How to Become an Acupuncturist?


Have you been wondering how to become an acupuncturist? For many, receiving a first acupuncture treatment is as exotic as visiting a foreign country. Despite this exciting unfamiliarity, or perhaps because of it, many choose to become acupuncturists as a result of experiences they have had as acupuncture recipients.

If you are thinking about becoming an acupuncturist, probably the best place to start your journey is to research the acupuncture governance where you intend to practice. Requirements to practice acupuncture can vary greatly between provinces, states and countries.

After acquiring adequate knowledge about acupuncture regulations, you can then go about finding an acupuncture school that will provide you with the education and credentials you need to become a recognized acupuncture practitioner. It is always a good idea to visit a school prior to making a decision. An admission representative should be able to give you access to sit in on a few classes and to receive a treatment in the student clinic, and should be able to answer any questions you may have about the college.

Once you have decided on a school, hopefully that school will provide you with all of the education and experience you need to be a safe, competent and successful acupuncturist. At Pacific Rim College, we offer all of the courses you need to receive your Diploma of Acupuncture, which includes more than 500 hours of clinical practice in our Student Clinic and/or with our overseas acupuncture clinical partners and over 2100 total program hours with courses in five element theory, Tuina, Tai Qi, Qi Gong and professional development. Additionally, if you decide during your studies or after graduation that you also want to study traditional Chinese herbal medicine (in our Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program) or become a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can seamlessly transition into those programs.

Having chosen your acupuncture school and program, in Canada you can expect a study period of about 6 semester in order to complete your academic requirements. At Pacific Rim College the Diploma of Acupuncture can be completed in 2-3 years (see How long does it take to become an Acupuncturist?). The Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine adds about a year of study commitment and the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine adds about 2 years. When you have graduated, you can then begin your regional application process to becoming a certified acupuncturist or TCM practitioner.

There are many reasons to choose to study acupuncture at Pacific Rim College. PRC, an accredited college with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia, provides both enrolment and scheduling flexibility and high quality education delivered by a renowned faculty. Students can choose to study 1, 2 or 3 semesters a year, and can change from year to year. Each student’s semester course schedule is determined by the student, providing flexibility for other life commitments.

Additionally, as a leading school of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, PRC is the only college in the world to offer unique dual program options that provide the opportunities to complete both Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Phytotherapy and Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic Nutrition.

And not to be overlooked, PRC is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Our 12,000 square foot heritage campus, situated in historic Market Square in the heart of downtown boasts numerous amenities including 19th century architecture, natural lighting in all classrooms, a spacious brick-paved courtyard, and a location across the street from Victoria’s world famous Inner Harbour and the Johnson Street drawbridge. Being in such a beautiful environment and teaching natural medicine, PRC is committed to sustainability. We use green energy to power our campus and recycle or compost as much as possible. (see environmental commitment). And upon graduation, you can meet your professional continuing education requirements through our School of Continuing Education, which hosts some of the world’s most recognized authorities in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.