TCM Foundation Course

The White Crane Academy is now offering an exciting new pathway for students with no prior medical training who want to practise Chinese Herbal Medicine.

The strength of Chinese medicine lies in the process of sifting through the broad range of symptoms, signs, and manifestations exhibited by the patient, and identifying the underlying pattern of disharmony.
This foundation course is a prerequisite to learning Chinese herbal medicine for those without a Chinese medicine background.
The first year of the course provides a solid basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and diagnostic methods. This is a live online course. For students without a prior medical training, we provide online pathways for Western anatomy, physiology and pathology, and practitioner development.

Students will then go on to the 3 year herb course to gain a professional licentiate. The course can be completed in 4 years in total (the western medicine modules can be completed over years one and two).
It will also be possible for students to take further studies in acupuncture. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this option.
Students with a prior medical training (e.g. nurses, doctors, osteopaths etc) will be able to skip the Western medical modules and just focus on learning TCM theory in the first year to take them into the herb course.

When you join our TCM foundation course you will be teamed up with one or two other students embarking on the same journey. Your teacher will be one of our highly experienced practitioners keen to share his or her wide knowledge of the subject. This is a live online course where you have the opportunity to forge strong and lasting bonds with your fellow students as well as your teacher-mentor.

After completing the TCM foundation course you will have a sound understanding of the theories and diagnostic methods used by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. This course is designed to provide the background knowledge needed to embark on our diploma in Chinese Herbal medicine.


This course is delivered online over a 6-12 month period according to student preference and the availability of the course tutor. It includes:

  • A minimum of 20 hours small group online tutorials;
  • 200 hours of home study;
  • Additional herb lectures or weekly herb student supervision sessions where detailed discussion of TCM pathology and diagnosis takes place.

If you have any questions or would like to chat with our onboarding team about our courses, please contact us through our contact form.


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