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 classroom practice, student clinic and community outreach clinic
  • It is also optional to observe the S-T & L-C Acupuncture and Natural Medicine Clinics and other private clinics
  • Students only require 2.5 days of classroom studies to support the balance of home life and studies.
What you will learn in this program:
  • Acupuncture
  • Acu-massage therapy
  • Ear (auricular) acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese medicine theories and diagnosis
  • Fire cupping therapy
  • Herbs and nutrition
  • Health counselling
  • Tuina message therapy
  • Guasha therapy
  • Tai Chi
  • Chi Gong
  • and more!
3-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program
 

In the Three-Year Full-Time Acupuncture Diploma, years 1 and year 2 are entirely dedicated to academic classroom learning, finishing at the end of June each year. July and August are 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.  Students may also choose to begin some of their clinical practice in the second year of the program but that is not mandatory.

 

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, in other words, this is a fast track program. 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.

  • 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 many evening and weekend clinics throughout their two- year studies, which will allow the students to complete the third -year clinical training in two years. Students will be responsible for scheduling themselves for clinical practice in the CCATCM student clinic, community 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.
 
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.
 
Classroom Hours: Classes typically run 2.5 half days per week
1st Year students attend Thursday & Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, as well as Wednesday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
2nd Year students attend Monday & Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, as well as Wednesday 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
 
Intakes: CCATCM has three intakes per year - September, May, and January
 
September Enrollment
 
September intake students are in class 2.5 days a week. They are taking at least one TCM foundational class, level one acupressure relaxation massage course, in the first term. A typical schedule for 1st year would be Thursday & Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, as well as Wednesday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and in 2nd year will be Monday & Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, as well as Wednesday 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The September students may begin their clinical observation as soon as they start in the program. By the second term, students will be starting clinical training by implementing their TCM knowledge and practicing 1 hour Acupressure Relaxation Massage treatment on patients in student clinic under supervision.
 
September Intake 3 Year Acupuncture Diaploma Program
Intake Program Year Term Dates Classroom Clinic
September 3 Year 1st Fall Sept-Dec Yes No
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes No
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes No
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
    2nd Fall Sept-Dec Yes No
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes No
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes No
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
    3rd Fall Sept-Dec No Yes
      Winter Jan-Apr No Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun No Yes
      Summer Graduation    

 

September Intake 2 Year Acupuncture Diaploma Program

Intake Program Year Term Dates Classroom Clinic
September 2 Year 1st Fall Sept-Dec Yes Yes
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept No Yes
    2nd Fall Sept-Dec Yes Yes
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept No Yes
 
January Enrollment
 
January students will have their own class as well as joining the previous September intake students in the classroom, taking the same classes as them in the winter and spring term and moving forward with the September students. 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.
 
January Intake 3 Year Acupuncture Diaploma Program
Intake Program Year Term Dates Classroom Clinic
January 3 Year 1st Winter Jan-Apr Yes No
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes No
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes No
    2nd Winter Jan-Apr Yes No
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes No
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes No
    3rd Winter Jan-Apr No Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun No Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
      Fall Sept-Dec No Yes
 
January Intake 2 Year Acupuncture Diaploma Program
Intake Program Year Term Dates Classroom Clinic
January 2 Year 1st Winter Jan-Apr Yes Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept No Yes
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes Yes
    2nd Winter Jan-Apr Yes Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept No Yes
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes Yes
May Enrollment
 
May Intake students have a very light load for their first term. They would take one course, which is most commonly Level One Acupressure Massage for one full day each week and that would take place from the beginning of May till the end of June.  There would be no classroom stuy for this intake in the summer, onnly clincal practice. They would have the option to begin their clinical practice in July and August. One advantage of beginning in May is that after successfully completing the Level One Acupressure Massage, students would be qualified to begin practicing their acupressure massage on clients during the summer months under the guidance of the clinical supervisor.  In September, this group would proceed with a 2.5-day week, typically, Wednesday mornings and full days Thursday and Friday.
 
May Intake 3 Year Acupuncture Diaploma Program
 
Intake Program Year Term Dates Classroom Clinic
May 3 Year 1st Spring May-Jun Yes No
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes No
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes No
    2nd Spring Apr-Jun Yes No
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes No
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes No
    3rd Spring Apr-Jun No Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept Off Off
      Fall Sept-Dec No Yes
      Winter Jan-Apr No Yes
 

May Intake 2 Year Acupuncture Diaploma Program

Intake Program Year Term Dates Classroom Clinic
May 2 Year 1st Spring May-Jun Yes Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept No Yes
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes Yes
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes Yes
    2nd Spring Apr-Jun Yes Yes
      Summer Jul-Sept No Yes
      Fall Sept-Dec Yes Yes
      Winter Jan-Apr Yes Yes
      Spring Apr-Jun Yes Yes