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Acupuncture Diploma, Dip Acu


What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture literally means “needle piercing” the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with fine needles, the practitioners of acupuncture also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points. The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.

Why study Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a growing area of health care practice, which provides a fulfilling career opportunity. Our innovative programme is designed for those wishing to become competent, safe and effective practitioners in the art of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Building on students’ life experience, there is a strong emphasis on personal and professional development, reflective practice and research-mindedness to give your the skills you need to start your own Acupuncture practice the day you qualify.

How is long is the Acupuncture Diploma course

A spiral curriculum design is used. Material is presented in straight forward terms, grounded in students’ own experience, and then subsequently revisited in wider, clinical contexts as understanding develops. Emphasis is placed upon reawakening the innate skills of seeing, hearing, feeling and asking, as well as developing insight into life processes and human experience. Students are taught to see the patient as a whole person – body, mind and spirit – to diagnose and treat the root causes of disease as well as the symptoms, and to restore balance and harmony to the patient’s vital energy.

By the end of Year 1 you will have completed the diploma award (OBB). The student should have a sound understanding of most theoretical aspects of anatomy and physiology, causative factors of disease, General physical assessment of the human structure.
This Diploma teaches evaluation & assessment from both Western & Oriental approaches

Year 2 focuses on the further development of these skills, core Acupuncture syllabus modules in readiness for the third, clinical year.

In Year 3 they will begin to treat patients under close supervision, taking increasing responsibility for their care. Towards the end of the year, if progress is satisfactory, you will be given permission to treat without direct supervision.

How is Acupuncture taught?

The emphasis is on student-centred, adult education. Learning approaches used in the College include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Discussion groups
  • Role play
  • Student presentations.

Practical work includes location of acupuncture points on the body, development of clinical skills and the observation of treatments. This will lead to students treating patients under supervision and ultimately treating without direct supervision.

Independent study averaging 30 hours per week involves:

  • Project work
  • Directed reading
  • Assignment/essays
  • Case taking
  • Compilation of personal portfolios.

Great emphasis is placed on continuous assessment and one-to-one contact between students and teachers.


What is the Acupuncture diploma course syllabus

Year 1

  • Muscle & Lymphatic imbalance
  • Chinese Physical Therapy (Classical TUINA)
  • Oriental Medicine Theories – Yin & Yang / Zang Fu Organs / Five Elements
  • Biomechanics of the Human Skeleton
  • Anmo Fu – TCM diagnostic Theory
  • Chinese Cupping & Moxibustion
  • Stress & Repatterning
  • Cranial Balancing
  • Western Medical Diagnostic Theory – OBB application
  • Qi Balance – Ligament torsions

Year 2

  • Acupuncture / Moxibustion Theory
  • Meridians Theory and Point Location
  • Clinical and Practical Skills
  • Diagnostic Skills and Clinical Reasoning
  • Treatment Techniques and Procedures
  • Practitioner Development and Research

Year 3

  • Clinical Practice
  • Surface Anatomy
  • Human Health and Disease from the Western Scientific Perspective

Other Acupuncture Diploma Details

Course Duration
10 weekend modules per year (20 days) plus clinical experience

Diploma Fees
€3500 per year

Qualification Attained
The programme leads to the award of Diploma in Acupuncture by the College of Oriental Body Balance, DIp Acupuncture. Successful candidates of the College are eligible for full membership of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.