Humber’s Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner 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 TCM Practitioner skillset which has been approved by all provincial TCM regulators in Canada and provides students with the skills and professional experience necessary to become a TCM Practitioner in Ontario. Through a combination of theoretical course-based instruction, as well as several clinical placements, you will gain a necessary understanding of Traditional Chinese and Western medicine practices. Moreover, graduates of the TCM Practitioner 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-informed practice of TCM through scientific research.Courses Learning Outcomes
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 seven mandatory clinical placements that provide students with progressive, professional practice experience in diagnosing, preparing treatment plans, inter-professional collaboration and safe practices. Clinical placements occur throughout the year at community TCM and multi-discipline clinics within the greater Toronto area, as well as at our on-site partner clinic, the Tzu Chi Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The clinical component of the program offers more than 800 hours of direct patient contact, which exceeds the regulatory body minimum requirement of 500 hours.
The Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness has a long history of collaboration with our acute, chronic, rehabilitation and community health-care agencies in Ontario. The TCM Practitioner advanced diploma learners will complete the practice requirements of the program in clinics, as well as other environments in order to implement the theoretically acquired skills.
The Humber community benefits from having The Tzu Chi Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine on campus. Students in the TCM program are fortunate to complete many of their clinical hours in this operating clinic. Applying their theoretical knowledge, students are supervised by professional, registered practitioners; proven leaders in the field of TCM Ontario. Students will progress from guided to independent application of TCM skills, including: gathering a medical history, performing tongue and pulse exam, determining a TCM diagnosis and treatment plan, prescribing herbal formulas and executing acupuncture procedures. Students will also complete hours within the herbal dispensary, compounding, processing and dispensing herbal formulas.
Humber has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities purposely designed to support student success. Students enrolled in the TCM Practitioner 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. Students within the TCM Practitioner program have access to a dedicated human cadaver for the purpose of studying acupuncture anatomy and technique, leading our students to greater competence and confidence.
You hold the patient's needs and well-being as a priority. You are a self-motivated individual, with a strong, caring, work ethic, and strong interpersonal skills. You have the confidence to make clinical and business decisions to be successful in this career.
The TCM profession is a newly regulated and growing health profession in Ontario and across Canada, and employment futures for graduates are positive. There is a nationwide trend toward alternatives to traditional medicine, and consequently the number of general public members seeking practitioners of natural healing (including Chinese medical practitioners) is increasing.
Graduates will gain the knowledge, skills and judgment necessary to launch a career in professional practice, research and practice management. Possible employment opportunities include work in private TCM and multi-discipline health clinics, and increasingly, conventional medical clinics, long-term care facilities, homes for seniors, rehabilitation clinics, community health clinics and acute care hospitals.
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario
This program includes the entry-to-practice competencies approved by the provincial regulators of TCM Practitioners – the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
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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