Academic FAQS

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Programs

  1. What programs are offered at TSTCM and how long are the programs?
  2. What is the difference between the certificate and diploma programs?
  3. What are some common times for classes?

1. What programs are offered at TSTCM and how long are the programs?
A wide variety of programs are available at TSTCM. The time required to finish depends on the program you enroll in and the number of courses you take each term. Typically diploma programs in individual modalities (acupuncture, tuina massage, herbal medicine) take 2 years (intensive), 3 years (full-time), or 3-6 years (part-time). The Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma program requires 3 years (intensive), 4 years (full-time), or 4-8 years (part-time). The Advanced Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma program takes 4 years (intensive), 5 years (full-time), or 6-8 years (part-time) to complete.

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2. What is the difference between the certificate and diploma programs?
The diploma programs are all designed to train future professionals in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and tuina massage. These programs exceed the educational requirements for professional licensing bodies in North America such as NCCAOM in the United States and CTCMA in British Columbia.

The certificate programs provide an understanding of TCM theory and of specific modalities at an introductory level. Courses required for the certificate programs are also required for the diploma programs and can be used to build toward a diploma, should you decide to continue your studies.

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3. What are some common times for classes?
Classes usually run Monday through Saturday and are typically 4 hours long. Morning classes are from 9am to 1pm, afternoon classes are from 2pm to 6pm, and evening classes run from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Teaching clinics are usually run from 2pm to 6pm or 4pm to 8pm.

Full-time and intensive students take 4-7 courses per term, while part-time students take 3 or less. Students typically also require 1 to 2 hours of self-study for each hour spent in-class. Some core courses such as TCM Theory I and Acupuncture I may be offered twice a week. Weekend and evening classes are also available. If you register for the full-time program, it is recommended that you take daytime classes during the week. If you register for part-time study, we recommend taking evening and weekend classes.

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