I’ve had clients ask me what education I have gone through to become an Acupuncturist. They are often surprised at how much education we need to become an Acupuncturist. I’ll tell you my journey which will have similarities with the education of other Acupuncturists.
To start my foundation in learning I graduated from high school and earned a B.A. degree. After these degrees, I took some time to live and start my family. After I made the decision to study Asian Medicine I researched schools near where I lived. Luckily the closest school to me (Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine) was a good fit. I interviewed with them and was accepted.
During the intense 3 ½ years of earning my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine I learned not only acupuncture theory and practice, but western medicine science and Asian Herbals as well. Half way through the program I also worked in our student clinic under the guidance of experienced practitioners to start gathering clinical wisdom and real-life experiences. Because the programs clinic served the low-income population of Denver I was exposed to a variety of complaints including but not limited to: spinal cord injuries, auto-immune disorders and migraines. I was also able to visit acupuncture clinics around town to see practitioners in a variety of settings. I saw practitioners who could help 4 people every 30 minutes and others who worked on Olympic athletes with injuries.
I finished school and passed my boards and got my license only to realize I could treat just about everything but was not an expert at anything. Thus, I continually have stretched my learning through books, research and seminars. I have focused on my passions and know I have more tools to help those with digestive disorders than those with pulmonary issues.
One of the teachers at my acupuncture school who I most respected was always studying. To become an expert and yet maintain personal growth and learning is what I strive for as a practitioner of Asian Medicine.