Acupuncture Practitioner – Diploma Program


This 89 credit Acupuncture Practitioner diploma program is based upon a 2158 hour curriculum develops a level knowledge of Acupuncture which is similar to the standards established for practice in British Columbia, Canada. Each credit is approximately equivalent to 24 contact hours, based upon a class size of 18.

The Program may be completed on either a Full-time or Part-time basis.

This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Graduates of TCM diploma programs must pass qualifying examinations held by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) ( to become registered to work in the province of Ontario. The examinations will be conducted in either English or French and potential registrants must have landed immigrant status or Canadian citizenship and not have a criminal record.

Transfer Students – Prior Related Education: Upon request the Academy will assess applicants for related transfer creditsexemptions and challenge examinations as applicable. Requests must be made during the application period and prior to the issuance of a letter of acceptance. If transferring from another TCM school, request a “transfer application form”. (Policy on Website) All applicable International Academy of Health Education credits are fully transferable.

TCM Diploma Programs accept 32 transfer credits for RMT’s due to their previous related education.

Goals of Acupuncture
TCM acupuncture strives to put the body systems back in balance. Acupuncturists, through the skillful & careful placement of needles on “acupuncture points” (“xue” in Chinese), treat what we call “patterns of disharmony”. The end result is to clear the energy blockages and return the body to its normal flow and function. Personal health is about body balance and disease is the consequence of imbalance. An excess the wrong way leads to trouble in the body. Acupuncture is actually a gentle and effective way of bringing the body back into balance. The needles do not usually cause pain and the whole experience can bring about a sense of body calming.

In Chinese medicine, we use the term Qi ( pronounced CHEE) and this means vital energy or life force and enhancing or fixing Qi is fundamental to the path of prevention or curing body ailments.

Full-time – this equivalent 3 academic year program can be completed in 30-36 months –program starts March & September
-may also be started Part-Time with a transfer to the Full-time program

Part-time – starts March & September
–flexible completion – designed for full completion within 48 months
-the estimated time to complete the program can range between 3 to 5 years, depending on the availability of the student for scheduled subjects

Acupuncture Practitioner Subject Overview (September 2017)
*This is a competency focused program which utilizes a credit being the equivalent of a 24 hour class teaching a class size of 18. As such, non-clinical class hours may be scheduled to match the required time for the class size to achieve competency in the subject material. Clinical/patient hours are finite.

Interpersonal Skills                   24 hours  
Communications and the Healthcare Professional

Professionalism                   72 hours
Ethics and the Healthcare Professional
Professional Practical Theory
Research 1 & Interpretive Studies
Research 2

Practice Management                   48 hours
Business Skills
Observation, Client Consent, & Record Keeping

Safety                  36 hours
First Aid (St. John Ambulance)
Clean Needle, Client & Self Risk Management

TCM Acupuncture Techniques                   132 hours
Depths & Angles/Clean Needle Technique
Needling Lab
Techniques of Acupuncture 1
Techniques of Acupuncture 2
Tuina 1
Tuina 2

TCM Foundations                      288 hours
Acupuncture Point Functions 1
Acupuncture Point Functions 2
Acupuncture Points Locations 1
Acupuncture Points Locations 2
Meridian Theory 1
Meridian Theory 2
TCM Classics & Terminology
TCM Myology 1
TCM Myology 2
TCM Theory Foundations 1
TCM Theory Foundations 2
Qi Gong
Tai Chi

TCM Foundations, Diagnosis & Treatments                   336 hours
TCM Dermatology / 5 Senses
TCM External Diseases
TCM Geriatrics
TCM Gynecology/Male Ailments 1
TCM Gynecology/Male Ailments 2
TCM Internal Medicine 1
TCM Internal Medicine 2
TCM Law & the Regulations
TCM Modern Mental Diseases
TCM Modern Physical Diseases
TCM Nutrition/Food Cures
TCM Orthopedics
TCM Pain Management and Rehabilitation
TCM Pediatrics

Diagnosis and Treatments                   264 hours
Diagnosis and Treatments 1
Diagnosis and Treatments 2
Pathology 1
Pathology 2
Pathology 3
Pathology 4
Pathology 5
Pathology 6
Pathology 7
Pathology 8
TCM Clinical Case Studies

Fundamentals of Biomedicine                   336 hours 
Anatomy/Physiology 1
Anatomy/Physiology 2
Anatomy/Physiology 3
Anatomy/Physiology 4
Anatomy 5
Anatomy 6
Anatomy 7
Anatomy 8
Physiology 5
Physiology 6
Physiology 7
Physiology 8
Physiology /Neuroscience
TCM Anatomy/ Myology 1
TCM Anatomy/ Myology 2

Clinical Experience                   576 hours
Direct Patient Contact
Acupuncture Patient Study Clinic

Examination & Registration Preparation                   46 hours
Pan-Canadian Preparation Course
CTCCMPAO Preparation
Acupuncture Comprehensive Examinations (2 Sets)
Oral Practical (2)
Program Final Examinations

Total Hours/24 Hour Units 89 credits (equivalency of 2158 class contact hours)