1. Overview

TCM DOCTOR  PROGRAM (5 YEARS) consists of the study of  4-year TCM Practitioner program and the 5th year study as the following (3465 hours and 193 in total). Finishing this program, you are eligible to challenge the TCM Doctor Licensing Examination and get the title “Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor” recognized by Canadian government. 

  • Curriculum

FIVE-YEAR TCM DOCTOR PROGRAM (3420 hours and 193 credits in total)

Five-year program consists of the study of  part 1 (4-year TCM program)  and part 2 ( the 5th year study) as the following

Part 1: 4-year TCM program

First Year (630 hrs  42 credits) 

Code Course Hours Credits
100 TCM FOUNDATION  (1)     90 6
101 TCM DIAGNOSTICS 90 6
102 INDIVIDUAL HERBS 90 6
103 ACUPUNCTURE THEORY (1)    120 8
104 ANATOMY  60 4
105 TCM HISTORY 45 3
106 CHINESE LANGUAGE AND TERMINOLOGY OF TCM 45 3
107 TCM FOUNDATION  (2)  45 3
108 TCM DIAGNOSIS LAB 45 3

Second Year (630 hrs  37 credits)

Code Course Hours Credits
200 COMMUNICATION SKILLS, ETHICS, MEDICAL, LEGAL ISSUES & PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 45 3
201  FORMULA 90 6
202 ACUPUNCTURE THEORY (2)    60 4
203 CLINICAL SAFETY 45 3
204 PHYSIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY (1) 45 3
205 CLINICAL ASSESSMENT/DIAGNOSTIC PROCESS 45 3
206 ACUPUNCTURE TECHNIQUES 60 4
207 TUI  NA (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) 45 3
208 QI GONG & TAI JI 45 3
209 CLINICAL TRAINING 150 5

Third Year (705 hrs  36 credits)

Code Course Hours Credits
300 ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT (1): INTERNAL DISEASES 60 4
301 ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT(2): GYNAECOLOGICAL, PAEDIATRIC & GERIATRIC DISEASES 45 3
302 ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT (3 ) : TRAUMATIC INJURY, FIVE SENSE ORGAN DISEASES & DERMATOLOGY 30 2
303 PHYSIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY (2)      45 3
304 OTHER ORIENTAL ACUPUNCTURE METHODS  45 3
305 MICROBIOLOGY, IMMUNOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGY    45 3
306 INTERGRADE OF TCM & WESTERN MED 45 3
307 BASIC WESTERN DIAGNOSTICS   60 4
308 CLINICAL PRACTICE  (1)    330 11

Fourth Year (720 hrs. 37  credits)

Code Course Hours Credits
400 INTERNAL MEDICINE OF TCM 90 6
401 TCM GYNECOLOGY & PEDIATRICS 45 3
402 TRAUMATIC INJURY, DERMATOLOGY & FIVE SENSE ORGAN DISEASES OF TCM   30 2
403 Adv. INDIVIDUAL HERBS 45 3
404 Adv. FORMULAS 45 3
405 HERBAL INTERACTION 30 2
406 PROCESSING TCM HERBS 45 3
407 INTRODUCTION TO TCM CLASSICS 45 3
408 SHI LIAO    15 1
409 CLINICAL PRACTICE  (2)       330 11

Part 2: Fifth Year (735 hrs. 41 credits)

Code Course Hours Credits
500 SHANG HAN LUN   45 3
501 JIN GUI YAO LUE 30 2
502 WEN BING XUE & HUANG DI NEI JING 30 2
503 WESTERN DIANOSIS OF COMMONLY SEEN  DISEASES        90 6
504 OTHER TCM MODILITES 30 2
505 TCM GERONTOLOGY 30 2
506 TCM PSYCHOLOGY     30 2
507 ADV. STUDIES IN ACUPUNCTURE     90 6
508 HERBAL PHARMACOLOGY  30 2
509 MODERN CLINICAL RESEARCH IN TCM 90 6
510 CLINICAL PRACTICE  (3)    240 8
  • 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. 3,420 hours will be offered for the doctor of traditional Chinese medicine program (5 academic years).
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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 5-year program within 3 and half 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.
Word Format   PDF Format
  • Tuition, fees and financial aid

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 traditional Chinese medicine practitioner 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. Students are required to be proficient in written and spoken English. Students from non-English speaking countries may be required to achieve the minimum TOEFL score of (500 or higher) or equivalent for English proficiency.

  • 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

Hyegwi Koh, graduated from the Dr. of TCM program in 2012

Allison Maloney,  graduated from the Dr. of TCM program in 2013

Yi-Chieh Huang, graduated from the Dr. of TCM program in 2016

Chantal Intrator, graduated from the Dr. of TCM program in 2018

Dongwei Li. graduated from the Dr. of TCM program in 2018