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Online Acupuncture Courses and Training Information

Most acupuncture courses are not available online due to the importance of hands-on training. However, continuing education courses are available online for professionals requiring re-certification or licensing. Online programs may still require some in-person classwork. View article »

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  • 0:00 Online Courses in Acupuncture
  • 2:14 Program Information
  • 2:35 Continuing Education

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Online Courses in Acupuncture

The following are examples of commonly offered online acupuncture courses:

  • The Chinese Medicine Introductory Course explains the historical background to the development of traditional Chinese medicine. Philosophical and ideological concepts are discussed, including Yin-Yang theory and Taoism. Students learn about the importance of qi, body fluids and blood in relation to disease causation.
  • In Diagnostic Skills Course, acupuncturists can assess patients using several different methods, such as observation and palpation. Students learn comprehensive methods to gain information on patients, with special focus placed on pulse reading and tongue analysis.
  • The Point Location and Meridian Theory Course teaches students about specific regions and points of the body that are interrelated to other parts of the body. The course focuses on digestive, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems and teaches students how to identify and diagnose various abnormalities. This course may combine lectures with lab sessions.
  • The Acupuncture Treatment of Disease Course covers needling techniques with a focus on proper angle, depth, and manipulation of needles. Students also learn about safety procedures and infection control. Coursework explains how disease can spread through contact with needles. This course may involve a practicum component.
  • The Acupuncture Safety Course allows students to learn about the most vulnerable points and how to safely apply acupuncture in these areas. The course will also cover medical waste disposal procedures and ways to avoid the spread of bacteria, infection, and disease.
  • The Maternity Acupuncture Care Course explores how acupuncture can be used as a treatment for the preparation of birth, miscarriage, and breech. Students will explore these topics by working with groups to figure out real-world scenarios.
  • Students enrolled in the Electroacupuncture course will study the history and the basic operations of electroacupuncture. The topics covered will include electrical terminology, pulse widths, safety, and clinical applications.

Program Information

Acupuncture refers to a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that uses the insertion of needles to treat ailments in the body. Training courses in acupuncture are typically found at the master's level and take 3-4 years to complete. However, most of these initial training programs are only offered on campus due to the need for hands-on practical experience.

Continuing Education

Online classes in acupuncture are generally designed for those who already have a degree in acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, or another healthcare field and can be found as part of continuing education. Online courses may be used to fulfill continuing education requirements for renewing certification or licensure, or they can be used to expand one's knowledge of holistic healthcare techniques. National certification is offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is often required for employment as an acupuncturist. Some states require licensure along with national certification.


While uncommon, continuing education courses in acupuncture may be available online. Students may find courses on acupuncture safety, electroacupuncture, meridian theory, and Chinese medicine, among others.

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