Humber’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP) advanced diploma program is the first and only publicly funded program of its kind offered at a postsecondary institution in Canada. This intensive program is grounded in the TCMP skill set which has been approved by all provincial TCM regulators in Canada and provides students with the skills and professional experience necessary to become a TCMP in Ontario. Through a combination of theoretical course-based instruction, as well as several clinical experiences, you will acquire the necessary understanding of Traditional Chinese and Western medicine practices. Moreover, graduates of the TCMP program will be trained to conduct a TCM diagnosis and develop appropriate treatment plans by utilizing their skills in acupuncture, herbal medicine, clinical practice management, professionalism and safety. This program is also committed to the promotion of evidence-based practice of TCM through scientific research.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Critically analyze and evaluate Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP) theories and treatment methods to develop professional knowledge and skills required for the profession.
Assess, diagnose and treat patients using Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP) principles, knowledge and treatment methods including acupuncture, herbal medicine, internal and external medicine.
Perform safe, ethical and effective TCMP skills within a clinical setting.
Evaluate patients incorporating a bio-medical approach with Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP) examination techniques to formulate a TCMP diagnosis and treatment strategy, and perform the treatment in a skillful and professional manner.
Communicate effectively and educate patients, families, the community and other healthcare providers when providing TCMP practices.
Advocate for Traditional Chinese Medicine as an effective complementary medicine.
Adhere to the relevant provincial and federal legislation governing the profession while engaging in safe practices.
Access current and pertinent research regarding practitioner self-care to maintain a healthy practice.
Maintain client and business records using professional business practices of a TCMP.
Establish interprofessional relationships with TCM colleagues and healthcare team members.
Develop a plan for personal and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency in the field.
Evaluate and implement environmentally related initiatives relevant to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCMP) profession.
Apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.
There are six mandatory clinical placements, one clinical observation and one clinical practicum that provide students with progressive, professional practice experience in diagnosing, preparing treatment plans, inter-professional collaboration and safe practices. Clinical placements occur in Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer semesters.
The Humber Advantage
The School of Health Sciences has a long history of collaboration with our acute, chronic, rehabilitation and community health-care agencies in Ontario. The TCMP advanced diploma learners will complete the practice requirements of the program in clinics, homecare settings, as well as other environments in order to implement the theoretically acquired skills.
The Tzu Chi Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Tzu Chi Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine offers another unique healthcare option to the Humber community. Supervised by professional, registered practitioners, students in the Traditional Chinese Medicine program will perform a number of procedures, including gathering a medical history, performing tongue and pulse diagnoses, compounding, processing and dispensing herbal formulas and more. Students will be guided through Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment plans, prescribing herbal formulas and executing acupuncture procedures.
Humber has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities purposely designed to support student success. Students enrolled in the TCMP program will access collaborative learning spaces in the formal teaching and learning periods. As well, they will access innovative and accessible informal learning spaces where interactions with learners enrolled in the traditional health sciences programs can occur, strengthening their awareness of the entire health-care team. Moreover, Humber is the only College in Ontario with a human cadaver laboratory to support experiential learning in the anatomy and physiology components of this program. Learners will engage in applied research opportunities in collaboration with licensed and regulated health-care professionals on and off campus.
The TCM profession is a newly regulated and growing health profession in Ontario and across Canada, and employment futures for graduates are positive. Service Canada’s outlook asserts “because of the implementation of certified training programs, and the trend toward alternatives to traditional medicine, the number of practitioners of natural healing (which include Chinese medical practitioners) should rise sharply in the next few years”.
Graduates will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to launch a career in professional practice, research and program management. Possible employment opportunities include work in private TCM and/or acupuncture clinics, and increasingly, conventional medical clinics, long-term care facilities, homes for seniors, rehabilitation clinics, community health clinics and acute care hospitals.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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