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Acupuncture Schools or Colleges? Are you keen to become a professional acupuncturist? Have you had a look at our Reading List?

If so, there is an organisation  you should join, and there are Centres of Excellence for training that you should consider.

British Acupuncture Council

Besides considering which acupuncture-schools to approach, as an acupuncture student you should definitely become a student member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

This gives you either free or at very reduced prices both the journals of the BAcC and access to its annual conference - and much more.

The BAcC has an office in London which covers the whole of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They have a dedicated staff and an active marketing department, with a huge website which has many resources and a forum. They organise Mentoring and have members appointed to help you with continuing professional development.

The BAcC does a good deal of lobbying for its members and challenges organisations such as NICE on their approach to complementary medicine, and for us in Scotland, recently made presentations of petitions on our behalf to both Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Government. (January 2016).

Plus they have a Students officer, very useful in lots of ways, who will visit your College (if on the list of approved UK colleges) to give talks and answer questions.

You will also be able to join BAcC regional groups for local meetings - great places to meet other acupuncturists  and get useful advice about setting up in practice. 

Acupuncture Training Commitment

However, training to become a professional acupuncturist does require a fair amount of commitment. Nowadays, courses are at degree level and last for four years. You of course can do some work at home, reading and studying, but you'll need to attend the college weekly for classes and clinical practice.

As you progress, you'll learn not just about the theory behind Chinese medicine and acupuncture, but the various techniques acupuncturists use, including (of course!) acupuncture, moxa, cupping, guasha, nutrition and much more. Acupuncture schools all cover a basic course, then add their own particular interests, so all have merits.

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Drugs ...

You'll also learn, as a necessary part of the course at acupuncture schools, human body structure and function, physiology and pathology. A fair amount of your time may be spent on anatomy.

You'll also find out about why doctors prescribe medication and what the drugs patients receive are for and are doing to them.

First Aid, Acupressure ...


Acupuncture schools and colleges routinely include courses on allied subjects too, for example the energy of food from the Chinese medical perspective, first aid, acupressure and so on.

Lifelong benefits

The colleges also encourage friendly relationships between those attending, because students very often can help one another for mutual benefit. There's another plus from this: over the four years you may make some of the best friends of your life.

UK Acupuncture Schools

If you're in the UK and wish to train as an acupuncturist or herbalist there is a centre of excellence in York, in the North of England:

The Northern College of Acupuncture has been running acupuncture courses since 1988. They offer both a BSc and an MSc in acupuncture and also post graduate degrees in nutritional therapy and Chinese herbal medicine.

They also run busy teaching clinics at the College which is situated in the centre of historic York. Clinical practice is at the heart of their work, with students involved in the teaching clinic from the start of their courses.

The college was the first teaching institution of any kind in the UK to offer a University degree in acupuncture and the first to achieve professional accreditation for their acupuncture courses, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy programmes.

They also make a significant contribution to research by practitioners. Research carried out the College contributed to the NICE back pain guidelines recommending that acupuncture for back pain should be make available on the NHS.

Tel: (01904) 343305
Fax: (01904) 330370

Other UK Colleges teaching Acupuncture

The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, an independent body, is supported by the British Acupuncture Council. 

The following UK acupuncture schools and colleges, accredited by the BAAB, are taking on new students:

Fully Accredited:

College of Integrated Chinese Medicine Reading

College of Naturopatic Medicine London

International College of Oriental Medicine UK  East Grinstead                    

London Southbank University London 

Northern College of Acupuncture York  

University of Westminster London

Provisionally Accredited Courses:

The following links are for courses which demonstrate that they are likely to meet BAAB's requirements and are committed to ongoing development of the course towards Full Accreditation by BAAB. Scrutiny of the planned course has been through documentation and discussion with the course team. Graduates of these programmes are eligible to apply for BAcC membership through the individual application route.

The Acupuncture Academy Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

City College of Acupuncture London 

Acupuncture Study worldwide

If you know of one or more excellent acupuncture schools or colleges we should include here for your country, let us know and we'll consider including it or them on this page.

Cultural Links with China

The Scottish China Association meets regularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow and has a journal 'SINE' and a website. It has many connections with China and is always delighted to welcome new members.

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