Changes to Preparatory Course Options (PCO)

Pacific College of Health and Science (PCHS) Notice to Students: Memorandum of Update to PCO

Re: Notice of Final Changes to Preparatory Course Options (PCO) and Admissions practices.


This memorandum serves as formal notice regarding the final changes to the Preparatory Course Options (PCO) and Master of Science in Acupuncture and Master of Science in Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine specialty (MSAc and MSAcCHM) admissions. After considering student feedback and reviewing similar school practices, PCHS recognized that the current structure and course offerings for PCO may not align with the best academic interests of our students.


In response, students who lack the prerequisite nine bioscience credits will now be permitted to enroll in the Master of Science in Acupuncture programs (MSAc and MSAcCHM) and have the opportunity to fulfill any lacking bioscience courses as corequisites, within the acupuncture program during the first two terms. This creates a more student centric admissions process and allows PCHS to remain in alignment with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements.


The admissions criteria for the MSAc and MSAcCHM will be maintained at 60 credits; however effective for the spring 2024 term, New York students needing a bioscience course can be admitted into the MSAc and MSAcCHM programs under the condition that they complete the applicable required credits of bioscience within the first and/or second term. Failure to meet this requirement will result in withdrawal from the program.


PCHS will be discontinuing the Preparatory Course Options (PCO) pathway. Starting with the Spring 2024 term, PCO will no longer accept new admissions. Current PCO students are allowed to complete their last term, but no further admissions will be accepted into PCO.


If you have any questions regarding this change, please reach out to the NY advising team at [email protected].