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Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture Georgian College




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Course info



The Acupuncture diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the entry-level standards of practice set by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). This program provides in-depth theoretical and clinical components of Acupuncture. Students benefit from expert clinical training that combines integrative healthcare models with Traditional Chinese Medicine, providing graduates with the necessary skills to practice as a regulated healthcare professional.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Acupuncture program may be employed in: fertility clinics; doctors’ offices; physiotherapy clinics; naturopathic clinics; massage therapy clinics; chiropractic offices; self-employment. Some specialize and become involved in one specific area of healthcare such as: pain management; dermatology; gynecology.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1 critically analyzes and evaluates Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine theories and treatment methods to perform safe and effective Acupuncture skills within a clinical setting;

2. Evaluate patients incorporating a bio-medical approach with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) examination techniques to formulate a TCM diagnosis and treatment strategy, and carry out the treatment in a skillful and professional manner;

3. Explain the importance of Qi-cultivation in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and competently perform practical skills in the various techniques of Qi cultivation;

4. Employ essential therapeutic communication skills in professional practice situations to effectively work with and educate the public about integrative medical care models;

5. Establish professional relationships with Acupuncture colleagues and members of the inter-professional healthcare teams;

6. Assess and treat clients in a clinical setting using effective health related interpersonal skills;

7. Promote and advocate for the benefits of Acupuncture treatment to the community;

8. Establish a plan for lifelong learning for personal and professional development;

9. Access and support current and pertinent research to self-reflection, self-direction and the creation of best practices and current outcomes in the Acupuncture profession;

10. Provide culturally sensitive care to a diverse client population in the acupuncture clinical setting;

11. Evaluate and implement environmentally related initiatives relevant to the Acupuncture profession;

12. Identify and articulate the importance of conducting an Acupuncture or TCM practice in an ethical and professional manner, and within the appropriate provincial and federal legal requirements;

13. Apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$13,740.00 (7,70,301) per year

CAN $6,870 for each semester


14 Sep


Georgian College

Barrie Campus,

One Georgian Drive,


Ontario (ON),

L4M 3X9, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must hold OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U), or Grade 12 Biology (U)

First-year enrollment is limited; satisfying minimum entrance a requirement does not guarantee admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants, who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT): 79
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550
  • IELTS Academic only: 6.0
  • YELT: 1-5
  • TOEIC: 800
  • Graduate of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS - English for Academic Purposes: 60% in certificate or completion of level 8 with 70% or higher
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 60
  • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE): 58
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 170

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.