Pacific Rim College is a leader in complementary and integrative medical education and is a dedicated participant in the movement toward a more sustainable world.
Inspired by extensive personal work with accessible health-care models in Asia, Todd Howard founded the school in 2006. It was established in an effort to integrate medicines of the world, thereby preserving indigenous practices and increasing the global availability of sustainable health care. Today the college has attracted to its beautiful Market Square campus in downtown Victoria students from more than 30 countries, with the majority coming from Canada.
“Pacific Rim College is unique locally and globally,” says Howard. “Many of our program offerings are the first of their kind anywhere in the world and others are the most comprehensive in Canada and beyond.”
Providing extensive classroom and clinical learning, Pacific Rim College offers diploma and certificate programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, Doula Training and Natural Health.
“We are unique in that our school offers multiple medical disciplines,” reveals Academic Dean James Christian. “Our vision at the onset was to have a college that integrates indigenous medical practices from around the world, thus affording students numerous study options.”
The college features small class sizes, typically admitting 16 to 22 students into each program, and an international instructional faculty. A significant distinction is that diploma programs are structured with university-style registration with tuition being credit-based rather than semester-based. Thus students can tailor their education experience and tuition by
choosing their own semester course loads.
We want to ensure intimate knowledge of our natural world gets passed on from generation
Acclaimed for their environmental stewardship, Pacific Rim College operates under strict ethical guidelines and is extremely cognizant about their eco footprint. “We teach sustainable medicines,” says Howard, “and we do so as conscientiously as we can.” The college has pioneered a new initiative in which they plant a tree for each graduate, their electrical consumption is offset by clean energy, and they are a green certified business with the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification.
“Through teaching indigenous medicine we are committed to preserving ancient practices,” says Howard. “We want to ensure intimate knowledge of our natural world gets passed on from generation to generation.”