Acupuncture Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (APC/PIs) for Massage Therapy
CMTO’s Acupuncture Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (APC/PIs) define the entry-level acupuncture practice requirements for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs). The APC/PIs were approved by Council on February 12, 2013. An updated version was approved by CMTO’s Executive Committee on August 15, 2016. The project approach, under the expert facilitation of Dr. David Cane, was similar to the one used in the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators project.
A five-person project team made up of RMTs with expertise in acupuncture practice and education was selected by the College. The team members were:
Brandy John, RMT; Marylou Lombardi, RMT; Dennis Newhook, RMT; David Schroevalier, RMT; Jessica Watson, RMT.
The project team developed 31 proposed practice competencies for acupuncture, organized within the following areas of practice:
- Foundational Knowledge
- Treatment Planning
- Risk Management
In order to enable CMTO to update its process of review and approval for acupuncture education programs, the team went on to develop several performance indicators for each competency. The indicators provide a direct link between the competencies required in practice and program curriculum. The initial list contains 75 indicators.
The APC/PIs will now form the basis for CMTO to develop a more comprehensive acupuncture strategy that may include:
- enhanced communication with registrants about the requirements for practising acupuncture
- review and revision of the CMTO Standards of Practice for acupuncture
- developing an updated process for approving acupuncture education programs
- revising the process for authorization of RMTs to perform acupuncture
- incorporating an acupuncture component into the quality assurance process
Massage Therapists may only practise acupuncture within the Scope of Practice of Massage Therapy. Many acupuncture programs teach competencies for conditions which exceed the Massage Therapy Scope of Practice. Massage Therapists must familiarize themselves with the APC/PIs for Massage Therapy and only apply them within the Massage Therapy Scope of Practice. If Massage Therapists wish to provide the full breadth of acupuncture care, they will need to become registrants of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists.