Austin, TX, July 21, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Admissions Office at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA) announced their largest incoming summer class ever. Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown by every important quantitative and qualitative measure including its student body, faculty, accreditation, campus facilities, patients served and community outreach.
The 19 students—7 men and 12 women—who began their first day of graduate school on Monday July 19 hail from 7 states including Texas, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Tennessee, and Michigan.
According to AOMA’s Director of Admissions and Student Services, Hannah Thornton, the incoming class excels in terms of academic qualifications and extracurricular accomplishments. "This cohort is another wonderful group of exceptionally talented students," said Thornton. The students come with a variety of previous experiences, including business development, respiratory therapy, nursing, Auyrvedic medicine, and ecology. Additionally, four members of the class have transferred to AOMA from other schools of Oriental medicine. Admissions requirements include a bachelor’s degree (although students may be considered for admission if they have completed at least 90 baccalaureate level semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university), a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and the capacity to practice professional behaviors and provide patient-centered care.
Anne Province, Vice President of Student Services, credits the school’s reputation and the efforts of the entire community during prospective student weekends, open houses, tours and other interactions throughout the year. She also acknowledges the school’s new regional accreditation as being a significant consideration for why students chose to enroll at AOMA. AOMA is the first stand-alone, single-degree granting school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the nation to be regionally accredited, and the first school of its kind to be accredited by the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools.
The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin offers a masters-level graduate program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and for having more licensed graduates than any other acupuncture and Chinese medicine college in Texas. Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown rapidly in size and reputation, drawing students from around the nation and faculty from around the world. AOMA also conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics. AOMA collaborates with healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them.
The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin is located at 2700 West Anderson Lane. AOMA also serves patients and retail customers at its south Austin location, 4701 West Gate Blvd. For more information see www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3034.