Licentiate in TCM
Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine specialising in Acupuncture.
- 3 years
- 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 a 2 year part time Master of Chinese Medicine degree.
- This is the 35th year we have been running this course.
- We have had successful graduates every year since we began.
- 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
- 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.
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.
The College specialises in turning out fully-rounded professional practitioners, not mere theoreticians. 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.
More information can be found on the Admissions page.
How to apply
Applicants wishing to apply for the Licentiate programme must complete an Application form obtainable online as a pdf file or from The College Secretary. 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.