Kootenay Columbia College

of Integrative Health Sciences

About The College

Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (KCCIHS), formerly the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS), is a well-established post-secondary College since 1996. KCCIHS is PTIB designated. The College is also a designated institute through the BC Student Assistance Program (Student Aid BC), and all diploma programs offered at KCCIHS qualify for funding options.

The heart of KCCIHS lies in our amazing teaching faculty and students. Our faculty consists of passionate individuals, many of whom run successful private practices or have decades of experience working in their modalities. We are lucky at KCCIHS to have such a diverse teaching staff, ranging from Medical Doctors, Herbalists, Chiropractors, RMTs, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths, Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopaths and many more.

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The Kootenay Columbia College Advantage

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Blended Learning Options

For select programs, students can learn in person at our Nelson campuses or through online sessions from the comfort of their homes. We also offer blended delivery options for some programs to meet the ever-changing needs of our students. Ask us which programs have these options.

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Practical Learning

At KCCIHS, we focus on hands-on skills, in addition to traditional academics. Students enrolled in all of our programs benefit from exposure to guest lectures, informal discussions, observation of licensed practitioners, and much more.

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Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes and an inspiring and highly qualified teaching faculty ensure that students get the most out of their education at KCCIHS. We make sure to provide students the one-on-one support they need to thrive.

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Student Clinics

Members of the public can book treatments with students in practicum at KCCIHS. We offer Massage treatments and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy sessions. The priority of our student clinics is to enhance our student’s education.

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Top Tier Results

Our mission is to fully prepare students to take on the challenges they’ll encounter in the industry. Working in state-of-the-art student clinics at KCCIHS, our students learn hands-on techniques that can help them jump-start their career.

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Financial Assistance

KCCIHS is a well-established, government-accredited school with over 20 years of Private Training Institutes (PTIB) accreditation. This standing means that our programs, instructors, and facilities are all government-approved and regulated and that our students are eligible for student loans.

“It is a wonderful community to study in. Lots of events, lots of support, beautiful mountains and lakes, outdoor adventures and recreation right at your finger tips.”
- Jennifer, Alumni


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Reviews & Testimonials

Justine Kelsie
Justine Kelsie
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The one-on-one time with instructors in the Traditional Chinese Medicine programs and intimate nature of this school is irreplaceable. The instructors are truly passionate about their subject matter and with a vast array of specialties, you gain so much knowledge about Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jill Zinszer
Jill Zinszer
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I just recently completed the RMT program at KCCIHS (August 2019) and I really believe that this school and administration has to be one of the most thoughtful, caring and accommodating schools out there.
Oliver Start
Oliver Start
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The students at the clinic are very attentive and well advised by their instructors in the application of their training. The relief I have received so far from both massage and acupuncture is well worth the discounted rates they charge.
Carmen Dolinsky
Carmen Dolinsky
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Incredible school. The teachers are very experienced, classes are interesting and class size is small.
Chris Erickson
Chris Erickson
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Amazing! friendly staff. massage was one of the best i've received. the student was excellent 🙂 found the right areas quickly and provided immediate relief.
Program Advisor
Program Advisor
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The quality of instruction and commitment of faculty and staff at KCC is second to none. My experience here has been absolutely first rate.

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