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Acupuncture course

This vocational training course in acupuncture prepares students for their career as acupuncturists at professional level. Students are introduced to the classical methods of TCM as well as the modern developments of TCM.

  • RAccredited by SNRO
  • RExperienced lecturer team
  • RInteractive Practice groups
  • RApprenticeships in our own clinic

Study duration of 2 years

See Class Schedule

English spoken

This course can also be followed in Dutch

Tuition fee is
€ 1.950,- per year

including exams, Syllabus (except Study books), tea & coffee

Become a professional acupuncturist

During first year, the focus will be on the meridians and acupuncture points as well as on needling techniques, while during the second year, practical treatments of various diseases are given attention. Students are required to write a thesis before completion of their final year.

In addition to the teacher contact hours, you will work together with fellow students in a Literature study group and practise together in the Interactive Practice groups. During these two years of the acupuncture course, the number of apprenticeship hours will gradually be increased to help you practise independently in your future TCM career.


“After your graduation, you are ready to practice the profession of acupuncturist independently”

Meet your teachers

Below is a brief introduction of the teachers of the Acupuncture Course. On the page Teachers and internship supervisors you will find an extensive introduction of all teachers.

Dan Tan

Academic Dean of Shenzhou Open University of TCM

‍Dan Tan is a passionate and conscientious academic professional with much teaching & clinical practice experience, mainly in the UK and China, within the Higher Education Sectors.

Huijun Shen

Graduated from Shanghai University of TCM in 1982. From 1982 until 1985, he worked as a physician at the Xinjiang Hospital of Chinese Medicine. He obtained his master’s degree at the College of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Beijing University of TCM in 1988.

Zhigang Yang

Graduated from the Dentist Education in Shanghai Municipal Hospital, the Medical Department of Shanghai TV University and Shanghai Continuing Education College of TCM, he has been active from 1987 to 1989 at the Acupuncture Research Project in University Groningen.

Jidong Wu

Jidong Wu has worked as professor at Nanjing University of TCM and moved to England in 1993. Since then he has been academically and clinically active in the Chinese medicine field. He has worked as the program leader of BSc TCM at Middlesex University – which is the first Chinese medicine degree program in Europe.

Shulan Tang

Shulan Tang graduated with a bachelor degree in Nanjing University of TCM and with a master degree in Beijing university of TCM. After 7 years of working experience in the hospitals in China, she moved to England in 1991. Her schedule includes full-time practice in her private clinic.

Be inspired to learn more about what Shenzhou Open University of TCM has to offer and are ready to embrace a new career path in your life.

Practical information about the Acupuncture course

Lesson program

Subjects of the 1st year Acupuncture course

  • History of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
  • Introduction to meridian systems
  • Theories of the “Specific Acupuncture Points”
  • Essential knowledge of meridians and acupuncture points including fourteen meridian pathways; location, functions and clinical indications of commonly used acupuncture points
  • Acupuncture needling techniques
  • Moxibustion and Cupping
  • Ear-, Scalp-, Electro Acupuncture
  • Basic acupuncture point combinations

Subjects of the 2nd year Acupuncture course

In the second year, the emphasis is laid on analyzing and treating diverse and common syndromes seen in clinical practice. Besides theoretical knowledge, case studies and demo patients will be discussed in class as well.

  • General introduction to Acupuncture therapeutics and principles
  • Acupuncture treatments for a wide range of clinical conditions, such as mental-emotional conditions, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal & painful conditions, genitourinary conditions, gynaecological conditions, skin conditions and paediatric conditions etc.
  • ‘Walk steadily over the bridge’: from class to clinic

Practice and Internship

After completing the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, during every lecture weekend of the first and second year Acupuncture practice is done in addition to the theory. Getting to know the course of the meridians, locating points and learning to apply needling techniques, moxa and cupping, are mostly trained in the first year. In the second year, the emphasis is mainly on case analyses, diagnosing and live treating of patients. All this is done in class as well as in smaller groups under the supervision of the teachers.

In addition to classes, students attend a number of hours of internship in acupuncture clinics. This is possible both internally at Shenzhou and externally. The total number of hours of clinical internship is 280 hours.


Class Schedule

Time 10.00 – 17.00 hr.

First Year


  • September: 11+12
  • October: 9+10
  • November: 13+14
  • December: 4+5


  • January: 8+9
  • February: 12+13
  • February: Exam
  • March: 12+13
  • April: 23+24
  • May: 7+8
  • June: 11+12
  • July: Exam

Second Year


  • September: 18+19
  • October: 16+17
  • November: 6+7
  • December: 11+12


  • January: 22+23
  • February: 19+20
  • February: Exam
  • March: 5+6
  • April: 2+3
  • April: 30 + May: 1
  • May: 28+29
  • July: Exam


Study requirements

Each TCM education has the following study requirements:

  • Teacher contact study
  • Self study
  • E-learning
  • Clinical apprenticeship
  • Interactive practice
  • Literature study group
  • Portfolio
  • Examination

This means that in addition to the ten teaching weekends per study year, the student needs to spend a substantial time for self-study, (practical) group study and apprenticeship.

    Study material and study books

    Students have to purchase a number of books and for Western Medicine, a mandatory reader. Extended syllabi will be distributed during the course via the student-site.

    Below, only the mandatory study books are listed. After registration you will also receive a list of books which are optional.

    Please do not purchase books from this list before your registration. After your registration our study coordinators will inform you about the most recent list of mandatory books with additional information such as edition and ISBN numbers!

    • A Manual of Acupuncture, Peter Deadman
    • The practice of Chinese Medicine, Giovanni Maciocia
    • The Practical Application of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (syllabi), Shenzhou Open University of TCM


    All our English and Dutch TCM-programmes have been fully accredited by the independent accreditation organisation SNRO with 200 EC according to the newest higher professional education standards (HBO).

    Together with our SNRO accredited Western Medicine courses this leads to a total of 240 EC. This enables our graduates to operate at a similar level as HBO bachelor graduates in the Dutch health care system as well as being able to give VAT-free health treatments.

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