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Is it the right profession for you?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are vastly recognized in Canada, and acupuncture sessions are covered by most insurance companies. 

A prospective student should know:

  • Acupuncture is a respected regulated health discipline
  • Acupuncture and Chinese medicine need time and dedication to learn, take even more time to master
  • Western medicine can not be ignored as it is part of the integrative practice and is part of our highly regarded curriculum

Previewing lecture notes is essential to understand certain courses, and reviewing class material is necessary to digest the knowledge. All of this can be time consuming, your time management skills and dedication can carry you a long way.

First semester of first-year is the most important. For some, this determines if one can continue the journey and become a fine practitioner.

 

Define your goals and time table

  • How much time do you have to study weekly?
  • What previous knowledge do you have for any of the courses?
  • What is your education back ground?
  • Would you require students loan?
  • Would you need to work part-time?
  • How well could you handle the pressure?

One should ask these questions before deciding to take full-time or part-time enrollment. A full time student can complete acupuncture program in three(3) years, and traditional Chinese medicine program in four(4) years.

Further more, should you like to continue your education and pursue a graduate maybe even a doctorate degree, a two - three years additional studies required for each degree.

 

Choosing an institution

There are many schools to choose from and no two are the same. We suggest prospective students to create a list of things that are important, select a few schools and take your time to do your due diligence.

To most, this is a personal choice, and is one of the most important.  Curriculum between schools are different, transferring from one to another can prolong the learning period.

Research through creditable material and sources are essential in decision making. Curriculum, faculty, administration, management, history, experience and credibility, etc. should all be part of the consideration. Ultimately the questions one may ask shall include:

  • History of the institution
  • History of the program
  • Graduation and licensing status
  • Instructors and management
  • Patient counts for interns

An institution with unstable core instructors may interrupt learning progress An institution with insufficient amount of patients may not provide enough practical experience. A quality program with proven records in an established institution provides stability, enables students to focus on learning, and will directly impact one’s success upon graduation.

At ACATCM, we do not split courses into different sections and our course names are not commercialized. Our curriculum is largely the same as those established by the Ministry of Education in China - two semesters per academic year with traditional course names. 

 

Our Programs Comparison

Besides Acupuncture and TCM diploma programs, students at our school will also have the opportunity to pursue Graduate programs with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, please refer to the program comparisons below for details.

 

 
Program Focus
Credentials Upon Graduation
Licensed Acupuncturist
TCM Practitioner
TCM Doctor / Physician
Program Duration
Fundamental Courses
Essentials TCM
Essentials of Acupuncture
Essentials of Herbal Medicine
Essentials of Western Science
Introducing TCM Classics
Acupuncture
Herbal Medicine
Western Medicine
Basic Diagnostics
Laboratory Tests & Imaging Diagnostics
Internal Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Advanced Learning
Acupuncture Techniques
Internal TCM
Introduction of other TCM modalities
Dermatology
EETN
Ophthalmology
Stomatology
Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
TCM Orthopedics
Exclusive Studies
Understanding TCM Classics from experts
Advanced Dialectic Methods of TCM
Medical Statistics
Clinical Pathology & Physiology
Advanced Dialectic Methods of TCM
Advanced & Experimental Acupuncture
Advanced Herbal Prescriptions / Combinations
Advanced TCM Internal Medicine
Advanced TCM Gynecology
Mastering TCM Foundations
Acupuncture
Enables graduates to master the full scope of acupuncture as well as incorporate other aspects of TCM into their practice
 
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3-year full-time study or up to 6 years of part-time study
 
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TCMD Program
To prepare students to become high quality TCM practitioners and practice TCM comprehensively
 
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4-year full-time study or up to 6 years of part-time study
 
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Graduate Program
Training advanced professionals at the master level to whom believing in themselves and are passionate in becoming leading practitioners
 
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3-6 years of part-time study. Based on education background, 1-3 pre-study may apply.
 
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Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
125, 4935 - 40th Ave N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada, T3A 2N1
Tel.: (403) 286-8788
Toll Free: 1-888-789-9984
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