If you have never attended college, joining an acupuncture school in Toronto may seem somewhat intimidating. However, with this comprehensive guide, you will know exactly what you need to do to start your education in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto.
Acupuncturist education requirements often vary, although there are prerequisites. To enroll in a Bachelor’s program, you must have an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or have completed two years of post-secondary education. You would also be required to go through an admissions interview, complete an essay, offer letters of recommendation, and provide a copy of your transcripts from the college where you earned your Associate’s degree. Also, you would need a 2.5 GPA or higher in baccalaureate work, in most instances.
To work as a professional acupuncturist, you will need to earn a Bachelor’s degree, and to move up in your career, a Master’s degree. For this, you would learn things like patient communication, clinical skills, acupressure and needling techniques, acupuncture point location, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and cupping. Although not mandatory, there is a good chance that the college you attend would encourage you to learn the basics of reading Chinese. After completing your Bachelor’s degree, you would take a formal exam whereby you would become certified to practice.
To enter the three-to-five-year Master’s program, you would first have to earn your Bachelor’s degree in TCM. Some examples of the required courses for this degree include Channels and Points I and II, Fundamental Theory of Oriental Medicine, Medical Ethics, Diagnostic Methods, and Internal Medicine I and II. This level of education covers a broad range of coursework and provides hands-on clinical experiences.
After earning your Master’s degree, you can then enroll in a postgraduate program to earn a Doctoral degree if want. Please note that for you to practice TCM, you are not required to have a Doctorate degree. However, if you want a more prestigious title, one that will distinguish you as a leader in the field, then this earning this degree is the route to take. As expected, this postgraduate program focuses on advanced topics such as critical thinking and Chinese medical language.
The John and Jenny Traditional Chinese Medicine School has a reputation for excellence in offering Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate level programs. You can learn more about our college and each program that we offer by visiting our website or calling us to speak with a faculty member.