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In some cases students who have completed coursework in other Chinese medicine programs and/or other postsecondary institutions may be eligible for transfer credits. Applicants wishing to transfer credits from other programs should indicate this on their application to OCTCM and submit official transcripts of all previous postsecondary studies. Applicants must include a copy of the syllabus and evaluation scheme for any course they hope to transfer. A minimum  grade of 60% or “C” is required for consideration of transfer credit to OCTCM. 

Advanced standing applicants are students who have completed some requirements of our diploma programs at other institutions. This includes students wishing to transfer from other acupuncture and Chinese medicine programs as well as applicants who have completed courses in life-sciences such as those offered in other healthcare professions (medical doctors, chiropractors, nurses, massage therapists or other healthcare professions). In order to be eligible for advanced standing, you must submit your original transcripts and complete our credit transfer form. 


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.

International Applicants

Applicants who have indicated on their application that they are in Canada on a “Student Visa” or “Visitor or Other Visa” must also include the following in their application package: 

Documentation of your visa or immigration status


Evidence of proficiency in English if English is not the primary language in the student’s country of origin. The TOEFL exam is our preferred standard, in which case a minimum score of 80 is required.


Documentation of the applicant’s ability to pay for tuition and living expenses 


Documentation of health insurance for duration of time in Canada


If the documents are in a language other than English, applicants must also include a notarized English translation. International applicants who wish to be considered for advanced standing or transfer credits must also submit course descriptions, course  syllabi, and grading schemes in English.

A completed application and transfer forms, that you can access from the buttons above


A non-refundable application 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


Statement of purpose of at least 500 words


Current résumé


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 oversea, we can arrange a phone meeting or another means. Call or email your chosen campus to book an appointment.



A challenge or placement exam may be required when OCTCM wishes to confirm that a student has attained the level of knowledge or skill that we require. There is an additional fee for these exams.  


Students admitted with transferred credits must complete a minimum of 50% of their total program credit hours at OCTCM. An exception is made for students transferring a previously completed equivalent diploma program in full (for example, an applicant who already has a Diploma of Acupuncture and is applying for our Diploma of TCMP program).

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