About us


The Pioneer In
Acupuncture and TCM Education


“Success comes from a supportive community, built by people who are driven to make a positive difference.

These are the types of individuals you will meet at ACATCM.”

– Dr. Lynda Smith, Vice President, Registered Acupuncturist

Founded in 1997, the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) was established to help form the next generation of practitioners, participating in a diverse community under the principles of authenticity, integrity, and determination. ACATCM is at the forefront of academic leadership, providing excellence in education and creating a strong foundation leading to student success.

As the first institution in Alberta providing professional education in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, these principles have guided ACATCM in its growth, team building, and being of service to the community. We have since established strong local and international partnerships and recognition and expanded as the only acupuncture and TCM education, practice and research institution in Canada. 

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Education is an art

The Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a state-of-the-art educational experience; a platform unmatched in usability, and programs designed with the highest standard in mind, ACATCM is a learning institution with international acclaim.

At ACATCM, we differ in leadership, innovation, program architecture, practicing intelligence, and learning outcomes.

Focus on providing outstanding opportunities for academic performance, clinical outcomes, and research opportunities, ACATCM offers an unparalleled multidimensional learning experience.

At ACATCM, we are dedicated to the success and fulfillment of our students. Supplementing our education platform is the expertise of our instructors in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, as well as their knowledge in a variety of other healthcare fields. Students are encouraged to think critically and ask questions, ensuring a comfortable and lively dynamic of learning.

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The Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine intends to be the preeminent education and research institution, at the forefront of advancements in healthcare and continued expertise.

Knowledge is invaluable, experience is paramount. The Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is dedicated to providing students with the highest standard of education and the most rewarding opportunities.

As an internationally recognized institution, the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine upholds its commitment to strengthening our educational platform, research involvement, and service in healthcare on a worldwide standard.

What Makes the ACATCM Unique

Deciding on a career can be difficult, if you choose acupuncture, the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) is the easy choice. Feel confident in your education and springboard yourself to a successful career in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

For 25 years, ACATCM has been passionate about high standards of education in TCM and for the profession. Dedicated to its students, it has provided opportunities and enriching educational experiences that enhance student learning and provide the foundations for successful careers. The ACATCMs experience has also made it pivotal in the development of industry standards. The current requirements for registration are modelled after our program and we aim to exceed these standards to ensure you are competitive in an ever-changing environment.    

Focused on research and innovation, ACATCM has collaborated with several partner institutions and is committed to propelling the development and advancement of the field of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. This includes a study developed with the University of Calgary on the physical and socio-economic benefits of TCM therapy in managing pain, mental health, and addiction. This focus on development means you are a part of and benefit from this, both by receiving innovative information and training as well as alumni rates for any training seminars developed by ACATCM or any of our partners. 

Internationally, ACATCM is recognized for its consistent pursuit of knowledge and education which has led ACATCM to become the first North American training center for a unique moxibustion therapy gaining clinical significance and popularity.  

ACATCM programs are also globally respected, which has allowed ACATCM students to enhance their learning by travelling to other countries and experiencing the cultural connections in their studies. This also means that your certificate is more widely recognized and allows you to move from provinces and countries with little hassle. Students from other countries can feel confident that they are choosing an institution that provides a caliber of programs that meets international approval. 

ACATCM strives to give back to its community. Working alongside fellow educational bodies, ACATCM outreach contributes to a positive and supportive impact, centering on health and wellness in community programs. Recently this included free weekend acupuncture appointments for the public and free treatments for those undergoing addiction rehabilitation.  

The ACATCM also has one of the most diverse student bodies in TCM education, giving you a well-rounded community to develop long-lasting relationships both professionally and personally.  

A persistence to excellence creates a dynamic experience for students at the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.   

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Research and partnership

The Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine is collaborating with the University of Calgary on the Complementary Health Integration Project (C.H.I.P.) with the pursuit of enhancing mental health, pain, and addiction support for Albertans during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community Service

Strengthening the community has always been the priority at ACATCM.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges. In October of 2020, the ACATCM launched the Community-Outreach Weekends program. Since then, the program has continued to provide hundreds of complimentary acupuncture treatments.

Over the years, the ACATCM works with Not-for-Profit corporations like Fresh Start Recovery Centre, Alpha House Society, and minority and new Canadian associations to promote meaningful development of education and service across the community.

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