About the Programs

CCATCM Acupuncture Diploma Programs
The CCATCM acupuncture program is a three-year, full-time acupuncture diploma program, which is offered in a three-year format or a two-year intensive format.
About the program:
  • Approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education
  • Meets provincial, national and international education standards
  • Provides a great balance of academic, practical and clinical study
  • Offers on-site clinical experience through the S-T & L-C Acupuncture and
    Natural Medicine Clinics and other private clinics.
What you will learn in this program:
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure massage
  • Ear (auricular) acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese medicine theories and diagnosis
  • Cupping therapy
  • Herbs and nutrition
  • Health counselling
  • Tuina
  • Guasha
  • and more!
3-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program
In general, years one and two are entirely dedicated to academic classroom learning, finishing at the end of June each year. July and August is summer break, while the third year is dedicated exclusively to clinical practice, with no classroom commitment required. In some cases, students have the flexibility to take some first and second year courses in their third year in addition to their clinical studies to reduce their course load within the first two years.  
2-Year Intensive Acupuncture Diploma Program
The Two-Year Full-Time Intensive Acupuncture Diploma Program and the Three-Year Full-Time Acupuncture Diploma Program share the same curriculum. The only difference is the structure of completion and timeline. 
  • Students in the Two-Year Intensive program are required to finish all 3rd year required clinical hours within the two years, at the same time as completing classroom studies.
  • Students enrolled in the Two-Year Intensive program do not have a summer break. They also must commit to evening and weekend clinics throughout their two years, which will allow the students to complete the third year clinical training in their two years. Students will be responsible for scheduling themselves for clinical practice in the CCATCM student clinic, S-T/L-C Professional Clinics or other approved professional clinics
  • These students will also need to complete research projects and clinical hours in the summer between year one and two. 
Students of both the Two- and Three-Year Acupuncture Program share the same classroom and attend the same academic and practical classes through years one and two.
January Enrolment
January Intake students will join the previous September Intake students in the classroom, taking the same classes as them in the winter and spring semesters.  In addition, these students will need to complete the classes offered in the previous fall term; some will be taken in the winter and/or spring term and some may be taken in the next fall term.  This means that students starting in January will be in classes more often than 2.5 days/week in order to complete their classroom studies. 
January Intake students must attend additional courses besides their current term. The January intake must take two foundation courses in the January term in addition to the normal course load. The remaining three courses missed from the September term may be taken in the second or third year.
Acupuncture Program Details
Duration: 2220 hours of enriched curriculum
Both programs are registered with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education in Nova Scotia and qualify for student loans and other Government funded programs such as Skills Development grants.
Intakes: CCATCM has three intakes per year - September, May, and January
Classroom Hours: Classes typically run 2.5 half days per week
1st Year students attend Monday & Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, as well as Wednesday 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
2nd Year students attend Thursday & Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, as well as Wednesday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm