Acupuncture The first and only program of its kind in the Ontario college system! Develop your skills and gain experience in our on-site public clinic.

General information

Program code
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie

Program description

The Acupuncture diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the entry-level standards of practice set by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). This program provides in-depth theoretical and clinical components of Acupuncture. Students benefit from expert clinical training that combines integrative healthcare models with Traditional Chinese Medicine, providing graduates with the necessary skills to practice as a regulated healthcare professional.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U), or Grade 12 Biology (U)

First-year enrolment is limited, satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission details

Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements to be granted admission to this program:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C), or (U), (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus Grade 11 C or U Biology or Grade 12 U biology (SBI3U/C, SBI4U). Also recommended: Grade 11 U Chemistry or Grade 12 C or U Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C, SCH4U).

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with: Communications, Biology

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) (meets English requirements, not sciences)

- Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and/or mature student testing that meets the minimum standards for admission

Applicants who are 19 years of age or over by the first day of classes, and who lack the academic entrance qualifications, may be considered for entrance to an appropriate post-secondary diploma or certificate program as mature applicants. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis and acceptance will be determined by counseling, Communication Placement Assessment (CPA), previous post-secondary education and evaluation of experience. Some programs also have specific prerequisite requirements that must be met prior to admission. Mature applicants must meet all program specific prerequisites. Those applying as mature students and having no documentation of Grade 12 education must supply, if required, proof of age, such as a copy of an official birth certificate or driver's licence. Refer to Section 2.5 and 2.6 of the Academic Calendar for further details.

Reference check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.


View the Acupuncture articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • ACPT1000 Acupuncture Points and Meridians Introduction
  • ACPT1001 Acupuncture Points and Meridians Advanced
  • ACPT2001 Acupuncture Therapeutics
  • ACPT3001 Comprehensive Acupuncture Examination Review
  • ACPT3002 Acupuncture Practice Management
  • ALTM1000 Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • ALTM1001 Qigong and Mindfulness 1
  • ALTM1002 Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Introduction
  • ALTM1003 Clinical Diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • ALTM1004 Qigong and Mindfulness 2
  • ALTM2000 TCM Differential Diagnosis Introduction
  • ALTM2001 Materia Medica
  • ALTM2002 Qigong and Mindfulness 3
  • ALTM2003 TCM Differential Diagnosis Advanced
  • ALTM2004 Clinical Diagnosis and Medical Terminology
  • ALTM2005 Qigong and Mindfulness 4
  • ALTM3000 Integrated TCM Cases
  • ALTM3001 Chinese Patent Medicines
  • BIOL1019 Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL1020 Palpation Anatomy
  • BIOL2009 Pathology
  • BUSI3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
  • ETHC1000 Professional and Ethical Standards in Acupuncture
  • HLTH2004 Philosophies of Healing
  • REAS3000 Research Methodologies
  • ACPT2003 Fundamentals of Acupuncture Needling


  • ACPT3000 Acupuncture Clinic Internship Introduction
  • ACPT3003 Acupuncture Clinic Internship Advanced
  • ACPT2000 Acupuncture Practice Introduction
  • ACPT2002 Acupuncture Practice Advanced
  • ALTM1005 TCM Grand Rounds Introduction
  • ALTM2006 TCM Grand Rounds Advanced

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list