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Acupuncture Studies with Acupuncture Foundation Ireland

Continue to work while you study and learn acupuncture to become a professional acupuncturist. We are now accepting applications for our Acupuncture programme. Our professional acupuncture training course is delivered using a blend of learning and is delivered by master medical lecturers who we share with major UK university acupuncture training programmes.

As part of our commitment to delivering the highest training standards, our acupuncture training course places a high emphasis on skills based training. We apply World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) training standards for Professional Acupuncture Training where students are encouraged to develop and practice the skills that ensure they are competent safe practitioners with the ability to properly deliver safe, holistic acupuncture treatments.

Our many graduates demonstrate that the professional practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a valuable option for a career in healthcare. Our acupuncture training is professionally accredited in Ireland and the UK, which means graduates can register for professional practice. Graduates meet entry requirements for UK Masters programmes in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We also have graduates practising in other countries throughout the EU and worldwide.

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Learn While Working

Our professional training course is structured so that students can work and learn at the same time. Our experience over several years in delivering our professional training course using blended interactive learning has enabled us to present the best mix of in class and online interactive learning. This is delivered via our unique online learning platform available to students and continuously links into classroom and clinical skills sessions.

Student feedback has been positive with this method of teaching under current circumstances. Our online learning platform available to students continuously links into classroom and clinical skills sessions. Practical skills and clinical training is a strong part of our professional training curriculum, scheduled when restrictions permit.


Clinical Placement at Nanjing University of China

As part of a joint agreement with our partner university, the prestigious Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine China AFI students can take part in a Clinical Placement in Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China. The Acupuncture Foundation has been working with Nanjing University, annually since 1987, to participate in clinical placements in hospitals across the city of Nanjing China. This is part of the first agreement signed in Nanjing in 1987 by Acupuncture Foundation and Nanjing University officials. Progressive agreements widening cooperation between both institutions have been signed in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2011 and 2017.

Practice management, professional ethics and best practice are taught to prepare students for professional practice. Professional codes of ethics and best practice are adhered to. Practice management and building a professional practice are taught. There is ongoing student support and mentoring, which continues into the first practice year.

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Entry Requirements

The following qualifications are considered acceptable for admission:

  1. Ireland - Holders of an Irish Leaving Certificate which show passes in five approved subjects at the higher level to include four passes achieved at grade C or above . These must include mathematics and English.
  2. Holders of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Holders of the European Baccalaureate.
  3. UK - Holders of a General Certificate of Education with two passes at Advanced Level.
  4. BTEC National - Merit or above
  5. Mature students over 23 who can demonstrate the capability and motivation to succeed on the course will be encouraged.
  6. For overseas students, evidence of an appropriate knowledge of English (both written and spoken) will be required.

 Applications for acupuncture training with Acupuncture Foundation Ireland are accepted from Irish, UK, EU and overseas International students who are eligible to study in Ireland.

We accept student transfers and acknowledge prior learning in the 2nd and 3rd year phases of our accredited programme, subject to our terms and conditions.



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feleena tiedt

double quote serif left xxl The knowledge and experience I gained during my time at the college allows me to treat many different western diseases.


viera husarova

double quote serif left xxl This is the only course in Ireland where we were able to develop hands on skills in needling technique from the very beginning to built up our confidence in treating patients.


evan scully

double quote serif left xxl I would happily recommend the college to anyone wanting to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.


arina testimonials rounded

double quote serif left xxl Changing career is a big step for everybody. I chose to study Chinese Medicine with the Acupuncture Foundation and it was most definitely the right choice.


brendan clare

double quote serif left xxl Suding with Acupuncture Foundation gave me skills and abilities I didn’t know I had and now I have a successful practice.


vera deale

double quote serif left xxl I would not hesitate in recommending this course to anyone considering a future in acupuncture.

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