By Whitney Sharp

TCM - May 2017 (39 of 72)_rszGet a hands-on career in healthcare with studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). The diploma program is the first of its kind to be offered at a public, post-secondary institution in BC and equips students to be safe, competent, practitioners.

The full-time program at the university’s Richmond campus features courses in East Asian health and philosophy, Western medical diagnosis, acupuncture techniques and safety, case studies, and over 450 hours of clinical practice, giving individuals real-world experience. Additionally, students in the program are required to take select courses in Mandarin, which provide an advantage in clinical settings. The Richmond campus also features an acupuncture simulation lab and KPU has a network of clinics, making the program more encompassing for students.

Both Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture are designated professions under the Health Professions Act. The program has been designed to meet or exceed the minimum requirements set by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, and the competencies set by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists. When students complete the program, they are eligible to write national registration exams to become acupuncture practitioners in Canada.

The Faculty of Health at KPU offers a range of programs, from certificates to undergraduate degrees, designed to meet the demands of the current provincial healthcare system and blend hands-on experience with theoretical education.

Applications for admission to the Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture program are now open. Learn more at a free upcoming information session. Register now at