The ICTCM specialises in turning out fully-rounded professional practitioners, not mere theoreticians.
The Licentiate in TCM is a part-time 3 year professional Acupuncture training programme for those from any background (including a non-medical background), which qualifies graduates to practice Acupuncture as a member of a professional organisation in Ireland and the UK. Conversion to a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine, requires only 2 further years of part time study.
Answers to frequently asked questions can also be found in "Qualifying as an Acupuncturist"
During the first and second year of study, students gain a thorough understanding of the medical theory underpinning diagnosis and treatment. For details of the course content, see Syllabus below.
All technical TCM terminology is taught in Chinese Pinyin.
In the third year Clinical students, who have successfully completed all academic and practical examinations, transfer from the College to the Teaching Clinic. Under the supervision of an experienced Clinical Director, with first-hand knowledge of working in top hospitals and universities in China, students will undertake their clinical training.
During their Clinical training in the ICTCM Teaching Clinic students will:
The content and format of the course is tailored specifically to the needs of TCM practitioners. This section is an integral part of the Licentiate course, and is taught and examined as such.
The topics covered include the basic anatomy, physiology and pathology of common diseases. The internal medicine and pharmacology of the following systems and organs is covered:
Candidates who already hold medical qualifications which encompass the syllabus may be eligible for exemption from this section of the Licentiate course. Evidence of appropriate western medicine training and qualifications will be required before any exemptions are made.
Assessment is on-going and covers all aspects of the syllabus including College work, extra-mural activities and Clinical competence. Assessment of students at all levels is rigorous and is based upon such assessment methods as monthly written homework, case studies, classroom tests, group discussions, individual tutorials, essays, academic assignments, role-play workshops, classroom presentations, point location workshops, practical point location sessions and every aspect of clinical performance. Records of Achievement and attendance, are kept throughout the course.
Formal examinations are set at the end of each year. An end-of-year examination fee will be charged at the appropriate time. Progression within the course, and final attainment of the qualification and certification, is subject to successful completion of all formal examinations, both theoretical and practical; the demonstration of wholly professional standards of conduct and fully competent Clinical performance.
The course is taught in English by staff who have experience as Acupuncture TCM practitioners in Ireland and other parts of Europe. All technical TCM terminology is taught in Chinese Pinyin.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old, there is no upper age. No specific formal academic qualifications are required although all applicants will need to be able to satisfy the College that they are capable of following an intensive and challenging course of study and Clinical practice.
While the programmes are specifically designed for part time students, applicants who already have significant commitments in terms of work or family will need to be able to show that they have the resources and support to sustain them through the course.
We are now interviewing for the 2017 intake of this professional Acupuncture training course which begins in October.
Applicants wishing to apply for the Licentiate programme must complete an Application form. This must be sent, with a covering letter and passport-sized photograph, to the College Registrar. Letters of reference are taken up for all applicants.
Suitable applicants are interviewed in the College premises in Dublin where there is an opportunity to speak with members of staff and meet other students or applicants. Detailed information on course venue, dates, times and all other relevant particulars are provided on acceptance to the programme.
An overview of the current fees is available online.
Full Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM fee information is available as a pdf online.
The ICTCM now offers a unique opportunity to gain an internationally recognised Masters degree in Chinese Medicine conferred by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) and recognised by the Chinese Department of Education.
Those holding the Licentiate in TCM qualification are eligible to apply to the Masters degree programme in Chinese Medicine, requiring only 2 further years of part time study.
This offers a cost effective means of gaining a recognised Masters degree in the field of Acupuncture while avoiding the high tuition fees associated with full-time degree programmes, such as those in the UK or US. Additionally, because the mode of attendance is part-time, students can continue to make a living during the programme.