UBC Gunn IMS operates under the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, as well as the BC College of Physical Therapists.

Medical Physicians and Physiotherapists wishing to register for the UBC Gunn IMS course must provide the following in advance of course attendance and practicum:

1. Copy of your degree.

2. Proof of Provincial licensing body of current practice.

3. Proof of Malpractice Insurance up to $3 million per occurrence, effective in Canada.
This can be obtained from:
The Canadian Medical Protective Association
P.O. Box 8225, Stn. T
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1G 3H7
Tel: (613) 725-2000 Fax: (613) 725-2336

Or, for physiotherapists through:
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
2345 Yonge Street; Suite 410
Toronto, Ontario M4P 2E5
Tel: (416) 932-1888 or 1-800-387-8679
Fax: (416) 932-9708

or also from other 3rd party insurers as may be available from time to time.

4. Physical Therapists must show proof of having 4 years of musculo-skeletal and / or neuro-muscular physiotherapy patient experience* as well as ONE of the following (effective January 1, 2010):

a. Certificate of acupuncture (Registration with CAFCI [Acupuncture Foundation] with completion of the Level I courses Parts 1, 2A & 3A) or Dr Steven Aung Medical Acupuncture Course through the University of Alberta)

**If the program of A1 ,A2, A3 with the passing  of the written and oral examinations was completed prior to the introduction of the new course in Fall 2013 we will accept this as a prerequisite for the UBC GUNN IMS. To complete the prerequisites, if the New AFCI course is undertaken  in 2013, all applicants must show proof of completion of AA1 AA2 and having successfully completed the exams**

b. Level 3 (upper and lower) of the Intermediate Diploma of Manual Therapy certified by the Orthopaedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
* NOTE 1: 4 years applicable experience confirmed with a letter from your employer/s. This experience must be attained post-licensure; student placements do not count towards your four years.
* NOTE 2: Any registration forms without one or all of the 4 items above will not be considered for any course.

c. McMaster University Contemporary Acupuncture Program and Medical Acupuncture: an evidence based approach to TCM.

Note: the 4 year period discussed above must be 4 years in total i.e. if you have not worked for any time in these 4 years, you do not have 4 years of total experience.


Female participants who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should rather consider registering for another course (post-partum) because pregnancy is contra-indicated for IMS. Because of the small groups you work in during both Part 1 and Part 2, having an uneven group because one of the participants are pregnant (and therefore cannot participate fully) is not conducive to the learning experience.

Registration Procedure for Physicians & Physiotherapists:

1. Please mail or email us your completed registration form and payment, along with all the required documentation.

2. Please prepare your documents well in advance of the course date to ensure your participation and facilitate a smooth registration process.

3. Please note that the cut-off date for registration is one (1) month before the start of the course.

4. The course components consist of theory, physical examination and needle practice labs in which you will be a needle subject; the latter facilitates experiential learning of the physical and autonomic effects of needling. All participants will be expected to be needled and to be subjected to detailed neuro and musculoskeletal examination. Should you be recovering from surgery, physical trauma, or be engaged in litigation following trauma of any kind you must delay participation on this course until all issues have been resolved. Needling is contraindicated in the presence of acute trauma or within 3 to 6 months following major surgery.

5. All course participants must ensure that their  inoculations for Hepatitis B and A are current and you will be required to sign a course waiver. The waiver will be sent to you along with your reminder to pay the balance of your fees approximately one month before the course start date. Your signed waiver MUST be received before the start of the course.

Should you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact us by email. We wish you the highest success in your ongoing studies!

Fees & Registration

The student fee for upcoming courses is CDN$3000, with a $1000 deposit due at the time of registration for Part 1 and the balance of $2000 due one month in advance of the start date of the Part 1 course, along with your signed waiver form. The registration fees cover both Parts 1 and 2.

This fee includes: light breakfast snacks; coffee breaks and light snacks throughout the course;  all course supplies and pre-study materials; all lectures, demonstrations, training, and examinations; and Part 2 to be completed within 4-6 months of Part 1 of the course.