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The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM) is the first Acupuncture College in Ireland, training professionals in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1983.

We provide part time courses in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Qigong and
  • Medical Qigong
  • Training to become an Acupuncturist

    Our main part time undergraduate level programme of Professional Acupuncture Training is called the Licentiate in TCM.

    Students from any background (including a non-medical one) can train to become an Acupuncturist and can, on graduation from this part-time, 3 year programme, set up in practice as a qualified and insured TCM Professional.

    Acupuncture and TCM are at the forefront of Alternative approaches to health and illness, focusing as they do, not only on treating and curing current illness but also on disease prevention and health enhancement and public demand for well-qualified, fully insured practitioners is high.

    We welcome students from Ireland, the UK and across Europe to study Acupuncture TCM with us and are currently accepting applications for this programme:

    The Licentiate in TCM application pack has recently been updated.

    Details of the course can be seen by clicking the name above.

    Postgraduate programmes

    We offer a range of Post-graduate programmes in:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine and
  • Medical Qigong
  • at a variety of levels, to enable people working as professional Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners to extend and enhance their range of TCM skills, as can be seen on our Postgraduate Courses page.

    Qualified Practitioners of Acupuncture and TCM in Ireland

    Graduates of the ICTCM are automatically eligible for membership of the PRTCM, Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    The Register maintains an online directory of qualified practitioners of Acupuncture TCM, Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong, and provides information on Traditional Chinese Medicine on its website.

    Chinese Affiliation

    The College has had a formal affiliation with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) since 2002. GUCM first conferred a visiting professorship on the ICTCM's Director Tom Shanahan in 2004, who introduced Acupuncture TCM to Ireland in the early 1980s.

    Senior College staff maintain good relationships with Chinese Medicine Universities and hospitals in a number of parts of China - our most recent visit was to Hong Kong, Macao and Guangzhou in Spring this year.

    Course Information


  • Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM
  • Postgraduate

  • Masters Degree in TCM
  • Doctoral Degree in TCM
  • Medical Qigong
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Open Courses

  • Health Giving Qigong

  • Director of the ICTCM Professor Shanahan with some of the students.

    Director of the ICTCM Professor Shanahan with some of the students.

    Students of the ICTCM studying the pulse.

    Students of the ICTCM studying the pulse.