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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice is a regulated medical profession and must conform to the regulatory organization to legally practice in Ontario

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) is the governing body established by the government of Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act 1991 and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act 2006. The curricula of our Acupuncture and TCM Practitioner diploma programs are designed to prepare students for both the theoretical and practical requirements for successful completion of the Pan-Canadian Written and Clinical Case-Study Examinations for TCM practitioners and acupuncturists. Registration with the CTCMPAO requires the successful completion of these exams as well as other additional requirements. Through the Labour Mobility Act, registered acupuncturists and TCM practitioners in Ontario may be permitted to register in other provinces that have similar legislation. For more information on any additional requirements, please visit


To practice in the United States, most states require registration with the National Certificate Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). All of our graduates who have taken the Pan-Canadian exams have been successfully certified by NCCAOM. Please refer to for more information.


Acupuncture courses offered at OCTCM meet the requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). CEU (continuing education units) will be earned upon completion of coursework and allow you to practice acupuncture as a massage therapist in Ontario or complete our diploma programs to become a Registered Acupuncturist. Click here to see the CMTO Acupuncture Programs.

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