Academic FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions About Our School:


School

1. How do I choose the right school/program?
2. Why should I choose TSTCM?
3. What will happen when acupuncture/TCM is regulated in Ontario? Which schools/programs will meet the standards?
4. Will apprenticeship, distance learning or correspondence courses and home study hours be counted toward professional licensing when acupuncture/TCM is regulated?
5. What is the class schedule like?
6. How can I learn more about the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its programs?


1. How Do I Choose the Right School/Program?
There are so many schools offering courses in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine that it may difficult to distinguish one school from another when making a decision.

Important factors to consider when choosing a school/program include:
  • The vision and history of the school, including its dedication to the students and the TCM profession.
  • Legislation requirements in the area you intend to practice.
  • The breadth of the programs and the depth of the curriculum.
  • The qualifications of the faculty.
  • Whether graduates are eligible to sit for licensing exams in various jurisdictions and the success-rate of past graduates who have taken these exams.
  • The flexibility of class schedules.
  • The employability and achievements of the graduates.
  • The credentials of the school President.

How you can gather more information:

  • Check the school's website for school and program information.
  • Search the internet to find information about the credentials of the school from unbiased sources.
  • Visit the websites of various regulatory bodies to verify the credentials of the school (for U.S: www.nccaom.org; for British Columbia: www.ctcma.bc.ca).
  • Visit the school, sit in on a class, or book an appointment at the teaching clinic to evaluate the quality of the students and instructors.
  • Talk to current students and/or graduates about their experiences at the school and in the profession.

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2. Why should I choose TSTCM?
The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine is committed to providing you with all the knowledge and skills necessary to be among the best in the profession.

Our vision and dedication
TSTCM is dedicated to excellence in education and treatment to benefit the health of the general public and to increase recognition and development of the TCM profession in Canada.

Our distinguished programs and comprehensive curriculum
Our Diploma programs offer in-depth theoretical knowledge and intensive clinical training to ensure that you have the competency and confidence needed to attain professional licensing and enjoy a successful career in TCM. Our continuing education department provides opportunities for our students to further understand the philosophy behind TCM, and opens the door to more advanced skills for life-long professional development and personal growth.

Our outstanding faculty and high quality of teaching
TSTCM provides its students with superior quality training through well-designed curriculums delivered by exceptional and dedicated instructors. Our faculty is strictly selected for their experience and passion for teaching. Evidence of our exceptional teaching standards includes:

  • A 100% pass-rate for NCCAOM and CTCMA certification. The first Canadian-trained TCM class to attain NCCAOM certification graduated from The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • High employability of our graduating students. Many of our graduates are currently enjoying successful careers in the field of TCM.

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3. What will happen when acupuncture/TCM is regulated in Ontario? Which schools/programs will meet the standards?
The educational standards for acupuncture/TCM in Ontario are presently under review by the Provincial Government. However, TSTCM graduates have met the highest standards set in both the U.S. and other Canadian provinces, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that our students will meet the standards presented by TCM regulation in Ontario.

The diploma programs offered at TSTCM exceed the standards of both NCCAOM and CTCMA. Below is a comparison:

Program Minimum Educational Requirements:

Jurisdictions

TSTCM

Canada (BC)

USA (NCCAOM)

Hours of training

Total

Clinic

Total

Clinic

Total

Clinic

Advanced TCM

Practitioner of TCM

Acupuncture

Herbal Medicine

Tuina Massage

4220

2880

2260

2260

2260

1340

920

680

680

560

3250

2600

1900

1900

NA

1050

650

450

450

NA

4000

2625

1905

2175

500

1200

870

660

660

70

More information

www.tstcm.com

www.ctcma.bc.ca

www.nccaom.org

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4. Will apprenticeship, distance learning or correspondence courses and home study hours be counted toward professional licensing when acupuncture/TCM is regulated?

The standards in Ontario are currently being set. We will let you know whether the above experience is applicable toward certification as soon as regulation is complete.

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5. What is the class schedule like?

Many of our students work full-time or part-time. We understand that different people will have different needs, and to address this issue we offer part-time, full-time, and intensive programs. Courses are offered during the daytime, evenings, and on weekends, with students beginning their programs in January, May, or September each year. Additionally, students can study a single modality at a time while working toward the completion of the Advanced Traditional Chinese Medicine or Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma programs.

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6. How can I learn more about the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its programs?

More information about TSTCM can be attained by:

1. Attending the Open House. Please check the date of our next open house and call (416) 782-9682 to register. You can also arrange to sit in on a class, speak with an academic advisor, or book a complimentary treatment at the teaching clinic.

2. Emailing us at info@tstcm.com.

3. Exposing yourself to the students, faculty, and graduates to help you in the decision-making process.

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