Regulation of Chinese Medicine Practitioners > Licensing Examination

Eligibility and Course Requirement

Application of the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination is now closed. Details of the 2019 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination will be announced in due course.

Under section 61 of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, a person shall be eligible to undertake the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination if: -

  1. he has satisfactorily completed such an undergraduate degree course of training in Chinese medicine practice or its equivalent as is approved by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board; or
  2. he has become a listed Chinese medicine practitioner under the transitional arrangements for registration of Chinese medicine practitioners and has been notified by the Practitioners Board that he has to undertake and pass the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination before he is eligible for registration as registered Chinese medicine practitioners.

Under section 61(1)(a) of the Chinese Medicine Ordinance, the applicant shall "satisfies the Practitioners Board that at the time of the application he has satisfactorily completed such undergraduate degree course of training in Chinese medicine practice or its equivalent as is approved by the Practitioners Board". The above-mentioned undergraduate degree course must fulfil the basic requirements as determined by the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, which include:

(a)
A full-time on campus degree course with duration of not less than 5 years, including a Chinese Medicine clinical training of not less than 30 weeks. Other than the clinical internship and clinical practice, the course must be fully conducted in the institution awarding the bachelor degree in Chinese medicine; and
(b)
The course must include the following 10 compulsory subjects:
 
(i)
Basic Theories of Chinese Medicine;
 
(ii)
Diagnostics of Chinese Medicine;
 
(iii)
Chinese Materia Medica;
 
(iv)
Chinese Medicinal Formulary;
 
(v)
Internal Medicine of Chinese Medicine;
 
(vi)
External Medicine of Chinese Medicine;
 
(vii)
Gynaecology of Chinese Medicine;
 
(viii)
Paediatrics of Chinese Medicine;
 
(ix)
Orthopaedics and Traumatology of Chinese Medicine;
 
(x)
Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Chinese Medicine; and
(c)
If a course fulfils the requirements stated in (a) but it does not include all the compulsory subjects stated in (b), the course will be considered as an equivalent course, if the applicant has completed the study of the relevant subject in one of the recognized institutions in accordance with the requirements as stated in Appendix 1 of the "Candidates' Handbook for the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination"; and
(d)
The institutions conducting the course must fulfil the basic requirements of the university and clinical teaching in terms of teaching condition, teaching/practical facilities, education management, library information, teacher qualifications, admission standard and clinical training, etc.
 

If a course is conducted, whether in whole or in part, by means of distance learning, such as correspondence, web-based or self-learning, the course does not meet the above basic requirements and will not be accepted.

Other than the basic requirements above stated, in considering applications to sit in the Licensing Examination of graduates from non-local courses, especially integrated Chinese and Western medicine courses, the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board will make reference to the standards of the approved Chinese medicine undergraduate degree courses of the three universities in Hong Kong (i.e. Code no. 001-003 of table 1 of the Candidates' Handbook) before deciding whether to approve the applications.

For the contents, eligibility, requirements of the approved courses, list of recognized institutions, syllabus and format, and the application procedure, please refer to the "Candidates' Handbook for the 2018 Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination".

 

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