By Whitney Sharp

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is bridging East and West and giving learners a new opportunity to take their education abroad. The university recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM), China’s top university in the field, to develop the framework that will allow grads from KPU’s acupuncture diploma to transfer into year 4 of BUCM’s Traditional Chinese Medicine degree.

The memorandum is the first transfer agreement of its kind between BUCM and a North American public post-secondary institution.

KPU recently launched its two year diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture. The comprehensive program includes courses in English and Mandarin, ancient Chinese philosophy, and Western biomedical science and features and over 450 hours of practice, giving students the opportunity to connect with the community and develop the hands-on skills necessary to be successful in the industry.

Students from the program will continue to study theory during their time abroad, in addition to gaining practice, and cover additional components of Traditional Chinese Medicine including massage, herbology, and dietary therapy. Those that complete the program at BUCM will be able to seek registration and membership with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC upon their return.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Faculty of Health offers several degree, diploma, and certificate programs to prepare individuals to be a vital part of the healthcare team. The modern on-campus facilities and labs feature advanced simulation technology, teaching applied skills and communication to prepare students to work successfully in a variety of settings.

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