Academic Policies

English Language Requirement

CAC is an English language College. All submissions and communications, written or verbal, from students to the faculty or the administration of the University should be in the English language and of scholarly standard, unless approved beforehand to the contrary. This policy applies to course papers, project reports and other course submissions, student portfolios, comprehensive examinations, final projects, and oral reviews. Official submissions or communications that do not conform to this policy may be rejected or returned to the student for proper translation.

Rolling Registration

California Acupuncture College has a system of rolling registration. Students may apply to the College at any point in the calendar year and after acceptance may register and begin the program. Once the student is ready to begin the dissertation a Faculty Advisor will be assigned to guide the student through the process.

Program Duration

The program is designed to be taken at the students own speed. Each of the 9 core courses and the following comprehensive examination are open for 10 weeks. Students register for 3 courses at a time for 3 ten week periods. Students may complete the courses in a shorter period of time and progress to the next set of course. The comprehensive examination is also open for 10 weeks upon registration.

Likewise the dissertation courses, submission of the proposal and final dissertation can be taken and submitted at the students own pace. It is expected that the student should be able to complete the program within two years.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation students must successfully complete all courses, examinations and the dissertation project and defense. In addition, students must meet all of their responsibilities to the college, including payment of all tuition and fees.

Course Extension Request

As the situation merits, an extension of time to complete a course may be granted for a student who has experienced temporary emergency circumstances (family, health or employment) that have made it impossible for them to complete the course requirements within the allotted time. Students should request an academic extension in writing to the office of Administration and Student Affairs.

Dismissal, Suspension and Probation

A student may be dismissed, suspended or placed on probation for any of the following actions:

  • Cheating, plagiarism, or forgery of college documents, course or program requirements.
  • Sharing or possession of college and/or course exam questions.
  • Furnishing false information.

Plagiarism is an ethical concept based on community standards. In academic contexts it is perceived as a serious violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism can be intentional and unintentional. It is intentional when a writer seeks to deceive the audience by claiming works as one’s own production that was not created but stolen or “borrowed” from another, with little or no attribution of that fact, or “created” citations that are unrelated to the quotations. Unintentional plagiarism can result from failing to cite or cite adequately a source or from a misuse of the summary or paraphrase of a cited source.

Consequences of such activities will be determined by the Academic Committee.

Good Academic Standing

All courses are taken on a pass/fail basis. In order to pass the core courses students must pass each course exam with a 75%.

Student Grievances

If a student has a problem with any aspect of the program they should first try to resolve the issue with the Director of Administration and Student Affairs or with the relevant faculty member.

If this does not resolve the issue they may file a formal written complaint. The President is informed of all complaints, and works with the academic dean and Director of Student Affairs to determine a course of action and resolution. In some cases a Grievance Committee may be convened. In such cases the Grievance Committee may reject the complaint or it may expel, disqualify, suspend, place on probation, or warn the student, faculty, or staff.

The individual in question will be notified in writing by the Academic Dean, Director of Student Affairs or the Grievance Committee regarding the outcome.

Maintenance of Student Records

In addition to permanently retaining a transcript the college also maintains pertinent student records for all graduates and students who attend the college but withdraw before completion for an indefinite amount of time.

Changes in Policies, Fees, Etc.

California Acupuncture College reserves the right to make changes to its policies, procedures and fees.

Non Discrimination

California Acupuncture College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, gender identity or disability.

California Acupuncture Doctoral Program


CAC is an accredited program under the auspices of Akamai University.

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