Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture education

Acupuncture education /Acupunctuur opleiding: Shenzhou Open University of TCM

A completed course of the Foundations of Chinese Medicine preceeds the Acupuncture course.

The aim of the vocational training course in Acupuncture is to prepare future therapists for the professional practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The first year will focus on the meridians and acupoints as well as on the needling techniques, while the second year focuses on practical treatment of various diseases. In the second year writing a thesis is also part of the program.

In addition to the teacher contact hours you work together with fellow students in a Literature study group and practice together in the Interactive Practice groups. During these two years of acupuncture study the amount of apprenticeship hours gradually increases so that you will be ready to practice independently in your own practice after graduation.

Subjects of the 1st year Acupuncture

  • History of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
  • General knowledge of meridians and acupuncture points
  • Meridian system
  • Acupuncture techniques
  • Moxibustion and Cupping
  • Ear-, Scalp-, Electro Acupuncture
  • Clinical acupuncture points selection

Subjects of the 2nd year Acupuncture

  • In the second year, the emphasis is on analysing and treating diverse and common syndromes seen in clinical practice. Beside the theory, cases and/or demo patients will be discussed. 
  • General introduction of Acupuncture therapeutics and principles
  • Clinical Treatments: diseases of Heart system, Lung system, Liver system, Spleen and Stomach system, Kidney system
  • Clinical Treatments: Jingluo meridian diseases
  • Qi, Blood and Body Fluid related diseases
  • Gynaecological diseases
  • Infantile diseases and skin diseases
  • Walk steadily over the bridge: from class to clinic

Please note: We plan our courses carefully but unforeseen situations can occur during the study year. Therefore schedules are subject to change. Shenzhou reserves the right to modify the schedule, in the course of the year. Courses might be suspended in case the number of registered students is insufficient

Acupuncture education /Acupunctuur opleiding: Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Duration: 2 years


Accreditation: SNRO 200 EC (including FCM)


Tuition fee: € 1.795,–  per year including exams, Syllabus (except textbooks), tea & coffee


Language: English (This course can also be followed in Dutch)