Foundation Courses

You can run an Acuphys foundation course at your place of work, no matter where you are in the world. We have a great deal of experience in setting up courses, and can advise whether your venue is suitable. Please contact us on if you would like more information.

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At A Glance

Who is this course for?

All regulated healthcare practitioners who wish to learn acupuncture for the first time, or revisit acupuncture after a period of not using it

Who can attend?

All regulated healthcare practitioners

How long is the course?

6 days (200 hours of contact time, directed and independent study)


Varies from course to course


The foundation training course is available to all regulated healthcare practitioners, and is delivered over 6 contact days (usually split over two, 3 day blocks) by Carl Clarkson. All Acuphys courses are subjected to rigorous quality assurance measures to ensure that teaching, teaching materials and the assessment process is fair, equitable and fit for purpose. Delegates can be confident that not only is this course appropriate for their practice, but it is delivered in a fun, interactive manner which has the student learning experience at the heart of all activities.

Acuphys foundation training courses are evidence based and clinically relevant, meaning all who successfully pass this course will be able to apply their learning immediately, whilst being able to clinically reason the use of acupuncture to patients and peers alike.

Course Aims and Objectives

On Successful completion of an Acuphys foundation acupuncture course, the student is expected to demonstrate:

  • Safe application of acupuncture at all times, on various parts of the body
  • An understanding of contra indications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture
  • Effective management of acupuncture side effects
  • A clinical reasoning basis to the treatment of patients with acupuncture
  • Knowledge of prominent, pertinent and up to date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture
  • Integration of acupuncture into their usual practice
  • A level of theoretical knowledge, from a Western and TCM perspective, on how acupuncture works
  • Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
  • Effective needling techniques from a western and TCM perspective

Course Content

  • Acupuncture Safety
  • Acupuncture Research and critique of evidence base
  • Segmental, Trigger Point and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) styles of acupuncture
  • Electro Acupuncture
  • Neuro Physiology of Acupuncture
  • Pain mechanisms associated with acupuncture
  • Effective acupoint location within Western and TCM paradigms
  • Needling of: All limbs, trunk, face, ears


An assessment provides some degree of evidence that learning has occurred, hence why an assessment is part of any training course. However, assessment for learning strategies try to ensure that the assessment isn’t just a means to an end, but should help to inform your own practice (and learning along the way!). The formative assessment will ask the student to demonstrate safe needling and considerations prior to needling a patient. There are several options to the summative assessment, allowing for the individual to selection an assessment that best suits their learning needs. There are three options, outlined below.

Formative assessment

Demonstration of safe needling technique over the Thoracic spine, including short viva on contraindications and precautions

Summative assessment

Case Study presentation:

  • 10-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes questioning

— OR —


  • Discuss the application of acupuncture within your usual practice
  • 3000 words, + /- 10%
  • Submitted 1 month after the final weekend (late submission)

Either option must include:

  • Patient history / working diagnosis / symptoms treated
  • Treatment (including usual care, advice)
  • Acupuncture – as per STRICTA
  • Outcome of treatment and likely theoretical reason for outcome
  • Evidence base related to treatment (Equator Network or Pedro Scale for an idea of considerations to consider for quality of articles)
  • How will the above effect your future practice?
  • Reference list

— OR —

Systematic Review:

  • Must be on an area that does not currently have a published systematic review. Good option for those considering having their work published. Must follow Prisma Statement or equivalent.

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