Program: ACPT
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 6 Clinical Placements
Length: 6 Semesters
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2021
Location: Barrie


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 or chiropractic offices. As well, graduates often choose to open their own clinic space thus becoming self-employed and/or eventually specialize and become involved in one specific area of healthcare such as pain management, dermatology or gynecology.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. critically analyze and evaluate 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.

External Recognition

There is a legislative requirement that program graduates must be licensed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario to be able to practice and work in the profession.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Sem 3: Summer 2022
  • Sem 4: Fall 2022
  • Sem 5: Winter 2023
  • Sem 6: Summer 2023

Admission Requirements

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 requirements 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. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety. It may be obtained at a reduced cost through the student insurance plan.

It is required that students have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program (On-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the registrar's office and show the original to the program coordinator at registration.

Graduation Requirements

26 Program Courses
6 Clinical Practices
2 Communications Courses
4 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
ALTM 1000 Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine 84
ALTM 1001 Qigong and Mindfulness 1 42
BIOL 1019 Anatomy and Physiology 84
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
ACPT 1000 Acupuncture Points and Meridians Introduction 42
ALTM 1004 Qigong and Mindfulness 2 42
BIOL 1020 Palpation Anatomy 42
ETHC 1000 Professional and Ethical Standards in Acupuncture 42
Clinical Practice  
ALTM 1005 TCM Grand Rounds Introduction 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ACPT 1001 Acupuncture Points and Meridians Advanced 42
ACPT 2001 Acupuncture Therapeutics 42
ACPT 2003 Fundamentals of Acupuncture Needling 42
ALTM 1003 Clinical Diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine 42
ALTM 2002 Qigong and Mindfulness 3 42
BIOL 2009 Pathology 84
General Education  
Select one course from the general education list during registration 42
Clinical Practice  
ACPT 2000 Acupuncture Practice Introduction 56
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ALTM 1002 Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Introduction 42
ALTM 2000 TCM Differential Diagnosis Introduction 42
ALTM 2004 Clinical Diagnosis and Medical Terminology 42
ALTM 2005 Qigong and Mindfulness 4 42
HLTH 2004 Philosophies of Healing 28
Clinical Practice  
ACPT 2002 Acupuncture Practice Advanced 56
ALTM 2006 TCM Grand Rounds Advanced 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
ALTM 2001 Materia Medica 42
ALTM 2003 TCM Differential Diagnosis Advanced 84
BUSI 3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional 42
REAS 3000 Research Methodologies 28
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Clinical Practice  
ACPT 3000 Acupuncture Clinic Internship Introduction 168
Semester 6
Program Courses  
ACPT 3001 Comprehensive Acupuncture Examination Review 84
ACPT 3002 Acupuncture Practice Management 42
ALTM 3000 Integrated TCM Cases 42
ALTM 3001 Chinese Patent Medicines 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 - 42 hour courses from the general education list during registration. 42
Clinical Practice  
ACPT 3003 Acupuncture Clinic Internship Advanced 168
 Total Hours2058

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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