Acupuncture Certificate Program

Acute Care Education in partnership with Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute

Program Description

Nurse practitioners desiring to incorporate acupuncture using the tenants of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into their practice should complete all 372 contact hours of this program to achieve a Certificate of Training from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute. Successful Completion of all 6 modules including the hands-on practicums plus 100 hours of clinical observation will provide you with the foundational skills to safely perform acupuncture and practice an Integrative Approach to Care incorporating the tenants of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each module is designed in an immersion 3-day weekend with online course work and practical time between immersion weekends to advance your skills. Components of this program include: assessment, diagnosis and treatment of diseases using the theories and therapies of TCM; reviewing concepts of healing and health; evidence-based practice and how to use the tenants of TCM as part of an integrative approach to health; and medical/TCM treatment that individualizes therapies to promote health and healing.

Target Audience:  Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (ARNP) and Advanced Practice Nurses who want to add medical acupuncture techniques to their practice.

Learning Outcome:  You will gain foundational understanding and practical skills to safely perform acupuncture and an Integrative Approach to Care following the tenants of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prerequisites:  Participants must hold an active, unencumbered ARNP or APN license to practice in the respective state in which they maintain clinical practice. Participants must provide proof of malpractice insurance at the ARNP or APN level. Each module must be completed in sequence in order to achieve a Certificate of Training from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute.

Certificate of Training Requirements:  To receive a Certificate of Training from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute, a participant must demonstrate competency by completing all 6 modules within this program. The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute reserves the right to withhold a Certificate of Training to any student who does not complete the requirements of the program or the requirements of any specific module.

Professional Credit:  This program is presented in joint partnership with Acute Care Education. Learners will be awarded contact hours from Acute Care Education upon Successful Completion of each module.

Acute Care Education and Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute have determined the Criteria for Successful Completion of modules to include:

  1. Demonstrating competency in labs and practicums under the supervision of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Institute
  2. Successful completion of practicums included in each module
  3. Passing written assignments and test results with a score of 80% or higher within each module
  4. Participation in forum discussions
  5. Instructor evaluations

Lack of class participation, failure to complete web-based assignments, and/or failure to complete the requirements of any module will result in forfeiture of a Certificate of Successful Completion for that module and require repeating the module to complete the training.

The maximum number of contact hours to be awarded are:

  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine –Live Module 1 & Online Module 1 (70.0 contact hours)
  • TCM Diagnostic Skills and Techniques –Live Module 2 & Online Module 2 (64.0 contact hours)
  • TCM Theory and Techniques – Live Module 3 & Online Module 3 (60.0 contact hours)
  • TCM Theory, Techniques and Philosophy – Live Module 4 & Online Module 4 (32.0 contact hours)
  • Integrative Medicine and Chinese Philosophy – Live Module 5 & Online Module 5 (30.0 contact hours; 8.0 pharmacotherapeutic hours)
  • Integrative Medicine and Course Summary – Live Module 6 & Practicum Module 6 (116.0 contact hours)

Acute Care Education is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.