Oriental Medicine Schools
"Apprenticeship begins with licensed acupuncturists"
By : C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot
There are over 50 Acupuncture Schools in the United States. Acupuncture laws differ from state
to state; therefore, each school entails its own philosophy and instruction outline. Education and training is
approximately 3,000 credit hours. Because there are varying theories of acupuncture, some schools teach the
5-Element style as opposed to the more familiar TCM style. While some schools have a mandatory herbal curriculum,
other lists this course as an option.
The main purpose of attending an acupuncture school is to be educated and trained to be healers in the art - to
learn the science and philosophy of acupuncture and to be instructed in herbal and oriental medicine. Attaining a
professional license as an acupuncturist is rewarding in many ways. One not only learns to heal others but also
learns to heal himself - spiritually, mentally and physically.
Fundamentally, all aspects of traditional oriental medicine are introduced in the first year of
academic instruction. This includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, anatomy, body therapy, biosciences and Tai Chi.
This prepares the aspiring acupuncturist for clinical apprenticeship. During the second year in-depth philosophy of
acupuncture practice, oriental medicine and advance needling techniques are taught.
Apprenticeship begins with licensed acupuncturists in a clinical setting. During the third year of training,
students begin practicing on their own patients as interns. Acupuncture school classroom instructions comprise
mainly of clinical case discussions; thus, deepening acupuncture therapy understanding.
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