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Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture Diploma

Note: Current immunization records are required prior to placement in a clinical or practice course. Students are responsible for all costs related to immunization. Failure to have acceptable immunization documentation at the time of placement or clinical practice course may jeopardize completion of the program.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture Diploma (TCM-AD) program is a full-time limited intake 3 academic year program based out of KPU's Richmond campus. KPU is the first public university in British Columbia to offer a Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture program. Combining ancient Chinese philosophy with Western biomedical science, students develop the necessary skills to work in the acupuncture and Chinese medicine industry. The program offers a student teaching clinic on campus, which provides students with hands-on experience and knowledge in patient care in a live clinical setting, all while supervised by instructors who are certified practitioners, acupuncturists or Doctors of TCM.

The diploma includes a variety of courses in theory, as well as diagnosis, treatment and clinical practice. Select courses in Mandarin are also required for the program and gives students an advantage in clinic settings. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to write the national registration exam for acupuncture practitioners in Canada, as well as the Pan-Canadian licensing exam, and become members of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) .

The Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture program is guided by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists (CTCMA). To work as a registered acupuncturist, graduates must meet the required competencies and standards set by the CTCMA. More information can be found at the following links:




KPU Pathway to Undergraduate Studies

For international applicants with an IELS score below 6.5, a pathway option may be available for you. Please contact KPU International, using the contact information below. Students interested in the KPU Pathway to Undergraduate Studies will find the requirements of each level on the KPU Pathway to Undergraduate Studies homepage.

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