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Students enrolled in the Acupuncture & Moxibustion Diploma Program, TCMP Diploma Program and Advanced TCMP Diploma Program may be eligible, if qualified, for loans, grants, or awards granted under the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Please note that students receiving OSAP funding are required to maintain a full course load for the duration of their program and must complete their program in the designated time for full-time studies.

To find out if you qualify please visit: (English OSAP) (French OSAP)

To create an OSAP account, log in and check you status visit

Once you’ve registered and started your application you’ll be asked some very specific questions pertaining to our institution.

You’ll be asked the following questions:

What school to you plan to attend?

In the search field type in “Eight Branches” and search.

Program Name?

Type in the program name you have applied for (Acupuncture, TCMP, or Advanced) in the search bar. You will then be taken to a section where you can choose the program year. Please choose year 1 if you are a new student.  If you are entering or are in your second year please choose year 2.  If you are a transfer student or are unsure please contact our administration.

Additional Program Information:

For September 2020 please enter

Start Date: September 8, 2020

End Date: August 8, 2021

(students must apply for OSAP every year so this end date reflects the end of year one)

Course Load:


(if you have advanced standing please contact our school registrar and we will calculate your course load percentage).

All of our programs have been approved as vocational training by the Government of Canada, and are HST exempt.  We provide students with an annual T2202a form for tuition tax credits.  

Our Tuition Promise:  The rate of tuition paid upon your first registration will not increase as long as you are consistently enrolled in your program.

Fees for the diploma programs are structured on a by-credit basis; each credit costs $150 for full-time study, $200 for part-time study.  One credit is equivalent to 15 hours of study.  The full-time hourly tuition rate is $10/hour.  In order to attain “full-time status” students are required to take 16 credits or more per term.

Diploma Programs

 6 Semester Acupuncture & Moxibustion Diploma Program – September Start Date $24,000
 8 Semester Acupuncture & Moxibustion Diploma Program – January Start Date $24,000
 TCMP Diploma Program $33,750
 Advanced TCMP Diploma Program $43,350
 Herbology Diploma Program $19,200

Graduate Programs

 TCMP for R.Ac Diploma Program $9,750
 Advanced TCMP for R.TCMP Diploma Program $9,600
 Japanese Acupuncture & Moxibustion Certificate $800
 Korean Five Element Acupuncture Certificate $600

Certificate Programs

 Acupuncture & Moxibustion Certificate $6,500
 Asian Bodywork Therapy Certificate $6,500
 TCM Preparatory Certificate $3,600

Other Fees

 Application Fee $50
 Textbooks and Materials $1,000 – $2,000 (approximation)
 Lab Coat $47
 Library Endowment Fee $15/year

Payment can be made by semester or monthly.  Please inquire about payment plan options.

*Please note that fees for internships in China are not included in the above fees.
*Textbooks and materials are not included in the tuition fees, students can expect to spend between $500-$1000 for textbooks and materials for the Acupuncture & Moxibustion Diploma Program, and $1000-$1500 for textbooks and materials for the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Programs.

Eight Branches strives to accommodate all students who demonstrate a desire to study at our facility. To this effect we have structured a program that offers substantial academic value at a comparatively low cost. Those students in need of financial aid are invited to contact our registration office to discuss payment options.

Academic Transfers:

Academic Transfers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Materials from previous course work will be examined and students may be required to demonstrate coursework knowledge through oral or written examination.  The total fee for bulk transfer is $300.  Individual courses can be transferred at a rate of $50/course.