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Acupuncture Diploma Program
Offered as a 2000 hour diploma program, classes start April 2016  with the foundational studies courses.  Student have the option of taking these foundational courses individually or all 3 at once. Schedules defer depending on when the student is interested or able to start their studies, please contact our Admissions Department for full schedule options to ensure you discover the best schedule option for your lifestyle.

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 2000 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 introduced on a part time basis either during or upon completion of the Acupuncture Diploma Program. Click here for further details or 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.
  1. You will learn acupuncture as an adjunct to your present discipline or as stand-alone form of alternative healthcare.
  2. Students will have 500 hours of practical hands-on, supervised Student Clinic.
  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 29 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.


Please visit the RMTs section of our website for further information, or contact the Admissions Department at (416) 323-1818 ex.22 or toll free

1-800-263-1703 ex.22

This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.