Diploma of Acupuncture

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
  • Tui na massage therapy
  • Guasha therapy
  • Tai Chi
  • Chi Gong
  • and more!
Three-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program

In the Three-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program, years 1 and 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's not mandatory.

Intensive Two-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program

The Intensive Two-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program and the Three-Year 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 third-year required clinical hours within two years while completing classroom studies at the same time.
  • Students enrolled in the Intensive Two-Year Acupuncture Diploma Program don't 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 years one and two.
Acupuncture Program Details
Duration: 2,220 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
First-year students attend Thursday & Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., as well as Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Second-year students attend Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., as well as Wednesday 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Intakes: CCATCM has three intakes per year - September, May, and January