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Acupuncture Programme

Continue to work while you study and learn acupuncture to become a professional acupuncturist. We are now accepting applications for our Acupuncture training.

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Herbal Course

Enhance your practice with our Professional Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine. The herbalism training is available to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine graduates and senior students.

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Tuina Course

TCM Professionals and students can now apply for Tuina training. Chinese Tuina is a valuable addition to Acupuncture professionals to improve their clinical treatment.

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Post Graduate Workshops

Acupuncture Foundation host a number of Workshops and Seminars every year for TCM Professionals. We are now preparing a list of workshops and seminars. We will have more details later in the year.

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Professional Licentiate (Lic.Ac) Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Continue to work while you study and train to become a professional acupuncturist. Our professional training course is structured so that students can work and learn at the same time. We use a blend of learning, delivered by Master medical lecturers, which we share with UK university Acupuncture training programmes.

Our acupuncture training is by necessity skills based, and we apply the World Health Organisation training standards for Acupuncture Professional Training. Students are taught to be competent safe practitioners, with the ability to deliver a safe holistic acupuncture treatment.

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.

Continuing Acupuncture Studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine

As part of a joint agreement with our partner university, the prestigious Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine China, they are the awarding body for an optional academic award (BSc) as part of optional continuing studies.

This external award is subject to official approval of the QQI and China's Ministry for Education in accordance with China's Regulation of Overseas Education Program of Higher Institutions The Bachelor's degree issued by NJUCM meets the criteria for alignment with the national education framework under category C external awards.


On successful completion of the 3 year programme students receive a Professional Diploma in the practice of Acupuncture (Dip.Ac.). Following successful completion of three years, students can register professionally and commence practice, as the course is accredited by the Irish Acupuncture Accreditation Board and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Accreditation Board in the UK.

Clinical Placement at Nanjing University of China

Students can take part in a Clinical Placement in Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China. The Acupuncture Foundation has been sending students to Nanjing China, annually since 1987, to take part 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.


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.

Want to know more? Read about acupuncture training and acupuncture studies.

Entry Requirements

The following qualifications are considered acceptable for admission:

  • 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.
  • Holders of the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Holders of the European Baccalaureate.
  • UK: Holders of a General Certificate of Education with two passes at Advanced Level.
  • BTEC National: Merit or above
  • Mature students over 23 who can demonstrate the capability and motivation to succeed on the course will be encouraged.
  • For overseas students, evidence of an appropriate knowledge of English (both written and spoken) will be required. Irish student visa can be arranged, and non EU students are offered mentoring and orientation.

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.


Graduate testimonials

Evans Scully, Dip Ac, Lic Ac - Scully Therapy Clinic

"I did my professional acupuncture training with the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland and my experience has been outstanding. The lecturers are superb, very knowledgeable and skilled. It was the only Acupuncture College in Ireland with expert Chinese lecturers and clinicians. They share their clinical experiences with students and make the learning material understandable. I learned a lot from them and now have a busy practice, where I am able to treat my patients with confidence and provide an excellent treatment. I would happily recommend the college to anyone wanting to study Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine."

Since qualifying in 2012, Evans practice, Scully Therapy Clinic, has gone from strength to strength. Specialising in sports injuries, he has gained experience with Olympic athletes in such groups as Nike Oregon Project & Oregon Track Club and worked with Olympic medallists from Kenya, Ethiopia, Algeria and Tunisia, U.S.A, Great Britain, Botswana, Morocco. Along with these, Evan has worked with elite athletes from Canada, Australia, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, France, Bahrain, Somalia, Ireland, and Mexico.

Arina Wojtenko, Dip Ac, Lic Ac - Ren Shen Acupuncture clinic

"Changing career is a big step for everybody. I chose to study Chinese Medicine with the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland, and it was most definitely the right choice. Over my three years of studies I was guided by wonderful teachers and excellent clinicians who shared their extensive knowledge of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and made what could have been difficult concepts easy to understand. I found the course to be very professional and intensive but the student support is excellent and really helped me in my studies. From the first session I found my confidence growing easily thanks to the detailed introduction and breakdown of Chinese Medicine Theory and the practical, hands on skills sessions; while the online learning further supported my understanding of Chinese Medicine Theory. The fact that I was able to work while studying was a major plus for me. One of the most exciting things for me was the post graduate clinical experience placement with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine and affiliated teaching hospitals. This really helped my confidence in my practice and it is something I would definitely recommend. I discovered a love of studying Chinese Medicine and as a result am currently studying for my Masters degree in Chinese Medicine. I would strongly recommend the Acupuncture Foundation for anyone thinking of studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine."

Contact Us

Tel: +353 1 8574040
+ 353 1 8574050
Administration Office: 105 Richmond Rd, Dublin 3
Milltown Park, Sandford Rd, Ranelagh, D6

If you wish to apply for new academic year 2016 or register for our 1st Year Orientation, please complete our Application Form Online, if you have a query send us your question here, if you require further information, please request our course brochure here.

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