Acupuncture Training 2020 at the ICTCM – Coronavirus update

In spite of the current pandemic of Coronavirus, the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine are happy to report that we are continuing to provide teaching to the students on our Acupuncture and TCM programmes.

We are also still accepting applications for the next Acupuncture Training course and expect to start  in early October, as usual.

Of course, Covid-19 has meant that we have to do some things differently.

For more than 35 years  we have run our successful  3 year part time Professional Acupuncture  TCM Training face-to-face. So, it has been an interesting challenge to enable our current students to continue uninterrupted with their studies during these difficult times of social distancing. We have introduced much more online and video conferencing learning. And our staff and students have risen to the challenge.

When the 2020 intake begins in early October, whether the first meeting is conducted in the college, or as a series of online meetings, remains to be decided.  Much will obviously depend on whether the spread of the Coronavirus is under control and whether it is allowed to meet in groups.

Looking forwards, once the pandemic is over, we will introduce more Distanced Learning sessions into our normal teaching schedule. This will mean that students, who normally come into the college for 2 full days every 4 weeks (approximately), will not have to come to Dublin in person quite so often.

Information about this will be made available on the website in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you are thinking of becoming an Acupuncturist, we are happy to inform you that we are still accepting applications, as noted above.

There are, however, some changes to this process too.

Applicants are asked to submit their Application Form by email (not by post).

Suitable applicants will still be interviewed, but this will take place as a video-conferencing meeting between the applicant and one of our senior staff.

Accepted students, and those whose application is still in process,  will be informed about any new arrangements.

For an Online Prospectus pack please click here.

Happy New Year of the Rat


Happy New Year of the Rat

New Year’s greetings from the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese year starts today, on 25 January 2020, and ends on 11 February 2021, when the Year of the Ox begins.

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac – this year, is the Year of the Rat. It is the first animal in the zodiac cycle and is, thus seen to be a great time for new beginnings. New ventures should flourish.

So, if you are thinking about changing career and moving into Chinese Medicine as a trainee practitioner why not consider making the change this year and joining the 3 year part time Professional Acupuncture TCM training programme which begins in October each year?

If you would like us to send you a paper-based prospectus pack please send us your postal address, via our Contact page. Alternatively you can find the recently updated pack online. If you are already a practitioner perhaps this is a good year to set up a new clinic in another town. Or, you might want to consider extending your range of therapeutic options with a post-graduate course.

Whatever your plans for the year ahead we wish all our students, staff, colleagues, practitioners and friends every success and hope you will be blessed with good health and happiness.

Tom Shanahan and Mary Plunkett

On behalf of the ICTCM