Admissions

clinicAdmission Requirements

Admission requirements vary from school to school within Pacific Rim College. For admissions information specific to each school and program, please click on the appropriate program under our Faculties & Programs page.

Selection Factors

Pacific Rim College is committed to providing the highest quality education in complementary and integrative medicines and permaculture design. Admission into all programs is competitive. As a result, exceptional academic performance and social skills are assets for applicants. However, the most critical selection factor is a student’s passion for learning and for improving the lives of others and the environment.

Application Packages

Students can apply for admission into PRC via a printable application or an online application. To request a printable application package via email or for admissions queries, email admissions@pacificrimcollege.com. To download an application package or to apply online, please click on the link below.

Transfer Students

Students who have completed credits at another recognized college or university may apply for credit transfer only at the time of initial enrolment (after gaining acceptance and prior to beginning studies) and only for the following programs: all diploma programs*, Natural Health Certificate and Holistic Doula Certificate.

*excluding Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystem Diploma

Student-working-in-PRC-herbal-gardensDiploma of Phytotherapy

Phytotherapy transfer students must submit a Prior Learning Assessment application prior to enrolment in order to have transfer credits evaluated. A credit transfer fee of $20 per credit applies.

Diploma of Holistic Nutrition

Holistic Nutrition transfer students must submit a Prior Learning Assessment application prior to enrolment in order to have transfer credits evaluated. A credit transfer fee of $20 per credit applies.

Natural Health Program

Natural Health Program students must submit a Prior Learning Assessment application prior to enrolment in order to have transfer credits evaluated. No elective course requirements can be satisfied with transfer credits. A credit transfer fee of $20 per credit applies.

Diploma of Acupuncture (and Oriental Medicine)

Students who have earned credits in another recognized Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) program in North America (schools from other countries will be evaluated on case-by-case basis) can transfer into the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PRC. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine transfer students only need to complete the equivalent of one year of coursework at PRC to be eligible to receive a diploma, and all eligible AOM college credits will be transferred for a total transfer fee of $150 for each AOM college attended. Students do not need to submit a Prior Learning Assessment for previous eligible AOM college education but will instead have credits evaluated automatically upon confirmation of acceptance into the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The college provides the opportunity to broaden our study interest. Besides Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine classes, I was also able to take a few western herbal medicine classes. I would recommend this college to anyone interested in complementary and integrative medicine.
– Victoria Dong

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Students who have completed a 4-year Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program comparable to that at PRC can apply for admission directly into the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program without needing to transfer any credits. Students who have not yet completed a 4-year program are subject to the same transfer policies as indicated for the Diploma of Acupuncture above.

Holistic Doula Certificate Program

Practicing Doulas who want to increase their skills and education are welcome to apply for this is program and may be exempt from and/or eligible to receive transfer credits for certain program components. A credit transfer fee of $20 per credit applies.

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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. Any student who pursues this study route must complete a Program/Course Registration Form. Provided that a student has satisfied course prerequisites (prerequisites can be seen on the Course Descriptions page), he or she is eligible to enrol in virtually any diploma program course. Enrolment priority is given to program students, and full course tuition payment (via cash, cheque, or debit – no credit cards) is due at time of course registration. Any student who has previously been denied admission into any program at PRC 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 other students.

Financial Information

PRC is not just a school, but is a living educational ground in diversity where one can learn true professionalism.

– Tae Byun Hyun

Tuition

Tuition varies from program to program within PRC. For tuition specific to your program of interest, please visit the appropriate Faculties and Programs page.

Tuition Refund Policies

Please click the here to see Tuition Refund Policies for all programs.

Tuition Payment

Cash, cheque, and debit are all accepted payments for tuition and applicable fees. flywireAdditionally, PRC also accepts Flywire transactions for international payments. Please click here to pay by Flywire.

Student Loans

Canadian students are eligible to apply for Canada Student Loans for all programs* at PRC. (*The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program is currently under application with the intention of being Student Loan approved prior to the first offering.)

British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC by clicking here. Students can also pick up a paper application from PRC or any other academic institution registered with Canada Student Loans, or order one directly from StudentAid BC.

For non-British Columbia residents, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca or the loaning institution of your province of residence for information about Canada Student Loans.

Scholarships and Bursaries

PRC offers scholarship programs to full-time students who qualify. Students must satisfy minimum criteria to be eligible for any financial reward. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

doulas students 2Admission Policies

Acceptance

Following successful completion of the application process, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent to each student. Applicants may be required to complete an interview process prior to acceptance.

Deposit

All successful candidates for admission into all diploma programs (except the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma) and the Natural Health Certificate must pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm acceptance and to insure a space in the entering program. The deposit is credited towards the student’s first semester tuition, and the deposit is due within the timeframe indicated on the program webpage and the candidate’s acceptance letter. The College holds the authority to, without notice, offer another student the enrolment position of an accepted applicant or withdraw the applicant’s offer of acceptance if the enrolment deposit has not been paid within the required time frame.

Registration Fee

All successful admission candidates and registrants for the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma, Community Herbalist Certificate, Holistic Nutrition Certificate, and Holistic Doula Certificate must pay a non-refundable registration fee to reserve a space in the entering class. The College holds the authority to, without notice, offer another student the enrolment position of an accepted applicant or registrant if the registration fee has not been paid within the required time frame.

Matriculation

New diploma students and Natural Health Certificate students in their first semester of study need to maintain a minimum enrolment of 6 program credits in order to officially matriculate into the accepted program. Any student who fails to meet this minimum enrolment must request an Enrolment Deferral in writing and forfeits the enrolment deposit.

student clinic discussion copyEnrolment Deferral

A successful admissions candidate or program registrant may choose to request deferral of enrolment as per below.

Diploma Programs* and Natural Health Certificate
Successful admissions candidates may request to defer enrolment for a maximum of one semester. Deferrers will forfeit the original enrolment deposit and must pay an additional enrolment deposit to reserve enrolment space.

*excluding Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma

Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma
Successful admissions candidates may request to defer enrolment for a maximum of one program offering. Deferrers will forfeit the original registration fee paid and must pay an additional registration fee to reserve enrolment space.

Holistic Doula Certificate
Successful admissions candidates may request to defer enrolment for a maximum of one program offering. Deferrers will forfeit the original registration fee paid and must pay an additional registration fee to reserve enrolment space.

Community Herbalist Certificate and Holistic Nutrition Certificate
Program registrants may request to defer enrolment for a maximum of one program offering. Deferrers will forfeit the original registration fee paid and must pay an additional registration fee to reserve enrolment space.

Readmission

Students must reapply for admission if they interrupt registration for one or more calendar years and were not academically dismissed at the conclusion of the last semester of attendance.