TCM - May 2017 (28 of 72)_rszCombine ancient Chinese philosophy with Western biomedical science for an alternative healthcare career. The Faculty of Health at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is the only public post-secondary institution in BC to offer studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture (TCM-A), training learners to be safe, skilled practitioners.

The program, based out of the university’s Richmond campus, features a modern acupuncture lab dedicated to students completing the TCM-A diploma. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study and includes a combination of theory courses, case studies, lab and simulation experience, and 460 hours of hands-on clinical practice in the community. Students complete courses in both English and Mandarin, providing a distinct advantage in clinical settings.

Effective for the Fall 2018 semester, high school students and anyone who meets the university’s undergraduate English proficiency requirement, will be eligible to complete the program. Additional requirements, such as a valid CPR certificate, may be applicable upon conditional acceptance.

TCM - May 2017 (39 of 72)_rszAfter completing the program, individuals may go on to write the national registration exams to become an acupuncture practitioner in Canada. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are professions designated under the Health Professions Act, and KPU’s program meets or exceeds the minimum requirements set by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, and the competencies required by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists.

For more than 30 years, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has provided students with the skills they need for the careers they want. KPU offers a range of degree, diploma, certificate, and citation programs with opportunities for hands-on experience and experiential learning. Why stop at theory, when you can also harness the power of experience? Launch your career and make a positive impact on your community with experiential learning at KPU: where thought meets action.

TCM - May 2017 (67 of 72)_rszTo find out more contact the Future Students’ Office at or visit