Our College

Our College provides students with an enriching experience that includes a first-class education, flexible schedule, and an on-site student clinic.

Our focus is purely on
Acupuncture and TCM

The Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM) is the only educational institution in Atlantic Canada where you can learn to become an acupuncturist and open the door to a rewarding medical career. At CCATCM you can take either our Two-Year Intensive Acupuncture Diploma or Three-Year Acupuncture Diploma programs. This is your opportunity to join a growing profession. In the province of Nova Scotia alone there are over 3,000 massage therapists, but fewer than 200 acupuncturists.

Our core faculty has been in clinical practice and instructing in this field of medicine for more than 30 years. Several faculty members have Masters and PhD degrees in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Our History

Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM) began with the vision of its founders, a group of esteemed healthcare professionals who wanted to share their knowledge with Canadians and train the next generation of healers. Among their accomplishments is the Canadian College of Natural Medicine (CCNM), which merged with other schools to become the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH); CCANM, a college that provides continuing education to health-care professionals; and the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a school that provides acupuncture education and training to the practitioners of tomorrow.

Today, the Canadian College of Acupuncture and TCM is one of the largest schools in Canada by both campus size and students. It provides education that integrates ancient knowledge and indigenous practises with hands on teaching and exceptional teachers. As one of the only schools that offers online resources and business training, CCATCM offers a curriculum that thoroughly prepares their student healers for the modern world.


CCATCM’s founders designed our programs to provide you with the hands-on knowledge and practical experience to become a fully-qualified and world-class practitioner. Our flexible schedules, multiple intakes and onsite student clinic are just a few of the many reasons to choose CCATCM. Our doors are always open and we welcome you to visit the college and become a student for a day in order to see the CCATCM experience firsthand. You may even receive a treatment while you’re here. Need some other reasons to join CCATCM:

  1. CCATCM is Registered
    CCATCM is fully recognized as a Private Career College by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education.
  2. Highly Recognized
    CCATCM is accredited by numerous provincial, national and international organizations including the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC), Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Colleges of Canada, World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies, various natural nutrition associations in Canada, and more.
  3. High Education Standards
    Our programs go above and beyond what is taught in similar courses provincially, nationally and internationally. In addition to meeting industry standards our programs include additional enrichment and improved educational experiences.
  4. Access to Various Forms of Funding
    CCATCM applicants are eligible for student loans from all provinces and territories in Canada. That includes access to OSAP in Ontario, Nova Scotia Student Loan, StudentAidBC in British Columbia, Alberta Student Aid, Quebec Student Financial Assistance and more. Students are also able to access various forms of third-party funding such as military and armed forces, skills development funding for those who qualify, and funding from native/indigenious sources.
  5. 2.5-Day Class Schedule
    Our 2.5-day per week class structure allows CCATCM students to enjoy a proper life balance while studying to become a healer.
  6. World-Class Instructors
    CCATCM has a strong teaching faculty. Our instructors have great passion and dedication to their work. They love passing their knowledge and expertise onto our students. CCATCM’s teaching staff includes highly-recognized and skilled TCM doctors, some of whom have over 30 years experience, registered acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, natural nutritionists, and more.
  7. Great Cultural Opportunities
    Every year CCATCM hosts a trip to China for students to visit TCM hospitals and experience the Chinese culture including food, silk, jade, and tea ceremonies. After landing in China, all expenses are paid for by a third party.
  8. Higher Education
    Through our affiliation with Guangzhou University in China CCATCM graduates are eligible to study for a Master’s or PhD degree.
  9. National Footprint
    CCATCM has sister colleges in Ontario and British Columbia where we collaborate to meet high educational standards and allow students to transfer locations and course credit seamlessly amongst colleges.
  10. Perfect Location
    CCATCM’s campus is located in the heart of Bedford overlooking the beautiful Bedford Basin. Not only is the college located on a major bus route, within walking distance to two malls and numerous shops, but our campus also has the best feng shui and healing energy.
  11. The Best Clinical Experience
    The CCATCM clinical experience is a major stepping stone in our students preparation to practice in the real-world. Our founders specially designed our curriculum with a focus on acupressure massage where they feel the acupuncture points during the first semester. After only three months our students can begin helping patients in the student clinic, as well as their family and friends with their healing journey.
  12. High Professional Exam Pass Rate
    CCATCM graduates are thoroughly prepared to write and have pass rates well above national averages for the Pan-Canadian Examinations. These board exams are necessary for acupuncturists to work in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia where acupuncture is a regulated profession.

Why Acupuncture and TCM?

  1. It’s a healthy, long-term, stable medical career
  2. There’s great income potential
  3. It’s the career of a lifetime and a life of wellness for you, your family and your patients!

CCATCM Strengths

  1. Exceptional faculty
  2. Affiliations with National and International networks of colleges, institutions, and associations (See below)
  3. Wide range of clinical practicums
  4. Small class sizes
  5. Excellent holistic programs

Our Founding Staff

Our Current Staff

Accreditation & Recognition

Since it’s beginning in 2009 the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been visited by a number of elected officials at different levels of government. These officials have spoken to our students and taken the time to acknowledge our college.

The Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine College of Canada certified CCATCM met the FTCMCC educational standards and compliance with relevant requirements in September 2013 and provided CCATCM with a Certificate of Accreditation.

Organizations that Recognize CCATCM

CCATCM has strong affiliations with provincial, national and international Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine communities. Through these networks, our students and graduates have opportunities to study and practice Acupuncture and TCM at the highest levels and in a global context.

CCATCM has been approved by the Canadian Federal Ministry of Immigration and Nova Scotia Ministry of Education to enroll international students in the relevant acupuncture and TCM courses.

Currently, CCATCM is an important part of the World Federation of Acupuncture Associations (WFAS), the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Associations (WFCMS), the Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Colleges of Canada (FTCMCC).

For further information please contact the CCATCM admission office.

CCATCM is a member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), an international, non-profit organization of Chinese Medicine societies, colleges, and universities.

CCATCM is an official Inheritance Base for Acupuncture and Moxibustion under the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS), an NGO in official relation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Our Acupuncture diploma programs meet and exceed the minimum curriculum requirements set by the Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Colleges of Canada (FTCMCC). OCTCM is an accredited institutional member of the FTCMCC.

Graduates of the Acupuncture and TCM Practitioner diploma programs are eligible for professional membership in the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC).

Graduates from our Natural Nutrition Counsellor Diploma Programs are able to join The Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP).

Following completion of our Natural Nutrition Counsellor Diploma Program CCATCM students are eligible to join the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro).

Once a CCATCM student has finished our Natural Nutrition Counsellor Diploma Program they can join the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants (IONC).