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The Pacific Rim Difference

Pacific Rim College is a globally-recognized institution of Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living located on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. The college was founded to provide world-class education, modern research opportunities and premier clinical services in a variety of medical modalities.

Our accreditations and awards speak to our standards of exceptional, educational quality.

Reputation

Our accreditations and awards speak to our standards of exceptional, educational quality.
We believe a sustainable environment is also a positive learning environment.

Environment

We believe a sustainable environment is also a positive learning environment.
We practice what we teach, and that starts with supporting community health.

Social Impact

We practice what we teach, and that starts with supporting community health.
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Our Philosophy

The founders of Pacific Rim College were fueled by a vision of an integrative system of healing in which students study multiple healing and medical modalities at one academic institution.

Pacific Rim College was founded in an effort to integrate medicines of the world, thereby preserving indigenous practices and increasing the global availability of sustainable health care. More than fifty percent of people from industrialized countries use some form of complementary and alternative therapy, and in impoverished regions, this proportion would likely be even greater if therapies were available. PRC is training practitioners to meet this growing demand and to help supply valuable medical skills and knowledge around the globe.


 

Our People

Todd Howard

Todd Howard

President

Todd Howard was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountain range in the eastern United States. He began his formal medical studies at West Virginia University where he graduated with distinction from the undergraduate

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Brea Segger

Brea Segger

Director of Operations & Director of the Holistic Doula Certificate Program
 

In 2008, Brea became a Director at Pacific Rim College. After the birth of her daughter in 2010, Brea started to focus her attention on pregnancy, birthing and parenting. She created the widely acclaimed Holistic Doula Certificate program.

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James Christian

Academic Dean & Dean, School of Western Herbal Medicine
 
 

James Christian is a Medical Herbalist, having studied with the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and achieving a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine.

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Cordelia McFadyen

Dean, School of Holistic Nutrition and School of Permaculture Design

Cordelia McFadyen, of Inspired Living Nutrition Inc., is a Holistic Nutritionist who works with brands, corporations and most importantly women to recover their digestive health

 

 

 
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  • Rory Knapp-Fisher is a student of movement and the human body. He has been actively training in martial arts for over 20 years and completed his BA in Anthropology at Malaspina University (now VIU) with a focus on traditional medicines. These two fields of interest combined in 2008 when Rory went to China on a language study exchange at the Shanghai University of TCM and in 2009 he enrolled at Pacific Rim College. In 2013 he completed his Diploma of Acupuncture and began his professional practice.  Finding that he had a particular knack for injuries, pain and mobility issues he began to direct his practice and advanced training towards Sports Acupuncture techniques. In the summer of 2015 he synthesized his various interests and opened Jin Therapeutics Sports Acupuncture in downtown Victoria. Rory believes that movement is a profound medicine and loves using acupuncture and tui na to enhance his clients’ quality of life. When not in clinic or teaching, Rory can be found walking around Victoria, climbing trees, practicing his martial arts or reading in a coffee shop.  

 


 

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What Students & Experts Say About Us

  • I don’t think I could say enough good things about PRC. After spending three years at a large university, the smaller class sizes and compassionate teachers were an inspiring change. The school itself is a beautiful and nurturing space, and the staff and students make it that much more amazing. I learned so much about myself, gained a new outlook on the world and was trained in an amazing form of healing that has given me a job I am so proud of. I would recommend PRC to anyone, the staff and faculty are educated, kind and helpful individuals who want to see their students grow and succeed in the world of health. I will forever be grateful for my experiences and education from PRC as well as the continued support as I start my own career path. Thank you so much for those three life changing years.

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    Sasha Ormiston
    RAc, Alumnus
  • My time at Pacific Rim College was very special. In my three years at the college, I deepened my understanding of TCM and also discovered so much about myself as a patient and practitioner. Some of my peers are now my closest and dearest friends and colleagues. I feel so blessed to have learned under some of the most skilled teachers and practitioners in Canada. It was an experience so unique and unforgettable. I would highly recommend PRC to anyone interested in the alternative healing arts.

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    Victoria Rohac
    Alumnus
  • It is a great privilege to be involved in the work of PRC – a visionary institution buzzing with excitement and inspiration and amazing students. If I had to retake my herbal training anywhere in the world right now – I would do it at PRC, without hesitation. It does my heart good to see herbal medicine flourishing in such a perfect setting on the wild and beautiful West Coast.

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    Peter Conway
    Visiting Faculty,
    Author of The Consultation in Phytotherapy
  • Thank you so incredibly much again and again, for such a wonderful program. I am so grateful and honoured to have been part of such a beautifully designed course with such wonderful teachers and students. I am leaving this program feeling confident and empowered to truly embark on the path of a Holistic Doula.

    Emily
    Alumnus
  • I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to study herbal medicine and believe the program at PRC has provided me with a foundation for life long herbal practice. The Western Herbal Medicine program is well structured and the college staff and student body are always supportive. In looking for a program I was seeking mentors that were knowledgeable, compassionate and inspiring and I certainly found that at PRC. I was particularly impressed with the ability of the teachers to foster the scientific inquisition needed for health care in our current culture, as well the holistic and intuitive aspects of healing. Each teacher brought a unique set of skills and deep passion. One of my greatest lasting impressions comes from individually smelling, tasting and feeling over 150 plants. The time taken to truly get to know plants in the classroom, garden and and forest is invaluble. Likewise the time spent one on one with patients in clinical practice hours was imperative to building the confidence and competence to build a professional practice.

    Lindsay Hounslow
    Lindsay Hounslow
    RHT, MCPP, Alumnus, Faculty
    Owner of Linden Lotus

 

What The Media Says About Us

 

  • PRC Director Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

    PRC Director Brea Segger has been named a finalist for Vancouver Island’s “Top 20 under 40 Business & Community Achievement Awards”. For a decade Brea has been a Director at Pacific Rim College. She founded the world-renowned Holistic Doula Certificate program and was a co-visionary of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program. When she is not at the …

  • PRC Named Finalist for Food Security Award!

    Pacific Rim College has been named a Finalist for the 2017 EcoStar Awards in the category of Food Security! We are thrilled to receive this honour in recognition of the programs and services PRC offers in both the School of Holistic Nutrition and the School of Permaculture Design. The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is the …

  • PRC President named one of Canada’s Top Health Influencers

    Pacific Rim College founder and president Todd Howard was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers by Optimyz Magazine! A feature on all those recognized is in the current newsstand copy of Optimyz Magazine. Congratulations to all!

  • PRC wins EcoStar Social Impact Award!

    Pacific Rim College has won the ‘Social Impact’ award in the 2016 EcoStar Awards. The Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals. These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which our communities and ecology both prosper. …

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    PRC named 2016 EcoStar Award Finalist

    Pacific Rim College has been named as a 2016 Finalist for the EcoStar Awards in the category of Social Impact. The Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals. These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which …

  • PRC named Vancouver Island ‘Professional Business of the Year’!

    PRC has been named the Vancouver Island ‘Professional Business of the Year’ in the 2016 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards. We are thrilled and honoured to be presented such a prestigious award!


 

Have Questions?

 

Admissions

  • We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis and do not have deadlines for any of our programs. However, we do encourage applying at least 60 prior to the start date of your program. Many of our programs do fill up and late applicants might be deferred to the next semester of enrolment.

Holistic Doula

  • A Doula is a person who assists women before, during and after labour by providing emotional and physical support and information to both the labouring mother and her family. Emotional support may include encouragement, providing recommendations and assisting in decision-making. Physical support may include massage, nutritional guidance and postural recommendations.

     

  • In North America Doulas are not governed by any professional practitioner body. Numerous organizations provide certifications for Doulas, but none of these certifications are necessary for someone to serve as a Doula.

     

  • The industry standard in Doula Training usually consists of single or multiple seminars of a few days in length followed by some birthing experience. Common standards are a minimum 16-hour training for Birthing Doulas and a minimum 27-hour training for Postpartum Doulas, plus the reading of a handful of books and the completion of live birthing experience.

     

  • The Holistic Doula Certificate Program breaks the industry standards and provides extensive hands-on, on-site training by leaders in their respective fields. This 270-hour Prenatal, Birth and Postpartum Doula program integrates philosophies of multiple medical modalities from various cultures to give students the most comprehensive Doula education in North America. Program leaders believe there is a deficiency in current industry training standards and thus have created this program to address these deficiencies. Pacific Rim College certified Holistic Doulas are equipped and poised to be highly sought after and respected Doulas.

     

  • This Holistic Doula Certificate was created to provide Doulas with exemplary knowledge and skills. Providing students with a strong education and practical foundation will translate into confident and competent Doulas when working with clients and building practices. No single component or discipline taught within the Holistic Doula Certificate is meant to be comprehensive or to lead to students becoming practitioners in that particular area. Instead, each component adds to the Doula’s competency and thus value to the labouring mother and her family. Program graduates will have a great breadth of foundational knowledge and skills to provide clients with better care and to refer them to additional resources and/or the appropriate health care provider.

     

  • All students are eligible to partake in the Doula Mentorship once they have completed all classroom requirements of the certificate program. In this complimentary program they meet regularly with Doula mentors and have phone support access. Examples of support provided throughout this program include looking at case studies of challenging births, Doula business support, and processing birth stories. The Doula Mentorship will help students establish a supportive Doula network as they embark on their new careers.

     

Holistic Nutrition

  • Holistic nutrition is the practice of using food to maintain and restore health and vitality. Most if not all indigenous cultures have positioned diet as one of the key tenets of strengthening health and warding off illness. The primary goal of a holistic nutrition-based approach is not to diminish symptoms but instead to assess the body as a whole and make dietary modifications to create more balance and thus health.

  • Pacific Rim College is recognized as one of the best holistic nutrition schools in North America. With 2115 total hours, 360 of which are clinical practice, our Diploma of Holistic Nutrition (a degree in holistic nutrition is not available in Canada) is the most comprehensive on-site program in North America. It integrates theories and practices of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and Western Medicine to provide students with unique perspectives on how to assess and treat clients. Our Holistic Nutrition Certificate is a 270-hour program for those interested in building personal knowledge rather than gaining practitioner skills. Our courses are taught by physicians, naturopathic doctors, doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, osteopaths and more, some of whom are world-renowned experts and authors in the field of Holistic Nutrition. Our students benefit from studying holistic nutrition at our beautiful and historic campus in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia.

  • In Canada there is currently no regulation of the practice of Holistic Nutrition, although some credentialing bodies do exist. The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at PRC is recognized by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners, the Canadian Health Coach Alliance, and the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. Graduates are eligible for practitioner designations from all of these respected organizations.

  • There are a number of schools for holistic nutrition in Canada, but none offer holistic nutrition degrees. Educational regulations vary between countries and thus affect the credentials a college of holistic nutrition can award. Pacific Rim College offers a comprehensive 3-year Diploma of Holistic Nutrition and a 4-month Holistic Nutrition Certificate.

Permaculture Design

  • Permaculture has many definitions but is primarily a philosophy of agricultural and social design intended to create regenerative living systems. Permaculture holds at its very core a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature. Toby Hemenway, permaculture expert, teacher, author and designer, describes the goal of permaculture as “meeting human needs while preserving and increasing ecosystem health”.

  • An ecosystem is considered to be resilient when it can recover from disturbances, both human and non-human. Seeking ways to create and sustain more resilient ecosystems and community systems is an integral part of this program.

  • The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems program is the first of this caliber and scope in the world. Graduates will be poised to be leaders in the permaculture realm and can seek employment as permaculture designers, in greenhouse/nursery management, in a horticulture and/or sustainable agriculture business, in herbal medicine production and processing, as a natural building apprentice, and in sustainable community development.

Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine)

  • Phytotherapy (also referred to as Western Herbal Medicine) is the use of plant-based remedies typically native to Europe and North America to help maintain and restore health.

  • Pacific Rim College is recognized as a leading school of herbal medicine in the world. Our Diploma of Phytotherapy is one of the most comprehensive programs available and includes more than 500 hours of herbology clinical training. Our Community Herbalist Certificate is a 270-hour program for those interested in studying herbal courses for building personal knowledge rather than gaining practitioner skills. All our herbology courses are taught by highly qualified and respected herbalists, some of whom are world-renowned experts and authors in the field of herbal medicine. Our students benefit from studying herbal medicine at our beautiful and historic campus, which includes an impressive herbal dispensary stocked with hundreds of organic and wild-crafted herbs, and is located in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia. With our comprehensive herbalist coursework, biomedical studies and extensive professional development courses, we help each graduate to build a successful herbalist career.

  • In Canada there is currently no regulation and thus no herbalist certification that is required for someone to practice Western Herbal Medicine. Various credentialing bodies do exist and graduates of PRC’s Diploma of Phytotherapy are eligible for membership into the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC), the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and the Ontario Herbalist Association (OHA).

  • Educational regulations vary between countries and thus affect the credentials a herbalist school can award. Although some schools of herbal medicine in the United States and Europe can offer a degree of herbal medicine or another herbalist degree of sorts, colleges in Canada only offer diplomas and herbology certification (e.g. master herbalist certification, community herbalist certification). Pacific Rim College offers a comprehensive 3-year Diploma of Phytotherapy and a 4-month Community Herbalist Certificate.


 

Work With Us

 

  • Instructor, Classics of Chinese Medicine

    Posted July 5, 2018

    Pacific Rim College is looking for an instructor to join the teaching faculty of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The course OM502 TCM Classics III surveys major texts in Chinese Medicine: Nan Jing, Yi Jing, and Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing. The candidate must have relevant academic credentials in Traditional Chinese Medicine and have at least 2 years of occupational experience. This on-site position is part-time offering 3 hours per week, 1-2 semesters per year, with a wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Instructor, Holistic Nutrition

    Posted July 5, 2018

    Pacific Rim College is looking for an instructor to join the teaching faculty of the School of Holistic Nutrition. The candidate must have academic credentials related to nutrition and/or biomedicine and have at least 2 years of occupational experience. This on-site position is part-time offering 9-24 hours per week with a wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.


 

Get in Touch

 

 

Contact Us

We’re here to help you explore your options and embrace your future. Don’t be shy, give us a call!

1.866.890.6082
admissions@pacificrimcollege.com
229-560 Johnson Street (Market Square) Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 3C6