinical science, clinical medicine, Western pharmacology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, practice management, and ethics at a school which is approved under Section 94310 of the Education Code or by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Credit for clinical coursework and instruction in traditional oriental medicine, acupuncture anatomy and physiology, acupuncture techniques, acupressure, breathing techniques, traditional oriental exercise, or traditional oriental herbology completed successfully at a school which is not approved by the Board may be awarded by a school approved by the Board, provided that at least 50% of the course hours in these subject areas are completed successfully at a school approved by the Board.
- The entire record of the training program's evaluation and award of the student's transfer credit shall be included in the student's academic file and shall be made an official part of the student's transcript which shall be filed with the Board upon request of the student.
- All students shall receive upon matriculation a copy of the training program's policies and procedures for evaluating and awarding transfer credit. Credit awarded for clinical training is limited by this regulation of the Acupuncture Board. A The curriculum shall include adequate clinical instruction, 75% of which shall be in a clinic which is owned and operated by the training program.