Acupuncture Schools in Minnesota

Acupuncture is an ancient healing method and the increasing demand for this safe and effective way to cure some diseases and imbalances in today’s world has increased its appeal as a career choice.  Acupuncture helps regulate the energy flow in the body and relieve pain and discomfort.

To learn more about acupuncture and how to build a career out of it, you can start by earning a degree in acupuncture from an accredited college or university. Minnesota has specific acupuncture and oriental medicine laws so you should do your research on these laws and licensing before you attend school so you can choose an acupuncture college training program suited for you practice.

Most acupuncture training programs offer a three-year course of study in acupuncture. Students are awarded a masters degree at the program’s end. For those interested in learning more about acupuncture, Oriental and Chinese medicine, opting for a doctoral degree after a masters degree is the way forward. The Minnesota college of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University offer a Masters in Acupuncture where students get the opportunity to take various informative courses like acupuncture point locations, anatomy, Chinese medicine pathology, needling techniques, clinical observation etc.

American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is another accredited school that offers a master’s degree program with similar courses paired up with clinical practice courses.

After completing the degree program, graduates should consider getting a certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is responsible for licensing and regulating acupuncturists. In order to attain a practicing license, one must submit their application, verifications and documentation to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for approval.

Upon receiving the licensure, licensed acupuncturist are ready to work in clinical and hospital settings or even in practice practices. Through their courses, and clinical hours, they are trained to work in multiple healthcare fields including internal, dental and visual care.

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