You have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. CEC §94911(e)(1) If you wish to cancel this agreement, provide a written notice that states that you no longer wish to be bound by this agreement. Your notice must be timely delivered to the institution. If your notice is mailed, it must be postmarked on or before the date notice is required.



The transferability of credits you earn at Golden State University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the master’s degree you earn in the School of Asian Medicine is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the master’s degree that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Golden State University to determine if your master’s degree will transfer.

For transfer of credits earned in our degree programs, GOLDEN STATE UNIVERSITY has an articulation agreement with two (2) other institutions (Alhambra Medical School and Dongguk Los Angeles University).

Challenge Examination

Students transferring from an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine College which is not approved by California Acupuncture Board or not accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) may apply for the privilege of taking Challenge Examination(s) in order to earn transfer credit for courses taken at such college(s).

The University can also use Challenge Examination(s) to determine the knowledge and competency of a transferring student who may have completed the course(s) with a grade of “C” or higher in non-accredited and non-approved schools. A prospective transfer student applying for Challenge Examination(s) shall be required to pay 50% of the regular tuition for each Challenge Examination. The opportunity to take a Challenge Examination may only be granted by the Academic Dean based upon an equal number of units for a course of similar content and subject as listed in the University’s Catalog. Challenge Examination(s) are graded based upon the current grading system of the University. Upon passing the Challenge Examination(s) with a grade of “C” or higher, transfer credit (TC) for that course(s) will be recorded in the official transcript of the transferring student. No grades shall be posted in the official transcript for Challenge Examination(s).

Make-Up Examinations

Advanced Standing

The opportunity to sit for a make-up examination is a privilege given to all students with valid excuses. The administration and faculty realize that certain circumstances may prevent a student from being present on the day of midterm or final examination(s). Students can petition for a make-up examination by filling out a Make- Up Examination Form in the front office. The Make-Up Examination Form must have the approval of the Academic Dean and must show the student has paid for a Make-Up Examination fee in the amount of $50. The Make-Up Examination fee may be waived by the instructor if student’s absence from the examination is due to valid medical reasons, and proof of documentation must be presented.

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, similar in content, class hours and credits, to courses offered by the academic program may be accepted for advanced standing transfer credit. To request credit the student must fill out the petition for transfer credit for each course and supply the registrar with official course description (from the catalog of the school where the course was taken). The student must assure that the 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 admissions to the University. If courses were completed more than 10 years ago, then the student has the option to repeat the courses or take challenge examinations. Upon approval of the Admissions Committee and the Academic Standards Committee up to 30 hours of semester credits be granted for passing standard exams administered by the College Board Advanced Placement (AP), College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP), American College Testing Proficiency Exam (ACT/PEP). The University does not accept portfolio assessment or corporate training.

College courses taken at another school completed with grades of “C” or better and similar content, class/contact hours and credits to courses required and/or offered by the academic program, may be accepted for advanced standing transfer credit based on evaluation of the Academic Dean:

  1. Must furnish course description

  2. Official Transcript(s)

  3. All transfer credit must have been completed within the previous 10 years prior to the date of enrollment

Courses and clinical instruction meeting the standards established in the paragraph above, taken at another school or college approved by the California State Board of Acupuncture and accredited or a candidate for accredited program or institution by ACAOM will be accepted for transfer credit for the University.

Where the coursework or clinical instruction was completed at a school not approved by the Board or accredited by ACAOM the evaluation must include a Challenge Examination in the subject area(s) in which transfer credit(s) are to be awarded. 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, acupuncture, breathing techniques, traditional oriental exercise or traditional herbology completed successfully at a school which is not approved by the California Acupuncture Board, may be awarded up to 50% of the credit hours for the California Board approved school, at least 50% of the course hours in these subject areas are retaken and completed successfully at the school from whom the degree is sought.

Residency Program

The final 45 credits (1 year) must be taken at the University in order to earn a degree from the University. All transfer credits must have the approval of the Academic Dean.

  1. This institution DOES currently provide Visa Services to issue I-20.
  2. The institution DOES NOT award credit for prior experiential learning.
  3. This institution DOES NOT currently offer distance education.

The Master’s program offered by Golden State University is designed to prepare students to sit for California licensure examination as an acupuncturist (L.Ac.) The Asian Medicine & Acupuncture Master’s degree program of the institution is approved by the California Acupuncture Board at November 13, 2011 and its Master degree graduates are qualified for this examination.

California Licensure Eligibility Requirement

Students must enter the University with the equivalent of two academic years (90 quarter or 60 semester units) of study and complete 42 months of study in acupuncture, herbology and Oriental Medicine. Students transferring from other colleges of Oriental Medicine should note that the California Acupuncture Board will not allow a student to sit for the licensure exams without completion of an academic program of less than 42 months of study. To be awarded the degree of Master of Science in Asian Medicine a student must earn a minimum of 354 quarter units credit in prescribed courses and approved electives which are accepted for transfer and/or taken while enrolled at Golden State University. This includes the units earned prior to enrollment (90 quarter /60 semester units) for the degree program. It does not include credits for co-requisite basic science courses taken at GSU (see Admissions Requirement). 264 units of didactic and clinical courses are required (a total of 2160 hours of classroom instruction and 960 hours of clinical training). The final 45 credits (1 year) must be taken at Golden State University if students are transferred from other California Acupuncture approved school. Due to the nature of courses required in the profession many students will graduate with more than the minimum number of units.

Policies and Guidelines for Graduate

The following policies and guidelines should be carefully noted:

  1. Candidates for the degree shall complete all of the required courses.
  2. Candidates for the degree are required to complete the overall program with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. Grades of PASS must be earned in all required didactic and clinical special examinations and in any required comprehensive examinations.
  4. In order to earn the degree from the University, the final year (55 units) of courses must be taken at the University.
  5. The student must satisfy all administrative and financial requirements and obligations to the University.

Time limit for degree completion

The degree must be earned within 8 calendar years (96 months) from the first date of enrollment.