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Diploma in Advanced Traditional Chinese Medicine


  • 4335 hours, 12 semesters (this 5 year program completed in 4 years full-time)
  • 1320 Clinical Hours

Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • 3375 hours, 9 semesters (this 4 year program can be completed in 3 years full-time)
  • 960 Clinical Hours 

Diploma in Acupuncture & Moxibustion

  • 2400 hours, 6 semesters (this 3 year program can be completed in 2 years full-time or in 3 years part-time)
  • 660 Clinical Hours 

Diploma in Herbology

  • 1920 hours, 9 semesters (this program can be completed in 3 years part-time)
  • 480 Clinical Hours 

Certificate in Acupuncture & Moxibustion


  • 500 hours, 3 semesters (this program can be completed in 1 year full-time)

Certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy

  • 500 hours, 3 semesters (this program can be completed in 1 year full-time)

TCM Preparatory Certificate

  • 360 hours, 1 semester (this program can be completed in 4 months)

Highlights of these programs include:

  • curriculum rooted in traditional teachings, favouring relevant material to engage students;
  • emphasis on practical components, as traditionally the practice of Eastern Medicine was not taught exclusively out of a textbook;
  • strong emphasis on personal development and the maintenance of self-health ensuring that graduates can integrate a healthy lifestyle with the building of a healthy practice;
  • clinical experience gained by following and learning from teachers;
  • specialized and affordable internships, offered in China, so that students can experience this vast clinical environment;
  • low student to teacher ratio, so that students receive personalized attention and focus;
  • the only school in Ontario to offer extensive clinical training and practice in all eight branches of Eastern Medicine;
  • school is situated in a light-filled, spacious, dojo-style building and located in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Canada – a vibrant, multi-cultural urban centre;
  • graduates are welcomed as life-long participants of Eight Branches, and are invited to  audit previously studied courses, free of charge, so that they can refresh their skills and further their knowledge of course materials;
  • graduates are counselled and supported in the development of personal practices;
  • fully-stocked herbal apothecary and on-site library;
  • graduates of Eight Branches Academy are prepared academically to successfully complete board regulatory examinations in Canada and the United States;
  • instructors are hand-selected according to expertise, academic knowledge and practical experience of course materials;
  • diverse faculty includes TCM doctors trained in the East as well as the West, Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Chiropractors, Registered Massage Therapists, Osteopaths, Nutritionists, Shiatsu Therapists, and Psychotherapists;

Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine welcomes patients, families, students, educators, and practitioners at all levels of practice to visit and contribute to the centre. We provide a calm, inclusive environment that facilitates many kinds of clinical treatments, studio classes, and studies.