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Undergraduate Acupuncture Training: Licentiate in TCM

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"

Course Components

Course Components

TCM Theory


TCM Theory

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.

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Clinical Training


Clinical Training

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:

  • Undertake the diagnosis and supervised treatment of a required number of patients
  • Observe and record the diagnosis and treatment of patients of other Clinical students and practitioners
  • Prepare detailed case histories and treatment schedules and maintain comprehensive treatment records of all patients treated and observed
  • Submit all case histories and treatment schedules to the Clinical Director for approval
  • Consult with the Clinical Director on all treatment and prescription procedures
  • Accumulate a collection of practical case histories and treatment plans
  • Develop patient education programmes
  • Improve patient management and Clinical practice skills
  • Gain first-hand experience and expertise in practical Clinical procedures and day to day practice management
  • Practise and perfect therapeutic procedures in a supervised Clinical setting
  • Expand and document theoretical knowledge of disease categories, types and differentiations
  • Receive instruction in the practicalities of establishing their own TCM surgeries and Clinics
  • Receive instruction on the prerequisites of business management in the caring professions
  • Receive instruction on how to establish links with other health-care professionals, orthodox, complementary and alternative

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Western Medical Sciences


Western Medical Sciences

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:

  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • The urinary system
  • The genital and reproductive systems
  • The endocrine system
  • The immune system and the skin
  • Infections and tumours
  • The Central, Autonomic and peripheral Nervous systems
  • The eyes, nose and ears
  • Obstetrics and children's diseases

Exemptions

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.

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Assessment


Assesment

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.

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Summary

Summary

  • 3 years
  • Part-time
  • Weekends only (Saturday and Sunday).
  • 12 main teaching weekends in each of the first two years.
  • Held in Dublin.
  • There is home study, assignments, open-learning modules, point location and clinical workshops.
  • The qualification is recognised by the PRTCM, the first professional body representing and regulating the practice of Acupuncture TCM in Ireland.
  • It is specifically designed for adults wishing to change career.
  • Graduates are qualified to take up professional practice of Acupuncture TCM in Ireland or the UK.
  • Graduates can join the Professional body, the PRTCM, whose members are recognised by VHI, and the other main Health Insurance providers in Ireland.
  • The Lic.TCM is regarded by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine as equivalent to a B.Sc degree for direct entry to the recently-established 2 year part time Master of Chinese Medicine degree.

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Syllabus

Syllabus

  • History and Classical sources of Chinese Medicine
  • Philosophical foundations of Chinese Medicine
  • Yin Yang theory
  • Wu Xing theory (Five Phase theory)
  • The Five Vital Substances

  • Anatomy and physiology of TCM
  • Ba Gang theory (the Eight Principles)
  • Zang Fu theory
  • Jingluo theory
  • Location of Acupuncture points - theory and practice

  • Causes of disharmony and Disease
  • Methods of treatment
  • Principles of therapeutics
  • Acupuncture
  • Moxibustion

  • Dietary therapy
  • Other TCM treatment methods such as cupping
  • Differentiation of Patterns of Disharmony
  • Diagnostic method - the four Examinations
  • Pulse diagnosis

  • Tongue diagnosis
  • Principles and priorities of Treatment
  • Classification and action of Points
  • Acupuncture Point selection
  • Needling technique

  • Treatment techniques
  • Patient management
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Clinical Management
  • The treatment of common diseases - Aetiology and Pathology of Disease

  • The treatment of common diseases - with reference to Western pathology and Disease differentiation including infectious diseases, pain management, respiratory diseases, Headache, Rheumatism and Arthritis, Digestive diseases, cardio-vascular disorders, skin disease, back pain, emotional and mental disorders, childhood disorders, gynaecological disorders, infertility, urogenital disorders, eating and dietary irregularities, congenital and acquired deficiencies.
  • Introduction to Western Pharmacology - drug side effects and withdrawal

  • Clinical techniques and procedures - including sterile procedures.
  • Clinical Management
  • The procedures and ethics of referral
  • Professional Ethics and Codes of practice
  • Consultation and liaison procedures.

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.

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Who Can Apply

Who Can Apply

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.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

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.

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Fee Information

Fee Information

An overview of the current fees is available online.

Full Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM fee information is available as a pdf online.

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Future Prospects

Future Prospects

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.

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Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Guangzhou University of TCM