Senior Care

  1. Overview

The elderly are currently the fastest growing population in Canada, which has resulted in an increasing need for professionals who can support and promote optimal health for this generation.  In the field of health professionals which support our seniors , care-givers are not only limited to practitioners of Western medicine, but also other natural therapists and health practitioners. The goal of the Traditional Eastern Natural Health Care for the Elderly program is to ensure our graduates have the necessary education and experience to be able to work as practitioners for improving seniors’ health and well-being, not only as natural therapists but health care givers.

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB ). It will enable its students to not only understand and describe commonly seen senile diseases with Western medicine theory, but will enable them to offer treatment to seniors with traditional eastern methods including exercise, acupressure and massage, and herbal medicine. The scope of  practice for our graduates will not be limited to just treating senile diseases with natural methods, but will also include educating their elderly patients of the various methods and self-care to help prevent senile diseases. The program will also prepare the graduate to mentally and physically assist the elderly in survival from senile diseases.

Royal Pacific Institute/Oshio College has 3 regular intake sessions per year; with January, May and September starting times.

  • Curriculum

Traditional Eastern Natural Health Care for the Elderly program

Course Code Course Name Hours Credits
T-1 Orientation 3  
T-2 Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine    90 6
T-3 Senile Physiology and Pathology    90 6
T-4 Qi Gong     45 3
T-5 Tai Ji      45 3
T-6 Nutrition 45 3
T-7 General Health  Care  for Seniors 45 3
T-8 Diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine 90 6
T-9 Acupressure and Massage   90 6
T-10 Natural Health Care for Patients with Commonly Seen Diseases in Seniors  120 8
T-11 Self Health Care    45 3
T-12 Practicum 60 10
In total   768 51
  • Admission
Admission Requirements:
Grade 12 or minimum 19 years of age; if an applicant has not received middle or high school, college, or university education in English 1 year or more they can submit one of  the following test scores: TOEFL: Overall score of 56, minimum 15 in Speaking &Listening and 13 in Reading & Writing, or IELTS : Overall score of 5.5, minimum 5.5 in Speaking and Listening and 5 in Reading and Writing. 

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.

Hours of Instruction
Full-time students attend twenty-three or more hours of classes per week, which includes clinical training and study review.  In total, approx. 781 hours will be offered for the program .
Academic Year
We enroll students three times a year, January, May and September. One academic year is 33 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. 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: The program  consists of approximately 23 instructional hours per week for 33 weeks. A credit hour is given for every 15 hours of classroom instruction, or for 30 hours of supervised clinical practice.  Tuition is $10,920 for the program.  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 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 Applicants residing outside British Columbia should contact the student loans office in their region.

  • Transfer

Transfer of credits from another recognized school may be accepted, but the number of transferred credits should not exceed the 1/3 of number of credits (hours) normally earned by this program.

  • 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.