Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic Nutrition

Study Option Overview

Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic NutritionThe opportunity to earn dual diplomas in Acupuncture and Holistic Nutrition from one institution is a world-first. Both 3-year (6-semester) programs can be completed within 5 academic years (10 semesters). By electing a year-round study option, a student can complete both programs in 3.5 years.

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 a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. 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

Ayurveda

AYU101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
AYU201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
AYU211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
12 credits 12 crds
180 hours 180 hrs

Biomedical/Biological Sciences

BMS101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS103
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS112
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS113
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
BMS431
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
32 credits 32 crds
480 hours 480 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
Total
 
22 credits 22 crds
525 hours 525 hrs

Nutrition

NU101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU111
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU202
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU204
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU221
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU311
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU312
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU313
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU314
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU315
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU316
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU322
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
45 credits 45 crds
675 hours 675 hrs

Nutrition Clinical Practice

NCP101
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
NCP200
3 credits 3 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
NCP300
6 credits 6 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Total
 
15 credits 15 crds
360 hours 360 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
OM203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 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
Total
 
33 credits 33 crds
495 hours 495 hrs

Professional Development

PD101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD201
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
PD304
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD306
2 credits 2 crds
30 hours 30 hrs
Total
 
18 credits 18 crds
270 hours 270 hrs

Western Herbal Sciences

WHS101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS151
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs

Total Requirements

Acupuncture
39 credits 39 crds
585 hours 585 hrs
Ayurveda
12 credits 12 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
32 credits 32 crds
480 hours 480 hrs
Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice
22 credits 22 crds
525 hours 525 hrs
Nutrition
45 credits 45 crds
675 hours 675 hrs
Nutrition Clinical Practice
15 credits 15 crds
360 hours 360 hrs
Oriental Medicine
33 credits 33 crds
495 hours 495 hrs
Professional Development
18 credits 18 crds
270 hours 270 hrs
Western Herbal Sciences
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Grand Total
 
222 credits 222 crds
3660 hours 3660 hrs

Study Options

Both the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the School of Holistic Nutrition offer 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.

Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic NutritionStudents 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 to be Registered Acupuncturists in British Columbia must complete the Diploma of Acupuncture program in no less than 2 calendar years and in no more than 5.

Clinical Training

Students in the Diploma of Acupuncture and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition programs 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.

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Diploma of Acupuncture 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 Canadian national registration exam to become Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac.) in the province of British Columbia. Based on reciprocity agreements, this distinction permits registrants to practice acupuncture across Canada.

PRC’s flexible, student-oriented schedule allowed me to complete the acupuncture program while managing family and work. The curriculum fully prepared me for licensing exams. And, there was room left over to sample from the vast and ever-expanding menu of courses in complementary medicine presented at PRC from both local and global perspectives.

– Cheryl Coull, Alumnus

Past graduates who have completed required electives in appropriate disciplines have also met 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.

Graduates of the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition have the most comprehensive training offered in Canada with more than three times the on-site education than any other diploma program in the field. Having completed a minimum of 360 hours of clinical training, and having received specific education in practice management and business development, graduates are poised to be successful nutritional practitioners and consultants. Additionally, graduates can also seek employment in other sectors of the health and wellness industry by filling positions such as retail consultants, product developers, teachers, fitness advisers, restaurant consultants, spa managers and more.

nanp This program is recognized by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as an approved and recommended education program. Graduates who have sufficient professional experience are qualified for professional membership with NANP and to sit for the holistic nutrition national board exam offered through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). Successful exam candidates will become Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

CANNPThis program is approved by the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP). Graduates are eligible to be considered for the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners designation of NNCP (Natural Nutrition – Clinical Practitioner).

CHC AllianceThis program is approved by the Canadian Heath Coach Alliance (CHC Alliance), which is proud to fall under the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. Graduates of are eligible to apply for membership to become a Registered Health Coach (RHC) and a Registered Health & Nutrition Coach (RNC-II).

CAIN Approval This program is approved by the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN). Graduates are eligible to use the title of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN).

Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic NutritionLicensing Requirements

Practitioner licensing requirements vary based on region of governance. The Diploma of Acupuncture program is approved by the CTCMA of BC and meets the education requirements of many other provinces, states and countries. Currently there are no government restrictions to the practice of Holistic Nutrition in Canada. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they meet eligibility criteria in their chosen region.

Admissions

Admission into both the Diploma of Acupuncture and the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or an equivalency test and all non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. Any foreign applicant 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).

Pacific Rim College is determined to produce only the highest quality health practitioners. As a result, we reserve the right to admit and to retain only students who demonstrate the potential to achieve at the upper-most level. Applicants will be evaluated based on merits such as high academic achievement, emotional maturity, humanitarian activities, morality, community involvement and health-related experience.

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.

– Sasha Staples, Alumnus

To apply for admission, please click on the link below. An applicant may choose to begin by applying for one program only, or can apply for admission into both programs. Separate applications are not necessary. Applicants are encouraged to apply apply no less than 6 weeks prior to the start date of the semester. Applications will still be accepted beyond this point, and will be evaluated, but enrolment space may not be available until the next semester. Upon favourable review of your application by our admissions committee, you may be contacted for an interview, which can be carried out via telephone if a person-to-person interview is not possible.

All successful applicants must submit a non-refundable enrolment deposit of $200, which is credited toward tuition fees. Should a student decide not to enrol for the specific semester of study as stated in the application or registration form, the fee is forfeited and cannot be used to offset any charges that the student may incur. All accepted applicants must submit this deposit within 60 days of the published semester start date, or within 7 days of notice of acceptance if accepted within this time. Enrolment space will not be reserved without this deposit.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned credits in another recognized Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program in North America can apply for transfer into the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) transfer students need to complete the equivalent of one year of coursework at PRC to be eligible to receive a diploma, and all eligible AOM-school credits will be transferred for a total transfer fee of $150. Contact our Admissions Office today for more information.

Holistic Nutrition students may also apply for transfer credit for prior coursework. Transfer credits that do not overlap with the Diploma of Acupuncture program are subject to a transfer credit fee.

long table in pacific rim college cooking classInternational Students

International students are welcome to attend Pacific Rim College and are encouraged to apply. Canadian law requires foreign students to have a valid study permit to study in Canada. Pacific Rim College provides international students with the necessary documentation to receive a valid study permit. In some cases students can apply for and obtain a permit upon entering Canada.

New changes to the International Student Program, effective June 1, 2014, allow full-time international students enrolled at designated institutions in certain programs to work part-time off campus and full-time during scheduled school breaks without a work permit. According to regulations, international students are 1) eligible to work off campus without a work permit; 2) allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks; and 3) able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting 6 months. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information.

Non-Matriculating Students

Students who wish to take courses at PRC without enrolling in any particular program are welcome to do so as non-matriculating students. Provided that a student has satisfied course prerequisites, he or she is eligible to enrol in virtually any diploma program course. Enrolment priority is given to program students, and full course tuition is due at time of course registration. Any student who has previously been denied admission into any program at PRC or has had an enrolment position revoked must receive written permission from PRC Administration before enrolling as a non-matriculating student. PRC reserves the right to academically dismiss any non-matriculating student who knowingly or blatantly interferes with the learning of program students. Please click on the link below to see a current selection of courses and for registration info.

Academic Calendar

  Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Summer 2018
Orientation September 4 January 2 April 29
First Day of Class September 5 January 3 April 30
Reading Break October 10-13 February 13-16 July 3-6
Holidays October 9 (Thanksgiving) February 12 (BC Family Day)
March 30 (Good Friday)
May 21 (Victoria Day)
July 2 (Canada Day)
August 6 (BC Day)
Last Day of Class December 22 April 24 August 20
Graduation Ceremony
September 9   May 12

 

Class Schedule

Please click below for the current and upcoming (when available) course schedules for the Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic Nutrition.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on a per credit system. Although the college provides a template for 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.

Credits: $225/credit
Auditing: $150*/credit / $80**/credit
*plus tax

**Discount Audit tuition is available to current program students and diploma alumni. Current program students must maintain the equivalent registration of 9 semester credits to be eligible and pay the regular rate should registration drop below that threshold. Discounted audit rate is not available for courses for which there is a waitlist, weekend workshops, or CPR and First Aid. Diploma alumni no longer enrolled in a program are required to pay all applicable tuition at the time of course registration.

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

Financial Aid

These programs are approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. Students can also pick up a paper application from PRC or any other academic institution registered with Canada Student Loans. 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.