The HAC Course Syllabus
Study Hours – undergrad (Sept to April or March – Nov)
Supervised teaching hours are a minimum 140 (20 days*) plus 28 supervised clinic hours (4 days) during which students practice for some of the time and observe other students). Additional self-study hours are a minimum 165. Total undergrad course is therefore a minimum 333 hours.
*If absolutely unavoidable students can miss up to a maximum of 4 days from the undergraduate course. Various materials including video are available to help students catch up on what they have missed. If students miss more than 4 days they will need to schedule and pay for additional tuition in order to qualify.
Study Hours – post grad (April – July or Dec to Mar) See post grad prospectus
Supervised teaching hours are 85 (12 days) and recommended self study is minimum 85 hours. Total post grad hours are therefore a minimum of 170 hours.
Theoretical – Undergraduate
History of Acupuncture: theoretical and philosophical perspectives.
Healing with acupuncture, using various styles and developments.
5 Element Acupuncture: developing elemental awareness, skills and ability to use this in acupuncture practice. The officials and the energetic nature of elements. Learning traditional 5E protocols.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: learning key concepts and theory of TCM for the purposes of acupuncture practice. Including Zang Fu, 3 treasures, 6 divisions, Qi, Organs, Channels etc.
Acupuncture Points Theory: types of point, the nature and energy of points, functions and creative uses of key points.
Health and Safety: referrals, notes, drugs, legal obligations, insurance, premises, ethical issues etc.
Diagnosis: and treatment planning using information obtained through a variety of skills and using that effectively in a clinic setting.
Practical – Undergraduate
Pulse Taking: identify types of pulse, diagnosis with pulse.
Tongue Diagnosis: identify key features and meaning.
Point Location: practical application of locating, sensing and using acupuncture points.
Needling: needle safety, needle techniques and development of practical and energetic awareness and needling skills.
Clinic skills: Cupping skills and use of heat and moxabustion, B.P. testing etc.
Palpating Skills: and healing skills for treatment and diagnosis.
Basic Massage techniques to complement acupuncture.
Treatment of real patients in clinical setting.
Theoretical – Postgraduate
Ear Acupuncture and the NADA protocol.
Acupuncture for Fertility.
Practical – Postgraduate
Practical techniques are included on most, but not all post graduate days.
As we work through the course we provide some notes for students who are also encouraged to find their own sources of information. We very actively encourage students to meet with their colleagues or with graduates of the college and other acupuncturists to practice practical techniques. Particularly point location and pulse taking since these skills are all about consistent practice.
Assessment & Evaluation
See exams page:
You will graduate with a Certificate of Competence to Practice enabling you to obtain insurance and work legally in the UK. This may or may not be acceptable in other countries and potential students are advised to research this. Note that enrollment on the course will not normally qualify you for a student visa in the UK because this is a part time course.
Outcomes and CPD
At the end of the course students will be able to work as a professional acupuncturists having developed and gained knowledge, practical skills and practitioner awareness. This will enable them to take a case, make a diagnosis and then plan and carry out effective treatments for patients in a caring, professional and healing environment.
It is worth noting that if you compare the HAC course (plus 2+ years of practice and good CPD) with a typical 3 year course you end up with a similar amount of experience and hours.