Practised in the East for thousands of years, acupuncture isone of the oldest systems of medicine. It looks at patients as wholeindividuals – acupuncturists use a wide range of diagnostic techniques andconsider all signs and symptoms as related to each other. Very fine needles are inserted at specificacupuncture points on the patient's body in order to restore balance andhealth. Today, it is used to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditionsand its use is recognised by the NHS and the World Health Organisation. Successfulcompletion of the programme leads to eligibility to apply for professionalregistration. Most of our graduates are self-employed and work in a variety ofsettings, such as multi-disciplinary clinics, privately from home, or in GPsurgeries.
Acupuncture is both an art and a science. This programme willappeal to you if you are interested in the health professions, naturalmedicines or in oriental philosophies and practices. The programme is deliveredat the specialist International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in WestSussex, the longest established accredited acupuncture college in the UK.
Our acupuncture programme aims to provide you with a thoroughand rewarding training in the theory, diagnosis and practice of traditionalChinese acupuncture so as to develop into a caring, perceptive and effectiveacupuncture practitioner. The delivery of our education and training meets highstandards of excellence - our college is renowned for producing graduates whoplay important roles in enhancing the profession.Degree structure
You will receive comprehensive training in the principles ofChinese medicine and philosophy alongside Western medicine and research andpractical clinical skills. Theoretical and practical courses are carefullyintegrated to prepare you for treating your own patients in our own busyon-site student clinic from Year 2 onwards. You will learn a variety ofacupuncture approaches so that you have a broad portfolio of skills to drawupon. These include Five Elements, Traditional Chinese Medicine andclassical stems and branches acupuncture.
During the three years the focus shifts from building thefoundations of your knowledge and skills (Year 1), further developing andapplying these (Year 2) and integrating and refining your clinic treatmentswith patients (Year 3). Over the threeyears you will receive all of the clinical skills necessary in order to becomea well-rounded, competent, enquiring, informed, compassionate and reflectiveacupuncturist.
It is not necessary to be a health professional in order tostudy on this programme; many people come as mature students with a wealth oflife experience. We do the rest.Clinical experience
Right from the beginningyou will be observing senior acupuncturist practitioners as they treatpatients. You will build up 90 hours ofobservations over the three years.
You will be treating patientsduring Year 2 and Year 3 in our student acupuncture clinic at the college; youwill be supervised, supported and guided very closely such that by the end ofthe programme you will be treating patients on a one-to-one basis withsupervision to hand.
Please go to http://orientalmed.ac.uk/acupuncture-courses/ for more information about our content.Fees and finance
As anindependent institution, ICOM sets its own fees, which start at £6,750 in Year1. Students who are eligible may apply for student loan funding. Please goto http://orientalmed.ac.uk/acupuncture-courses/acupuncture-training-admissions/ for more information.Outcomes
The aims of the programme are:
- To educate and inspire professional acupuncturists, who will practice with a clear working understanding of Chinese philosophy, as well as the theory and practice of Chinese medicine
- To provide you with the necessary skills to practice acupuncture safely and completely on graduation.