Dual Diplomas of Acupuncture and Holistic Nutrition

Study Option Overview

The opportunity to earn dual diplomas in Acupuncture and Holistic Nutrition from one institution is a world-first. The Diploma of Acupuncture provides students foundational philosophies, diagnostic principles and therapeutic techniques of this ancient and powerful system of medicine, and incorporates them with biomedical sciences and other healing philosophies. The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is the most comprehensive on-site program of Holistic Nutrition in North America and integrates nutritional philosophies of various indigenous cultures and medical viewpoints. Both 3-year (6-semester) programs can be completed within 5 academic years (10 semesters), or 3.5 years with year-round studies. 

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

Clinical Training: 885 hours
Total Training: 3660 hours 

I have been thoroughly impressed by Pacific Rim College. Pacific Rim holds high professional standards while maintaining an atmosphere of wellbeing and community. The environment supports students and challenges them to grow into skillful practitioners. I would recommend PRC to anyone who is seeking a place that has deep knowledge and embodied understanding in the field of health and healing.

– Jennifer Raye, RTCMP, RYT, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College is the most comprehensive on-site program of holistic nutrition in North America and includes studies in Ayurvedic nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine diet therapy, and common herbal remedies.
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Pacific Rim College has been a recognized leader in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine education since 2007. Through Pacific Rim College’s Student Clinic, students can complete all clinical training or partake in some of our unique global opportunities.
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

An in-depth understanding of the therapeutic properties and energetics of foods and how to use them to help clients reach their health goals. 

Key Learning Outcome #2

Thorough background of biomedical understanding of the human body, its structure, physiology, common pathologies, and also western diagnostic skills and pharmacotherapy. 

Key Learning Outcome #3

The blending of different nutrition philosophies, including the ancient traditions of Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and cultural diets with contemporary dietary practices.

Key Learning Outcome #4

The ancient and powerful system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, from classical to contemporary applications, including an in-depth understanding of biological energetic principles of acupuncture. 

Key Learning Outcome #5

Wide-ranging professional skills from writing and public speaking to cooking and business development experience needed to establish a private complementary health practice 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, 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 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

Clinical Training

Students in the Diploma of Acupuncture program complete 525 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

Students in the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition program can complete all clinical training in PRC’s on-campus Student Clinic, or can participate in our Clinical Externship Program.

Full-time students generally begin clinical training via observation during the very first week of studies.

Study Options

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. Both programs can be commenced simultaneously or at different times. 

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.

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.

Admissions

Admission into the Diploma of Acupuncture and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition 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).

To apply for either or both programs, 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 guidance for the order of course completion within each program, ultimately each student determines personal 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 the semester.

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 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.

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)).

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.

Program Accreditation

The Diploma of Acupuncture is approved by the CTCMA of BC and meets the education requirements of many other provinces, states and countries.

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition 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.

CANNPThe Diploma of Holistic Nutrition 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).

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is approved by the Health Coach Alliance (HCA), which is proud to fall under the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership to become a Registered Health Coach (RHC) or a Registered Health & Nutrition Counselor (RHNC). (Licensed will replace Registered in areas where Registered is not permitted)

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is approved by the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN). Graduates are eligible to use the designations of Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (RHNP) or Registered Holistic Health Practitioner (RHHP). (Licensed will replace Registered in areas where Registered is not permitted.)

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is approved by the the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals. CAHN-Pro is a professional association for the accreditation of holistic nutritionists.

Licensing 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. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they meet eligibility criteria in their chosen region.

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.


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