Acupuncture Schools in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a Northeastern state that is known for its manufacturing, textiles and agriculture; but the declines in those industries in recent decades has forced Pennsylvania to diversify its economy into other areas, particularly into health care and other service industries. Pennsylvania, as the sixth most populous state, offers several large urban areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, while also offering plenty of rural communities that provide a nice getaway from the city.

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that Chinese doctors have successfully treated patients with for well over two thousand years. Acupuncture involves the use of thin needles that are strategically inserted into a patient’s skin along various meridian lines of the body. Acupuncture is extensively used to reduce pain, treat diseases, treat substance abuse and promote general health.

Acupuncture, like most health care industries, is a growing field in the United States. The number of acupuncture schools has also grown, and there are currently about fifty in the United States that are certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), including the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Tips for People Interested in Studying Acupuncture

Get an acupuncture treatment. Reading about acupuncture is nice, but in order to understand what acupuncture is all about, you’ll need to actually experience a treatment. In fact, you should receive treatments from several acupuncturists so as to gain a broader perspective.

Talk to students and practitioners. To further broaden your knowledge and insights, ask questions of students and practitioners of acupuncture.

Get a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into some, but not all, acupuncture schools. But getting one heightens your chances of getting into a good school and makes the transition easier, while also broadening your general knowledge.

Figure out where you want to practice. There are still a few states that don’t allow the practice of acupuncture; and those that do might have different educational requirements than the state where you want to go to school.

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