Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Program Overview

The Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a 4-year (8-semester) program that deeply explores theoretical and clinical concepts of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine involves disciplines such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese massage, diet therapy and therapeutic exercises. Students learn foundational philosophies, diagnostic principles and therapeutic techniques of this ancient and powerful system of medicine, and incorporate them with biomedical sciences and other healing philosophies. 

Length: 8 semesters
Intakes: Winter, Summer, Fall semesters

Clinical Training: 705 hours
Total Training: 2985 hours 

Pacific Rim College offered a supportive learning environment that helped me become the practitioner I am today. There was plenty of opportunity for discussions with professors both inside and outside of class which enriched the information we were receiving. The Administration Faculty was always willing to help and go the extra mile to make sure your needs as a student were met. Even though I have completed my studies at Pacific Rim College, I know that I could still contact the teaching staff and administrative faculty if I ever had any questions or needed assistance on my career path.
– Nicole Longstaff, RAc, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

Pacific Rim College has been a recognized leader of Traditional Chinese Medicine education since 2007 and has partnerships for practicum training around the globe.
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Through Pacific Rim College’s Student Clinic, students provide more than 7,000 treatments a year. Students typically begin clinical training in their very first semester.
All programs at Pacific Rim College are approved by the Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

The ancient and powerful system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including all the meridians, systems and acupuncture points, and the extensive herbal materia medica.

Key Learning Outcome #2

Extensive background of biomedical understanding of the human body, its structure, physiology and common pathologies.

Key Learning Outcome #3

Nutrition therapies and physical exercises pertaining to the time-tested philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Key Learning Outcome #4

The use of TCM therapies in the treatment of comprehensive internal and external disorders, including in the practice of pediatrics and gerontology. 

Key Learning Outcome #5

The experience to establish a private clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine or to join an integrative health centre.

I don’t think I could say enough good things about PRC. After spending three years at a large university, the smaller class sizes and compassionate teachers were an inspiring change. The school itself is a beautiful and nurturing space, and the staff and students make it that much more amazing. I learned so much about myself, gained a new outlook on the world and was trained in an amazing form of healing that has given me a job I am so proud of. I would recommend PRC to anyone, the staff and faculty are educated, kind and helpful individuals who want to see their students grow and succeed in the world of health. I will forever be grateful for my experiences and education from PRC as well as the continued support as I start my own career path. Thank you so much for those three life changing years.
– Sasha Ormiston, RAc, Alumnus

Core Program Instructors

 

Curriculum

Below is a list of all courses that must be completed for a student to be eligible for graduation with a Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Some course prerequisites do exist, and it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are eligible to enrol in any particular course. Please click on course links below to see more course information including descriptions and prerequisites.

Acupuncture

ACU101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
ACU111/112
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
ACU113/114
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
ACU211/212
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
ACU321
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
ACU322
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
ACU323
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
ACU324
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
ACU325
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
ACU
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
39 credits 39 crds
585 hours 585 hrs

Biomedical/Biological Sciences

BMS101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS103
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS121
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
BMS122
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
BMS201/202
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS231
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
23 credits 23 crds
345 hours 345 hrs

Chinese Botanical Medicine

CBOT331
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT332
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT333
2 credits 2 crds
30 hours 30 hrs
CBOT401/402
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
CBOT403
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT404
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT411
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT412
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT413
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT414
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT421
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
CBOT422
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
CBOT423
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
CBOT424
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
Total
 
39.5 credits 39.5 crds
592.5 hours 592.5 hrs

Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice

CMCP101
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs
CMCP102
3 credits 3 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
CMCP200/300
10 credits 10 crds
300 hours 300 hrs
CMCP400
6 credits 6 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Total
 
28 credits 28 crds
705 hours 705 hrs

Nutrition

NU
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs

Oriental Medicine

OM101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
OM111
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
OM112
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
OM113
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM121
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM201/202
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
OM231
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM301
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM401/NU401
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM402
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
Total
 
34.5 credits 34.5 crds
517.5 hours 517.5 hrs

Professional Development

PD101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD301
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
PD302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD306
2 credits 2 crds
30 hours 30 hrs
PD307
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
Total
 
13 credits 13 crds
195 hours 195 hrs

Total Requirements

Acupuncture
39 credits 39 crds
585 hours 585 hrs
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
23 credits 23 crds
345 hours 345 hrs
Chinese Botanical Medicine
39.5 credits 39.5 crds
592.5 hours 592.5 hrs
Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice
28 credits 28 crds
705 hours 705 hrs
Nutrition
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Oriental Medicine
34.5 credits 34.5 crds
517.5 hours 517.5 hrs
Professional Development
13 credits 13 crds
195 hours 195 hrs
Grand Total
 
180 credits 180 crds
2985 hours 2985 hrs

Clinical Training

Students in the Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program complete 705 hours of direct clinical practice. Students can complete all clinical training in PRC’s on-campus Student Clinic, or can participate in our Global Outreach Program, Clinical Externship Program, or with our clinical partner in China, Liaoning University of TCM. Full-time students generally begin clinical training via observation during the very first week of studies.

Study Options

The School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offers year-round educational opportunities with an academic calendar based on 3 semesters per year. New students may enrol every January, May and September and students may either choose to pursue year-round studies or to take a semester or more off at their discretion. By choosing their course load each semester, students may complete any semester on a part-time or a full-time basis.

Students who wish not to enrol in any program are also eligible to take individual courses for personal enrichment provided that applicable course prerequisites have been met. Please see Non-Matriculating Students below for more information.

Students aiming for practitioner Registration with the CTCMA of British Columbia must complete the Diploma of Acupuncture program in no less than 2 calendar years and in no more than 5. There are currently no time requirements for the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Admissions

Admission into the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or satisfactory post-secondary education. We will accept mature students on a case by case basis; eligible mature students must demonstrate they have achieved sufficient post-secondary education credits in lieu of high school credits.

All applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. English proficiency is evaluated on a case by case basis, and applicants may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).

Applicants may apply to begin studies in either the Diploma of Acupuncture or Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and then apply for transfer into the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program. Applicants may also apply for admission directly into the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program, and in the process of completing this program, complete the above two diplomas.

To apply for the Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program, please click on the link below. We do not have a set deadline for applications and will continue to accept students up until the start of classes, provided there is space within the program. Typically this program fills prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 6 months in advance. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on a per credit system. Although the college provides a template for the order of course completion within each program, ultimately each student determines his or her course load and schedule and thus per semester tuition. Audited credits do not apply towards graduation requirements. All prices listed are in Canadian dollars. For each semester, full tuition payment is due on the first day of class.

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program who have met the requirements of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of BC, which includes 60 university credits of liberal arts or sciences, will be eligible to sit for the provincial registration exam to become Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM) in the province of British Columbia. Based on reciprocity agreements, this distinction permits registrants to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine across Canada.

Students aiming for licensure by the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners are eligible to do so only after completing PRC’s Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program. The DTCM program meets the requirements of R4-8-403 and R4-8-404 (licensure qualifier under Arizona Revised Statutes 32-3924(2)).

Graduates who have completed required electives in appropriate disciplines may also meet the professional standards set by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) in the United States. This has permitted them to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) acupuncture examination and thus be licensed in the majority of US states. PRC graduates aiming for licensure in the United States must have their credentials evaluated by ACCRAO.

Licensing Requirements

Practitioner licensing requirements vary based on region of governance. The Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is approved by the CTCMA of BC and meets the education requirements of many other provinces, states and countries. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they meet eligibility criteria in their chosen region.


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