Confirmed Acupuncture Education Programs

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:

  1. The program teaches all of the Acupuncture Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (APC/PIs) as articulated and published by CMTO;[1]
  2. All of the program’s acupuncture instructors are authorized (regulated appropriately in Ontario, in good standing,[2] and not currently under investigation);
  3. 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

 


[1] Programs are able to confirm their compliance with teaching the API/PIs retroactively to February 2013 (when the APCs/PIs were approved by Council).
[2] 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.