Project Description

Diploma in Acupuncture

Program Overview

Program Length: Three-Years

Recognized across Canada, the USA (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and China. Our flagship three-year Acupuncture Diploma program is the longest-running in Alberta and regarded as one of the most advanced in the world.

For more than two decades, the proven Acupuncture Diploma program content is the most comprehensive and well-rounded available in Canada. Students will establish a superior knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, extensive hands-on training, and active in-person support.

Over the three years, students will deeply explore theoretical and clinical concepts of Acupuncture and TCM. Students will also learn the ancient philosophies, diagnostic principles and treatment techniques, as well as the foundations of Western medical science. Our program and instructors are constantly improving and evolving with modern times, however, we will never lose touch with the core foundation and history of TCM. Instead, we strive to continue to learn from the past and apply this knowledge to the future.

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At ACATCM, we provide a first-class learning experience to students, and proudly so. Our leadership in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine education is recognized across Canada, the US (NCCAOM) and China.

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Curriculum

Program Length: Three-Years

Proven and trusted, this program enables graduates to master the full scope of acupuncture as well as incorporate other aspects of TCM into daily practice, while also providing the necessary tools and qualifications to handle any clinical scenario.

First Year Curriculum

Fall Semester

CodeCourse Name / SubjectsHrs Per WeekNo. of WeeksTotal Hours
101Fundamental Theories of TCM51890
102Anatomy51890
103Physiology51890
A104Biochemistry5945
A105Microbiology5945
Total20360

Spring Semester

CodeCourse Name / SubjectsHrs Per WeekNo. of WeeksTotal Hours
108Diagnostics of TCM51890
A109Pathology51155
A110Pharmacology5735
111Acupuncture & Moxibustion I51890
112Herbology I51890
A114Clinical Observation I11818
Total21378

Second Year Curriculum

Fall Semester

CodeCourse Name / SubjectsHrs Per WeekNo. of WeeksTotal Hours
201Tui Na51890
A202Acupuncture & Moxibustion II + III51890
203Herbology II51890
204Internal TCM I51890
A207Clinical Observation II3.51866
Total23.5426

Spring Semester

CodeCourse Name / SubjectsHrs Per WeekNo. of WeeksTotal Hours
A208Acupuncture & Moxibustion IV51890
209Herbology III51890
210Internal TCM II51890
A205External TCM51890
A215Clinical Observation III3.51866
Total23.5426

Third Year Curriculum

Fall Semester

CodeCourse Name / SubjectsHrs Per WeekNo. of WeeksTotal Hours
A301Western Medical Terminology11414
A302Western Medical Diagnostics618108
A303Acupuncture & Moxibustion V1.51624
A304TCM Gynecology & Pediatrics41872
A305Special Clinical Case Studies31854
A306First Aid and CPR11616
A307Integration of TCM and Western Medicine21836
A308Clinical Observation IV31854
Total22378

Spring Semester

CodeCourse Name / SubjectsHrs Per WeekNo. of WeeksTotal Hours
A309Final Practicum3918700
Total39700
  • Total program hours: 2668 hrs
  • Total clinical hours: 904 hrs

Subject details

This course provides the students with an understanding of the rich and fascinating fundamental theories of TCM, including the history of TCM, the theory of Yin-Yang, the theory of Five Elements, the theory of Qi, blood and body fluids, the theory of Zang-Fu organs, and the theory of meridians and collaterals. TCM etiology and pathogenesis, diagnostic techniques (four examinations), preventive measures, and principles of treatments will also be introduced to the students.
This course presents an in-depth study of normal structures on the human body. At the beginning, it includes a general introduction to the human body, in which organization of the body, anatomical terms, basic histology, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, circulatory system, and medical imaging will be briefly discussed. Following the introduction, regional anatomy is taught. Topics include upper limbs, lower limbs, head and neck, back, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and perineum.
This course presents an in-depth study of normal functions of the human body. At the beginning the central concept of human physiology – homeostasis will be introduced in detail, followed by a full discussion of cellular physiology, neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, renal physiology, hematology and immunology, respiratory physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, endocrine physiology, and reproductive physiology.
This course will be taught with the emphasis on the basic concepts of biomolecules, including major organic compounds in the body like proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, etc.; basic enzymology that deals with general enzyme kinetics and regulations; basic metabolic pathways related to important body functions; and basic molecular biology covering genome organization, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis and processing as well as mutations.
Students will be instructed on the topics of the principles of public health microbiology, which basically examines general concepts of microorganisms, microbial metabolism, control of microbial growth, microbial genetics, characteristics of different classes of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and other parasites. This course will also discuss the principles of diseases and epidemiology, mechanisms of pathogenicity and common microbial diseases.
Students will be instructed on the two main topics: diagnostic techniques or four examinations (inspection, auscultation/olfaction, interrogation, and palpation), which includes unique tongue and pulse diagnosis, and differentiation of syndrome according to the fundamental theories of TCM. Comprehensive applications of diagnostic methods as well as diagnosis of commonly seen clinical symptoms will be discussed. Students will also be involved in actual case studies.
This course will be focused on the pathologic basis of diseases in Western medicine in comparison with TCM etiology and pathogenesis. Topics include general pathology, cardiovascular and hematologic pathology, respiratory pathology, head and neck pathology, digestive pathology, urogenital and breast pathology, endocrine pathology, dermatologic pathology, musculoskeletal pathology, and neurologic and eye pathology.
This course will introduce to the students the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of modern drugs in comparison with TCM herbal materials. It also discusses drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system, drugs affecting the central nervous system, drugs affecting the cardiovascular system, drugs affecting other organ systems, chemotherapeutic drugs, and anti-inflammatory drugs and autacoids.
This is the first one of the five Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion courses. The meridian systems and acupuncture points will be introduced. Students will learn 12 regular meridians, 8 extraordinary meridians, 15 collaterals, and other meridian and collateral pathways. The anatomical locations and needling methods of about 400 regular and standardized extra acupuncture points will also be studied.
Herbal medicine is a major part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It represents one of the most powerful forms of medicine used in the world today. Chinese herbology is the most organized, experienced, consistent and accessible treatment and prevention system available. This course presents a comprehensive study of over 300 herbs from the Chinese Materia Medica, including their names, classification, nature, taste, properties, entering meridian, indication, usage, safe and maximum dosage, precautions, contraindications, combinations and preparation. A general overview and detailed analysis of the qualities, entering channels and functional aspects of each herb will be introduced.
This is the first clinical internship course. Students will be oriented by the supervising doctor to have a general tour of the college clinic, to review all information presented, and to put their skills and knowledge to the test in actual clinical practice.
Chinese Tui Na, known as Chinese medical therapeutic massage and acupressure. Japanese Shiatsu and American Reflexology are also a part of Chinese Tui Na. Chinese Tui Na is a very special massage method used to treat soft tissue dysfunctions and bone structures. It is a specialty department in TCM hospitals in China. In this course, students will explore all the theories, concepts, techniques and indications of Chinese medical therapeutic massage. Students will also study the treatments of the most commonly seen clinical situations.
This course will focus on the acupuncture treatment strategies, including general principles of acupuncture treatment, selection and combination of acupuncture points, and acupuncture and moxibustion techniques. Approximately 75 commonly seen clinical situations, including internal, external, gynecologic, pediatric, and miscellaneous diseases, will also be discussed.
This course will introduce to the students the two modern acupuncture techniques – ear and scalp acupuncture. Basic auricular structures, original and standardized ear and scalp acupuncture points, as well as their indications and needling methods will be discussed.
This course is a systematic study of the most commonly used herbal formulas and their modifications, focusing on analyzing what each herb does and the role it plays in the formula. Chinese herbal prescriptions are the art of therapeutic strategy and balance. The herbs within the prescription have to be balanced and well defined. In this course, students will learn how to choose the correct herbs and medical formulas from thousands of Chinese herbs and formulas available and how to modify a formula and organize a prescription to fit the patient’s condition and individual needs.
Internal Medicine represents the biggest department of TCM hospitals in China. This course includes symptomatic analysis for metabolism disorders, neurology, nephrology, psychiatry, hematology, immunology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, oncology and parasitology.
Students review all knowledge and skills acquired to this point and try to put all the taught treatment methods together to provide treatment to patients in actual clinical cases. Limited hands-on practice will be included.
In this course, the students will study 80 commonly encountered clinical cases, in which patients’ main complaints and detailed medical histories (including tongue and pulse conditions) are provided. Students are responsible for analyzing the information, making appropriate diagnoses, and determining the treatment principles and point selections, while the instructor summarizes all the cases.
Approximately 120 commonly used Chinese patent formulas available in North America will be introduced. Many of the prescriptions have been used for hundreds of years and have proven themselves safe and efficient.
This course is the continuation of the course #204. More diseases will be discussed, including symptomatic analysis for metabolism disorders, neurology, nephrology, psychiatry, hematology, immunology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, oncology and parasitology.
This course will introduce the students to the basic external, dermatology, orthopedics and traumatology, including their general characteristics and commonly seen diseases in each of these.
This is the third clinical internship course. Students again review all knowledge and skills acquired to this point, and try to put all the taught treatment methods together to provide treatment to patients in actual clinical cases.
This course helps the students to better understand the course #A302, improving communication skills with western medical doctors and other health care professions and helping students to write a formal medical report. In this course, students will learn the basic terminology used to describe symptoms, signs, syndromes and diseases.
This is an introductory Western medical diagnostic science course, in which topics include general principles of history taking, general principles of physical examination, and detailed information on the procedures of medical investigation in a systematic way, covering cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, hematological system, rheumatological system, endocrine system, nervous system, psychiatric history and mental state examination, and skin.
In this course, students will learn the acupuncture safety skills and modern standardized clean needle techniques developed in North America, since it is one of the requirements for the registration as an acupuncturist and TCM practitioner.
This course has two parts in which TCM gynecology will cover female reproductive anatomy and physiology, etiology and pathogenesis of women’s diseases, principles of diagnostics and therapeutics, preventive measures and health care, and common gynecologic diseases; while TCM pediatrics will cover children’s growth and development, physiologic, pathologic, etiologic characteristics, principles of diagnostics and therapeutics, preventive measures and health care, and common pediatric diseases.
This course involves independent pursuit of an activity related to TCM training. Some special topics on the integration of advanced medical science and clinical information with alternative, preventative and Chinese medicine will be discussed. Topics may also include the area of modern immunology and Chinese preventative health aspects, physical and psychological aspects of the aging process and the prevention and treatment of aging problems. The topics and cases will be selected by the students or faculty and will be in areas that offer the biggest challenge to the medical profession and health care professionals such as AIDS, cancer, parasite infections, diabetes and stroke.
This course covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid with specific attention to special clinical situations.
This course has two parts. The first part discusses how to integrate traditional Chinese medicine and conventional medicine. The student will learn how to prepare a research program, complete their research and prepare a finished thesis. Each student will choose their own research topic and present their thesis before the faculty and other students. The second part is the thorough review of important concepts of TCM and Western Medicine, followed by a comprehensive examination (final exit exam).
This course helps the students to better understand the course #A302, improving communication skills with western medical doctors and other health care professions and helping students to write a formal medical report. In this course, students will learn the basic terminology used to describe symptoms, signs, syndromes and diseases.
This is the fourth clinical Internship course. Students review all knowledge and skills acquired to this point, and to put all learned treatment methods together to provide treatment to patients in actual clinical cases.
This is the final supervised clinical practice of the program. It will include the full-time practice of TCM at the college clinic and approved clinics in the province of Alberta. The student’s ability to treat patients is evaluated on a regular basis by their supervisors. From time to time, students may make their own decisions on the treatment methods but must obtain the supervisor’s approval. An intern must have completed the full 700 hours and get a satisfactory evaluation from their supervisors in order to graduate and be issued a diploma.
– Total program hours: 2668 hrs
– Total clinical hours: 904 hrs
– All exams will be held during regular class hours

Tuition and Fees

Program Length: Three-Years

Students ClassificationTuition
Full-time Students$4,900.00 per semester
Full-time Students$9,800.00 per academic year
Part-time students$14.00 / credited hour
Non-classified Students60% of full tuition

Registration Fee

A $100.00 non-refundable application fee is due when submitting the application form.

Tuition Deposit

A $400.00 tuition deposit is due within 14 days after receiving the notification of acceptance.

Textbooks and Supplies

The cost for course materials, textbooks and supplies range from $10 – $250 per course. A full-time student may expect to pay $900 – $1500 in textbooks and optional materials per academic year.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available Acupuncture Diploma students through the Federal and Provincial Student Loan programs. Students wishing to obtain financial aid may discuss their student loan status with our administration office.

How to Apply

ADMISSIONS
Application guidelines and procedures are listed under our Admissions Section. International students should also check here.
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TESTIMONIALS

ALEX B.
ALEX B.R.AC, TCMD
I have had the luck and privilege to come across great teachers and faculty. The one thing that stands out is how much the school cares about you. You are not a number but a name. I can still email or ask my teachers for help and they are happy to respond. I am glad I found this school and would recommend it to anyone. Learning TCM at ACATCM was life changing for me.
TANYA H.
TANYA H.R.AC, TCMD
I highly recommend ACATCM to anybody. The teachers taught in a way that is very relatable to real life practice. They encourage out of the box thinking and pushed us to succeed. Their passion for TCM is inspiring and I remember leaving class feeling so excited to begin practising. I feel a great sense of comradery with the teachers and alumni as we all share in the same purpose of helping others with TCM.
JORDAN B.
JORDAN B.R.AC, TCMD. RMT
As a Massage Therapist, I wanted to go to the next level in my ability to treat and heal patients. TCM not only allows me to do this, it opens so many more doors. The learning of TCM has taught me to strive for balance and harmony.