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Here are some of the frequently asked questions about admission, regulation, and practice. If you can not find the questions or answers listed here, please contact us here.

Can I choose to pursue the Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma (TCMD) after completion of Diploma in Acupuncture?2020-09-04T12:10:58-06:00

An upgrade to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma is available to all Acupuncture Diploma students. If you decide to change your mind while attending classes, you may choose to upgrade your Diploma of Acupuncture to the TCMD or vice versa anytime.

Please note, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma is a double-major program. Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma graduates will also receive a Diploma in Acupuncture.

Is part-time students class schedule difference from full-time students?2020-09-04T12:06:59-06:00

The ACATCM groups classes together by their typical year taken. Part-time students will attend the classes with other regular students with respects to the classes scheduled time.

When can I apply?2020-05-20T20:24:25-06:00

Typically for domestic students, the application deadline is July 31 and June 30th for international applicants every year.

For up-to-date application related information, please refer to the admission section.

Where can I find the application?2020-05-20T08:54:55-06:00

Online application is located here: https://www.acatcm.com/online-application/

2020 – 2021 mail-in application form can be downloaded here.

How much does it cost to apply?2020-05-06T19:22:58-06:00

Domestic Students:

A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 in Canadian funds payable to ACATCM, through etransfer to [email protected], or mailed-in bank-draft.

International Students:

A non-refundable application fee of $500.00 in Canadian funds payable to ACATCM, through etransfer to [email protected], or mailed-in bank-draft.

How do I apply for Alberta Student Aid?2020-05-06T20:33:06-06:00

Alberta students can apply for Alberta Student Aid online at https://studentaid.alberta.ca/

How much does it cost to attend ACATCM?2020-05-25T12:18:50-06:00

Tuition and fees vary from program to program, please refer to the program section for detailed information.

Do I need first degree for admission2020-05-06T20:16:25-06:00

No. Please refer to our general Admission Eligibility section for details.

Can I tour your Facility? How do I book an appointment?2020-05-28T15:56:51-06:00

We offer tours free of charge. Simply book an appointment online here:


You may also call the school administrative department to book an appointment: 403-286-8788.

How does the college preparation students for licencing exams?2020-05-28T15:53:56-06:00

The ACATCM offers a range of options for our students to prepare for their respective licensing exams. These include hands-on work in our clinic to online preparation courses. ACATCM graduates are enjoying Unrivaled Pan-Canadian Exams Success.

Do you require a base English proficiency to be eligible for your courses?2020-05-28T15:49:49-06:00

We require the students whose first language is not English to provide English proficiency information in the form of IELTS. Our base requirements require a score of at least 5.0 IELTS, and a TOEFL iBT of 35-45. For more information, please check the link below:

Can I study Acupuncture or TCMD programs without any Traditional Chinese Medicine background?2020-05-28T15:50:16-06:00

Of Course! Our courses take you step by step through all the Traditional concepts needed to make you the best practitioner you can be. All we require is that you fulfill our program eligibility and to find out more follow the link here: https://www.acatcm.com/admissions/

Am I able to sign up for individual courses?2020-09-04T12:05:21-06:00

Yes. However, currently, the ACATCM does not offer individual course applications for prospective students to register as a full-time student. The alternative option is register as a part-time student. Part-time students are required to registered for 1-3 courses per semester.

Am I able to complete any courses via distance learning?2020-11-09T16:43:26-06:00

Over our history, classes have been only offered in a classroom setting, however, with the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned to offering online classes for students with plans to continue to offer these once the pandemic eases. With the appropriate regulations in your respective jurisdictions, we are happy to offer a limited selection of courses online.

What qualifies as transferable credit? Can my massage courses qualify for credit?2020-05-28T15:38:26-06:00

Many courses can qualify you for credit including massage. We simply need your official transcripts from your institution and after a review by our admissions officer can result in many basic courses to be transferred from your previous education.

Do you have a break down academic calendar?2020-09-04T12:19:58-06:00

The Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine operates on an 18-week semester system. A typical fall-winter semester starts the day after the labour-day and ends at the end of January. The winter-spring semester starts in mid-February and ends at the end of June.

A full list of the academic calendars can be found here, consists of:

  • First day of the fall-winter semester
  • Midterm break
  • Christmas and New-Year holiday break
  • Last day of the fall-winter semester
  • Winter break
  • First day of the winter-spring semester
  • Midterm break
  • Last day of the academic year

Academic Calendar


Do you offer weekend or evening courses?2020-09-04T12:35:57-06:00

Unfortunately, we currently do not offer evening or weekend courses at this time.

How many hours of study is required from the student2020-05-20T08:38:37-06:00

Expect to study approx. 1-3 hours per day. This also depends on the individual and their needs.

Are graduates eligible to work across Canada2020-05-20T08:37:47-06:00

Upon successful completion of the national licensing exam, graduates are eligible to work across Canada.

What is the difference between part-time and full-time2020-05-20T08:39:39-06:00

To study part-time, a student has up to 6 years to complete the program, will be registered in 2-3 classes per semester, and can expect to be in class/clinic up to 15 hours per week. Full-time students have 3 to 4 years (Acupuncture vs TCM) to complete the program, will be registered in 5-7 classes per semester, and can expect to be in class/clinic up to 25 hours per week.

What are the age range of the students2020-05-20T08:41:29-06:00

We have students from 20 years old to 50 plus in our classes

What does the class schedule look like2020-09-04T10:39:29-06:00

The Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine operates on an 18-week semester system.

Our academic schedule runs from September till the end of June, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

First-year classes are held in the afternoons, second-year classes are in the mornings and both third and fourth-year classes are either in the mornings or afternoons.

The clinic is scheduled from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

What is the difference between the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) programs2020-05-20T08:36:44-06:00

The Acupuncture program is 3 years in length and the TCM program is 4 years. In the TCM program, students will gain in-depth knowledge of different diseases, treatments, history, and extensive diagnosing techniques.

Who is CAAA2020-05-20T08:56:11-06:00

College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA) is the governing body for Acupuncture Regulation of Alberta. The CAAA is responsible to ensure that members have the proper education and training to provide competent and ethical services to the public.

Is acupuncture regulated in Alberta?2020-05-20T08:54:19-06:00

Yes. Acupuncture is regulated in Alberta under the Health Disciplines Act.

Is Traditional Chinese Medicine Regulated in Alberta?2020-05-20T08:55:19-06:00

Not Yet.

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