Where to begin

Is it the right profession for you?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are vastly recognized in Canada, and acupuncture sessions are covered by most insurance companies. 

A prospective student should know:

  • Acupuncture is a respected regulated health discipline
  • Acupuncture and Chinese medicine need time and dedication to learn, take even more time to master
  • Western medicine can not be ignored as it is part of the integrative practice and is part of our highly regarded curriculum

Previewing lecture notes is essential to understand certain courses, and reviewing class material is necessary to digest the knowledge. All of this can be time consuming, your time management skills and dedication can carry you a long way.

First semester of first-year is the most important. For some, this determines if one can continue the journey and become a fine practitioner.


Define your goals and time table

  • How much time do you have to study weekly?
  • What previous knowledge do you have for any of the courses?
  • What is your education back ground?
  • Would you require students loan?
  • Would you need to work part-time?
  • How well could you handle the pressure?

One should ask these questions before deciding to take full-time or part-time enrollment. A full time student can complete acupuncture program in three(3) years, and traditional Chinese medicine program in four(4) years.

Further more, should you like to continue your education and pursue a graduate maybe even a doctorate degree, a two - three years additional studies required for each degree.


Choosing an institution

There are many schools to choose from and no two are the same. We suggest prospective students to create a list of things that are important, select a few schools and take your time to do your due diligence.

To most, this is a personal choice, and is one of the most important.  Curriculum between schools are different, transferring from one to another can prolong the learning period.

Research through creditable material and sources are essential in decision making. Curriculum, faculty, administration, management, history, experience and credibility, etc. should all be part of the consideration. Ultimately the questions one may ask shall include:

  • History of the institution
  • History of the program
  • Graduation and licensing status
  • Instructors and management
  • Patient counts for interns

An institution with unstable core instructors may interrupt learning progress An institution with insufficient amount of patients may not provide enough practical experience. A quality program with proven records in an established institution provides stability, enables students to focus on learning, and will directly impact one’s success upon graduation.

At ACATCM, we do not split courses into different sections and our course names are not commercialized. Our curriculum is largely the same as those established by the Ministry of Education in China - two semesters per academic year with traditional course names. 

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