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What is the best TCM School or Acupuncture School?

Updated: Apr 22, 2021

John & Jenny Traditional Chinese Medicine College (JJTCMC), a private TCM and Acupuncture college located in Markham, Ontario, Canada, provides the following as a guide to what makes the best Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture school, college, or program. If you find yourself navigating a sea of dizzying options, it is our hope that what follows provides you with your direction.

First and foremost, the best TCM or Acupuncture College program is determined by you - your objectives, your circumstances, your parameters. Currently, there is no third-party which objectively compares and assesses the quality of TCM or Acupuncture education in Ontario, nor does the profession’s regulatory college, the CTCMPAO, have a process by which TCM Schools or Acupuncture Schools are approved by any measure. Suffice it to say, then, that there is, unfortunately, no third-party shortlist of the top quality or best TCM or Acupuncture schools, colleges, or programs. Consequently, before commencing a serious search for the best TCM or Acupuncture School, draw up a list of the criteria and school or program features that must be met and/or compared. The resulting list of parameters from this exercise defines the best TCM School or Acupuncture School based on your needs. To assist you in this tremendously important endeavor, in this blog series, we provide you with a set of parameters for consideration and for you to weight according to your personal circumstances.

In this series we will discuss in detail those considerations from which one may select their own list of criteria to judge a school, college, or program in Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture. The categories of consideration to be discussed include:

General Considerations: will your education meet regulatory college requirements? Is the location of the school right for you? How long is the program and is the study schedule appropriate for your schedule?

Financial Considerations: How much will it cost? How are the payments spread out throughout the program? Are there any hidden fees? Can I reduce my tuition with scholarships or OSAP?

Curriculum Considerations: Do I want to specialize my education with a specific course (ie. Qi Gong, TCM classics).

Clinical Considerations: Where will my clinical hours be completed? Who teaches me in clinic? Do I care about which types of conditions are treated the most in the clinic throughout my education? Do I want to follow a clinician who is particularly skilled at treating a certain type of condition?

School Performance Considerations: After graduating, will I truly be ready to write any regulatory examinations in order to be successfully licensed to practice?

Read through each blog entry for all of the parameters to consider!



We provide authentic clinic-oriented and affordable top quality Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture diploma programs, certificates, courses, and CEUs for all skill levels including but not limited to R.ACs, R.TCMPs, RMTs, PTs, D.Cs and the public.


To provide the highest level of authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine instruction in order to produce quality Traditional Chinese Medicine professionals and thereby, by virtue of producing efficacious Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, promoting Traditional Chinese Medicine use to the general public. In short, our objective is to make quality Traditional Chinese Medicine professionals accessible to all and we start by ensuring access to quality Traditional Chinese Medicine education is affordable and flexible.

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