ACUPUNCTURE
THERAPY DIPLOMA

The 2200 hour Acupuncture Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to become competent acupuncturists.  Graduates can expect to practice acupuncture as a stand-alone therapy or along their current discipline.  Our curriculum is designed to develop a skilled and confident practitioner under the current guidelines proposed by The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).

Extensive hands on training while working with highly qualified professionals, gives our graduates the edge that is required to become successful acupuncturists within the field of Eastern medicine/Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
For individuals who wish to continue their studies to become a TCM Practitioner, additional courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs are offered over a one year period. 

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TCM Practitioner Program

Program Length

2200 hours (exemptions may apply)

Full Time Program

AIM Academy is currently accepting applications for sessions with the following start dates:
September 2020 (2 year program)
January 2021 (2.5 year program)
April 2021 (3 year program)

Part-Time

If this schedule does not work for you and you are looking for part-time studies please contact our admissions team at info@aim-academy.ca for more details.

Admissions

Students are eligible for this program if they:
• Have 2 year post-secondary education OR equivalent professional experience
• Have a strong desire to learn and grow
• Have received a treatment in our student clinic
• Have successfully completed an interview with a program administrator.

Students are not required to have any previous background in sciences or therapeutic training. Every diploma program offered at AIM Academy incorporates training from the ground up. Exemptions are always considered.

Professionals / Transfer Students
Depending on your previous education, you may be eligible for advanced standing which could reduce tuition for some programs.
Please contact our Admissions Department to discuss your situation on: (416) 323-1818 ext. 202, Toll free 1-800-263-1703 ext. 202.

English Requirements
Our classes and clinics are conducted in English. You must be fluent enough to comprehend your instructors and clinic clients as well as the texts and other written material, and be able to complete written and oral assignments.  If your first language is not English, we will assess your English-language capabilities in the interview process. You may be required to submit a TOEFL exam in which you received a passing grade, and demonstrate satisfactory written/oral comprehension of English.

Applications

Enrolment is limited and applications are processed on an ongoing basis. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Application Deadline
Due August 28, 2020 to start September, 2020.

Download the Application here
Download the Medical Form here

Application Documents Required

  • 1. Complete application form
  • 2. Application fee of $25
  • 3. Proof of 2 years post-secondary education OR equivalent professional experience. Transcripts can be from any post secondary educational institution (does not need to be related to your desired program(s) of study *Transcripts must be sent directly to the school from the issuing institution to be official.
  • 4. Completed AIM Academy medical form filled out by your family physician indicating that you have received a full physical within the last year and that you are in good physical and general health, that you are free from communicable diseases and your tuberculosis status within the last year.


  • After Your Application is Submitted
  • 1. Interview
  • 2. Once you have completed the application requirements (all documents received), we will arrange an interview.


  • Application Documents Required at Interview
    Please present the original following identification documents:

    1.  Photo identifications (e.g. driver's license, passport, age of majority card)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Social Insurance Number card

    Notification of Status
    You will be notified within 30 days of the interview as to your acceptance into the program. Upon acceptance, you will be required to sign an Application for Enrolment form, to confirm your tuition payment plan, and to submit a $500 non-refundable registration fee, which is part of the student's tuition fee.

    Advanced Standing
    Depending on your previous education, you may be eligible for advanced standing which could reduce tuition for some programs.

    AIM Academy reserves the right to cancel or change start dates of program if there is insufficient enrolment. Should the program be cancelled, the applicant will receive a complete refund for their registration fees and/or tuition.
  • The Goal of Study

    The 2200 hour Acupuncture Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to become competent 'Acupuncturists' and can expect to practice acupuncture as a stand-alone therapy or along with their current discipline in a skilled and confident manner under the current guidelines proposed by The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario www.ctcmpao.on.ca.

    Extensive hands on training while working with highly qualified professionals, gives our graduates the edge that is required to become successful acupuncturists within the field of Eastern medicine/Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

    For individuals who wish to continue their studies to become a TCM Practitioner, additional courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs are offered over a one year period. Call the Admissions Department directly to discuss all the various schedule options available.

    Why study acupuncture at AIM Academy?

    • Graduates receive high pass rates on the CTCMPAO examinations.
    • Courses are taught by practicing professionals who have excellent academic qualifications and practical experience. All clinical supervisors are registered acupuncturists with CTCMPAO.
    • You will learn acupuncture as an adjunct to your present discipline or as stand-alone form of alternative healthcare.
    • Students will have 560 hours of practical hands-on, supervised Student Clinic (500 hours on-site, 20 hours internship & 40 observation hours).
    • Students incorporate all elements of their Chinese acupuncture training within student clinic under the instruction of highly qualified, experienced professional therapists.
    • Receive discount treatments in the student clinics while studying at AIM Academy.
    • Membership in the AIM Academy Alumni Guild with benefits (AIM Academy web site, newsletter, reduced seminar fees for school sponsored seminars, etc.)
    • Written, oral and practical exams that offer proof of your progress.
    • Benefit from the 32 years of educational experience in the field of Eastern therapeutic practices and complementary healthcare.
    • Textbook theory AND palpation skills are emphasized.
    • Acupuncture is less physically demanding than some other modalities, allowing the practitioner a needed change of pace.
    • Many extended health care benefits packages provide coverage for acupuncture.

    Employment Options Upon Completion

    • join the AIM Academy team as a graduate therapist under the CTCMPAO student class designation
    • work as a self-employed therapist and operate your own private clinic
    • work in an established clinic with a team of other therapists
    • work out of your own home
    • travel to clients' homes and offer in home care
    • set up corporate events to treat clients in their workplaces
    • work on a cruise ship
    • join the AIM Academy team as a clinic supervisor and oversee students in our teaching clinic
    • join the AIM Academy team as a faculty member of our growing teaching staff

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Students enrolled in the Acupuncture Diploma Program may be eligible, if qualified, for loans, grants, or awards granted under the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

    About Financial Aid

    Tuition Payment Plans For Our 

    2 year program starting September 2020
    2.5 year program starting in January 2021
    3 year program starting in April 2021


    Schedule

    We currently have three schedules into which we are accepting new students.

    2.0 Years

    Starts: September, 2020

    Ends: June, 2022

    Schedule: 
    Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm

    1st Year: September, 2020 - June, 2021:

    • Term 1: September  - December 
    • Term 2: January - March 
    • Term 3: April - June

    July and August off

    2nd Year: September, 2021 - June, 2022:

    • Term 1: September - December 
    • Term 2: January - March
    • Term 3: April - June

    For more information about these schedule options or tailor made schedules, please contact the Admissions Department at (416) 323-1818 ex.202 or for those who are outside of Toronto but reside in North America, please call our toll free number at 1-800-263-1703 ex.202. 

    2.5 Year Schedule

    Starts: January 3, 2021

    Ends: June, 2023

    Weekly Schedule:
    Saturday 9:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:00PM - 10:00PM

      1st Year: January 3, 2021 - December 16, 2021:

      • Term 1: January - April
      • Term 2: April - July
      • Term 3: September - December

      2nd Year: January 2022 - December 2022:

      • Term 1: January - April
      • Term 2: April - July
      • Term 3: September - December

      3rd Year: January 2023 - June 2023:

      • Term 1: January - April
      • Term 2: April - June 

      3 Year Schedule

      Starts: April, 2021
      Ends: April, 2024


      Weekly Schedule:

        Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
        Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

             1st Year: April 2021 - March 2022:

            • Term 1: April - June
            • Term 2: September - December 
            • Term 3: January - March

             2nd Year: May 2022 - March 2023:

            • Term 1: May - July
            • Term 2: September - December 
            • Term 3: January - March

             3rd Year: May 2023 - April 2024:

            • Term 1: May - July
            • Term 2: September - December 
            • Term 3: January - April 

            Part-Time Studies

            If this schedule does not work for you and you are looking for part-time studies please contact our admissions team at info@aim-academy.ca for more details.

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