Academic FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions About Applications:


After Application

After Application:

  1. What happens after I apply to the school?
  2. Do I have to come for an interview? Can I do my interview over the phone if I live outside of the province?
  3. When will I know if I am accepted?

Registration For Courses:

  1. When is the registration deadline?
  2. Can I register after the registration deadline?
  3. How many courses should I register for?
  4. Can I add or drop a course after registration?
  5. Can I audit a course?
  6. Can I repeat a course to get higher marks?
  7. Is it difficult to pass course exams?
  8. What if I fail an exam?
  9. Can I get help if I have difficulty handling all my courses?
  10. Do I have to attend class all the time?
  11. What should I do if I cannot avoid missing class?
  12. Do I need special clothing for some classes?


1. What happens after I apply to the school?
Once all required documents and fees are received our Admissions Committee will carefully review your application before scheduling an interview.

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2. Do I have to have an interview? Can I do my interview over the phone if I live outside of the province?
Yes. The interview process is absolutely necessary to ensure that you have the level of motivation, dedication, and maturity required to build a successful career in TCM. International and out-of-province students can complete their interviews over the phone.

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3. When will I know if I am accepted?
Usually we will notify you of your admission status by phone, email, and in writing. Acceptance letters are sent out approximately two months before the term starts. If the date of your interview was close to the beginning of the term, we will notify you of your admission status as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact the school if you have not heard from us after a certain period of time.

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1. When is the registration due date?
The registration due date for courses is the same date one month prior to the beginning of the term. For example, if the Fall term begins on September 10, 2009, the due date for registration is August 10, 2009. Your registration form and tuition payment must be received by the school before or on the due date before 6:00 p.m.

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2. Can I register after the registration deadline?
You may still be able to register after the due date. A late registration fee will be applied. Enrolment will depend on whether or not there is still space in the course(s).

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3. How many courses should I register for?
The number of courses registered for each student is based on the status of the student and the program taken. Generally part-time students take between 2 to 4 courses per term, while full-time or intensive students take 4 to 7 courses. We will let you know which courses you need to be registered for each term based on your program of study.

Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding your registration and the courses you plan to take.

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4. Can I add or drop a course after registration?
It is not recommended. However, if dropping a course after registration is unavoidable, a written request is required and we will do your best to accommodate you.

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5. Can I audit a course?
Yes. If you are registered in one of the regular programs in the school and wish to audit a course without credit, you may do so. In this case you will be asked to pay 50% of the tuition for that course. If you are not registered in any of our regular programs and wish to audit a course without credit, you may do so at full tuition.

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6. Can I repeat a course to get higher marks?
Yes you can, though you will be asked to pay full tuition again for that course.

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7. Is it difficult to pass course exams ?
We maintain a very high standard of education. To ensure that our students are capable of succeeding after graduation and meeting the challenges of licensing exams and certification, we expect them to study hard and to learn a lot. However, we believe that all of our students can pass their exams if they work hard and get help when they need it.

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8. What if I fail an exam?
You are allowed one attempt at re-writing written exams or re-taking practical exams if you fail. To pre-empt this problem, the school will also do its best to help you with any academic difficulties you have during the term. We will to do everything in our power to help you complete the program successfully.

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9. Can I get help if I have difficulties in handling all my courses?
Yes, we are here to help you.

1. Our Mentor Program is designed for this purpose. We can pair you with a mentor, usually a graduate or senior student. He/she will be there to give you advice and support, and to help you with your studies if you need.

2. The instructors are always there to answer all of your questions and to help you get past any difficulties you may have with the course material.

3. At TSTCM we encourage group-learning, and your classmates will always be there to help you. In addition to being your future colleagues, they are all fine individuals. With them you will form a tightly-knit group that learns and grows together.

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10. Do I have to attend class all the time?
Yes. Students are expected to attend and be on time for all scheduled classes. Absence, lateness, or leaving early without a valid reason will result in deductions from your overall mark. Students must attend at least 80% of all classes to pass a course, and more than three absences will result in the failure of the course. Each lateness or early leave is counted as 1/2 of an absence.

Clinical training requires 100% attendance. Missed classes (hours) must be made up at the convenience of the clinic or by attending promotional events where demonstration and treatments are provided.

Our attendance policies are in place to ensure that you are able to complete your program and attain certification in various jurisdictions across Canada and the U.S.

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11. What should I do if absence or late/early leave is unavoidable?
You will have to notify the school and the instructor about your absence as soon as possible, and arrange to study the material and content you missed.

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12. Do I need special clothing for some classes?
Yes. You will need a long white lab coat during clinical training, with semi-formal dress underneath. Our students are required to maintain a high-level of professionalism when treating patients at the teaching clinic and promoting the profession at various events.

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