|TCM 102: Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Preservation|
|TCM 105: Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 106: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Mandarin|
|TCM 107: Traditional Chinese Medicine Professional Identity and Responsibility|
|TCM 115: Basic Anatomy and Physiology|
|WRIT 100: College Reading and Writing Skills|
|PSYC 150: Psychology: Introduction|
|TCM 150: Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis|
|TCM 154: Anatomy Laboratory|
|TCM 157: Traditional Chinese Medicine Materia Medica|
|TCM 203: Traditional Chinese Medicine Jurisprudence|
|WRIT 200: Workplace Writing Skills|
Work Experience - SEM 2C
|TCM 158: Mandatory Professional Practicum 1 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|GNED 101: An Introduction to Arts and Sciences|
|TCM 200: Meridian and Point Theory|
|TCM 204: Mandatory Professional Practicum 2 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 206: Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Formulas|
|TCM 207: Acupuncture Laboratory|
|TCM 253: Traditional Chinese Medicine Safety|
|TCM 250: Traditional Chinese Medicine - Internal Medicine 1|
|TCM 252: Acupuncture Techniques|
|TCM 254: Pharmacotherapeutics|
|TCM 255: Mandatory Professional Practicum 3 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 257: Tuina|
|Select 1 from the following courses|
|GNED : General Elective|
Work Experience - SEM 4C
|TCM 258: Mandatory Professional Practicum 2 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 251: Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Medicine 2|
|TCM 303: Over-The-Counter and Natural Health Products|
|TCM 304: Health Assessment|
|TCM 305: Mandatory Professional Practicum 2 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 306: Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology|
|Select 1 from the following courses|
|GNED : General Elective|
|TCM 350: Traditional Chinese Medicine Gynaecology|
|TCM 351: Traditional Chinese Medicine Paediatrics and Gerontology|
|TCM 353: Research Methods and Biological Statistics|
|TCM 355: Mandatory Professional Practicum 3 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 357: Integrated Theory and Therapeutics in Traditional Chinese Medicine|
|TCM 358: Traditional Chinese Medicine Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics|
Work Experience - SEM 6C
|TCM 356: Mandatory Professional Practicum 3 - Traditional Chinese Medicine|
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 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 700 hours of direct patient contact which exceeds the regulatory body minimum requirement of 500 hours. Examples of inter-professional clinical settings include working with naturopathic doctors, registered dieticians, chiropractors, registered massage therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Aside from the traditional examples of TCM and acupuncture placements such as clinics, other examples include servicing patients in residential addiction facilities and organizations offering services to people living with HIV.
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. One of the TCM laboratories, located in the College’s Centre for Healthy Living, is a high-quality, comprehensive learning environment. As well, students 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 English speaking publicly funded College in Ontario with a human cadaver laboratory to support experiential learning. Students of 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 the employment future for graduates is positive. There is a nationwide trend toward alternatives to traditional health practice, and, consequently, the number of people seeking practitioners of natural healing is increasing - including traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.
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). The program helps to prepare students to write the pan-canadian licensing exams.
Additional requirements may apply.
Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
Credential: Advanced Diploma
Length: 6 semesters
Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant
Length: 4 semesters
Hearing Instrument Specialist
Length: 4 semesters
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