Acupuncture diploma program launched at KPU

Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Richmond, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is now accepting applications to its new acupuncture diploma program, which will start this September as the inaugural program offering by the KPU School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

"Students interested in traditional Chinese medicine and in practicing acupuncture can now choose to take their training at an established public post-secondary institution," said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. "This new acupuncture program will launch the establishment of a school of traditional Chinese medicine."

Students will take courses, including traditional Chinese medicine foundations, acupuncture foundations, biomedical science, communications and practice management.

"Kwantlen Polytechnic University is poised to become the first public university in B.C. to offer a Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture program," said KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Davis. "Delivered at our Richmond campus, the program will cover fundamental theory, diagnosis, treatment and clinical practice."

The entry requirement of the acupuncture diploma program is 60 undergraduate credits. It will comprise 86 credits and 460 hours of clinical practice over six semesters.

"The demand for acupuncture education, and the popularity of acupuncture as a complementary medical treatment in B.C., are both clear," said KPU Provost and Vice-President Academic Salvador Ferreras. "To that end, KPU is excited to lead the way in meeting the needs of its students as well as their future patients."

The commitment to create an environment for a School of Traditional Chinese Medicine at a publicly funded, post-secondary institution in B.C. is a government platform commitment that was included in the 2013 speech from the throne.

Quick Facts:

* Traditional Chinese Medicine is a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act.

* It is regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of B.C.

* Individuals must have a valid registration (professional licence) issued by the regulatory college to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine in B.C.

To learn more about KPU’s acupuncture diploma program, visit

To read the original news release and for background information, visit the BC Newsroom.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at    

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Ministry of Advanced Education
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