How to choose the right school
How to choose the right school to learn Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Embarking on a career in acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a major commitment of time and resources. Looking at the websites of the various institutions you can see that the contents of the programs are rather similar – and should be. However, it is important to do your research and due diligence as the quality of the program and competency of faculty and administrators will impact the outcome of provincial and Pan-Canadian registration exams as well your future career as an acupuncturist.
Given the number of institutions to choose from and program similarities, how do you find the school that is right for you?
Visit several prospective schools
Visit your prospective schools’ office and tour the campus is an absolutely essential.
See and feel the atmosphere, environment, and people you will be spending time with and see whether the institution is right for you. If you have the opportunity, interview both current and former students.
A positive learning environment and positive energy will increase your efficiency and depth in learning.
It is important to get a sense of the ‘culture’ of the school that you are considering attending. After all, you will be spending three to four years with your instructors and fellow students in both classroom and clinic settings.
Check the history of your prospective schools
How long has your prospective school been in operation? Any history of awards or extracurricular programs both for students and the public?
There are a lot of moving parts for an institution/business to operate efficiently and effectively, it takes time, effort, and forward-thinking.
There is enough to occupy you in learning the volume and complexity of the material to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine, that you should not have to deal with hiccups in the administration and delivery of your education. You also want to see that your institution is staying current and developing the industry so that you can be confident your education is pertinent to modern practice.
Check the facility
The schools’ facility should be easy to reach, feel safe, and bring you a sense of pride.
To do this, the ACATCM uses 2 separate locations. Our classrooms are housed in the Heritage Hall at the prestigious SAIT campus thus allowing our students access to the numerous amenities provided including direct C-train access.
Our clinic and administration offices are only a few blocks away in the beautiful community of Capital Hill in the Banff Trail Plaza. This space has numerous spacious clinic rooms for treatments, our own TCM-backed library, an herbal dispensary, and room for students to hang out and study.
Prepare a question-list
We emphatically advise that you prepare a question-list to the administrators and current students before your site-visit. Questions may include:
- Graduates report
- Licensing exams passing rate
- Employment status
- What kind of recognition does your school have?
- What affiliations do your school have?
- Can I observe a class and speak with current and past students?
- Can I speak with any instructors?
We are excited to meet you!