Welcome to the first Acupuncture College in Ireland - the ICTCM.

The Irish College of  Traditional Chinese Medicine

The first Acupuncture College in Ireland, based in central Dublin since 1983, the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches:

  • TCM Acupuncture – Acupuncture taught within the framework of TCM
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Medical Qigong
  • Health-promoting Qigong

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Acupuncture Training

On graduating from the part-time, 3 year Licentiate programme, you can set up in practice as a qualified TCM Acupuncturist.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

The Irish College of TCM provides a specialist postgraduate programme in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Medical Qigong

Postgraduate professional training in Medical Qigong, to learn MQG as it is taught in China

What is Medical Qigong?


Our Students

Our Acupuncture students come from all walks of life, from 21 to 70 years of age and and, so far, from 30 different countries.

Who trains to be an Acupuncturist?

Acupuncture Training

The TCM Profession

You can set up as a self-employed practitioner of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong.

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Health Promoting Qigong

The College offers short weekend courses in Health-promoting Qigong 2 or 3 times each year. These are open to all adult members of the public.

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TCM and its Branches

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a full medical system with branches including

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Medical Qigong

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ICTCM Features

Fees for the Acupuncture training programme can be paid by an payment plan, as shown in the current Prospectus pack.

The Four payments option is not available to late applicants.

The Terms and Conditions can be reviewed here.

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We are still accepting applications, for the 2022 academic year, for the Licentiate in TCM, our professional Acupuncture training programme, which starts in October every year.

Click here to find out how to become an Acupuncturist, able to work in the Republic of Ireland and the UK. The website provides detailed information about the course structure and content.

A Prospectus and Application form are available here for the 2022 Acupuncture training course. Information is provided about the syllabus, course structure and fees. Application Forms should be printed, completed by hand, scanned and then sent to the college as an email attachment.

This part-time, weekends only, programme is normally run at our college in Dublin 3, Ireland. Meetings are held approximately every 4 weeks from early October onwards and the academic year normally finishes in mid July.

For the 2022 – 2023 academic year we will return to face-to-face teaching for the practical and clinical aspects of the course and continue to deliver the theoretical content via online learning. Approximately 4 of the 12 teaching weekends, in the first two years, will be held in College.

News & Announcements

What does an Acupuncturist do? Part 2

In our previous post we described the different types of so-called “Acupuncture” and explained that only a TCM Acupuncturist is able to use Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to make a diagnosis, determine a treatment plan and provide the correct TCM Acupuncture treatment. Are Acupuncturists in Alternative Medicine or Complementary Medicine clinics all trained in TCM? […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine
offers a worthwhile, exciting, challenging  and fulfilling career.

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Faculties & Departments

Department of Acupuncture

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Featured Course: Professional Acupuncture Training

Staff in the Acupuncture Department are all fully qualified practitioners of TCM many of whom also  work as Acupuncturists and TCM professionals.


More information about the Department.

Department of Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Staff working in this Department are all TCM  practitioners with experience in using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Department of Qigong

The Honorary Head of the Qigong Department is Prof Song Xinhong, of GUCM, Guangzhou, China

This Department runs weekend workshops in Qigong for Health and Wellbeing and postgraduate programmes in Medical Qigong.

Head of the Medical Qigong Department

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