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Grant enables Traditional Chinese Medicine students to stay course

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:02 PDT, Fri March 26, 2021

Last Updated: 12:10 PDT, Fri March 26, 2021

Richmond South Centre MLA Henry Yao says a provincial grant, enabling current Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) students in B.C. to be able to continue to write their exams in Chinese, is an example of putting students first.

“This has been a great example of working together with our partners in the community to put students first,” he says. “I would like to thank the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC and the British Columbia Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Practitioners for their advocacy in speaking up for TCM students in B.C. This grant is expected to benefit more than 120 students planning to write their entry-level exams in Chinese over the course of the 2022 and 2023 academic years.”

Students currently studying to take their entry-level examinations will be able to continue to do so in their preference of Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese thanks to a one-time grant from the provincial government. The exams are a requirement of registration to practice TCM and acupuncture in B.C. 

The province’s $175,000 grant, along with contributions from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, will provide for their translation and continued offering to allow current students who had planned to write the entry-level exams in Chinese, to do so in 2022 and 2023.

Acupuncture has been a regulated health profession in B.C. since 1996 and Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2000. 

There are currently over 2,000 registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists in B.C. Sixty percent of practicing registrants in BC are female, with more than half receiving their TCM education in B.C. or elsewhere in Canada.

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