Thank you for choosing the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to start your career as an acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. We have cultivated a warm and inviting culture of inclusion, that supports a mutual passion for learning and helping each other through this shared journey.
How to Apply
You'll need to gather some information to prepare for your application. Below is a check list of items that you'll need to package for your application to your chosen campus.
Please note that transcripts and letters of recommendation must be posted directly from the institution or recommender to the OCTCM Office of Admissions.
Our Office of Admissions will notify applicants of their admission status within two weeks of the interview.
A non-refundable application and registration fee of $100 for domestic applicants/$100 for international applicants in the form of a cheque money order to OCTCM
Completion of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or its equivalent
Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions previously attended (required when transferring credits)
Statement of purpose of at least 500 words
Current résumé (not required unless requested)
Two passport-sized photos
Two letters of recommendation
Book an appointment with our Admission Director for a personal interview at the Markham or Toronto Campus. If you are overseas, we can arrange a phone meeting or another means. Call or email your chosen campus to book an appointment.
Post application and all supplemental
documents to our Markham or Toronto Campus:
Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
3190 Steeles Ave East,
Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Toronto Campus
283 Spadina Avenue,
All applications are considered on an individual basis without regard to race, religion, nationality, marital status, gender, or age. We make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities.
All applicants must demonstrate a sincere interest in the healing arts of Chinese medicine.
All applicants must have a secondary school diploma or the equivalent.
Two letters of recommendation
500 word personal essay demonstrating their sincere interest in Chinese medicine
It is an asset to have at least two years of postsecondary education or training, or working experience in related fields. However, other life experiences will be considered. Students are made aware that they may need to complete this postsecondary education prior to being accepted to register with a regulatory body (currently not in Ontario).
All students are eligible but not required to register with CTCMPAO under the student class during their enrolment at OCTCM. However, in order to continue to practice between graduation and registration with the CTCMPAO, most students will choose to do so. Students will be responsible for any fees required by the CTCMPAO for this registration as well as additional requirements including a police records check, application fees and insurance coverage. See here for more information: https://www.ctcmpao.on.ca/applicant/student-class/.
The requirements for registration to the profession are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the CTCMPAO body before enrolling.