TCM Herbalist Program - 3yrs
The initial focus 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 and Counselling Skills and the necessary aspects of clinical anatomy.
Delivery: On Campus
Length: 3 years
TCM HERBALIST PROGRAM - Domestic Fees
|YEAR 1||YEAR 2||YEAR 3||PROGRAM TOTAL|
|Clinical Placement Hours||30||255||285.0|
TCM HERBALIST PROGRAM - International Fees
|YEAR 1||YEAR 2||YEAR 3||PROGRAM TOTAL|
|Clinical Placement Hours||30||255||285.0|
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
With awareness of natural and holistic medicine growing, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist program is designed to meet the needs of health care professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge in order to increase their clientele, and individuals who are completely new to the field, but have a genuine interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs.
Students learn about Chinese herbs, Qi Gong, Tai Ji, anatomy, the basics of biomedical sciences, and more. To put their knowledge to use, students also gain valuable supervised clinical experience as part of the program.
The focus of Year 1 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 and Counselling Skills and the necessary aspects of clinical anatomy. 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 1 of the program is a particularly significant phase of the program 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 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 medicine approach advocated within the TCM profession today.
|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|
|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 One Total Credits||51.5|
|Year One Total Hours||772.5|
The focus of the second year is to introduce the more technical elements of Chinese medicine, including Chinese medicinal substances and Chinese medicinal formulas. Students will continue their study of Counselling Skills and begin their study of Qi Gong (understanding and training qi). In this year, students will be introduced to the classical view of mental and emotional disharmony patterns and their absolute importance to a wide variety of illnesses. The study of business management and ethics will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice.
If the study of the foundations of TCM in Year 1 is likened to the roots, trunk and main branches of a tree, then study in Year 2 may be likened to the small branches and leaves. Students will assimilate a vast amount of detailed knowledge in the relevant fields of TCM. This knowledge is often experienced as somewhat overwhelming at the time; however, it will serve as the “fuel for the fire” as it is constantly reexamined during the integration phase in the following years of study.
|BMS200||Musculoskeletal Anatomy Review & Lab||3|
|BMS297||Western Pathology I||2|
|CP225||Clinical Observation I||1|
|CS417||Professional Ethics II||2|
|TCM204||Chinese Medicine History||2|
|TCM256||Tui Na Therapeutics||3|
|TCM292||Psychiatry of TCM I||2|
|Total Credits, Year 2 Term 3||32.5|
|BMS287||Microbiology & Immunology||2|
|BMS298||Western Pathology II||2|
|CP255H||Clinical Observation II - TCMH||3|
|CP220||Tui Na Clinic I||2|
|CS267||Communication Skills II||2|
|PD307||Research Skills & Paper Preparation||1|
|TCM253||Chinese Herbal Formulas||7|
|Total Credits, Year 2 Term 4||22|
|Year Total Credits||54.5|
|Year Total Hours||817.5|
The focus in this final year is to systematically examine all patterns of disharmony and their manifestations as illness. This study encompasses etiology, symptomatology, differential diagnosis, principles of treatment, and appropriate therapy. All therapeutic methods in terms of medicinal formulas, Tui Na massage and Qi Gong will be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials.
Year 3 is the integration phase of the program. Students will re-examine all previously learned knowledge 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 differential diagnosis, which we consider to be paramount to all other skills. Effective treatment is the natural progression of an accurate diagnosis.
|BMS397||Western Pathology III||2|
|CP305H||Clinical Observation III - TCMH||3|
|CP320||Tui Na Clinic II||2|
|TCM302||Chinese Patent Formulas||2|
|TCM303||Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Internal Medicine||8|
|TCM323||Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Pediatrics||2|
|Total Credits, Year 3 Term 5||25|
|BMS347||Western Diagnostics & Lab Tests||2|
|BMS398||Western Pathology IV||3|
|CP355H||Clinical Observation IV - TCMH||3|
|TCM352||Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: External Medicine||4|
|TCM353||Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Gynecology||5|
|TCM354||TCM Case Studies I||1|
|Total Credits, Year 3 Term 6||18|
|CP375||Clinical Practicum Placement – TCMH||15|
|PD451H||Research Paper - TCMH||4|
|Total Credits, Year 4 Term 7||19|
|Year Total Credits||62|
|Year Total Hours||930|
|Total Program Credits||168|
|Total Program Hours||2520|
This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (KCCIHS) admits applicants who demonstrate commitment, preparation and a strong desire to enter the field of traditional Chinese medicine. As well, candidates are evaluated for emotional maturity and evidence of commitment to self-development, these being necessary requirements to safely and professionally practice Chinese medicine.
The applicants are provided with accurate information and guided to ensure they make informed decisions about their program of study. The admission criteria are well publicized and applied consistently. Admission requirements ensure students have the required language competencies (see Language Proficiency Assessment Policy), and the basic knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve program outcomes.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent (BC High School Diploma, BC Adult Graduation Diploma, General Education Development- GEC, or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction).
- A sincere interest in Chinese medicine and the healing arts.
- Proficiency in oral and written English to the Grade 12 level. Students who have English as a second language may be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
- Financial resources to complete the program.
The CTCMA requires successful completion of not less than two (2) years of liberal arts or sciences study (comprising at least 60 credits) in an accredited college or chartered/approved university acceptable to the registration committee to write the licensing exams in British Columbia.
- a completed application form completed online, or downloaded
- Up-to-date resume
- Personal essay (about 1,000 words)
- Complete official transcripts of secondary and post-secondary education sent directly to us from all institutes attended
- Relevant non-formal education documentation
- Physician’s certificate of health (Western, Chinese or Naturopathic physician); a general statement of your current stay of physical and mental health; severe allergies must be mentioned in it
- Two letters of recommendation (sent directly to KCCIHS)
- Application fee of $100.00 CDN (non-refundable) payable to KCCIHS. Out of country applicants should submit the application fee in form of money order in Canadian Funds. In case you have difficulty obtaining Canadian funds please contact KCCIHS.
The Application Committee may request a personal or telephone/ skype interview with any applicant.
Admission requirements cannot be waived by either the student or the school.
Downloaded applications should be sent to:
The Registrar, Kootenay Columbia College
Suite 2 – 560 Baker Street, Nelson, B.C., Canada V1L 4H9
Call Toll Free: 1-888-333-8868
Upon successful completion of this program, a TCM Herbalist:
- Is qualified to write the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia registration exams and exams in many other jurisdictions.
- Once registered, a TCM Herbalist is authorized in BC to prescribe, compound or dispense Chinese herbal formulae (Zhong Yao Chu Fang) and Chinese food cure recipes (Shi Liao).
- Can find employment in Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinics, spas, health retreats, wellness clinics, alternative therapy clinics, healing centres, and private practice, and Chinese herb supply companies.
ACU102. Chinese Acupuncture I - Meridians (didactic) 4 credits. Meridian theory will be investigated with emphasis on study and citing from the classics in the Huangdi Neijing, Ling Shu and selected modern sources. Topics will include an introduction to the origin and development of the meridian system, introduction to the distribution and pathologies of the twelve regular meridians and eight extraordinary meridians; meridian gen-jie (root-branch), four seas, and six meridian diagnosis. Concurrent TCM101 (or prerequisite TCM111 and concurrent with TCM112), BMS197
ACU161. Chinese Acupuncture II – Acupoints (didactic) 7 credits. A complete study of the location, cross-sectional anatomy, function and indications, and acu-moxa of the 12 regular meridian points, Ren and Du meridian points, as well as extra points according to the modern standard, with emphasis on the most frequently used points. Students will also learn the various special point groupings as well as their functional significance and therapeutic uses and how to use point combinations for selected pathologies. Prerequisite: TCM151 (or concurrent)
ACU164. Acupuncture Lab I (practical) 2 credits. Practical hands-on location of acu-points on other students in the class. A primary focus of this course is cross-sectional anatomy. Students will be tested on nerves, vital organs, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, bones, and other structures located at or near acu-points. TCM 151 (or concurrent) and adjunct and concurrent to course ACU161.
ACU201. Acumoxa Techniques (didactic & clinical) 4 credits. This combined lab/lecture course introduces needling and moxa techniques most commonly used by practitioners of TCM. Some topics include: clean needle technique, single and compound filiform needling methods, pi fu zhen, indirect moxa methods, water, fire, and suction cupping, scalp acupuncture, Korean and regular hand acupuncture, gua sha, auricular acupuncture. Reference is made to the great classics of Acu-Moxa including the Zhen Jiu Da Chang and Golden Needle. Prerequisites: ACU161, ACU164
ACU240. Acupuncture Lab II (clinical) 1 credit. An introduction to insertion, retraction, single and compound needling techniques, as introduced in ACU201. Students will develop the finger strength and dexterity required to adequately perform all filiform needling techniques covered. Clinical skills in regards to Clean Needle Technique, appropriate selection of needling methods, treatment of specific anatomical structures, and the patient-therapist relationship are explored as an automatic aspect of the needling process. In the latter part of this course, students will learn how to needle selected points on the extremities, as well as, auricular points. Concurrent with ACU201
ACU241. Acupuncture Lab III (clinical) 2 credits. In this practical lab, students will apply the techniques introduced in ACU201: gua sha, cupping, moxibustion, blood-letting, pi fu zhen, Korean and regular hand acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, and filiform needling methods. ACU164, ACU201, ACU240
ACU251. Acumoxa Therapeutics I (didactic) 6.5 credits. This course is designed to prepare the student for clinical practice through examination of all common illnesses in terms of: etiology, pathomechanism, differential diagnosis of symptom-complexes, principles of treatment, selection of appropriate acupoints and acumoxa treatment methods, prognosis and advice to patients. Patient treatments observed in clinic will be further analysed in class. Students will be able to analyze and properly approach all diseases covered in terms of acumoxa therapy. Students will learn to integrate previously learned knowledge into the therapeutic thought process. Prerequisites: ACU161, ACU201 concurrent: ACU241 & CP210 or CP255
ACU301. Acumoxa Therapeutics II (didactic & clinical) 7 credits. This course is designed to prepare the student for clinical practice through examination of all common illnesses in terms of: etiology, pathomechanism, differential diagnosis of symptom-complexes, principles of treatment, selection of appropriate acupoints and acumoxa treatment methods, prognosis and advice to patients. Patient treatments observed in clinic will be further analysed in class. Students will be able to analyze and properly approach all diseases covered in terms of acumoxa therapy. Students will learn to integrate previously learned knowledge into the therapeutic thought process. Prerequisites: ACU251, ACU340 (or concurrent), concurrent with CP211 or CP305
ACU304. TCM Classics I - Theory Comparison (didactic) 2 credits. This course discusses the history of acumoxa through examination of the classics and the teachings of renowned Chinese physicians from the past. Prerequisites: ACU201, TCM204
ACU340. Acupuncture Lab IV (clinical) 1 credit. This acupuncture lab will focus on correct needling of a variety of points on the ren and du meridians, hua tuo jia ji points, and review of the bei shu points. Prerequisites: ACU240, ACU241
ACU341. Acupuncture Lab V (clinical) 1 credit. This acupuncture lab will focus on acu-points located in delicate areas of the body such as the eye, joint needling, and advanced needling techniques, as well as, on correct needling of a variety of points on the extremities, and torso. Prerequisite: ACU240, ACU241, ACU340
ACU359. TCM Classics II - Huangdi Neijing (didactic) 3 credits. A study of selected classical writings. These writings will be translated by the instructor and analysed through class discussion. Prerequisite: TCM101 (or TCM111 and TCM112), concurrent with TCM Program third year courses.
ACU440. Acupuncture Lab VI (clinical) 1 credit. This acupuncture lab will focus on correct needling of a variety of points on the occiput, anterior neck and face shoulders and liao points of the sacrum. Prerequisites: ACU240, ACU241, ACU340, ACU341
ACU502. Chinese Acupuncture III - Advanced Meridians (didactic & practical/simulated) 6 credits. The lecture portion will focus on the in depth investigation of the classical meridian writings and their correlation with modern scientific findings and integrative medicine. The practical/ simulated portion of this course will emphasize the assimilation of learned knowledge through various means of movement(qi gong, postural assessment) in order to correct postural imbalances and faulty movement patterns The clinical portion includes postural imbalance assessment and corrective exercises for postural imbalance and faulty movement patterns through exercise. Prerequisite: ACU301
TCM504. Advanced Acumoxa Clinical Therapeutics I (didactic) 4 credits. Covers a wide range of illnesses in the fields of internal medicine, and emergency medicine. In many cases, TCM and Western medical knowledge will be presented and discussed conjointly in order to foster in students the integrated medicine approach. Treatment will focus on advanced herbal formulas and the use of modern TCM herbs. This course is a companion course to ACU554 Advanced Acumoxa Clinical Therapeutics. Prerequisites: TCM303, TCM323, TCM352, TCM353
ACU550. Acupuncture Lab VII (clinical) 2 credits. A practical lab course exploring advanced needling themes: cosmetic acupuncture, acupuncture anaesthesia, motor point acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Acupuncture 123, Allergy protocol, Apitherapy and other needling systems. Prerequisite: ACU164, ACU240, ACU241, ACU340, ACU341
TCM554. Advanced Acumoxa Clinical Therapeutics II (didactic) 4 credits. In this course, a wide range of illnesses will be covered in the fields of internal medicine, neurology, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, gerontology and emergency medicine. In many cases, TCM and Western medical knowledge will be presented and discussed conjointly in order to foster in students the integrated medicine approach. Treatment will focus on advanced herbal formulas and the use of modern TCM herbs. This course is a companion course to ACU504. Prerequisites: TCM303, TCM323, TCM352, TCM353
BMS197. Western Anatomy & Physiology I (didactic) 4.5 credits. This foundational Western Medicine course provides a detailed study of the body's skeletal and muscular systems, as well as, an introduction to basic biochemistry and cellular physiology as defined by allopathic medicine. Concurrent with BMS196 (for Dual Program)
BMS198. Western Anatomy & Physiology II (didactic & practical) 4.5 credits. This foundational Western Medicine course provides a detailed study of the nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems as well as basic genetic information. Concurrent with BMS199 (for Dual program)
BMS200. Musculoskeletal Anatomy Review & Lab (didactic/practical) 3 credits. This course is designed to be a review of BMS197 with a specific focus on surface anatomy, insertion points, trigger points, and joint anatomy. A lab component will review the course content in a practical, hands-on manner, focusing on palpation skills and anatomical locations. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198, CS157.
BMS287. Microbiology & Immunology (didactic) 2 credits. Investigation of the fundamental concepts and principles of human immunology and microbiology as it relates to human pathology. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198 (or concurrent).
BMS297. Western Pathology I (didactic) 2 credits. Study will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. Abnormal cell function, injury, adaptation, death and inflammation, as well as diseases of the Immune system (hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency), circulatory and cardiovascular system will be covered. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198
BMS298. Western Pathology II (didactic) 4 credits. Study will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. Diseases of the liver and pancreas, the digestive system and childhood diseases will be covered. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198
BMS299. Orthopedic Pathology (didactic) 3 credits. This course will discuss structural and degenerative pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, with particular focus on causes and assessment, and pediatric orthopedic pathology. Prerequisite: BMS200, BMS297 or concurrent.
BMS347. Western Diagnostics & Lab Tests (didactic & practical/simulated) 2 credits. This course will introduce students to the basic Western medicine procedures for the physical diagnosis of the entire body; as well, laboratory tests and procedures with reference to their diagnostic significance and normal range values. Each student will shadow a RN in the Emergency Department at Kootenay Lake Hospital for 4 hours. This will give the students hands-on experience. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298
BMS397. Western Pathology III (didactic) 4 credits. Discussion of basic signs and symptoms of illness; diagnostic methods and laboratory tests used in clinical allopathy; emphasis on differentiation of urgent and serious conditions; introduction to basic emergency procedures, CPR and basic first aid. Diseases of the female and male reproductive system, urinary system and dermatological conditions will be discussed. BMS297, BMS298
BMS398. Western Pathology IV (didactic) 3 credits. Discussion of basic signs and symptoms of illness; diagnostic methods and laboratory tests used in clinical allopathy; emphasis on differentiation of urgent and serious conditions. Diseases of endocrine system, nervous system will be discussed as well as chronic pain syndromes, psychological and substance abuse Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298
BMS427. Western Pharmacology (didactic) 4 credits .This course will introduce the fundamentals of the science of pharmacology and include commonly used drugs in the major pharmaceutical categories. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298
CP220. Tui Na Clinic (clinical) 2 credits. This Tui Na clinic gives students an opportunity to review and apply skills learned in TCM256 Tui Na Therapeutics. Emphasis for this clinic will be on mastery of Tui Na manipulations and practicing diagnosis and differentiation. Prerequisite BMS197, BMS198, TCM256
CP225. Clinical Observation I (clinical) 1 credit. The first in a series of Clinical Observation courses: An initial exposure to the day-to-day running of the TCM clinic with focus on observation of the diagnostic and treatment procedure. Successful completion of all first and concurrent second year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP255. Clinical Observation I – Acupuncturist/TCM Herbalist/TCM Practitioner/Doctor of TCM (clinical) 3 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation I with focus on observation of the diagnostic and treatment procedure. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first and concurrent second year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP305. Clinical Observation III – Acupuncturist/TCM Herbalist/TCM Practitioner/Doctor of TCM (clinical) 3 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation II with increased focus on patient record keeping and clinic management. Successful completion of all first, second and concurrent third year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP355. Clinical Observation III - Acupuncturist (clinical) 4 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation II for all students. Students will prepare patient intake records for presentation to class. Preliminary student-patient interaction will be undertaken in preparation for Supervised Clinical Practice. Prerequisites 301, 401 and all first, second, and concurrent third year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP365. Clinical Practicum Placement – Acupuncturist (clinical) 17.5 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Western Canada with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic. There may be opportunity for clinical placement in China. Students will gain more confidence in conducting patient interviews, participating in diagnosis and treatment planning, and performing appropriate acupuncture treatments and follow-up on patients’ responses in treatment. Prerequisite: successful completion of all courses of the Acupuncturist program at discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP375. Clinical Practicum Placement – TCM Herbalist (clinical) 15 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Canada, Asia or with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic. There may be opportunity for clinical placement in China. Students will gain more confidence in conducting patient interviews, participating in diagnosis and treatment planning, and performing appropriate herbal treatments and follow-up on patients. responses in treatment Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses of the TCM Herbalist program at discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP402. TCM Case Studies II (clinical) 2 credits. A discussion for case studies that arise during student clinic practice .Students will present these cases and receive critical feedback from instructor and fellow classmates. Prerequisite: Concurrent with CP405 and CS405A
CP405P. Supervised Clinical Practice – TCM Practitioner (clinical) 9 credits. This course is designed to offer the student therapist a wide range of treatment experiences in unique settings. Students have the opportunity to apply manual skills learned in practical classes and integrate academic knowledge acquired in lecture classes into their physical practice. This course also allows the student to practice communication and other professional development skills in real-case scenarios and educate the general public about massage and its health benefits. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first, second, third and concurrent fourth year TCM programs courses at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP405D. Supervised Clinical Practice – Doctor of TCM (clinical) 9 credits. This course is designed to offer the student therapist a wide range of treatment experiences in unique settings. Students have the opportunity to apply manuals skills learned in practical classes and integrate academic knowledge acquired in lecture classes into their physical development skills in real-case scenarios and educate the general public about massage and its health benefits. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first , second third and concurrent fourth year TCM Programs courses at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP455D. Clinical Practicum Placement – Doctor of TCM (clinical) 28.5 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Canada, Asia, or with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic. There may be opportunity for clinical placement in China. Students will gain more confidence in conducting patient interviews, participating in diagnosis and treatment planning and performing appropriate acupuncture and herbalist treatments and follow-up on patients responses in treatment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses of the TCM Practitioner program at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP455P. Clinical Practicum Placement – TCM Practitioner (clinical) 27.5 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Canada, Asia or with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic .There may be opportunity for clinical placement in china. Students will gain more confidence in conducting patient interviews, participating in diagnosis and treatment planning and performing appropriate acupuncture and herbal treatments and follow-up on patients responses in treatment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses of the TCM Practitioner Program at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
CP505 Advanced Clinical Practicum Placement I (clinical) 5 credits Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings for a total of 150 practicum hours with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic. Students will perform practical application of previously learned theory. Students will conduct patient interviews, diagnosis and treatment planning, and perform appropriate TCM treatments and follow patients’ response to treatment. Successful completion of all first, second, third, fourth and fifth year TCM Program courses.
CP555. Advanced Acumoxa Clinical Therapeutics II – Doctor of TCM (clinical) 10 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings for a total of 150 practicum hours with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic. Students will perform practical application of previously learned theory. Students will conduct patient interviews, diagnosis and treatment planning, and perform appropriate TCM treatments and follow up on patients’ responses in treatment. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all first, second, third, fourth and fifth year TCM Program courses. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first, second ,third fourth and fifth year TCM Program courses.
CS109. Medical Mandarin I (didactic) 3 credits. An introduction to modern medical mandarin with a focus on grammar, character writing and character identification. Students will also learn how to use a Chinese language dictionary to look up commonly employed terms and characters, and are introduced to Chinese calligraphy. Prerequisite: none
CS157. Communication/Ethics/Body Landmarks (didactic & practical/simulated) 1.5 credits. This course will explore the ethics of therapeutic touch and the practitioner/patient relationship. Students will also identify and palpate major anatomical landmarks, as well as, meridian pathways. Prerequisite: none
CS159. Medical Mandarin II (didactic) 3 credits. A continuation of modern medical mandarin I with a focus on grammar, character writing and character identification. Students will also learn how to use a Chinese language dictionary to look up commonly employed terms and characters, and are introduced to Chinese calligraphy and classical medical writings. Prerequisite: CS109
CS167. Communication Skills I (didactic & practical/simulated) 2 credits. The study of principles and ethics of therapeutic counselling. This course will initiate the development of counseling skills required for the practice of a health practitioner. Focus is on self-study and methods of interaction. Prerequisite: none
CS205. Interview Skills (clinical) 3 credits. Students learn to perfect their TCM interview and communication skills, relay information for use by other health practitioners, critically assess personal performance setting goals for improvement, and review material from TCM151 to aid in formulating a suitable diagnosis and treatment plan. Prerequisites: TCM101 (or TCM111 and TCM112), TCM151
CS227.Professional Relationships (didactic) 0.5 credits. An introduction to the public health system. Students will meet health professionals from a variety of Fields including naturopathy chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy, massage therapy, and physio Therapy.
CS267. Communication Skills II (didactic & practical) 2 credits. A further study of principles and ethics of therapeutic counselling. Focus is on methods of interaction. Prerequisites: CS167
CS405. Applied Communication (clinical) 1 credit. Continuation of the development of counseling skills required in the clinical practice of TCM. This seminar course will focus on issues arising during students’ practical work with patients in the student clinic. Concurrent with CP365 or CP366 or CP375 or CP405
CS417. Professional Ethics II (didactic) 2 credits. Students are invited to consider the moral and ethical responsibilities inherent in their role as practitioners of TCM .Students clinicians explore their obligations to the public and professional community while under the governance of CTCMA and the Health Professions Act. Prerequisite: CS166 or CS157
IM552. Naturopathic Perspective on the Treatment of Modern Diseases (didactic) 3credits. In this advanced course students will attain a fundamental grasp of modern diseases from a Naturopathic perspective including Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Leaky Gut, Adrenal Fatigue, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Allergies, Hyperlipidemia, Cancer, Infertility, and Dyspepsia. Prerequisites: BMS397, BMS398, BMS427
PC106. Taiji Quan (practical) 2 credits. This practical course focuses on mastery of the twenty-four pose tai ji quan form. Prerequisite: none
PC208. Dao Yin (practical) 2 credits. A physical exercise class which offers basic ethodologies of Qi Gong practice: regulation of qi, through breath control, sound, visualization ,intent, osture, and energetic sensitivity. This course will involve the study of several qi gong systems, breathing methods, and the therapeutic approach of qi gong as a clinical treatment method. Prerequisites: PC106 or concurrent
PC308. Nei Gong (practical) 2 credits. Qi gong is taken to the level of self-awareness. Students will receive training in the advanced methods of Qi Gong and become attuned to the energetics of those around them. Emphasis is placed on the development of fa qi skills. Prerequisite: PC106, PC208
PD307. Research Skills & Paper Preparation (didactic) 1 credit. This preparatory course instructs in the fundamental principles of academic research and writing. Students will learn the basics of statistical methods, as well as examine the journal article and thesis format through lecture and practice. This course will aid the student in formulating a research topic and research methodology for completion of PD451. Prerequisite: none
PD451. Research Paper 4 credits. This upper level course allows the student to examine a topic of their choice with the approval of the Academic Dean. Students will be expected to do independent readings, provide case studies, including differential diagnosis and treatment outlines, prepare a research paper and present their findings. Prerequisite Successful completion of all Program Courses. Concurrent with CP365, PC367 or CP455
PD403. Business Management (didactic) 3 credits. Presentation of the practical aspects of setting up a medical practice including clinic maintenance, office management, marketing and creation of a business plan.
PD404. Jurisprudence (didactic) 1 credit This course will examine the ethical and legal foundations of TCM practice as outlined by the Health Professions Act, Traditional Chinese and Acupuncture Regulation, and CTCMA bylaws .Prerequisite: PD403 or concurrent
TCM101. Foundations of TCM (didactic) 7 credits. General introduction to theory of TCM including the following: Yin and Yang; Qi; Five elements; Vital substances; Meridians and Luo vessels, manifestation of the internal organs, diseases and their etiology, pathology and patho-mechanism, prevention of disease, disease patterning, and therapeutic principles. This course will cover both modern and classical interpretations of these concepts. Prerequisite: none
TCM111. Foundations of TCM (lecture) 7 credits. General introduction to theory of TCM including the following: Yin and Yang; Qi; Five elements; Vital substances; Meridians and Luo vessels, manifestation of the internal organs, diseases and their etiology, pathology and patho-mechanism, prevention of disease, disease patterning, and therapeutic principles. This course will cover both modern and classical interpretations of these concepts. Prerequisite: none
TCM103. Chinese Nutrition - Nourishing Vitality Principles (didactic) 3 credits. This course offers discussion of nutrition and lifestyle from a TCM perspective. Daoist principles of food energetics, disease prevention, and living according to the seasons are central themes of this course. Constitution, environmental factors, and the properties and functions of whole foods are examined within the context of maintaining and restoring health. Prerequisite: none
TCM104. Introduction Chinese Herbology (didactic) 1 credit. This introductory course familiarizes the student with the origin, evolution, and basic principles of Chinese herbology. Concepts introduced include the Five flavours, Six Qi, Home Meridian, and Four Directions. Students will learn latin and pin yin names for commonly used medicinal herbs. Habitat and cultivation practices, dosage, administration, and potential toxicity are also studied. Prerequisite: none
TCM151. Diagnostics of TCM (didactic) 7 credits. Topic areas include: the four pillars of diagnosis: observation, osculation/olfaction, interrogation, and palpation with particular emphasis on tongue and pulse diagnosis; TCM differentiation of syndromes according to various models including Ba Gang (Eight Principles), Qi and Blood, Zang Fu, Meridians and Collaterals, Pathogens, Sanjiao or Three Levels, Four Stages and Liu Jing or Six Layers. Prerequisite: TCM101 (or concurrent with TCM111)
TCM203. Chinese Herbology (didactic & practical) 8 credits. An introduction to the Chinese materia medica, including classification of medicine; properties, functions and toxicity of each medicine; preparation and processing of medicines; and, interactions of medicines. Clinical identification of medicines is also covered. Prerequisites: TCM151
TCM204. Chinese Medicine History (didactic) 2 credits. This lecture course looks at the evolution and underpinnings of TCM in the context of Chinese culture and world events.
TCM253. Chinese Herbal Formulas (didactic) 7 credits. This course will explore fundamental TCM concepts through study of herbal formulas, and examination of the methods of composing and tailoring formulas for specific patterns. Prerequisite: TCM203
TCM256. Tui Na Therapeutics (didactic) 2 credits. An introduction to the physical manipulations, treatment theory and treatment principles of Tui Na. Muscle layers of the surface anatomy will be included. The systematic treatment of basic illnesses with Tui na; a continuation into the study of acupuncture point function; the use of implements and mediums (oils, liniments) to aid in the manipulation of tissue or qi. The diagnosis and treatment of internal medicine disorders as well as pediatric and orthopedic tui na will be covered. Prerequisites: ACU161, ACU164, BMS197, BMS198
TCM292. Psychiatry of TCM I (didactic) 2 credits. Students will develop and understanding of psychiatry according to TCM theory. Models used to explore aspects of the mind, emotions, and thought will be used to discuss pathology and approach to treatment. ACU102, TCM151, CS167
TCM302. Chinese Patent Formulas (didactic) 2 credits. This course focuses on discussion of the most commonly used TCM patents, their ingredients, therapeutic use, contraindications, means of administration, and dosage.
TCM303. Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Internal Medicine (didactic) 8 credits. This course will examine the etiology, patho-mechanism, and differential diagnosis of the commonly observed diseases of TCM internal medicine as well as their treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM323. Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Pediatrics (didactic) 2 credits. The examination of diseases commonly observed in pediatrics, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM392. Psychiatry of TCM II (didactic) 2 credits. This upper level course focus on the application of acupuncture and herbs TCM mental emotional pathologies. Prerequisite: TCM292, TCM303.
TCM352. Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: External Medicine (didactic) 4 credits. The examination of diseases commonly observed in external medicine, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medical formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM353. Chinese Herbal Therapeutic Gynecology (didactic) 5 credits. The examination of diseases commonly observed in gynecology, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM354. TCM Case Studies I (practical) 1 credit. A discussion course for case studies that arise during student clinic practice. Students will present these cases and receive critical feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates. Prerequisite: TCM303, TCM323, TCM352, TCM353
TCM406. TCM Orthopedics (didactic) 1 credit. A course which looks at TCM Diagnostics and treatment for soft tissue injury, joint dislocation, bone fractures, and other diseases of bones and joints. Prerequisite: TCM253
TCM437. TCM Pharmacology & Toxicology (didactic) 4 credits. This course will investigate modern scientific research findings in the field of TCM medicines. A variety of TCM medicines will be investigated both in terms of pharmacology, toxicology and interactions of Chinese medicines with prescription drugs. Prerequisites: TCM303, TCM352, TCM353, BMS427 (or concurrent)
TCM501. TCM Classics III- Herbal (didactic) 5 credits. This course will focus on the study of three TCM Classics: Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Injury by Cold); Jin Kui Yao Lue Fang Lun (Synopsis Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber); and Wen Bing Xue (Febrile Disease Theory). Prerequisites: TCM303, TCM323, TCM352, TCM 353
TCM503. Food Therapy & Nutrition for Practitioners of TCM (didactic & practical/ simulated) 3 credits An in depth study of yang sheng fa, (life nourishing principles) and of food therapy systems around the world with particular emphasis on the benefits of TCM food principles in the treatment of disease. As part of this course students will construct diet plans for their patients based on Western and Eastern principle of nutrition, and popular supplements are a focus of this course. Prerequisite: TCM101 or TCM111 & TCM112, ACU301 (or concurrent) BMS397, BMS398.
TCM551. TCM Classics IV- Herbal (didactic) 5 credits. This course will focus on the study of three TCM Classics: Jin Kui Yao Lue Fang Lun (synopsis). Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber) and Wen Bing Xue (Febrile Disease Theory). Prerequisite: TCM303, TCM323, TCM352, TCM353
- What tradition of Chinese medicine is taught at the school?
There are many traditions of Chinese medicine and different approaches to mastering the art. There’s Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, the 5 Element school of thought, Oriental Medicine acupuncture, facial or cosmetic acupuncture, medical acupuncture, etc. Do a little research on the kind of acupuncture you wish to learn as they are not all the same.
The Chinese medicine program at KCCIHS re-integrates traditional Chinese medicine as taught in the People’s Republic with a pre-cultural revolution, 400 year-old family tradition. The courses meet and exceed the minimum requirements for the North American standard of education in the field of Chinese medicine, particularly in the areas of CM classics, history and self- cultivation.The programs at our school include the acquisition of the Chinese language, which deepens the ability for students to understand and research Chinese medicine in its original world view.
- What kind of Program are you interested in?
Do you wish to start a practice and see clients once you are trained? Do you want to add additional tools to other healing work you are already doing? Or, do you want to learn about Chinese medicine for your own health?
There are programs at various acupuncture schools to suit all interests. There are three, four and five year programs training Chinese medicine professionals. There are weekend courses for doctors and nurses or physiotherapists who wish to add acupuncture to their existing practice. And there are seminars, workshops and websites for those people just wanting to learn a bit about acupuncture or Chinese medicine for their own knowledge.
At KCCIHS we offer a three-year acupuncture program, a three-year herbology program, a four-year practitioner of Chinese medicine program (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) as well as a five-year Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine program. See the course descriptions for more information
- What is the language of instruction?
There are Chinese medicine schools all over the world teaching in virtually every language. Being a science of the Orient, many of the ancient writings about acupuncture are in the Mandarin language and Chinese characters.
At KCCIHS, our students are taught in English and also learn Mandarin relevant to Chinese medicine. This language component is taken in the first year of study, and many teacher’s notes and instructions are provided in both languages throughout the course. KCCIHS is one of only a few acupuncture schools in North America to offer this exposure to the Mandarin language and we feel it deepens each student’s understanding of the origins of Chinese medicine.
- Who are the teachers?
The instructors at the school you choose to attend will make all the difference. Choose a school that has instructors who have worked in the field, see clients in a clinic setting, and can comment on the practice of acupuncture. Many people may understand Chinese medicine theory but the art and skill that comes from seeing clients daily in a clinic setting cannot be learned from a book. Choose a school that has instructors who are experts in their field and who have real life experience in the courses they are teaching.
KCCIHS is fortunate to have many high level instructors, from both Chinese medicine and biomedical backgrounds, including TCM practitioners, chiropractors, counsellors and Qi Gong masters. Each instructor is an expert in their field and most currently practice their profession alongside their teaching schedule. Some of our instructors teach in the mornings and then see clients in the busy KCCIHS outpatient clinic in the afternoons, where students are able to observe and learn about subjects discussed in the classroom.
- How much does the program cost?
Program costs are variable, depending on your course of interest. Financial information can be found here, and further information can be provided by contacting our registrar directly
- What kind of learning do you do best?
It’s important to know what kind of learner you are and in what kind of environment you learn the best. Do you prefer to work at home, from books or online? Do you prefer to be in a classroom, guided by an expert teacher and joined by classmates? Do you prefer to go to school at night and on weekends so you can still work during the day?
KCCIHS offers on-site instruction across three campuses with experienced instructors and small class sizes. There are components of your training that can be done online or through self-study but the majority of our programs are delivered in-person, on campus, with teachers to answer your questions and classmates to study along with. The nature of learning a healing art like Chinese medicine requires a teacher on hand to guide a student.
At KCCIHS, there are class lectures, classroom clinics, needling labs and time spent in clinical observation. This experiential and hands-on learning environment sets up our graduates to go into clinical practice with the experience and knowledge to treat clients effectively.
- What kind of learning environment do you desire?
Just as it is important to know what kind of learner you are, it is also important to know what kind of learning environment you do best in. Do you prefer small classes, quiet study areas and green space to relax in? Or, do you prefer group learning, music and social interactions, games and challenges to help you remember information?
The campus offers different environments for study to suit the needs of our students. There is a school library for quiet study, a student lounge for more lively discussions over lunch, spacious classrooms for you to stretch out and make yourself at home in, a school bookstore and herbal dispensary for on-campus purchases, and a plethora of restaurants, healthy food options and quaint coffee shops nearby for refuelling.
Our classes are small, allowing you complete access to your instructors with your concerns and questions. If you ever find yourself in Nelson come take a tour of the school campus.
- When do I start needling and working with patients?
Students studying acupuncture are always very keen to begin to practice needling and see clients in the clinic. Clinical experience starts in observation and through learning fundamentals. As the course progresses each student’s skills develop as techniques are perfected.
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Our students are welcome to begin practicing their needle technique on paper towel rolls or oranges in their first semester at school, in the second year they are guided through needling lab, and in the third year they begin to practice on members of the public, under supervision. This progressive course provides a solid foundation of point location and needling skills.
- Where is the school located?
KCCIHS is located in Nelson, in the Kootenay mountain-range in the southeast corner of the province of British Columbia in Canada. Nelson is a beautiful heritage town on the banks of the Kootenay River, and is known for its laid-back lifestyle, abundance of natural beauty, proximity to world class skiing, biking, hiking and fishing, alternative lifestyles, art, music and health food.
Many famous, expert, expat, interesting and unlikely people make Nelson their home. This makes for a very interesting, colorful and accepting community.
By car, Nelson is three hours from Spokane, WA, eight hours from Vancouver, BC, four hours from Kelowna, BC and six hours from Calgary, Alberta.
- What is required in your home country, state or province to practice Chinese medicine after graduation?
There are different requirements for licensing of acupuncturists in every country, state and province. Please research the rules in the area in which you wish to practice upon graduation.
In British Columbia, graduates of acupuncture schools must write and pass licensing exams overseen by the CTCMA of BC. Students wishing to practice acupuncture in the U.S. should check with the NCCAOM about licensing requirements.
The Chinese medicine program at KCCIHS has graduates working in many different countries around the world, in several U.S. states and in all provinces of Canada. Education at KCCIHS will set you up to work anywhere in the world you wish.