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Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine specializes in training students to professionally practice Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The program includes training in Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Asian Bodywork, Cupping and Gua Sha. Go to full description...
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Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine, Toronto Reviews (8)
What I saw and heard from my first visits to the school remained true throughout my two years at Eight Branches. The teachers are experienced and proficient in TCM and/or Western Medicine (often both!). Clinical experience began early and provided exposure to a myriad of clients from the public and conditions. The administration is extremely responsive, friendly and open to receive input. The environment is conducive to learning, and to being a bit of a second home.
I would highly recommend this school.
As a graduate, I am currently taking advantage of their very generous audit-for-life policy, which allows you to re-take classes you have already taken for no charge as a refresher. This is especially useful for classes that change teachers from year to year, to get a different teacher's perspective. And since Ontario regulation currently takes many months after graduation to complete, this is a great opportunity to stay in touch with TCM studies while waiting to be registered to practice.
I really appreciate that Eight Branches is concerned about keeping tuition affordable, and at the time of my enrollment they were the most affordable TCM school in Toronto. They offer student discounts for many very informative workshops, and they also offer registration exam prep courses, both paid for and complementary.
The mandatory attendance policy for all classes, including lecture classes, is sometimes frustrating if you don't feel connected to the lecture component, however, they are more flexible than other professional colleges when it comes to considering circumstances where you may need to miss classes, and/or open to discussion about making up missed class time.
During my six semesters at Eightbranches I had some fantastic teachers, and I enjoyed being with my fellow students.
The atmosphere at the school is the best for learning, very harmonious with a lot of attention both on curriculum and the person.
Our principal Ryan is always available to talk and support every student. He constantly strives to keep his school at the best level, and to help students in to their learning path.
Our Dean is brilliant, knowledgeable, and very fun to be around: nonetheless his classes are extremely intense and engaging.
The school welcome that students attend part of their clinical hours requirements at other clinics and with external practitioner, and this gives the students the incredible advantage of learning a variety of techniques and approaches that is impossible to learn attending only a school clinic.
At Eightbranches there are also a number of facilities that students are encouraged to use after they graduate to keep up and develop their own practice, and this too is something unique compared to the other schools that I know.