Admissions to our Professional Training programmes
This page gives information about:
- the application procedures and admission policy
- the admissions requirements for each course
- the fee payment structure
- the college calendar
Application procedures and Admission Policy
Applicants must complete an Application form obtainable, with a full Prospectus pack, online as a pdf file or from The College Secretary. These must be sent, with a covering letter and passport-sized photograph, to the College Registrar either by post or as email attachments.
The College has an equal opportunities policy. People who study Chinese Medicine at the Irish College of TCM come from all walks of life, from many different countries and from a wide variety of backgrounds. References are taken up for all applicants and interviews are offered to all those who meet the basic requirements for entry to a given programme, as described below. Read more »
Interviews are conducted and places are then offered on a first come, first served basis. Detailed information on course venue, dates, times and all other relevant particulars are provided once a place has been accepted.
The College specialises, on its part-time professional courses, in turning out fully-rounded professional practitioners, not mere theoreticians. 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 sure that they have the resources and support to sustain them through the course.
It should be noted that we cannot consider applications, for any of our part time courses, from overseas students needing a Student Visa.
No specific formal educational qualifications are required. There is no upper age limit. No western medical training or prior Chinese Medicine training is required. Each applicant will be considered on his or her own merits. Read more »
Prospective students must, on the basis of their references and interview, show that they:-
- are are fully competent to meet the educational and other demands of the course.
- are fully committed to an intensive and demanding course of theoretical and practical study
- display personal attributes suited to a caring profession
- are over twenty one years of age and of mature disposition
These courses are all specifically designed for qualified practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and/or qualified practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Practitioners must have a good theoretical grounding in TCM and wish to expand their range of therapeutic options to include either Chinese Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong. Read more »
Applicants must have:
- Good theoretical knowledge of TCM.
- Clinical competence in TCM diagnostics.
- Clinical experience and the ability to communicate with and treat clients in their current TCM specialism
- A good command of English. (Familiarity with the main TCM terminology in Pinyin will be an advantage but not a requirement)
- Applicants will be required to provide proof of their TCM practitioner status and qualifications.*
Application procedures - Master and Doctor of Medicine Degrees
- Applicants must meet the requirements set out in the section above
- Applicants for the Masters Degree must have a Bachelor degree in Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine or a recognised equivalent such as the Licentiate in TCM
- Applicants for the Doctoral Degree must already have a recognised Masters degree
- As these qualifications are validated by the Government of China, additional requirements may apply and all applicants must complete an Entrance Examination set by the Chinese Government for entry to Master and Doctoral Degrees in China.
Course Fees and Deposits
Details of the Tuition fees, for each of the Programmes run by the College, can be obtained from the College Secretary and are also contained within the relevant downloadable Prospectus pack. Read more »
- There is a Fee payment plan for the Licentiate programme.
- It should be noted that the fee is an annual one. If a student chooses to leave before the end of the academic year a fee refund is NOT provided.
- Deposits are non-refundable as they secure a place for a person on a particular course. Administrative decisions will sometimes be made on the basis of the number of deposits held.
- Failure to meet the financial commitments will be cause for immediate exclusion from the course and the College.
- Fees are normally set in advance for the whole programme allowing students to plan and manage their financial commitments. If students get into financial difficulties they should discuss this as soon as possible with the College Registrar.
- We reserve the right to increase fees for subsequent years should this be required due to factors beyond our control.
Dates -– the Irish College of TCM College calendar
- The professional Acupuncture TCM training programme (the Licentiate Course) begins in early October each year and applications are now being accepted for the next course.
- The Post Graduate Certificate course in Medical Qigong was first run in September/October 2006. Normally a new course is started every 18-24 months. Two Certificate courses are currently in progress and the next new intake will not be until mid-2019.
- A Post Graduate Diploma course in Chinese Herbal Medicine commenced in January 2018. A further course will not begin until approximately 2020.
- Applications are being accepted for the next Post Graduate Diploma course in Medical Qigong from those who have already attained a Cert.MQG.
- The Master and Doctoral Degrees are run jointly with GUCM who have a semester-based academic year. The courses normally commence in the Autumn Semester and applications must be received, at the very latest, by May of that year. However, applications have already closed for 2018.
- CPD programmes take place from time to time throughout the year.