Founded in 2006, Pacific Rim College is a globally-recognized and award-winning institution of Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living located on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. 


To inspire people to impact their communities.


To be known as the world’s leading educator of holistic medicine and sustainable living. 

Founding Philosophy

Pacific Rim College was founded in an effort to integrate medicines of the world, thereby preserving indigenous practices and increasing the global availability of sustainable health care. More than fifty percent of people from industrialized countries use some form of complementary and alternative therapy, and in impoverished regions, this proportion would likely be even greater if therapies were available. PRC is training practitioners to meet this growing demand and to help supply valuable medical skills and knowledge around the globe.

Accreditation and Recognition

be awards business of year web copyPRC is a Designated Private Training Institution in British Columbia. Canadian students are eligible to apply for Canada Government Student Loans. As Pacific Rim College is a Designated Learning Institution with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, international students are permitted to study in all of PRC’s programs. Academic programs within PRC are recognized by various governing bodies and associations, including the CTCMA for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs, the American 11to25-FinalistHerbalist Guild for the Diploma of Phytotherapy, and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals for the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition.

Pacific Rim College was named Vancouver Island ‘Professional Business of the Year’ in the 2016 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.

Pacific Rim College garnered Finalist honours for the 2015 Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year (11-25)!

Commitment to the Environment

Pacific Rim College is committed to preserving the environment and promoting natural and sustainable medicinal and agricultural practices. Our campus has recycling receptacles, composting bins, low energy lighting, upcycled furnishings and decor, and is Bullfrog Powered. Bullfrog Power is Canada’s 100% green energy provider.

President’s Message

Health care in the 21st century, the age of the World Wide Web and the Green Revolution, is as diverse around the globe as the people who rely on it. Whether you are a nursing mother in Sweden, an executive in New York City, or a taxi driver in Mumbai, what is now becoming irrefutably clear is that health is only partially based on economic status. The regions and countries where people are thriving seem to be those that have preserved connections to traditional foods, customs, and medicinal practices and have made great strides toward accepting holistic healing beliefs and practices.

With more than 7 billion people on the planet today, we must realize that we no longer need to change our destructive habits for the survival of future generations; we must do so for the survival of current generations. The pollution resulting from factory farms, toxic dumping and unprecedented pharmaceutical consumption to name only a few, is reaching critical mass. There may no longer be a clean drop of water on earth, but through the employment of sustainable movements such as organic farming practices, land conservation and the integration of modern day medicine with traditional and indigenous practices, we can start to set things right.

Pacific Rim College is not only a participant in the movement toward a more sustainable world, but is also a pioneer. By integrating modern and traditional medical and permaculture practices, we are endeavouring to ensure that ancient knowledge will not be lost, and that medical practices will be employed based not on power and corruption, but rather on conscientious common sense on a global scale and, quite simply, need.

If you want to take part in the holistic medical movement or live more sustainably to help secure a healthier future, consider joining Pacific Rim College.

Todd N. Howard

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