Traditional Chinese Medicine
Gain knowledge, skills and competencies to become a regulated health professional in the popular field of natural medicine. Get hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs and public clinics.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
3 Clinical Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2021 Barrie

Program description

This is an intensive program designed to provide Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncturists with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to meet regulatory entry-level requirements as recognized for the classification of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP). In this program, students develop the critical judgement and professional competencies required to safely and skillfully evaluate, formulate, dispense and administer TCM herbal medicines and therapeutics. Students gain valuable supervised clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of internal and external diseases, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, orthopedics and traumatology in accordance with established TCM principles and practices. Professional excellence through the adherence to standards of practice and interdisciplinary knowledge is emphasized.

Career opportunities

Graduates meet entry-level competencies set by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) under the class title of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP). Graduates of the TCMP program may choose to be self-employed regulated health professionals or work within an interdisciplinary health team. Graduates may be employed by rehabilitation, fertility, complex care or other specialty health centres and hospitals. Additional employment opportunities include insurance adjudication, sales and marketing, research and education.

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • Post-secondary diplom, advanced diploma or degree with a specialty in TCM Acupuncture, or equivalent or
  • Proof of current general class registration, in good standing, with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario

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

To be eligible for clinical courses and placements, students must have a completed Clinical Preparedness Permit including:

  • Students enrolled in this program must comply with all clinic permit requirements set out for this program.
  • It is highly recommended that students have an introductory knowledge of TCM materia medica.


Program-specific Courses

  • TCMP 1000 - External Medicine, Orthopedics and Traumatology
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1001 - Nutrition and Lifestyle Management
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • TCMP 1002 - Materia Medica Advanced
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1003 - Herbal Dispensary Safety
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • TCMP 1004 - Introduction to Herbal Preparation and Formulation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1005 - Internal Medicine
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1006 - Clinical Internship
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • TCMP 1007 - Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1009 - Advanced Herbal Preparation and Formulation
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • TCMP 1010 - Western Pharmacopeia
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1011 - Preparation for Regulatory Board Examination
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1008 - Women and Children’s Health Clinic
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • TCMP 1012 - Clinical Internship Advanced
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)