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Licensing Upon Graduation

Since the inception of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA),  and the new Canadian Expert Committee for the Development of a Competency Profile for the Practice of Acupuncture, the Academy has been at the forefront of advocating for the highest standards for licensing of TCM practitioners.

Our programs have been developed to lead to the designations set forth by the CTCMA:

  • Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM) 5-Year program (completed within 4 1/2 years)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM.P.) 4-Year program
  • Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) 3-Year program
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (R.TCM.H) 3-Year program

Whenever any licensing body adjusts its standards, the Academy ensures that our programs are modified accordingly, to continue to meet or exceed all requirements to practice in North America.

Licensing in BC

We encourage prospective students planning to practice in British Columbia to contact CTCMA for current information regarding licensing:
1664 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6J 1V4
Phone: (604) 738-7100
Fax:  (604) 738-7171

Licensing in the United States

Graduates of the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences may apply on line for certification to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) through Route 2- Formal Education,  International Applicants.”  The NCCAOM website is:

We are pleased to have many ACOS Alumni licensed to practice in the USA by the NCCAOM.

Our TCM Practitioner and Doctor of TCM programs are approved by the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners. ACOS graduates are eligible to write the acupuncture licensing exam in Arizona.

Please consult with our Registrar for specific details if you are a prospective student who is planning to practice in the United States.