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
ACPT
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
6 Clinical Placements
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2020 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.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Acupuncture program may be employed in fertility clinics, doctors’ offices, physiotherapy clinics, naturopathic clinics, massage therapy clinics or chiropractic offices. As well, graduates often choose to open their own clinic space thus becoming self-employed and/or eventually specialize and become involved in one specific area of healthcare such as pain management, dermatology or gynecology.

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 enrollment is limited, satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector 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: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety. It may be obtained at a reduced cost through the student insurance plan.

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the registrar's office and show the original to the program coordinator at registration.

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • ALTM 1000 - Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • ALTM 1001 - Qigong and Mindfulness 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1019 - Anatomy and Physiology
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • ACPT 1000 - Acupuncture Points and Meridians Introduction
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 1004 - Qigong and Mindfulness 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1020 - Palpation Anatomy
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ETHC 1000 - Professional and Ethical Standards in Acupuncture
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • ACPT 1001 - Acupuncture Points and Meridians Advanced
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ACPT 2001 - Acupuncture Therapeutics
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ACPT 2003 - Fundamentals of Acupuncture Needling
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 1003 - Clinical Diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 2002 - Qigong and Mindfulness 3
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 2009 - Pathology
    (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • ALTM 1002 - Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Introduction
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 2000 - TCM Differential Diagnosis Introduction
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 2004 - Clinical Diagnosis and Medical Terminology
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 2005 - Qigong and Mindfulness 4
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • HLTH 2004 - Philosophies of Healing
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • ALTM 2001 - Materia Medica
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 2003 - TCM Differential Diagnosis Advanced
    (Semester 5 / 84 hours)
  • BUSI 3007 - Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • REAS 3000 - Research Methodologies
    (Semester 5 / 28 hours)
  • ACPT 3001 - Comprehensive Acupuncture Examination Review
    (Semester 6 / 84 hours)
  • ACPT 3002 - Acupuncture Practice Management
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 3000 - Integrated TCM Cases
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • ALTM 3001 - Chinese Patent Medicines
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select one course from the general education list during registration
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 - 42 hour courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 6)

  • ALTM 1005 - TCM Grand Rounds Introduction
    (Semester 2)
  • ACPT 2000 - Acupuncture Practice Introduction
    (Semester 3)
  • ACPT 2002 - Acupuncture Practice Advanced
    (Semester 4)
  • ALTM 2006 - TCM Grand Rounds Advanced
    (Semester 4)
  • ACPT 3000 - Acupuncture Clinic Internship Introduction
    (Semester 5)
  • ACPT 3003 - Acupuncture Clinic Internship Advanced
    (Semester 6)