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Acupuncture Diploma Program: Overview

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Acupuncture Diploma Program
Offered as a 2200 hour diploma program, classes start January 2018.

The curriculum
is a balance of theory and practice and includes courses in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),  Jing-luo & Meridian System, Treatment of Disease, Differential Diagnosis,  Acupuncture Points, Oriental Medicine Diagnosis, Auricular (EAR) Acupuncture, External Techniques (cupping, moxa techniques, etc), Clean Needle Technique and Needling, Acupuncture Technique, Ethics & Jurisprudence, Practice Management and Communication Skills, Biomedical Pharmacology. Tuina Massage, Medical QiGong, Eastern Nutrition and Western Medical Assessment are also covered in length and incorporated into Acupuncture Clinical Practice.

The Goal of Study
The 2200 hour Acupuncture Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to become competent 'Acupuncturists' and can expect to practice acupuncture as a stand-alone therapy or along with their current discipline in a skilled and confident manner under the current guidelines proposed by The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario

Extensive hands on training while working with highly qualified professionals, gives our graduates the edge that is required to become successful acupuncturists within the field of Eastern medicine/traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

For individuals who wish to continue their studies to become a TCM Practitioner, additional courses in traditional Chinese medicine herbs are offered over a one year period. Call the Admissions Department directly to discuss all the various schedule options available.

Why study acupuncture at the Shiatsu School of Canada and the SSC Acupuncture Institute?

  1. Courses are taught by practicing professionals who have excellent academic qualifications and practical experience. Some instructors are diplomats of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) from the USA. All clinical supervisors are registered acupuncturists with CTCMPAO.
  1. You will learn acupuncture as an adjunct to your present discipline or as stand-alone form of alternative healthcare.
  2. Students will have 560 hours of practical hands-on, supervised Student Clinic. (500 hours on-site, 20 hours off-site & 40 observation hours)
  1. Students incorporate all elements of their Chinese acupuncture training within student clinic under the instruction of highly qualified, experienced professional therapists.
  2. Receive discount treatments in the student clinics while studying at the SSC.
  1. Membership in the Shiatsu School of Canada Alumni Guild with benefits (business registry on Shiatsu School of Canada web site, newsletter, reduced seminar fees for school sponsored seminars, etc.)
  1. Written, oral and practical exams that offer proof of your progress.
  2. Benefit from the 30 years of educational experience in the field of Eastern therapeutic practices and complementary healthcare.
  3. Textbook theory AND palpatory skills are emphasized.
  4. Acupuncture is less physically demanding than some other modalities, allowing the practitioner a needed change of pace.
  5. Many extended health care benefits packages provide coverage for acupuncture.

Employment Options Upon Completion...

  • self employment, own and operate your own private clinic
    Some therapists travel to clients' homes or place of work for longer or shorter treatments

  • work in an established clinic

  • work along side other health care professionals

  • clinic supervisor, oversee other therapists in a clinic or teaching clinic environment

  • instructor/teacher