Acupuncture Practitioner

Gently restore balance in human body systems. Master the skill of carefully placing needles in acupuncture points with this 83-week intensive program. Plus, you might qualify for our bursaries and scholarships that can help you fund your studies.

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    83 Weeks


    528 Hours

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    Learn how to evaluate clients and create personalized treatment plans to enhance their overall well-being. This program not only focuses on academic knowledge but also on professional conduct, ethics, industry-standard practices, and community service to promote excellence in the field. With our exceptional curriculum, you will be well-prepared for the Pan-Canadian examinations for acupuncture.

    Career Opportunities

    As an acupuncture practitioner, you can enjoy a challenging and rewarding career that allows you to work flexible hours in various workplace environments such as:

    • Acupuncture or TCM Specialization Clinics
    • Small to medium sized Inter-Professional Clinics (Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Naturopathic, Osteopathy)
    • Large scale healthcare providers such as CBI Health and Massage Addict
    • Self employed (Home based or small personal clinic)
    • Mobile Service Provider at the Patient’s location

    Massage Addict Partnership

    The partnership with Massage Addict offers one $1,000 scholarship for students at the end of their first year of the Acupuncture Practitioner diploma program. The scholarship recipient will receive $1,000. The scholarships are available for each class at the following campuses: London, Brampton and Ottawa. To learn more about the scholarship click here.


    $ 29

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 55

    High Wage/HR**


    NOC Code: 32200 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in July 2023.

    Available Learning Options

    At triOS College, you can choose the learning option that meets your needs. This program is currently available in:


    Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 9 campuses.

    Acupuncture Practitioner

    Duration: 83 Weeks

    Internship: 528 Clinic Hours

    Program Outline


    Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 9 campuses.

    Acupuncture Practitioner for Healthcare Professionals

    Duration: 60 Weeks

    Internship: 528 Clinic Hours

    Program Outline


    Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 9 campuses.

    Contemporary Acupuncture for Healthcare Professionals

    Duration: 21 Weeks

    Internship: 60 Clinic Hours

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    Program Details

    Do you have a penchant for stimulating human body systems to relieve symptoms and improve your patient’s well-being via a holistic approach? If so, then triOS College’s Acupuncture Practitioner program might lead you towards your ideal career path.

    This intensive program will not only teach you Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture foundations, techniques, diagnosis, and treatment but will also cover the fundamentals of biomedicine, diagnostics, practice management, professionalism, and interpersonal skills. You will take courses encompassing various topics ranging from anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology to acupuncture point locations, oriental acupressure, the Meridian Theory, and Qi Gong/Tai Chi.

    Cap off your program with a 528-hour clinical experience that will prepare you to face real-world challenges. Furthermore, you will devote 42 hours to examinations and registration preparation to help you get ready for the Pan-Canadian examinations.

    This Acupuncture Practitioner program is offered at our London, Brampton, and Ottawa campuses in a combination of online and in-person classes.

    With this Acupuncture Practitioner program, you will receive:

    • career services
    • job search assistance
    • alumni program benefits
    Course Listings
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Point Locations 1
    This course deepens your understanding of acupuncture through the study of point locations, actions, and techniques across seven meridians. You will refine your skills in diagnosing and treating with a focus on practical application, preparing you to effectively incorporate these practices into your clinical repertoire in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Point Locations 2
    Advance your acupuncture expertise in this Level 2 course, focusing on the precise identification and application of points across additional key meridians. You will deepen your practical skills in point location and needling, enhancing your ability to tailor treatments to individual needs within Traditional Chinese Medicine practices.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Direct Patient Care Clinic (Contemporary)
    In the Direct Patient Care Clinic, you will engage in hands-on diagnosis and treatment. Through practical experience, you will perfect your techniques in point location, develop professional patient communication, and document clinical encounters, culminating in detailed patient care reports.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinic Modalities
    In this course, you will enhance your expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine by mastering the techniques of gua sha, cupping, and moxibustion. Engaging in immersive practice labs, you will learn to apply these modalities effectively, ensuring a holistic approach to patient care, validated through both written and practical assessments.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. TCM Terminology
    TCM Terminology will equip you with a comprehensive understanding and precise pronunciation of essential Traditional Chinese Medicine terms. Through immersive phonetics study and targeted terminology exercises, you will approach fluency in TCM vocabulary, enhancing your ability to communicate effectively within the domain of TCM practices and clinical settings.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Contemporary Exam
    The Contempary Acupuncture final exam covers all topics included in the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Diagnosis and Treatments 1
    In this course, you will master the art of TCM diagnosis, learning to assess patients through traditional methods such as palpation, observation, and inquiry, including specialized techniques in tongue and pulse diagnosis. You will develop the skills to differentiate TCM patterns and apply this knowledge to formulate precise, individualized treatment strategie
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Meridian Theory 1
    This foundational course delves a cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You will learn to assess and influence the energetic balance, addressing health from a holistic TCM perspective. The course integrates philosophical principles, practical exercises, and historical insights, empowering you with the skills to begin practicing and refining diagnostic techniques in the context of Meridian Theory. 
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Needling Lab
    In this hands-on Needling Lab course, you will refine your proficiency in acupuncture techniques, focusing on needle depth, angles, and sensitive points in line with CTCMPAO safety standards. Through extensive practice and guided instruction, you will master client draping, treatment setup, and needle handling, ensuring your readiness for direct patient care.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Observations Student Clinic
    The Observation Clinics combine theoretical classroom learning and practical clinical application, enhancing students' comprehension and confidence in treatment skills. Learners assist senior students in preparing treatment spaces, patient care, and pre/post-treatment discussions covering diagnosis, point location, and functions. Learners also become familiar with clinic management and record-keeping skills.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pain Management and Rehabilitation 1
    In this course, you will study the TCM approach to diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on labs, you will learn effective acupuncture techniques for managing heel, foot, leg, and knee pain, preparing you for direct patient care and advanced TCM practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pain Management and Rehabilitation 2
    In Pain Management and Rehabilitation 2, you will advance your skills in treating musculoskeletal pain through TCM. Focusing on complex conditions from the hip to the neck, this course combines theoretical insights with practical labs, empowering you to effectively diagnose and apply targeted acupuncture treatments for comprehensive patient care.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. TCM Clinical Safety
    In this course, you will delve into essential safety protocols, infection control, and risk management practices tailored for acupuncturists. Through comprehensive lessons on safe needling techniques, best practices in record keeping, and adherence to regulatory standards, you will be fully prepared for direct patient care and the CTCMPAO Safety Examination.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. TCM Theory Foundations 1
    This course looks at the core principles of TCM, such as Yin-Yang, the Five Elements, and the intricate dynamics of Qi. It offers an exploration of how these ancient theories underpin the practice of TCM, guiding the maintenance and restoration of health. You will develop a nuanced understanding of the body's internal balance and its impact on well-being. With a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical insight, this course lays the groundwork for effective application in TCM practices, fostering a holistic approach to health and healing. 
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Techniques of Acupuncture 1
    In this course, you will explore foundational acupuncture techniques, including needling, ear, and scalp acupuncture, alongside specialized protocols for detoxification and pain management. Through theoretical study and hands-on labs, you will learn to apply these methods safely and effectively, preparing you to integrate diverse acupuncture modalities into comprehensive treatment plans.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Techniques of Acupuncture 2
    In Techniques of Acupuncture 2, you will advance your practice with specialized TCM modalities including cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, dry needling, electro-acupuncture, and the Balancing Method. Through a blend of theory and extensive hands-on labs, you will learn to apply these techniques effectively, enhancing your therapeutic skills and confidence.
    Admission Requirements
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    • Student has an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, OR
    • An accepted equivalent by the time the program commences, OR
    • Is 18 years of age or older on or before the program begins AND can pass a qualifying test that has been approved by the Superintendent.
    • The approved qualifying test for this program is the Wonderlic test. A passing score for this program is 14.


    Skill/Practical Requirements:

    1. A vulnerable person background check is required and submitted prior to participating in any clinic activity.
    2. Students must complete all academic pre-requisites and complete 12 hours of Clinical Observation prior to participating in any clinic activity.

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