As you may know, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practice have been regulated in Ontario since April 2013. Since then, the licensing governing body of this profession (CTCMPAO) has issued more than 2000 licenses. The introduced licenses are R.Ac (Registered Acupuncturist) and R.TCM.P (Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner). The majority of current practitioners have obtained their license via the Grandparenting procedure which is issuing license based on the past experience of practitioners. The deadline of applying for Grandparenting license (for eligible applicants) is Mar 31, 2014. After this deadline, you will only be able to obtain these licenses through studying the program and passing the board exams of CTCMPAO.
We have performed a study on a random sample of health practitioners in the GTA to compare the average annual income of practitioners who have either R.Ac or R.TCM.P license with the other practitioners without these licenses. Our goal was to provide a more clear vision for new students or current practitioners who are interested in learning Acupuncture and/or TCM.
Groups of target study:
1. R.Ac or R.TCM.P health practitioners who have received license since April 2013 (n=67).
2. Health practitioners with only one regulated license:
- RMTs (n=113)
- Chiropractors (n=23)
- Physiotherapists (n=42)
3. Health practitioners who have one regulated license + An Acupuncture Certificate*
- RMTs + Acupuncture Certificate (n=53)
- Chiropractors + Acupuncture Certificate (n=22)
- Physiotherapists + Acupuncture Certificate (n=18)
* Practitioners with Certificate are able to apply Acupuncture needling as a modality mixed with their current practice; however they are not able to bill clients or insurance companies separately for Acupuncture or TCM services.
4. Health practitioners who have one regulated license + R.Ac or R.TCM.P
- RMTs + R.Ac or R.TCM.P (n=49)
- Chiropractors + R.Ac or R.TCM.P (n=18)
- Physiotherapists + R.Ac or R.TCM.P (n=12)
Comparing number of Acupuncturists (or TCM practitioners)
Before and after April 2013:
* Source: Estimation based on the number practitioners previously working with different private Acupuncture associations before April 2013.
** Source: CTCMPAO website (the number of registered practitioners as of March 2014)
When Mary Morrison’s 16-year-old border collie, Shadow, was diagnosed with kidney disease last year, traditional veterinary medicine offered two options: kidney dialysis or euthanasia.
Morrison chose another option altogether: acupuncture.