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Doctor of TCM

Graduates of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program may continue in their studies through the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program. This program will enhance students' understanding of TCM clinical sciences, clinical best practices, Western medicine, and Traditional Chinese Classics.

Students participate in patient diagnosis and treatment as part of supervised Clinical Placements, which will sharpen their skills in advanced subjects like immunology, botanical pharmacology, emergency management, and advanced acupuncture.

This program will prepare students to apply for membership in the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of BC and to write the provincial licensing examination.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must have successfully completed 85% of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program or equivalents
  • Applicants require a valid CTCMA student license (for students taking Clinical Independent Practice)

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PROGRAM COURSES

The program outline below is for British Columbia .

For students planning to be lincensed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) in BC, two (2) years of liberal arts and sciences (comprised of not less than 60 credits) in an accredited college or chartered/approved university acceptable to the CTCMA registration committee will be required to write the registration examinations. Please see the CTCMA website here for more information.

Quarter 1

Code Course Name Hours
  • T510 Huang Di Nei Jing (TCM Psychology & Advanced Acupuncture)

    • This course covers the study and interpretation of the fundamental theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine as presented in the classic text of Huangdi Neijing, the Yellow Emperor's Internal Medicine. This book is the earliest TCM classic composed on the Chinese belief in the natural and astrological effects on human being during the Warring States to West Han Dynasty period (the 5th - 1st century BC). The book has become the guide for the development of TCM theories and principles as well as the practice of acupuncture. The course covers the key concepts of TCM psychology through a selected study of the "Su Wen" classics. It also covers the advanced acupuncture doctrine presented during a selected study of the "Ling Shu" classics.
  • W520 Western Medical Tests & Image Diagnosis

    • In this course, students will learn how to interpret the results of common western medical laboratory screening and imaging test results. Topics covered include the usefulness, limitation, accuracy and precision of various laboratory tests and imaging techniques. This course will enable students to interpret clinically relevant information from appropriate laboratory tests and imaging results that they may come upon in clinical practice. An understanding of western medical test results is useful when discerning complementary TCM diagnoses and treatment plans for patients.
  • C501 Clinical Independent Practice I

    • Interns provide full TCM treatment under minimal supervision of the clinic supervisor. They diagnose and treat patients independently. Students will be expected to present some clinical cases to the TCM professional community in order to broaden their learning experience as well as participate in professional TCM activity. Defending their clinical decisions in a wide variety of audience will lead to better self awareness of both strengths and weaknesses in their clinical knowledge and skills.


Quarter 2

Code Course Name Hours
  • T520 Shang Han Lun

    • This course focuses on the signs and symptoms related to the differentiation of disease according to the six-channel theory. It consists of classic theories of infectious diseases caused by exogenous wind and cold factors. The etiology, clinical manifestations, pulse/tongue signs and various stage complications are presented for each infectious disease. This course also covers the syndromes and disease progression according to the different stages. Many famous classical herbal formulas came from this classical text that was written during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD).
  • W530 Western Internal Medicine

    • This course provides an overview of western medical internal medicine. Students will learn about many diseases based on organ systems, focusing on cause, mechanism, diagnosis, appropriate medical testing, and medical/surgical therapies. Class material will be enriched with clinical cases commonly seen in a western medical setting.
  • C501 Clinical Independent Practice II

    • Interns provide full TCM treatment under minimal supervision of the clinic supervisor. They diagnose and treat patients independently. Students will be expected to present some clinical cases to the TCM professional community in order to broaden their learning experience as well as participate in professional TCM activity. Defending their clinical decisions in a wide variety of audience will lead to better self awareness of both strengths and  weaknesses in their clinical knowledge and skills.


Quarter 3

Code Course Name Hours
  • T530 Jin Gui Yao Lue

    • This course covers the classical text that is important for the study of pulse diagnosis, complex syndromes, and the treatment of conditions such as malaria, apoplexy, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, jaundice, digestive disease and gynecological disease. This classical text was written during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD).
  • W540 Advanced Botanical Pharmacology and Toxicology

    • This course will present an in-depth study of Chinese herbs in terms of their molecular structure, action, effect and side- effect on the body. Rules for using toxic herbs and regulations governing the herbal pharmacy will be reviewed in this course. Emphasis will also be placed on herbal combination and interaction. In this course, students will study the interaction between TCM herbs, prescription drugs, supplements, and herbs used in other forms of natural medicine. Knowledge of herbal pharmacology, toxicology, and herbal interactions will help students to use herbs in an effective and safe manner when in a clinical setting.
  • D610 TCM Emergency Management

    • In this course, students will learn how to identify and determine the appropriate actions to manage emergency situations. Students will learn how to assess the severity of an emergency situation, determine the appropriate action, provide solutions based on TCM approaches (if suitable) or refer patients to the appropriate healthcare professionals in the critical care or emergency department of the hospital.
  • C501 Clinical Independent Practice III

    • Interns provide full TCM treatment under minimal supervision of the clinic supervisor. They diagnose and treat patients independently. Students will be expected to present some clinical cases to the TCM professional community in order to broaden their learning experience as well as participate in professional TCM activity. Defending their clinical decisions in a wide variety of audience will lead to better self awareness of both strengths and  weaknesses in their clinical knowledge and skills


Quarter 4

Code Course Name Hours
  • T540 Wen Bin Xue

    • This course covers the classical theories of infectious diseases caused by exogenous heat or warm factors. The etiology, clinical manifestations, pulse/ tongue signs, and different stages of each syndrome are presented. It also covers the basic therapeutic herbal formulas applicable for the different syndromes or different stages presented, namely Wei, Qi, Ying and Xue
  • W510 Immunology

    • This course discusses the structure and function of the immune system, the concepts of innate and acquired immunity, and the distinction between self and non-self molecules. This course will include specific topics in virology and bacteriology that are related to pathology and the defense mechanisms used against infectious agents. The mechanisms involved in the immune response, in particular those involved in allergic, autoimmune, infectious, and inflammatory disorders are discussed.
  • D520 Research Methods and Statistics

    • This course highlights the nature and value of evidence, hypothesis statement creation, and the basic elements of research quantification. The principal elements of statistical analysis, research design, and hypothesis testing, and reporting and publishing research will also be covered. By the end of the course, students will be able to review literature and demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and statistics in the analysis and interpretation of a published journal research report.
  • D510 TCM Preventive Medicine (TCM Gerontology)

    • This course introduces the history of preventive medicine and an in-depth study of preventive medicine, including living in harmony with the environment, yin, yang, the four seasons, and the emotions resulting from everyday stress. It will also cover common gerontological disorders such as senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • C501 Clinical Independent Practice IV

    • Interns provide full TCM treatment under minimal supervision of the clinic supervisor. They diagnose and treat patients independently. Students will be expected to present some clinical cases to the TCM professional community in order to broaden their learning experience as well as participate in professional TCM activity. Defending their clinical decisions in a wide variety of audience will lead to better self awareness of both strengths and  weaknesses in their clinical knowledge and skills.