Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Program Overview

The Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine is 10-semester program that deeply explores areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as psychology, oncology, gerontology, acupuncture detox, research and the classic texts that first recorded the principles of this powerful and ancient system of medicine.

New students can apply directly to this program, or can take it as a 1-year post-graduate program upon completion of the Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or a 2-year post-graduate program upon completion of the Diploma of Acupuncture. The curriculum is the same whether students apply directly into this program or matriculate from the above-mentioned programs.

Length: 10 semesters
Intakes: Winter, Summer, Fall semesters

Clinical Training: 1065 hours
Total Training: 3840 hours 

PRC is not just a school, but is a living educational institution in diversity where one can learn true professionalism in TCM. The TCM program in PRC is not simply a study of books or experimental practice in closed clinic rooms. PRC offers its unique Global Outreach Program. Through the volunteer experience of GOP, a student can face various diseases in different environments of China, Nepal, and African countries. It provides a great opportunity for a student to become a TCM practitioner outside the school.

– Tae Byun Hyun, 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, with extensive research into its classical applications and to contemporary applications in modern medicine and research.

Key Learning Outcome #2

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

Key Learning Outcome #3

The application of extensive herbal knowledge to modern research and potential future therapeutic discoveries.  

Key Learning Outcome #4

Psychological applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine, from landmark ancient texts to Five Element theory to the treatment of addictions. 

Key Learning Outcome #5

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

Learning about TCM has changed my reality and the way I perceive the purpose of life forever. Pacific Rim College allowed me to develop my skills and understanding in a supportive, nurturing, and loving environment. I did a portion of my clinical residency in China, which only reinforced my confidence in all we have been taught at PRC. I could follow what the doctors were doing, I could recognized herbal formulas, predict point prescriptions, and work with the doctors in furthering my understanding of the classic texts. Even fellow TCM students in China were impressed at how much we have learned throughout our studies, which is a testament to the quality of education at PRC. Finally, to me, PRC has been more than school, it has felt like family.

– Carmen Bedard-Gautrais, Alumnus

Core Program Instructors

 

Curriculum

Below is a list of all courses that must be completed to be eligible for graduation with a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma provided that a student has first fulfilled graduation requirements for the 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

ACU521
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs

Biomedical/Biological Sciences

BMS431
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs

Chinese Botanical Medicine

CBOT501
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs

Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice

CMCP500
12 credits 12 crds
360 hours 360 hrs
Total
 
12 credits 12 crds
360 hours 360 hrs

Elective

Elective
ACU/CBOT/OM Elective
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs

Oriental Medicine

OM501
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
OM502
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM511
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM512
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM513
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
OM521
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
21 credits 21 crds
315 hours 315 hrs

Total Requirements

Acupuncture
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Chinese Botanical Medicine
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice
12 credits 12 crds
360 hours 360 hrs
Elective
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Oriental Medicine
21 credits 21 crds
315 hours 315 hrs
Grand Total
 
45 credits 45 crds
855 hours 855 hrs

Total Requirements including Diploma of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture42 credits630 hours
Biomedical/Biological Sciences26 credits390 hours
Chinese Botanical Medicine42.5 credits637.5 hours
Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice40 credits1065 hours
Nutrition3 credits45 hours
Oriental Medicine55.5 credits832.5 hours
Professional Development13 credits195 hours
Elective (ACU/CBOT/OM)3 credits45 hours
Grand Total225 credits3840 hours

Clinical Training

Students in the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program complete 1065 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 Doctor of Traditional Chinese 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 Doctor of Traditional Chinese 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 Doctor of Traditional Chinese 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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