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3 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
On campus
04 September 2023
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program


Students develop the in-depth theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills required to meet the entry-level standards of practice set by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Students benefit from expert clinical training that combines integrative healthcare models with Traditional Chinese Medicine, providing graduates with the necessary abilities to practice as a regulated healthcare professional.

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U), or Grade 12 Biology (U)

First-year enrollment is limited, satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Acupuncture 1 - Jing Luo/Channels and Collaterals
  • Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 2

  • Acupuncture 2: Introduction to Points and Meridians
  • Clinical Diagnosis in TCM 1
  • Introduction to TCM Dietary and Herbal Therapy
  • Palpation Anatomy
  • Professional and Ethical Standards in Acupuncture

Semester 3

  • Acupuncture Therapeutics
  • Fundamentals of Acupuncture Needling
  • Acupuncture 3: Points and Meridians Advances
  • Qigong and Mindfulness 1
  • Clinical Diagnosis in TCM 2
  • Western Biomedical Sciences 1

Semester 4

  • Acupuncture Practice
  • TCM Differential Diagnosis Introduction
  • Internal Medicine
  • Western Biomedical Sciences 2

Semester 5

  • Acupuncture Point Prescription and Treatment Planning
  • TCM Differential Diagnosis Advanced
  • External Medicine, Traumatology and Orthopedics
  • Qi Gong and Mindfulness 2
  • Research Methodologies

Semester 6

  • Comprehensive Acupuncture Examination Review
  • Integrated TCM Cases
  • Gynecology and Pediatrics
  • Business and Practice Management for Acupuncturists.


Tuition fee: $24339.41 CAD


Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. critically analyze and evaluate Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine theories and treatment methods to perform safe and effective Acupuncture skills within a clinical setting;
  2. evaluate patients incorporating a bio-medical approach with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) examination techniques to formulate a TCM diagnosis and treatment strategy, and carry out the treatment in a skillful and professional manner;
  3. explain the importance of Qi-cultivation in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and competently perform practical skills in the various techniques of Qi cultivation;
  4. employ essential therapeutic communication skills in professional practice situations to effectively work with and educate the public about integrative medical care models;
  5. establish professional relationships with Acupuncture colleagues and members of the inter-professional healthcare teams;
  6. assess and treat clients in a clinical setting using effective health related interpersonal skills;
  7. promote and advocate for the benefits of Acupuncture treatment to the community;
  8. establish a plan for lifelong learning for personal and professional development;
  9. access and support current and pertinent research to self-reflection, self-direction and the creation of best practices and current outcomes in the Acupuncture profession;
  10. provide culturally sensitive care to a diverse client population in the acupuncture clinical setting;
  11. evaluate and implement environmentally related initiatives relevant to the Acupuncture profession;
  12. identify and articulate the importance of conducting an Acupuncture or TCM practice in an ethical and professional manner, and within the appropriate provincial and federal legal requirements;
  13. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Career paths

Graduates of the Acupuncture program may be employed as a Registered Acupuncturist (NOC 3232 - practitioners of natural healing) in fertility clinics, doctors’ offices, physiotherapy clinics, naturopathic clinics, massage therapy clinics or chiropractic offices. As well, graduates may open their own clinic space thus becoming self-employed and/or eventually specialize and become involved in one specific area of healthcare such as pain management, dermatology or gynecology.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...

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Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario

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