CAB88.6% of Emperor’s College grads that took the California Acupuncture License Exam for the first time in 2016 passed, the highest pass rate of any college in the United States represented by more than five students.

A total of 557 people from around the U.S. took the exam for the first time in 2016, 406 of whom passed, for a 72.9% pass rate. The next bi-annual exam will be held March 21, 2017 in Ontario, CA .

“We are extremely pleased by our graduates results at this year’s licensing exams. The CALE is universally regarded as the most challenging licensing exam in the country and that our grads had the highest pass rate among the colleges that sent more than a handful of graduates to the March and August exams is testimony to the dedicated work of the students and the efforts at the college to continually improve and create the best learning experience possible for the students,” Dr. Gretchen Badami, Associate Dean of the Master’s Program at Emperor’s College, said.

The full list of pass rates by college can be found on the California Acupuncture Board website at

2016 pass rates of major Southern California AOM colleges

Emperor’s College 88.6%
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-San Diego 85%
Yo San 80%
Southern California University of Heath Sciences 69.6
Alhambra 68.8
Dongguk 63.4
South Baylo 61.2