Studying at PRC
Pacific Rim College offers unique study opportunities in Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living in a beautiful location in Victoria, British Columbia.
To learn more about admission into any program at Pacific Rim College, please click on the link below. While we do not have a deadline for applying, programs do typically fill prior to each semester. We recommend applying 4-6 months in advance.
Pacific Rim College is committed to being an academic leader in Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living with programs in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Integrative Health, Doula Training, and Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems. Many programs are the most comprehensive in Canada and North America and some are available nowhere else in the world.
Pacific Rim College provides some of the most unique learning opportunities in natural health found anywhere. Through our Department of Continuing Education, students are eligible to enrol in virtually any PRC course provided that they have met the prerequisites.
Academic Calendar and Semester Course Schedule
Click on the link below to see the general academic calendar, the diploma program semester course schedule, and for links to the certificate course schedules.
Progressive Learning Format
Pacific Rim College uses a Progressive Learning Format in which students take an active role in their education. Although students are given guidance to help them meet all prerequisite standards for the completion of their chosen academic program, for many programs they are also given full flexibility in determining their academic focus and schedule. In diploma programs students register for courses prior to the start of each semester, choosing a course load that most appropriately matches their schedule and abilities. As long as students meet the prerequisites for each course and space is available, they may enrol in any course. Dozens of elective courses are offered in order to provide students with ample opportunity to explore various areas of expertise.
In the classroom instructors provide opportunity for discussion and debate and encourage independent thinking. Group projects promote the sharing of knowledge and experiences and prepare students for a career of communicating with others. Throughout their academic careers, students are given the tools necessary to develop critical problem solving and leadership skills. Students are encouraged to act not only as learners but also as leaders and teachers.
Pacific Rim College is a government Designated Learning Institution (#O19304067532) and thus international students are welcome to attend Pacific Rim College and are encouraged to apply.
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.
Faculty and Staff
Serving as the keystone of Pacific Rim College’s pursuit to provide world class education and opportunities are our Deans and Directors, teaching Faculty and Staff. PRC’s teaching faculty is comprised of a diverse group of instructors with unique backgrounds and enthusiastic teaching styles. When possible, instructors have a terminal degree in their field of expertise and/or extensive experience. We select our instructors not only for their professional qualifications, but also for their passion and ability to inspire students. Via in-class evaluations and verbal feedback, students are integral in PRC’s decision to make instructional and curricular modifications.
Pacific Rim College is located in Market Square, a famous heritage structure in the heart of downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Market Square is comprised of eight nineteenth century buildings surrounding a spacious and peaceful brick-paved courtyard. PRC’s quintessential campus offers a perfect urban studying environment, complete with sunlit classrooms, balconies and a solarium. Students have access to an abundance of amenities including some of Victoria’s most popular restaurants and shops without even leaving Market Square.
Global Outreach Program
Pacific Rim College is committed to providing global externship opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while helping people in need. The Global Outreach Program (GOP) allows PRC students to complete clinical training in a variety of medical centres around the world and also provides support through fundraising efforts, public exposure and the donation of medical supplies.
Pacific Rim College students enjoy an abundance of student services including academic advising, student computers, a student lounge, a library with print and online academic journals, and lockers for personal storage.
There are no on campus housing opportunities for students, but Victoria has an expansive range of rental opportunities.
Pacific Rim College students have access to free healthcare in the college’s Student Clinic and are eligible to apply for extended health insurance through the non-profit provider Green Shield Canada.
Several financial options exist, including scholarships and provincial and federal loans, for assisting students in paying for their education.