Acupuncture Continuing Education

California Acupuncture Board Exam Pass Rate for Schools

The Acupuncture Results

The final California Acupuncture Board exam results have been released for late 2010.  Passing the California Acupuncture Board exam is a requirement for acupuncture licensure in the State of California. Looking at the statistics, South Baylo University sent the largest number of students to sit for the acupuncture exam. A total of 84 first time takers and 120 total takers (including re-takers) represented South Baylo University. The passage rate was 77% and 63% respectively. The number two slot for the sheer number of students sitting for the acupuncture exam was very close between the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (26 first time takers and 35 total with a pass rate of 88% and 74% respectively), the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (33 first time takers and 48 total takers with a passage rate of 64% and 65% respectively), and the University of East West Medicine (28 first time takers and 40 total with a pass rate of 86% and 72% respectively). Next in line for the sheer number of students sitting for the California Acupuncture Board exam came from Five Branches University (18 first time takers and 24 total with a passage rate of 89% and 72% respectively), the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (19 first time takers and 29 total with a pass rate of 74% and 62% respectively), and Samra University (17 first time takers and 32 total with a pass rate of 65% and 41% respectively).

Overall Language Pass Rate

The statistics were similar when comparing English, Chinese, and Korean language versions of the exam. The first time takers has a pass rate of 70% in English, 71% in Chinese, and 82% in Korean. Looking only at re-examinees, the pass rate was 35% in English, 31% in Chinese, and 34% in Korean. The combined total pass rate for the California Acupuncture Board exam for all languages was 59%.


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