Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
Are the CITCM programs accredited?
CITCM is licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act; CITCM is governed under the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta; CITCM’s acupuncture and Doctor of TCM curriculum is recognized by Chengdu University of TCM, with an additional one year internship at CUTCM, graduates will be granted a Bachelor Degree of TCM from the Chengdu University of TCM.
How long per day will I have to study?
This depends mainly on the student. On average most students spend approximately 4 hours in class and about 2 -3 hours daily studying and completing assignments after normal class time. In addition to class time, there is a total of between 4 to 12 hours of clinical training scheduled per week, depending on which year of the program you are in.
Can I work while going to school?
Yes. Currently, lectures for the Acupuncture and DTCM program are scheduled in the morning. WE Massage programs are scheduled in the afternoon. These half day schedules allow students to obtain part-time employment during the school year to help with their finances.
When I complete the program can I run my own clinic?
Yes. That is the route that many graduates have taken and CITCM will help train you for that through the business courses that are part of the curriculum. Many graduates also find positions in other acupuncture and TCM clinics as well as with chiropractors and other health professionals.
How much should I expect to earn when I start practicing?
There are many graduates that are earning between $60,000 and $80,000 within the first several years of graduating. Much of this depends on what avenue of employment the graduate chooses to follow and their commitment to incorporating strong business practices into their clinic as well.
When I am a graduate, can I practice anywhere in Canada?
Yes, you can. You will have to pass the Pan Canadian TCM Acupuncturist registration exam to be licensed as an acupuncturist in Alberta. Under existing provincial mobility laws you will also be able to practice acupuncture in all the other Canadian provinces as well, once licenced.
As a graduate from the CITCM, am I able to practice in the United States?
CITCM graduates will be able to practice in United States if they pass the required licensing exam in the United States. There will be an approval process to accept CITCM graduates to take the licensing exam but currently, the curriculum meets the requirement for the licensing exam in United States. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students must pursue their own inquiry into international licensing.
Will CITCM administration help with foreign student applications?
We will provide all the required documentation to students to apply for a student visa once the applicant has been accepted into the program and paid their tuition deposit.
Massage Program Frequently Asked Questions
What certification will I have on completion of the program?
The WE Integrated Massage Program is accredited by National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). Graduates of the 1113 Hour (One Year) and 2200 Hour (Two Year) WE Integrated Massage programs can register under the Discipline of Massage Therapist.
- 18 years of age at the start of the program.
- Proof of secondary-school diploma, equivalent, or post-secondary education must be provided.
- A successful interview with the Registrar to discuss why you would like to attend the program of your choice.
Where do Massage Therapists work?
Massage Therapists work in many different environments, including:
- Massage Clinics;
- Multi-disciplinary health care facilities;
- Sports clubs, spas, resorts and hotels;
- Industrial or Corporate work sites; or
- Own their own clinic.
What type of income can I expect to make as a Massage Therapist?
As a massage professional you can expect to earn between $60 and $100 per hour, while working in a positive, low stress environment. As a WE Massage Therapist, you can expect to bill a higher hourly rate because of your advanced skills.
CITCM started as an Acupuncture school, will I learn Acupuncture too?
Yes, you will learn the foundations of Acupuncture including acupuncture meridians and acupressure points related to massage therapy. However, you will not learn acupuncture treatment and techniques.The Eastern content of the WE program is based on the Foundations of Chinese Medicine. Many of the courses in the first two years of the Double Major Acupuncture/DTCM Diploma are directly transferable.
CITCM has an Intern Clinic; will I treat there?
Yes. The CITCM Intern clinic offers the opportunity for students to practice Acupressure, WE Integrated Massage Therapy and Tuina massage. The Interns are supervised by experienced Registered Massage Therapists. This is an excellent opportunity for family and friends to experience your learning progress and achievement.