#1 School in Acupuncture and TCM

Empowering Your Career In Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine

About us

Our Mission

ACATCM’s noble mission is to be the vanguard of education and research in the field of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Canada. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence in education, research, and partnerships, we strive to disseminate knowledge, pursue research, and serve our community with distinction.

As a preeminent institution of higher education, we take pride in fostering a community of scholars who are empowered to make a transformative impact on the world through their work in TCM.

Our History

The Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) was founded in 1997 by Dr. Benny Xu, a respected leader in the acupuncture and TCM community.

Since its inception, ACATCM has been committed to providing exceptional education and training in acupuncture and TCM. Our unwavering dedication to excellence has resulted in a proven track record of success in education, research, and clinical practice. Our graduates consistently attain a 100% pass rate on the pan-Canadian exams, which speaks to the remarkable quality of education and our commitment to student success.

In 2022, ACATCM moved into a state-of-the-art 38,000 square foot campus in Calgary, which has been thoughtfully redesigned specifically for the education of acupuncture and TCM students. The facility, which consists of education, research, practice, and clinical training facilities, is the largest of its kind in Canada.

As we continue to grow and evolve, ACATCM remains dedicated to empowering our students to succeed in their future careers and to advancing the field of integrative medicine.

As Canada’s premier institution for acupuncture and TCM education, ACATCM offers an unparalleled integration of education, research, and clinical practice, underscoring our commitment to preparing students for prosperous careers in this ancient, yet ever-evolving, field. Our legacy is dotted with significant achievements, innovation, and leadership, highlighting our continuous strive for excellence and our pivotal role in shaping the future of acupuncture and TCM education in Canada.

ACATCM’s story is one of relentless dedication, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to quality education. This narrative has been shaped by the collective efforts of an exceptional community of students, faculty, and staff. As one of Canada’s most distinguished institutions for acupuncture and TCM education, ACATCM has been at the forefront of the discipline’s educational development, contributing significantly to the body of knowledge and practice in this ancient yet dynamically evolving field.

A Tradition of Excellence

ACATCM’s tradition of excellence is not merely a byproduct of high standards but a testament to the effective integration of education, research, and clinical practice. This integration ensures that students receive a holistic and comprehensive education, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of professional practice. The college’s curriculum is rigorous, designed to not only impart knowledge but also to hone the skills and professionalism required for success in the field.

The near-perfect Pan-Canadian Examination pass rate achieved by ACATCM graduates speaks volumes about the quality of education and preparation students receive. It’s a reflection of the college’s ethos: to provide an education that not only meets but exceeds the expectations and requirements of the professional world of acupuncture and TCM.

The ACATCM Difference: Integrated Learning Model

What sets ACATCM apart is its integrated learning model, a dynamic blend of theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and research opportunities. This model offers students a transformative educational journey, characterized by a supportive and collaborative environment. From day one, students are immersed in a culture of excellence, encouraged to push boundaries, and inspired to achieve their best.

This model fosters a unique educational experience, where students can engage in cutting-edge research and gain hands-on experience in clinical settings. Such an approach ensures that graduates are not just knowledgeable but are skilled, confident, and ready to contribute to the advancement of acupuncture and TCM.

Beyond Academics: Cultivating Knowledge, Skill, and Character

ACATCM’s philosophy extends beyond the acquisition of knowledge and skills. It emphasizes the development of character, preparing students to be compassionate practitioners who are committed to the wellbeing of their patients and the community. This holistic approach to education nurtures well-rounded individuals who are not only adept at their craft but also embody the values and ethics befitting the noble practice of acupuncture and TCM.

Looking Forward

As ACATCM looks to the future, it remains dedicated to advancing the field of acupuncture and TCM through innovative education, research, and clinical practice. The college continually evolves, embracing new technologies and methodologies to enhance the learning experience and ensure its curriculum remains at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Invitation to Future Leaders

ACATCM invites prospective students to join its vibrant community, to be part of a legacy of excellence that not only shapes the future of healthcare but also transforms lives. With a solid foundation in both the art and science of acupuncture and TCM, ACATCM graduates step into the world ready to make a difference, armed with knowledge, skills, and a commitment to excellence.

ACATCM’s journey vividly illustrates the heights that passion, dedication, and a commitment to excellence can achieve. The college stands ready to welcome the next generation of leaders in acupuncture and TCM, offering an unparalleled educational experience poised to prepare them for successful and fulfilling careers.

We invite you to join our commitment to excellence and to become part of a legacy that is shaping the future of healthcare.


Esther FuEsther Fu
21:48 11 Apr 24
Zach was a good match for my son's treatmemts
17:47 11 Apr 24
Couldn't recommend Dr. Stella Pun enough for the facial acupuncture. She is knowledgeabe and skilled. And it is not just about the facial treatment, Dr. Puntreats patient as a whole and recommend the herbal tea/ chinese medicine for the chi instagnation or any other problems one may have.
Doug SmerekDoug Smerek
17:33 11 Apr 24
Info HealingInfo Healing
18:50 10 Apr 24
In my 3rd year and really loving the experience so far!
Patrick LiPatrick Li
20:16 09 Apr 24
I am a hemiplegic patient, and my condition has improved significantly after receiving treatment from Amanda Xia for more than a month. Now I can walk several hundred meters on my own and have feeling in my arms. I will continue to work with her into the next phase. grateful!
Olga IshanovaOlga Ishanova
19:23 09 Apr 24
The best acupuncture school with long history of education and well established curriculum. The instructors are super helpful and supportive with deep knowledge about acupuncture and TCM.
John ZhouJohn Zhou
16:14 09 Apr 24
Great receptionist and warm welcomed. 👏
Susan QuinnSusan Quinn
16:04 09 Apr 24
This clinic was recommended to me and I’ll be recommending to others.In one session, my doctor cleared up a lingering cold, cough, fatigue and headaches.I’m definitely impressed!
Claudia PeraltaClaudia Peralta
21:27 08 Apr 24
I higly recommend it!! Thank you
Kevin FalendaKevin Falenda
17:04 08 Apr 24
Best college around for learning of Eastern Medicine, etc.
Jacky HoJacky Ho
15:08 08 Apr 24
Excellent and professional. Highly recommended!
Yiu Yiu ChuiYiu Yiu Chui
04:13 08 Apr 24
Professional and knowledgeable staff. Spacious campus and nice place to have your study there. Traditional knowledge transfer hub.
19:33 07 Apr 24
Outstanding curriculum, personalized attention, and a nurturing environment. The perfect blend for a fulfilling education in traditional Chinese medicine. Highly recommended
DiXon.N (瀧)DiXon.N (瀧)
19:30 07 Apr 24
Top-notch instructors guide immersive learning. Real-world clinical exposure prepares us thoroughly. A standout choice for holistic medicine education!
19:24 07 Apr 24
"Exceptional education with dedicated faculty. Practical training sets this college apart. Grateful for the enriching experience!"
Ryan ChrumkaRyan Chrumka
19:59 06 Apr 24
Dr Amanda was able to really help my insomnia through acupuncture. After a few treatments, I have been sleeping more solidly and waking up less during the night. I would recommend this place if you have sleeping problems. They will be able to help.
Luozhen ShenLuozhen Shen
17:34 06 Apr 24
Best Acupuncture in town! Dr. Amanda Xia helped with my long term waist problem with only a few sessions. I really appreciate her professionalism, patience and caring!
Jason McCarthyJason McCarthy
19:14 05 Apr 24
Can’t recommend this place enough. Being going here for acupuncture and moxibustion and it has been greatly improving my organ functionality. Especially the liver. I initially came in here due to frequently abdominal pain that could not be diagnosed with western medicine. Ever since receiving frequent treatments I no longer have abdominal pain, increase energy with more restful nights (with eliminations of night sweats), and decreased stress. Would recommend anyone to Dr. Yingying Cong.
kanwal warraichkanwal warraich
22:38 04 Apr 24
My experience is good so far
Fabiola MonteiroFabiola Monteiro
21:12 04 Apr 24
I highly recommend the college, the team are very professional.
mabel shammabel sham
17:52 04 Apr 24
Dr Amanda is fantastic, feels so relaxed after receiving moxa with acupuncture! She’s very knowledgeable with herbs that complement my treatment needs.
Tar AstonTar Aston
17:37 04 Apr 24
I love ACATCM acupuncture so good after acupuncture my body so relax and less pain, I recommend this clinic reception very friendly and clinic so clean
jing Guojing Guo
00:57 04 Apr 24
I am very lucky to meet the doctors here. Every doctor is highly skilled. Dr. Wang only used two acupuncture sessions to help my child correct a problem that had lasted for more than a year. Amazing. Highly recommend this place.
J ChenJ Chen
23:49 03 Apr 24
Dr. Xia is very knowledgeable and professional!
Drew MillerDrew Miller
23:05 03 Apr 24
Been going here for a month now for treatments on my stomach. Have been recommending to all my friends. Special thanks to Danielle!
Amy CheungAmy Cheung
19:57 03 Apr 24
I really enjoyed the acupuncture treatment. Especially I always scared of needles. I feel so much better after the treatment.
Wanda D.Wanda D.
16:36 03 Apr 24
As an alumna, I am grateful I chose to study at the ACATCM. All my instructors were passionate about teaching, had superior knowledge to share, and genuinely cared about each student. As acupuncturists themselves, they had real-world experience to share with us to build a successful practice. When it came to preparing for the board exams, they put in time and effort to ensure we were well-prepared; it was evident they genuinely wanted to see each student succeed. The entire ACATCM staff helped me throughout my time at the ACATCM. I would highly recommend the ACATCM.
Rise AcupunctureRise Acupuncture
16:25 03 Apr 24
As someone who works with the ACATCM, I wish I would have done it sooner. The work environment is healthy and friendly and really challenges me to think bigger and outside the box to better, not only my own practice, but the future of acupuncture. I really enjoy working with the front staff who are very friendly and always willing to help. They do a great job interacting with patients and students as well. I really enjoy the Huatuo Clinic which is partnered with the ACATCM. The downtown location is modern and spacious. They offer all equipment needed to practice many modalities including a state-of-the-art heat-sensitive moxibustion machine.
19:11 01 Apr 24
Attending this acupuncture school has been transformative. The instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and deeply passionate about their craft. The curriculum is comprehensive, blending theory with practical application seamlessly. I feel confident and prepared to embark on my journey as an acupuncturist. Highly recommended!
Luk AaLuk Aa
19:32 31 Mar 24
Dr Helen is really experienced and helpful! she focuses on the real needs of me based on my specific situation, seeking to build a solid foundation inside my body to make sure my beauty is not fading. The dual emphases on beauty and health is much appreciated
Heather WongHeather Wong
21:07 28 Mar 24
I can attest that ACATCM is a great school. The curriculum effectively combines theoretical knowledge with practical application, making learning applicable and engaging. Faculty expertise is clear, enriching each class with deep insights into the subject matter.The ACATCM Community stands out for its supportive environment, fostering growth and exploration among students and staff. Access to top facilities and resources significantly enhances the learning experience. In addition, the institution really prepares students for success in the profession! No Regrets, Highly Recommended.
Ena LinEna Lin
20:51 19 Mar 24
What an amazing experience! As a grocery service worker, I spend my days on my feet, which often leaves me with unexplained muscle soreness requiring Tylenol. Upon my family doctor's recommendation, I decided to give this place a chance. Despite my initial reservations about acupuncture and massage, I am so glad I did. I booked a 1.5-hour appointment, with an hour dedicated to massage and half an hour to acupuncture. The professionalism of the staff and their friendly service made me feel truly pampered. Throughout my therapy session, I felt deeply relaxed, and the staff offered invaluable health advice. The relief I experienced from my soreness was remarkable. I will definitely be returning and recommending this place to everyone I know!!
nyah dernyah der
00:14 02 Feb 24
Kevin is the goat. I feel like I’m alive again I had such a healing experience and he makes you feel very comfortable. He’s very knowledgeable and can explain things thoroughly.

Proud to be the Alberta original with a remarkable success in education and research

Proven track record of success

Consistency outperforming the peers with 100% passing rates in Pan-Canadian Licensing Exams

Job Replacement

Graduates of ACATCM are highly sought after in the field with 100% job replacement rate.

Research opportunities

Partnered with the University of Calgary and Alberta Government, our students can participate in cutting-edge research and contribute to the advancement of the profession.

Residents Clinic

The Huatuo Clinic, ACATCM’s resident clinic, provides unmatched real-world experience for our students, and is highly respected in the field for its advanced acupuncture and TCM facilities.

Innovation and Integration

We take pride in being the leader in innovative and integrated education for acupuncture and TCM. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our dedicated student support and culture


Director’s Message

Welcome to ACATCM, where you will embark on a journey of exceptional education and a meaningful career in Traditional Chinese Medicine. By enrolling with us, you will discover the great healing power of TCM, which is not only a healing tradition but also a philosophy, art, and value system that is deeply ingrained in Eastern culture. At ACATCM, you will experience TCM as a beautiful way of living.

– Dr. Benny Xu, Executive Director, Registered Acupuncturist

President’s Message

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the president of this esteemed institution. Our college has been dedicated to providing professional education in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for twenty-six years, and we continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of our academic programs, research and clinical practice. 

– Dr. Dennis Lee, President, Registered Acupuncturist

ACATCM Presents

25th Anniversary and Special Graduate Celebration

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