Admission Policies

Maximum Transfer Credit

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 accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the foreign equivalent.

All students shall receive upon matriculation a copy of the training program’s policies and procedures for evaluating and awarding transfer credit. The curriculum shall include adequate clinical instruction, 75% of which shall be in a clinic which is owned and operated by the training program.

Validation of Transfer Credits

Credits that come from other institutions will be evaluated only upon receipt of official transcripts mailed directly to GSU from the prior school(s).

Transfer Credit for Master Degree of Asian Medicine

GSU follows the transfer credit policies with other Master Degree of Oriental Medicine institutions according to the California Acupuncture Board Laws and Regulations 1399.435. (g) (1) – (7). A CAB-approved school can have its students transfer 100% of their credits, but a non-approved school 50% Asian Medicine major and 100% for Western Medicine Science.

Transfer Credit Policy and Regulations

All students entering GSU are transfer students, entering with at least two academic years (60 semester credits/90 quarter credits) of education at the baccalaureate level that is appropriate preparation for graduate level work, or the equivalent. Coursework completed at this level must have a grade of “C”, or higher, or 2.0+ on a 4.0 scale. Coursework is to be completed from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, or equivalent.

College courses taken at schools acceptable to the Admissions Office, completed with grades of “C” or better, 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale 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 GSU receives official transcripts directly from the issuing institution.

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 (CLEP), American College Testing Proficiency Exam (ACTIPEP),

Golden State University Residency Requirement

In order to graduate from Golden State University, all students must comply with both components of GSU’s Residency Requirement. First, the student must successfully complete all didactic and clinical course work in no less than three (3) calendar years and not more than eight (8) calendar years. Correspondingly, all transfer students must complete a minimum one (1) calendar year of instruction (four quarters) as a full time student at GSU.

For brevity’s sake, either or both of these two components to the GSU Residency Requirement, are referred to elsewhere in this catalog as residency requirements. In terms of residency, a quarter is defined as a minimum of twelve units or more. For transfer students, the minimum residency requirement is four quarters as a full time student.

Transfer credits from other Asian Medicine programs

Courses transferred from another institution which is approved by the California Acupuncture Board may be accepted in their entirety subject to GSU’s Residency Requirement. For schools not approved by the California Acupuncture Board, but approved by the appropriate agency in the state in where they operate, or in the case of foreign institutions approved by the appropriate agency in that country, a maximum of 50% of credits of didactic instruction in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine successfully completed, and a maximum 100%of credits in the aspect Basic science and Bio- medicine will be awarded by GSU.

All courses are available to get credit 100 %ought to be transferred are subject to course description review, comparison and analysis, and must be transferred from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and approved from California acupuncture Board. Approval must be obtained by Program Director and the Academic Dean, subject to GSU’s residency requirement; and, at that, this provision applies only to basic for didactic. Clinical Training credits earned from non-Oriental medicine schools and out of California State will not be transferred.

Prior Experiential Learning #17

GSU does not accept credits for prior experiential learning. Therefore, there are no assessment policies and procedures, provisions for appeal, or any charges that a student may be required to pay.

Make-Up Examinations

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 $50.00. 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.