We believe that the traditional art of Chinese medicine offers a potent approach to health and healthy living for all peoples. It is our aim at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences to promote the wisdom of the Chinese medical tradition, and to educate healers to be capable partners in an integrated medical system in which traditional Chinese medicine plays a vital role.
The motto of the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, as stated by the Yellow Emperor himself concerning the practice of the superior physician, is "through oneself know others (yi wo zhi bi)"
It is only through exploration of the inner reaches of one's own heart, mind and physical self that one is fully able to understand and sympathize with those in need. In this way, the physician is able to appropriately treat and guide patients to a state of greater health.
Choosing an acupuncture school is one of the most important decisions on the path of becoming a TCM healer. We founded ACOS in 1996 as the preeminent school for the development of TCM doctors in North America. The enduring success of our alumni, who now practice in many parts of the world, gives us the confidence to say that we continue to produce doctors with the highest capacity for healing on the continent. Our goal for this website is to give you the information you need to determine if an ACOS education is consistent with your path, both as a student and as a future professional. Once you have reviewed this site, please feel free to contact the Academy with any questions you may have.
Thank you for considering ACOS.
Warren Fischer, Dr. TCM
ACOS Founder and Academic Dean
With a written history of over 2500 years, Chinese medicine encompasses a truly vast field of knowledge. Those individuals who choose to study Chinese medicine will find that their study will last an entire lifetime, and, even then, seems not yet fully complete.
The program of study at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences has been designed, to as large a degree as possible, to match similar programs of study at Chinese medicine universities in the People's Republic of China. These PRC university programs are generally 5 or 6 years in length and extremely comprehensive, encompassing not only all modalities of Chinese medicine: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tui-na massage, qi-gong therapy, diet therapy, but also related Western medicine topics.
In tailoring such programs to suit the North American post-secondary education system, a major obstacle has obviously been condensing a large amount of teaching into an appropriate program length. In remaining true to our commitment to the fidelity of Chinese medicine to its tradition, the Academy determined that in order to maintain a program length equivalent to other North American colleges of Chinese medicine, it was necessary to include a total number of teaching hours far in excess of those offered at most of these North American colleges. We feel it is a grave error to compromise the tradition of Chinese medicine in the name of economy: either financial economy or economy of effort. Our program is comprehensive, rigorous and challenging. Our goal is to produce TCM doctors of worth. As such, we require the student who not only seeks excellence, but also is serious, committed and diligent.
The Academy currently offers four Diploma programs in traditional Chinese medicine including a 5-year program:
- 5-year Doctor of TCM Program - 3,990 hours (completed within 4 1/2 years)
- 4-year TCM Practitioner Program - 3,375 hours
- 3-Year Acupuncturist Program - 2,475 hours
- 3-Year TCM Herbalist Program - 2,437.5 hours
As the educational standards of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) and the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States (NCCAOM) are revised, our programs are modified accordingly, so that they continue to meet the standards of these licensing bodies. Please consult with our Registrar for specific details if you are a prospective student who is planning to practice in the United States.
Since 2004, graduates of the Academy have successfully written and passed the NCCAOM licensing exams. Recently, the Academy has been added to the NCCAOM website in the list of "Institutions Evaluated by AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers)", which means that our graduates have been evaluated as having the necessary educational prerequisites to write the NCCAOM examination allowing them to practice in the USA.
ACOS is registered with the Saskatchewan CASS Program as a Learning Activity Provider. Eligible students may be sponsored to take Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Contact us at 1-888-333-8868 to find out how you may be eligible to receive training benefits.
Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences
303 Vernon Street
Canada V1L 4E3
Toll Free: 1-888-333-8868 [Canada & Western U.S.A]
Other Campus Phone numbers:
Bookstore and Herbal Dispensary - 250-354-1995
ACOS Student Clinic - 250-354-1984
ACOS Outpatient Clinic - 250-352-9952