ACUPUNCTURE  PROGRAM (3 YEARS) has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB ). It consists of 1965 hours and 116 credits in total. Finishing this  program, you are eligible to challenge the licensing examination of acupuncture so that you could practice acupuncture in BC.

At Royal Pacific Institute, we offer an authentic traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) education. Our teachers provide high quality instruction with many years of experience in working as a doctor in clinic and hospital and teaching in TCM university or college in China and Canada.

Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College has 3 regular intake sessions per year; with January, May and September starting times. With our small size classes, we are able to offer quality education with optimal opportunity for one on one instruction and interaction. This also gives students more opportunities to work directly with patients in the student clinic.

  • Curriculum

First Year (630 hrs  42 credits) 

Code Course Hours Credits
100 TCM FOUNDATION  (1)     90 6
103 ACUPUNCTURE THEORY (1)    120 8
104 ANATOMY  60 4
105 TCM HISTORY 45 3
107 TCM FOUNDATION  (2)  45 3

Second Year (630 hrs  37 credits)

Code Course Hours Credits
201  FORMULA 90 6
202 ACUPUNCTURE THEORY (2)    60 4
207 TUI  NA (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) 45 3
208 QI GONG & TAI JI 45 3

Third Year (705 hrs  36 credits)

Code Course Hours Credits
303 PHYSIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY (2)      45 3
308 CLINICAL PRACTICE  (1)    330 11
  • Admission
Admission Requirements:
Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College accepts applications from all persons who have complete a high school education or mature student status.

Additional information relating to admission:

Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College seeks students who show the potential to become caring, dedicated and skilled practitioners of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and who can demonstrate the maturity and preparation necessary to undertake the challenges of the program. Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. Admission is open to all qualified applicants. Equal educational opportunities will be provided to all persons, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, age or physical handicap.

According to current policy of CTCMA, if you do not have a 2-year university level education by the time you apply for the national acupuncture examination held in BC but you want to practice acupuncture in BC after graduating from a TCM school, you should take the national acupuncture examination in Alberta, Ontario or Quebec and get an acupuncture license in Alberta, Ontario or Quebec.

Hours of Instruction
Full-time students attend twenty or more hours of classes per week, which includes clinical training and study review.  In total, approx. 1,965 hours will be offered for the Acupuncture program (3 academic years).
Academic Year
We enroll students three times a year, January, May and September. One academic year is 30 weeks. It usually starts on the first week of January, May, or September. New students are urged to register as early as possible. Late registration is accepted on special approval of the Principal only, depending on the space available. There is a two-week Christmas break and a one-week clinical assessment week in February. Earlier Graduation Is Available:  You can finish a 3-year program within 2 calendar years If You Do Not Take Summer Break. Detailed schedules will be mailed to successful applicants. A downloadable version of the present year’s calendar is available in the following formats.
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  • Tuition, fees and financial aid

Tuition: One Academic year consists of approximately 22 instructional hours per week for 30 weeks. A credit hour is given for every 15 hours of classroom instruction, or for 30 hours of supervised clinical practice.  Tuition is $8,400 for one academic year, or $210 per one lecture credit and $300 per one clinical credit if you take part time study.  Tuition will not increase after enrolment.

Students should make allowance for approximately $500 in book costs, workshops and student registration fees with the CTCMA per academic year.  These costs are not included in the tuition fee. 

Financial Assistance : Applicants who are residents of British Columbia may apply to the BC Student Assistance Program, which administers Canada Student Loans, BC Student Loans, and BC Grants. You can apply for your student loan online at www.bcsap.bc.ca or you call them to have an application form mailed out to you at 1-800-561-1818. You may also get the necessary information from their website at http://www.gov.bc.ca/aved Applicants residing outside British Columbia should contact the student loans office in their region.

  • Transfer

Transfer of credits from another recognized school of TCM may be accepted, but the number of transferred credits of one academic year should not exceed the number of credits (hours) normally earned by a student at the College in one academic year, and the number of transferred credits of the acupuncture program should not exceed the credits (hours) normally earned by a student at the College in two academic years. The above rules and regulations are subject to review from time to time in order to maintain and upgrade the standards of Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbology.

  • International student

Foreign student tuition will be the same as local residents. It is recommended that students are proficient in written and spoken English.

  • Location

Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College has two Victoria campuses: the Saanich Road location, at Suite #100, 3491 Saanich Road (just across from Uptown Plaza), and the Clinic at #110-1595 McKenzie Ave.

  • Testimony

Wael Fawzi,  graduated from the Acupuncture  program in 2013

Letter from James Saper, Class of 2002

I transferred to Oshio college in my second year, looking for smaller class
sizes and an administration that put student’s interests at the forefront of
their decisions. I was happy to gain this and much more at Oshio. I had the
opportunity to learn from faculty with strong academic credentials and
extensive clinical knowledge. The small class size meant that individualized
attention was given to students and that the school had a supporting
learning environment.

My year was the first to write the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
board exams. Being the first time this exam was offered, there was a great
deal of uncertainty as to what to expect. Under the guidance of Dr. Yin and
the Oshio faculty, my year qualified for this exam and I successfully passed
it on my first attempt.

In addition, drawing on the new knowledge and skills given to me by the
Oshio faculty, I had the confidence to start up my own clinic. The
instructors were able to translate theory and book learning into clinically
relevant information and prepare me for the ‘real world’. I will remember
Dr. Yin’s integrity, depth of knowledge and encouragement as an integral
part of my learning experience.

James Saper B.E.S.  R.TCM.P.
328 Woolwich Street
Office 1A
Guelph, ON N1H 3W5
(519) 760-6718

 Letter from Adam Fulmore, R.Ac. Class of 2002

My experience studying at Oshio College has been a great one!  I feel that the professors are not only knowledgeable and skilled, but kind and caring in their practice and teachings.  They promote an excellent learning environment by giving and sharing their clinical experiences, being excellent role models and making the TCM classic material understandable.  The class sizes for lecture and student clinic are small, hence giving lots of one on one time with Doctors and Superisors.  I know I will feel very confident to practice TCM and pass the CTCMA liscensing exam after my time is finished at Oshio.  Thank you Oshio ~ Jill MacLeod, 2nd year studentOshio College has been a wonderful place for me to learn and I am grateful for all it has to offer.  I have great teachers with whom I can develop close relationships because of small class sizes.  Our closely knit student community fosters support rather than competition.  Dr. Yin and Dr. Hu, who run the school, are dedicated to their work and carefully look after the students’ best interests.  I am delighted to have found a school with such a cooperative atmosphere and high quality of education.

Letter from Stephen Simonis, Class of 2003

 Dear Dr. Yin,

 Just a short note thanking you and Oshio College for the excellent educational opportunity in TCM. I did not realize how much I learned at Oshio College until I opened my practise. It is because of Oshio College and the great teachers that I am able to treat my patients with confidence. Many of my patients believe that I have been practising for years. I have had comments from patients who have been seeing acupuncturists for most of their life; “that I am the most skillful acupuncturist they have seen”. If you can believe that. I am also thankful for Oshio Colleges’ teachings, because as your student I was able to challenge the B.C. Licensing Examination after only 2 1/2 years of TCM schooling and pass the very difficult exam. This allowed me to begin practising immediately upon graduating. I appreciate the dedication and encouragement from all of the staff at Oshio College. Thank you very much for providing me with the knowledge and skills, a great start in my new career.

 Stephen Simonis, B.A. R.Ac.

102-2227 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC V9B 1W8

(250) 391-8761              ssimonis@shaw.ca

 Lauren Radomsky  Class of 2004

 Oshio College has been a wonderful place for me to learn and I am grateful for all it has to offer.  I have great teachers with whom I can develop close relationships because of small class sizes.  Our closely knit student community fosters support rather than competition.  Dr. Yin and Dr. Hu, who run the school, are dedicated to their work and carefully look after the students’ best interests.  I am delighted to have found a school with such a cooperative atmosphere and high quality of education.

  1. Staff

Dr. Ganglin Yin, Dr. TCM 

Dr. Yin has a MD in Traditional Chinese Medicine (HUTCM) and a Masters degree in TCM from Hunan University of China.  From 1985 to 1992, Dr. Yin was an Associate Professor of Acupuncture at HUTCM. From 1993 to 1996, he was the chief doctor in the Chinese Acupuncture-Massage Specialist Group and clinic of HUTCM in Russia. From 1997 to 1999, he was a professor and the academic dean of International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Victoria, Canada. In 2000, he was a professor and the faculty dean of Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Dr. Yin has published 4 books on acupuncture and herbology. Titles include: Advanced Modern Chinese Acupuncture Therapy – A Practical Handbook for Intermediate and Advanced Study. Dr. Yin is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (R.D.TCM) in the province of BC, Canada and a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.). Dr. Yin also maintains an Acupuncture and Herbology clinical practice at Oshio College.

Hu, Zhiguang, M.D. (China), Associate Professor of Medicine (China), R.Ac., Vice Principal, Clinical Supervisor

 Dr. Hu received her MD at Nanhua University, Hengyang, China in 1983. She practiced as a physician and neurologist in Hunan Province Hospital from 1983 to 1989.  From 1990 to 2001, she worked as a chief physician and acupuncturist at Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (HUTCM). In 1995 to 1996 she worked in the Chinese Acupuncture-Massage Specialist Group and clinic of HUTCM in Russia, and treated thousands of patients using acupuncture. She was promoted to an Associate Professor of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Hu is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) of BC, Canada. Dr. Hu also operates her Acupuncture and Herbology clinical practice at Oshio College.

Dr. Jin Tripp (Jin Zhao), MD (China), DTCM, RTCMP

Dr. Jin Tripp is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with 11 years of training in Western and Traditional Medicine areas and 30 years’ experience working in Canada and China. After graduation from Jin Zhou Medical University
(China), Dr. Tripp worked and taught in China for over 20 years. During that time, she became a chief physician, and this gave her extensive medical experience. While in Canada, Dr. Tripp upgraded her skills by studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in English, and earned the TCMP registration in BC.  She has also worked as an instructor and clinic supervisor in Victoria since 2008.

Zhang, Jing, Ph.D., Dr. of TCM, Professor:

Dr. Zhang completed a Bachelor of Medicine degree (specializing in acupuncture and moxibustion), a Master of Medicine degree (specializing in integrating TCM and modern medicine) and a PhD in Internal Medicine of TCM at the Chengdu University of TCM, Sichuan Province, China. Dr. Zhang has extensive experience in teaching, research and clinical practice in the field of Internal Medicine, Gerontology and Rehabilitation as well as the integration of TCM and Western Medicine. From 1999 until 2008, Dr. Zhang worked as a TCM doctor, acupuncturist and teacher at the First Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM.

Yu-Lin Chiang, R.TCMP, Instructor

A graduate of Oshio College with a 4-year TCMP program diploma, Yu-Lin has a great deal of knowledge and experience in supervising acupuncture and herbal clinical practice and teaching acupuncture and herbal courses.

Wong, CK,  R.Ac, Instructor

Graduating from Oshio College, C.K. Wong is very good at treating soft tissue injury with traditional Chinese tui na massage. His hand massage manipulation is very traditional and unique, with great treatment results. He has practiced tui na massage in Hong Kong and Victoria, B.C. for more than 30 years.

 Li, Li Jie, B.A., R.TCM, Instructor

A graduate of Oshio College with a 4-year TCMP program diploma, Li Jie Li is an excellent teacher.

Lisa Cumberland, B.A., R.Ac., Clinical Supervisor, Registrar

 Graduating from Oshio College with the  5-year Doctor of TCM program diploma, Lisa has years of experience treating patients with a combination of massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Chen, Kai, Ph.D., Dr.TCM, Senior Professor:


 Dr. Kai Chen  

Dr. Chen earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the Beijing College of TCM. He then completed his Masters of Medicine at the China Academy of TCM and ultimately, after 11 years of total TCM training, earned his PhD. Dr. Chen has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Canada for more than 27 years and has been teaching in Canada for 14 years and at Oshio College since 2001.  He has a great sense of humor and is well loved by the students.


Rhonda Shepek, CPA,CMA,  Instructor

 Rhonda Recieved Her Professional Accounting Designation In 1999.  She Possesses More Than 25 Years Of Financial And Management Accounting Experience.

Rhonda’s Experience Includes Private Sector, Government, And Post-Secondary Academic Environment   She Has Had The Privilege Of  Working With Some Of The Most Brilliant Researcher In The World While Working At The University Of Saskatchewan  The University Of British Columbia And The University Of Regina.  She Also Currently Enjoys Being A Guest Lecturer At Pacific Rim College.

Dr. Kewu (Kevin) Hu, PhD/DTCM (China), RTCMP

Dr. Kevin Hu has been devoted to health care career for more than 30 years. He has practiced and taught Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and western medicine since 1986 in China and has been teaching in Canada since 2004. He was a physician of integrative Chinese and Western Medicine in Changhang General Hospital. He received his PhD in Medicine later from Guangzhou University of TCM, where he served as professor. In the past 30 years, he successfully treated thousands of patients in acute or chronic, simple or complicated conditions like heart failure, amenorrhea, and chronic pain syndromes. He currently runs his busy BayVan Clinic in Victoria.


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