Please note that some educational providers offer more than one program. Registrants are encouraged to contact the education provider directly to ensure that the acupuncture education program they wish to take is a Confirmed Acupuncture Education Program for the purpose of requesting authorization from CMTO to practise using acupuncture within the scope of Massage Therapy in Ontario.
|Educations Institution||Acupuncture Program Name||Abbreviation of Institution and Program||Confirmed as of|
|Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine||Diploma of Acupuncture||CCTCM – Diploma of Acupuncture||September 2015|
|Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine||Acupuncture & Moxibustion Diploma Program||Eight Branches – Acupuncture and Moxibustion Diploma||February 2013|
|Elegance College of Healthcare Services & Cosmetology||Acupuncture for RMT’s||Elegance – Acupuncture for RMTs||December 2013|
|Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ITCM)||ITCM Acupuncture Educational Training Program||ITCM – Acupuncture Educational Training||February 2013|
|International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine||Contemporary Acupuncture for the Healthcare Professional||IATCM – Contemporary Acupuncture||February 2013|
|McMaster University||The McMaster Medical Acupuncture Program||McMaster – Medical Acupuncture||February 2013|
|McMaster University||Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program||McMaster – Contemporary Acupuncture||February 2013|
|Meridian Health Education||Meridian Health Education Acupuncture & Dry Needling Program||Meridian – Acupuncture and Dry Needling||February 2013|
|Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy||Modern Medical Acupuncture for Health Care Providers||RCC – Modern Medical Acupuncture||February 2013|
|Shiatsu School of Canada Inc. SSC Acupuncture Institute||Acupuncture Therapy Diploma Program||SCC – Acupuncture Therapy Diploma||February 2013|
|Institute of Traditional Medicine||Diploma of Acupuncture (3 Years)||ITM – Diploma of Acupuncture||February 2013|
|Institute of Traditional Medicine||Diploma of Traditional Eastern Medicine (4 Years)||ITM – Diploma of Traditional Eastern Medicine||February 2013|
|Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Markham)||Acupuncture Certificate Course (300 Hours)||OCTCM – Markham – Acupuncture Certificate||February 2013|
|Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Toronto)||Acupuncture Certificate Course (300 Hours)||OCTCM – Toronto – Acupuncture Certificate||February 2013|
|College of Acupuncture and Therapeutics (C.A.T.S.)||Foundations in Acupuncture||CATS – Foundations in Acupuncture||February 2013|
|International College of Natural Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine||Diploma in TCM Acupuncture||ICNH-TCM – Diploma in TCM Acupuncture||June 2014|
|Pharma-Medical Science College of Canada||Confirmed Acupuncture Educational Program||PSCC – Confirmed Acupuncture Educational Program||October 2014|
|Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College||Functional Integrated Acupuncture Certificate Program||CMCC – Functional Integrated Acupuncture Certificate Program||November 2016|
|Acupuncture Canada||Core Program||Acupuncture Canada – Core Program||January 2015|
|Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine||Acupuncture Diploma Program (2260 Hours)||TSTCM – Acupuncture Diploma Program||May 2013|
|Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine||Acupuncture Certificate Program (450 Hours)||TSTCM – Acupuncture Certificate Program||May 2013|
|Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine||Acupuncture Certificate||CCTCM – Acupuncture Certificate||September 2015|
|Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine||Acupuncture & Moxibustion Certificate Program (495 Hours)||Eight Branches – Acupuncture and Moxibustion Certificate Program||February 2013|
|John & Jenny Traditional Chinese Medicine College||Acupuncture Diploma Program (2200 Hours)||JJTCMC – Acupuncture Diploma Program||February 2013|
|John & Jenny Traditional Chinese Medicine College||TCM Acupuncture Certificate Program (300 Hours)||JJTCMC – TCM Acupuncture Certificate Program||March 2017|
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) supports the use of acupuncture as a modality if registrants are authorized by the College to perform acupuncture, and this modality is performed within the Massage Therapy Scope of Practice and in accordance with CMTO’s Acupuncture Standard of Practice. The practice of acupuncture as a Massage Therapy modality requires specialized training of a significant nature. The programs listed above have confirmed, in writing, to CMTO that their teachings, evaluation process and instructor qualifications meet the College’s requirements. CMTO calls the programs that confirm that they have met these thresholds “Confirmed Acupuncture Education Programs.”
In order to become a “Confirmed Acupuncture Education Program,” CMTO requires programs to submit a true and accurate formal declaration that:
- The program teaches all of the Acupuncture Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (APC/PIs) as articulated and published by CMTO;
- All of the program’s acupuncture instructors are authorized (regulated appropriately in Ontario, in good standing, and not currently under investigation);
- Their acupuncture program includes comprehensive practical and theoretical evaluation/examination of students for both the theoretical and practical components of the curriculum [and students must pass the evaluation(s) and/or examination(s) in order to graduate from the program].
Registrants will be able to select one of the programs listed above when applying (on-line) to be authorized to perform acupuncture.
This list may be modified from time to time. CMTO is entitled to refuse to include a program on the list (or remove it from the list) of Confirmed Acupuncture Education Programs if CMTO is aware that, despite confirmation by the program, the program does not meet one or more of the minimum requirements for inclusion.
Approved by Council: December 5, 2016
 Programs are able to confirm their compliance with teaching the API/PIs retroactively to February 2013 (when the APCs/PIs were approved by Council).
 To be in good standing with their health regulatory college, the instructor must not be in default of payment of any prescribed fees; their Certificate of Registration must not be subject to a term, condition or limitation other than one prescribed by regulation; they must not be the subject of any disciplinary or incapacity proceedings; and their registration must not be revoked pursuant to any order that was issued by the Discipline Committee.