Your Path to ITEA

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Traditional Track
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Requirements for Admission

ITEA seeks students who are flexible about doing things in a different way. Applicants demonstrate and provide evidence that they have the maturity, commitment, motivation, passion and integrity necessary to become caring practitioners and instruments of nature.

Studying Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is for students who take personal responsibility for learning in great depth.

ITEA is dedicated to upholding a standard of education which ensures serving the public with the highest level of competence, knowledge, quality and professionalism.

Additional Information

2023-2024 ITEA Catalog

2022-2023 ITEA Catalog

2021-2022 ITEA Catalog

2020-2021 ITEA Catalog

22-23 Course Credits

21-22 Course Credits

Contact ITEA Admissions, to learn more about the application process.

Future Practitioner Track
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Fall 2024 Traditional Track
Admissions Application Information

  • Priority Deadline: July 15th, $200
  • Regular Deadline: July 16th to August 14th, $275
  • Expedited Deadline: August 15th to September 1st, $425
  • If enrollment is full, the applicant is added to the waitlist for the following intake
  • 2023-2024 Academic Schedule

Traditional Track and Practitioner Track Interviews:
In-person interviews are held at ITEA. After applications are received, the Director of Admissions will coordinate interview scheduling.

Learn about different state regulations and licensure requirements

Veteran Students

ITEA welcomes veterans as students and coordinates with the VA to ensure eligibility.

Transform Yourself and the World with Nature

Applicants need to have a willingness to work to explore and expand their connection with themselves. They need to:

  • be willing to forsake pure intellectualism and be open to energetic training which at times bypasses the mind.
  • be able to persevere in studies where not everything is yet fully known.
  • want to learn how to leave personal problems and personal critical judgment behind, to truly listen in peace and stillness.
  • practice continually in order to be able to create rapport with a diverse range of people, and to correctly assess sensory cues leading to diagnosis.


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

Student Information


  • Talk with Admissions to learn about important guidelines to consider if you are interested in practicing acupuncture in a state other than Colorado
  • Learn more about Licensure Eligibility on pages 25-26 of our Catalog


Transfer Credits and Prior Learning

ITEA will evaluate previous education and training, and when applicable, transfer or give prior learning credit.

  • Advanced Standing students receive transfer credits for all coursework satisfactorily tested upon entry into the program.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to fulfill or obtain transfer credits for other necessary courses which are part of the ITEA program.
  • Students in the Traditional Track may enter the program no later than the beginning of the second year.
  • ITEA does not guarantee transferability of credits to another institution unless there is a written agreement with that institution.
  • Non-matriculated students are not accepted into the core Classical Five-Element Acupuncture program.

Internationally Educated Students

U.S. Citizens who have studied outside the United States must have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree that documents at least three full years of post-secondary education from a nationally or regionally accredited (or otherwise approved or recognized) institution.

  • ITEA recognizes that most non-U.S. institutions of higher education often cannot provide academic transcripts in the standard U.S. credit hour format. In such cases applicants may be required to submit original course descriptions to verify the actual content and hours of prior training.
  • Non-English language credentials equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree must be demonstrated prior to admission via a report from an approved credentialing translation and evaluation organization only. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this documentation to be sent to ITEA.

Advanced Standing

For Traditional Track students, ITEA does not generally recognize advanced standing. Course work from other acupuncture schools typically does not have emphasis on Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and point location. Even CF-EA schools have diverse instruction sequences because the discipline is an oral tradition.

  • In exceptional cases, students may be admitted to the program with Advanced Standing within the first year of Intensives. Applicants must agree to test out of basic coursework and point location with an 80% passing grade to enter a class already in session.
  • Advanced Standing applicants must fulfill all other admissions requirements listed above as for a regular application process.
  • Tuition will be equal to that of the class the applicant joins.

For Practitioner Track students, individual applicants are evaluated for Advanced Standing in all prior coursework at the discretion of ITEA, and admitted into the program with an established plan for fulfilling all requirements of the program.

English Proficiency

Instruction of the ITEA curriculum is in English only.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English-language proficiency.
  • Scoring at least 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (iBT)
  • Minimum speaking exam score of 26 and a minimum listening exam score of 22, or a level 6 on the International English Language Testing System (TELTS) exam


ITEA accepts students on the basis of individual merit, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation in its admission policies, educational policies, or other college-administered policies.
Differently-abled persons who are physically able to meet the requirements of Classical Five-Element training will be given reasonable accommodation on an individual basis.
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