Did you know that the World Health Organization
recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 150 different health conditions?
Hi, my name is Christina Bjergo, I’m an acupuncture practitioner and I’m going to speak to you
today about how to become an acupuncturist. But first, what is acupuncture? Acupuncture
is modality development from China about 5,000 years ago, with the insertion of a few very
thin, fine needles into certain points of the body. It’s about balancing the energy
in the body and what results is health and wellness. So, what does acupuncture treat?
Well, it treats a variety of conditions, that’s one of the reasons I got into acupuncture.
You can treat pain, digestive difficulties, women health issues, help with fertility,
boost the immune system, also help with mental health issues, anxiety, depression, stress,
the list just goes on and on. So, how do you become an acupuncturist? Well, you need a
high school diploma degree. An associates is often required by the state and that can
be done through community college in preparation for a degree. The requirements will differ
state by state, so it’s good to do the research and then it could also be another career choice.
Somebody may come in at any age you may become an acupuncturist and go to acupuncture school.
So, it could be a complete career change and just maybe they need some requirements or
it could be that you’re already in the medical profession looking for a change. There’s a
number of nurses, physical therapists, for example, that were in my school when I was
studying oriental medicine. So, one of the things I would recommend for somebody interested
is to do a little research. First off, go and get a treatment yourself. How does it
feel to be the client? Ask questions of the acupuncturist who’s treating you. All good
information that’ll help you access if it’s the right career for you. The other thing
is to research about different schools. There’s a variety of schools around the nation. Find
out what program is a good match for you. Some will have a very strong Western medicine
background, others will focus on other modalities such as herbal medicine, body health, body
work such as shiatsu, Japanese massage or twina…

2 thoughts on “How to Become an Acupuncturist : How to Become an Acupuncturist”

  1. Sinfront, that is what you know. What obviously don't know is that the ACAOM (the accrediting commission for OM) has set the requirements for 2 yrs of college education, that's it, no GPA req, no GRE exam, nothing. No other requirements. It is up to the schools to set the standard. All programs confer a Master's degree of some sort, so a program that requires people to possess an MS seems odd. Basically, all that is required by most schools is just be able to pay for it.

  2. In addition to researching schools, and finding out about acupuncture, find out how much it costs for 4 yrs of training. Then determine how you will pay for it (out of pocket, loans). Then do a CBA by finding out what the median income of TCM practitioners are. Keep in mind it's mostly independent practice and that you have to be able to be self supporting to build the practice (can take 3-5 yrs) as there are very few staff positions unless you're a PT, RN, or NP.

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