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Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Six semesters, beginning in September


Contact Information

Michael O'Leary, associate dean
416.675.6622 ext. 4125


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
- domestic $7,226.54
- international $14,200
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Grade 12 Chemistry or Physics (SCH4C, SCH4U, SPH4C or SPH4U or equivalent)
– Grade 11 or 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)
– One Grade 12 C, M or U course in addition to those listed above
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Our Program

Humber’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP) advanced diploma program is the first and only publicly funded program of its kind offered at a postsecondary institution in Canada. This full-time intensive program is grounded in the TCMP skillset which has been approved by all provincial TCM regulators in Canada, and provides students with the skills and professional experience necessary to become a TCMP in Ontario. Through a combination of theoretical course-based instruction, as well as several clinical experiences, students will acquire the necessary understanding of Traditional Chinese and Western medicine practices. Moreover, graduates of the TCMP program will be trained to conduct a TCM diagnosis and develop appropriate treatment plans by utilizing their skills in acupuncture, herbal medicine, clinical practice management, professionalism and safety. This program is also committed to the promotion of evidence-based practice of TCM through scientific research.

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Your Career

The TCM profession is a newly regulated and growing health profession in Ontario and across Canada, and employment futures for graduates are positive. Service Canada’s outlook asserts “because of the implementation of certified training programs, and the trend toward alternatives to traditional medicine, the number of practitioners of natural healing (which include Chinese medical practitioners) should rise sharply in the next few years”.

Graduates will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to launch a career in professional practice, research and program management. Possible employment opportunities include work in private TCM and/or acupuncture clinics, and increasingly, conventional medical clinics, long-term care facilities, homes for seniors, rehabilitation clinics, community health clinics and acute care hospitals.

Our Facilities

Humber has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities purposely designed to support student success. Students enrolled in the TCMP program will access collaborative learning spaces in the formal teaching and learning periods. As well, they will access innovative and accessible informal learning spaces where interactions with learners enrolled in the traditional health sciences programs can occur, strengthening their awareness of the entire health-care team. Moreover, Humber is the only College in Ontario with a human cadaver laboratory to support experiential learning in the anatomy and physiology components of this program. Learners will engage in applied research opportunities in collaboration with licensed and regulated health-care professionals on and off campus.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The program teaches students all of the entry-to-practice competencies approved by the provincial regulators of TCM Practitioners – the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.

Our Industry Partnerships

The School of Health Sciences has a long history of collaboration with our acute, chronic, rehabilitation and community health-care agencies in Ontario. The TCMP advanced diploma learners will complete the practice requirements of the program in clinics, homecare settings, as well as other environments in order to implement the theoretically acquired skills.

Work Placement

There are six mandatory clinical placements, one clinical observation and one clinical practicum that provide students with progressive, professional practice experience in diagnosing, preparing treatment plans, inter-professional collaboration and safe practices.


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