Submit Your Application Today!

Thank you for your interest in PIHMA! We look forward to having you as a student. Please fill out the application below to start the admissions process.


Please allow 30 minutes to complete your application. You will be allowed to save it and come back.


PIHMA’s Application fee is $75.


If you have any questions we would love to help you through the process! Email admissions@pihma.edu.

What You Will Need:

  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • You will need to have your official transcripts sent to jdrayer@pihma.edu after submitting your application.
  • $75 Application Fee: pay here.
  • Essay
    • Instructions below
  • Resume
  • Signed FERPA Agreement: click here.

Doctoral Applicants:

Doctoral applicants will need to submit 2 applications (one for the Masters and one for the Doctoral degree). The online application is for PIHMA’s Masters program. Once completed you will be sent another application for the Doctoral program. It is required by state law to have an application for both the Masters and Doctoral programs.

If you want to apply for the Doctor of Acupuncture program, please select Master of Science in Acupuncture as your Degree Program.

If you want to apply for the Doctor of Acupuncture with a Specialization in Herbal Medicine program, please select Master of Science in Oriental Medicine as your Degree Program.

Your $75 application fee will cover both applications.

Essay Requirements:

PIHMA requires a short 400-word essay to submit your application. Please do not stress about the essay. It will not affect your acceptance.



Please address any two of the following:

  1. Why are you pursuing an education in Oriental Medicine? What does Oriental Medicine mean to you personally and professionally? Why do you want to become a practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine? Describe the events that led you to this decision.
  2. Describe the characteristics of what you believe to be a model practitioner in either acupuncture or Oriental Medicine. Of these characteristics, which do you feel most strongly about? How do you feel your characteristics relate to this ideal? Characteristics to include intellectual potential, study habits, problem-solving skills, psychological maturity, integrity, self-discipline, professional judgment, empathy, communication skills, concern for aiding others, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm, motivation, leadership skills, experience with and knowledge of medicine, and English competency.
  3. Describe a significant professional or personal accomplishment and what personal resource or qualities you used to accomplish these results.
  4. Write about how you anticipate your lifestyle will change in order to participate in and successfully complete this program.