Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine

If you want to be a "Superior Practitioner" of Acupuncture TCM, able to use Acupuncture not only to alleviate, or even cure, current diseases but also to help a client to be better equipped to prevent future illness from occuring, then the Lic.TCM is the course for you.

If you wish to become a specialist in Acupuncture TCM able to assist healthy clients to remain that way, and even enhance their own health, then this comprehensive training programme (which provides more than just "Acupuncture" Training, being based on classical Chinese Medicine) enables the practitioner to use a full range of TCM diagnostic and therapeutic tools to achieve these ends.

Although the course is part time it is demanding, as it aspires to turn out fully competent and qualified, confident and professional practitioners in a relatively short time. It is, however, offered in a way which enables it to be accessible to people who are currently working full time in another career or in the home. (Go to the Admissions page for more information about the type of people who study with us.)

It is an intensive part-time course which runs for three years. There are twelve main teaching weekends for each of the first two years. Teaching sessions in the first two years are approximately monthly, in the third, Clinical year, fortnightly. Unlike other institutes, the ICTCM ensures that all teaching sessions are held only on Saturdays and Sundays.

All technical TCM terminology is taught in Chinese Pinyin.


  • 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.
  • This is the 33rd 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
  • 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.

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.

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July 19, 2019
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