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Canadian College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

1306 Bedford Hwy., Bedford NS

Possible funding to those who qualify*

  • Designated Educational Institute (DEI)
  • Designated Learning Institute (DLI)
  • Nova Scotia Student Loan
  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Bursaries
  • Scholarships


Programs offered at each campus may vary, so be sure to check other campus offerings for the course you are most interested in.

Healthcare, Wellness, Pharma Programs

  • About the program

    • Meets Provincial, National and International education standards
    • Provides a great balance of academic, practical, and clinical study
    • It is also optional to observe the S-T & L-C Acupuncture and Natural Medicine Clinics and other private clinics
    • Students only require 2.5 days of classroom studies to support the balance of home life and studies
    • Offers on-site clinical experience through classroom practice, student clinic and community outreach clinic
    • Transfer credits available from previous education if the final mark was 70 percent or higher and the class was 45 hours in length
  • About the program

    • Available for high school graduates, RMTs, acupuncturists, estheticians, reiki practitioners, nurses and other complementary health professionals
    • 90 hours of clinical training and observation and internship
    • Class time is 20 hours/week with additional hours required for clinical internship and ability to work alongside future acupuncturists in providing care to patients
    • Transfer credits available from previous education if the final mark was 70 percent or higher and the class was 45 hours in length.
    • Learn to chart wellness, collaborate with colleagues, gain a strong understanding of nutrition, diet and other holistic practices, gain communication and interpersonal skills, and more
    • Classes include Body Metabolism, Nutritional Symptomatology, Sports Nutrition and More

    Employment Opportunities

    • Graduates become natural nutrition counsellors possibly working in community and/or corporate settings or multidisciplinary health clinics
    • Embrace your entrepreneurial skills and start your own business
    • Acupuncturists, massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other professionals in health and wellness fields can add it to an existing skill-set, while providing existing clients with an additional service

Bedford Campus

Our focus is purely on Acupuncture and TCM

The Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM) is the only educational institution in Atlantic Canada where you can learn to become an acupuncturist and open the door to a rewarding medical career. At CCATCM you can take either our Two-Year Intensive Acupuncture Diploma or Three-Year Acupuncture Diploma programs. This is your opportunity to join a growing profession. In the province of Nova Scotia alone there are over 3,000 massage therapists, but fewer than 200 acupuncturists.

Our core faculty has been in clinical practice and instructing in this field of medicine for more than 30 years. Several faculty members have Masters and PhD degrees in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Our History

Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM) began with the vision of its founders, a group of esteemed healthcare professionals who wanted to share their knowledge with Canadians and train the next generation of healers. Among their accomplishments is the Canadian College of Natural Medicine (CCNM), which merged with other schools to become the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH); CCANM, a college that provides continuing education to health-care professionals; and the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a school that provides acupuncture education and training to the practitioners of tomorrow.

Today, the Canadian College of Acupuncture and TCM is one of the largest schools in Canada by both campus size and students. It provides education that integrates ancient knowledge and indigenous practices with hands on teaching and exceptional teachers. As one of the only schools that offers online resources and business training, CCATCM offers a curriculum that thoroughly prepares their student healers for the modern world.

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