Deciding to study acupuncture can be the beginning of an exciting and life-changing journey. Acupuncturists come from all walks of life. Many people choose to study acupuncture as a second career after experiencing for themselves the health benefits of acupuncture.
You don't need any previous healthcare experience to study traditional acupuncture on one of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) accredited courses. What you do need is a willingness to embrace a very different way of looking at health and disease. Acupuncture training demands considerable commitment on your part, not only of time and effort, but also to being open to challenge and growth through self-reflection.
BAAB accredited courses guarantee excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct. Courses operate at honours degree level, with the majority awarding a BSc (Hons). You will be required to attend university or college for practical work and usually for lectures, tutorials and seminars as well, although on-line learning is also beginning to feature. The criteria by which a course is accredited are available from the BAAB website here.
A BAAB accredited course offers a thorough grounding in Chinese medicine theory together with physiology, anatomy and other western medical sciences, in order to provide an integrated understanding of both traditional eastern and modern western approaches to healthcare. Graduates of BAAB accredited courses are automatically eligible to join the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK's lead governing body for acupuncture.
During your time as an acupuncture undergraduate the BAcC invites you to become a Student affiliate, free of charge. Being a Student affiliate offers various benefits including:
- access to a dedicated Student website with news from within the profession, relevant articles, student-only forum, business advice, the latest research, etc
- your copy of the in-house publication The Acupuncturist, five times per year
- further information pack in your final year to guide you into Full UK membership and help get your practice up and running