The Academy currently offers four Diploma programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine including a 5-year program:
- 5-year Doctor of TCM Program – 4,005 hours (completed within 4 1/2 years)
- 4-year TCM Practitioner Program – 3,390 hours
- 3-Year Acupuncturist Program – 2,475 hours
- 3-Year TCM Herbalist Program – 2,437.5 hours
- Online course- Introduction to Chinese Medicinal Substances – 15 hours
With a written history of over 2500 years, Chinese medicine encompasses a truly vast field of knowledge. Those individuals who choose to study Chinese medicine will find that their study will last an entire lifetime and, even then, seems not yet fully complete.
The program of study at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences has been designed, to as large a degree as possible, to match similar programs of study at Chinese medicine universities in the People’s Republic of China. These PRC university programs are generally 5 or 6 years in length and extremely comprehensive, encompassing not only all modalities of Chinese medicine: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage, qi-gong therapy, diet therapy, but also related Western medicine topics.
In tailoring such programs to suit the North American post-secondary education system, a major obstacle has obviously been condensing a large amount of teaching into an appropriate program length. In remaining true to our commitment to the fidelity of Chinese medicine in its tradition, the Academy determined that in order to maintain a program length equivalent to other North American colleges of Chinese medicine, it was necessary to include a total number of teaching hours far in excess of those offered at most of these North American schools.
We feel it is a grave error to compromise the tradition of Chinese medicine in the name of economy: either financial economy or economy of effort. Our program is comprehensive, rigorous and challenging. Our goal is to produce TCM doctors of worth. As such, we require the student who not only seeks excellence, but also is serious, committed and diligent.