1. Overview

TCM PRACTITIONER  PROGRAM (4 YEARS) consists of the study of  3-year acupuncture program and the 4th year study as the following (2700 hours and 153 credits in total). Finishing this program, you are eligible to challenge the licensing examination of TCM practitioner so that you could practice both acupuncture and herbal therapies 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

FOUR-YEAR TCM PROGRAM (2685 hours and 152 credits)

Four-year program consists of the study of  3-year acupuncture program (part 1) and the 4th year study (part 2) as the following

Part 1: 3-year acupuncture program study

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
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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

Part 2: the 4th year study

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
  • 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. 2,685 hours will be offered for the traditional Chinese medicine practitioner program (4 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 4-year program within 3 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 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

Marc-Alexandre Mestres, graduated from the traditional Chinese medicine practitioner program in 2014

Jie Li, graduated from the traditional Chinese medicine practitioner program in 2014

Yu-lin Chiang, graduated from the traditional Chinese medicine practitioner program in 2011

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
acupuncture@gto.net

 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