New traditions at KPU – By Whitney Sharp

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Richmond campus just got one step closer to China. The university’s Faculty of Health is expanding with a new Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture diploma, beginning September 2016.

The full-time program, based out of the Richmond campus, combines ancient Chinese philosophy with western biomedical science and features courses in theory, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical practice where students can engage with the community through experiential learning activities. Select courses in Mandarin are also incorporated into the program and will provide students with an advantage in clinic settings.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act, and is regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC. The new program meets or exceeds the minimum requirements set by the College, and competencies set by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to write the national registration exams to become an acupuncture practitioner in Canada, and, possibly, operate facilities in the complementary and alternative health industry.

The Faculty of Health at KPU offers a range of programs, from certificates to undergraduate degrees, designed to meet the demands of the current provincial healthcare system and blend hands-on experience with theoretical education.

Applications for admission to the new program are now open. Learn more about the Traditional Chinese Medicine-Acupuncture diploma at a free upcoming information session: Saturday August 6, from 2:30-4:00pm in Room 1420 at the Richmond campus, 8701 Lansdowne Road or visit kpu.ca/health/acupuncture