Academic FAQS

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  1. Can I start practice right after I graduate?
  2. Do I have to take licensing exams before I start practicing?
  3. Do I have to take the American NCCAOM exam?

  1. Can I start practice right after I graduate?
This depends on where you practice. You can practice acupuncture/TCM in some provinces without licence if the profession is not regulated. You will have to have a licence to practice when it is regulated.

You must be licenced if you practice in Ontario, BC, Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland. The Pan-Canadian exam Since 2013 Our Acupuncture Diploma will qualify you to take their exams and our excellent teaching quality will guarantee your licensure. Our diploma programs qualify for the examinations for all the titles in British Columbia.

You have to be licensed by the regulatory bodies if you plan to practice in the United States where acupuncture is regulated. NCCAOM (The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) certification is accepted by more than 45 states as the requirement for licensing. The Diploma programs offered at the TSTCM meet the eligibility of NCCAOM.

 

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2. Do I have to take licensing exams before I start practicing?
Yes if you practice in a province or state where the profession is regulated. To practice in Canada, graduates need to take the Pan-Canadian licensing exams. To practice in US graduates need to take NCCAOM exams or California State Exams if practicing in California.

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3. Do I have to take the American NCCAOM exam?
NCCAOM certification is not required in Canada and you do not have to take it. However, NCCAOM is a well-recognized certification organization in the United States. The NCCAOM designation indicates your professional competence and credentials. As of 2003, there are only about 50 people in Canada currently holding NCCAOM certification, which gives an idea of its level of distinction. Before the regulation and standardization of the profession is established, qualified practitioners are difficult to recognize. NCCAOM certification will certainly provide additional qualification and credentials to you as a practitioner. The process of preparing and taking the examinations certainly brings you more knowledge and a high level of understanding regarding TCM, and which makes it a priceless experience.

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