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Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture: Diploma


This is a comprehensive program including courses in English and Mandarin language, communication, Ancient Chinese philosophy, and Western biomedical sciences which are necessary for the critical understanding and development of complex Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts. The curriculum has been designed to offer an education of significant breadth and rigour within the contexts of TCM/Acupuncture fundamental theory, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical practice. The program includes 460 hours of practice. Through these experiential learning activities, students will actively engage with the community.

Admission Requirements

On February 27, 2017 and October 30, 2017 changes to the admission requirements for this program were approved by Senate. Effective September 2018 the requirement of English 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 'B' will be removed. KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement will apply. Also effective September 2018 the requirement of 60 undergraduate credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 will be removed. Note that to be eligible to write the licensing exam with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA), 60 university credits are required in addition to the credits attained within the Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Diploma, however, these credits may be attained before, during, or after the Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Diploma. These changes will appear in the 2018-19 University Calendar to be published in June 2018.

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • English 12 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B
  • 60 undergraduate credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Interview by the Program Coordinator and/or letters of reference, if requested
  • Canadian CPR Level C Certificate; CPR certification must remain current throughout the program
  • An acceptable Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program within 6 months prior to the start of the program.
  • Applicants who have lived outside of Canada as an adult are required to secure a Criminal Record Search with the Vulnerable Sector from their country of origin. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further direction on obtaining your criminal record check

Selection for admittance will be based upon fulfillment of the admission requirements and, if spaces are oversubscribed, GPA.

Curricular Requirements

The Diploma requires the completion of the following 86 credits, with a minimum grade of 'C' in all courses.

Semester 1
  ACUP 1100 Acupuncture Fundamental Theory 4 credits
  ACUP 1110 Mandarin Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture 3 credits
  ACUP 1160 Acupuncture Biomedical Foundation 4 credits
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
Semester 2
  ACUP 1200 Acupuncture Diagnosis: Data Collection 4 credits
  ACUP 1210 East Asian Health and Philosophy 3 credits
  ACUP 1230 Acupuncture Meridian and Acupoint 6 credits
  ACUP 1260 Acupuncture Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology 3 credits
Semester 3
  ACUP 1180 Acupuncture Practicum Introduction 1 credit
  ACUP 1300 Acupuncture Diagnosis: Pattern Recognition 4 credits
  ACUP 1320 Acupuncture Technique 3 credits
  ACUP 1330 Acupuncture Therapy I 3 credits
  ACUP 1360 Acupuncture Introduction to Pathology 2 credits
  ACUP 2100 Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine History and Classics 2 credits
Semester 4
  ACUP 1340 Acupuncture Safety 2 credits
  ACUP 2130 Acupuncture Therapy II 3 credits
  ACUP 2150 Acupuncture Communication and Ethics 2 credits
  ACUP 2160 Acupuncture Western Medical Diagnosis (Imaging and Lab Testing) 2 credits
  ACUP 2170 Acupuncture Pharmacology 2 credits
  ACUP 2180 Acupuncture Practicum (Supervised I) 3 credits
Semester 5
  ACUP 2200 Acupuncture Taiji/Qigong 2 credits
  ACUP 2220 Advanced Acupuncture 2 credits
  ACUP 2230 Acupuncture Case Study 3 credits
  ACUP 2240 Acupuncture Tuina (Chinese style massage) 3 credits
  ACUP 2280 Acupuncture Practicum (Supervised II) 4 credits
Semester 6
  ACUP 2300 Acupuncture Musculoskeletal Management 2 credits
  ACUP 2320 Acupuncture Practice Transitions 3 credits
  ACUP 2340 Acupuncture Practice Management and Regulation 2 credits
  ACUP 2360 Acupuncture Shiliao and Nutrition 2 credits
  ACUP 2380 Acupuncture Practicum (Supervised III) 4 credits

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture.

At a Glance

Faculty of Health

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Diploma

Offered At:

  • KPU Richmond  Richmond

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September

Intake Type:

  • Limited Intake  Limited intake


  • Full-time  Full-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 86

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 1-Sep-2016

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 20-Dec-2017

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