Choosing an acupuncture school can sometimes be a challenge, as there are a number of options available for an aspiring acupuncturist throughout the country. However, when it comes to finding a complete and well-rounded education in British Columbia, the choice is clear: Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (KCCIHS). After completing the KCCIHS acupuncture curriculum, our acupuncture practitioners will start a promising career in the health and wellness industry, helping diagnose and treat patients through a mix of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medical approaches.
This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Becoming an Acupuncturist
The focus of the first year of the acupuncture program will be on the orientation into the paradigm of Chinese medicine. Following the introduction of fundamental theories and concepts the student will gradually be introduced to diagnosis, disease and treatment principles. The practical training will be focused on Taiji Quan. The study of the Chinese language is used to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts and to prepare the student for independent research of TCM manuscripts still in their language of origin, as well as preparation for possible further studies in China for those students who choose to do so.
Year One of the program is a particularly significant phase, in that students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse levels of knowledge will establish in themselves not only the actual detailed knowledge of TCM, but also a solid conceptualization of the medicine as a whole. In general, this involves a transition from the romantic view of TCM to the realism of the medicine as a science in its own right. With the study of Western science initiated in tandem with that of TCM, students will begin to foster the integrated medical approach advocated within the TCM profession today.
TERM 1 – FALL
|ACU102||Chinese Acupuncture I – Meridians||4|
|BMS197||Western Anatomy & Physiology I||4.5|
|CS109||Medical Mandarin I||3|
|TCM101||Foundations of TCM||7|
|TCM103||Chinese Nutrition – Nourishing Life Principles||3|
|TCM104||Introduction to Chinese Herbology||1|
|Total Credits, Year 1 Term 1||26|
TERM 2 – WINTER
|ACU161||Chinese Acupuncture II – Acupoints||7|
|ACU164||Acupuncture Lab I||2|
|BMS198||Western Anatomy & Physiology II||4.5|
|CS159||Medical Mandarin II||3|
|CS167||Communication Skills I||2|
|TCM151||Diagnostics of TCM||7|
|Total Credits, Year 1 Term 2||25.5|
|YEAR 1 TOTAL CREDITS||51.5|
|YEAR 1 TOTAL HOURS||772.5|
The focus of the second year of the acupuncture program is to introduce the more technical elements of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture points and techniques of acu-moxa treatment. Students will continue their study of counselling skills and begin their study of Western Pathology. Tui Na (clinical massage) and Qi Gong (understanding and training qi) and will also be introduced within the program, as well as the classical view of mental and emotional disharmony patterns and their absolute importance to a wide variety of illnesses.
If the study of the foundations of TCM in Year One is likened to the roots, trunk and main branches of a tree, then study in Year Two may be likened to the small branches and leaves. Students will assimilate a vast amount of detailed knowledge in the relevant fields of TCM during this part of the acupuncture program. Based on feedback, this knowledge can sometimes be overwhelming. However, in our experience it serves as “fuel for the fire,” as it is constantly re-examined during the integration phase in the following years of study.
TERM 3 – FALL
|ACU240||Acupuncture Lab II||1|
|BMS200||Musculoskeletal Anatomy Review & Lab||3|
|BMS297||Western Pathology I||2|
|CP225||Clinical Observation I||2|
|TCM204||Chinese Medicine History||2|
|TCM292||Psychiatry of TCM I||2|
|TCM256||Tui Na Therapeutics||3|
|Total Credits, Year 2 Term 3||24.5|
TERM 4 – WINTER
|ACU241||Acupuncture Lab III||2|
|ACU251||Acumoxa Therapeutics I||6.5|
|BMS287||Microbiology & Immunology||2|
|BMS298||Western Pathology II||2|
|CP220||Tui Na Clinic I||2|
|CP255||Clinical Observation II||3|
|CS267||Communication Skills II||2|
|PD307||Research Skills & Paper Preparation||1|
|Total Credits, Year 2 Term 4||23.5|
|YEAR 2 TOTAL CREDITS||48|
|YEAR 2 TOTAL HOURS||720|
The focus in the final year of the acupuncture program is to systematically examine all patterns of disharmony and their manifestations as illnesses. This study encompasses etiology, symptomology, differential diagnosis, principles of treatment, and appropriate therapy. All therapeutic methods in terms of acumoxa, Tui Na massage and qi-gong will also be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials. The study of business management, ethics and counselling will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice.
Year Three is the integration phase of the program. Students will re-examine information learned in the previous two years and develop the ability to integrate this knowledge into a coherent understanding of disease and its treatment. At KCCIHS, all students will develop the ability to accurately formulate a TCM-based differential diagnosis, which we consider to be paramount to all other skills. Effective treatment is the natural outcome of an accurate diagnosis.
TERM 5 – FALL
|ACU301||Acumoxa Therapeutics II||7|
|ACU340||Acupuncture Lab IV||1|
|ACU440||Acupuncture Lab VI||1|
|BMS397||Western Pathology III||2|
|CP305||Clinical Observation III||3|
|CP320||Tui Na Clinic II||2|
|CS417||Professional Ethics II||2|
|Total Credits, Year 3 Term 5||28|
TERM 6 – WINTER
|ACU304||Optional Elective: TCM Classics I: Theory Comparison||2|
|ACU341||Acupuncture Lab V||2|
|ACU359||TCM Classics II: Huangdi Neijing||3|
|BMS347||Western Diagnostics & Lab Tests||2|
|BMS398||Western Pathology IV||3|
|CP355||Clinical Observation IV||4|
|Total Credits, Year 3 Term 6||14|
TERM 7 – SUMMER
|CP365||Clinical Practicum Placement – Acupuncturist||17.5|
|PD451A||Research Paper – Acupuncturist||4|
|Total Credits, Year 3 Term 7||21.5|
|YEAR TOTAL CREDITS||63.5|
|YEAR TOTAL HOURS||975|
|TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS||163|
|TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS||2445|
If you’re in search of an acupuncture diploma program that is accredited by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists, the official regulatory authority that oversees the practice of TCM and acupuncture in the province of British Columbia, then this is the school for you. Acupuncturists agree, for a fantastic educational and clinical experience, and to take on a career in which you can provide maximum health outcomes clients in need, come to Kootenay Columbia College. Our acupuncturists are the best in the business, so download the full curriculum and course information today from the ‘TCM Course Information’ section in the sidebar menu to learn about how you can join the ranks of the most skilled acupuncture practitioners in the country!