Acupuncture is an alternative medicine system in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at various points, known as energy lines, to treat patients. Studying Acupuncture can be your gateway to a bright and lucrative career in healthcare.
$103,600: average annual pay of acupuncturists in specialty hospitals
32% projected growth in job market of acupuncture by 2022
$203 million: estimated worth of the global acupuncture market
$71,770: average annual wage of acupuncturists
An acupuncturist is a healthcare professional who specialises in the study of acupuncture and treats health complications by stimulating certain points on the body. This process is done by sterile needles or similar techniques that involve pressure, heat or electric current. The treatment is known to redirect the flow of energy or ‘qi’ throughout the body to restore balance. Acupuncturists use more than just needles for instance, they might help patients improve their health by making dietary recommendations and suggesting healthier lifestyle changes.
An acupuncturist can gain expertise in a specific field such as treating fertility issues, PTSD for veterans, elderly, cancer patients, hospice patients and athletes etc. Acupuncturists play a major role in pain management of patients and in regulating their mood. They work in a number of settings including chiropractic offices, massage therapy practices, hospitals, hospices, and athletic facilities.
Is Acupuncture right for me?
An acupuncturist must pay attention to detail while handling fine needles. Furthermore, being empathetic is a big plus as this provides intrinsic motivation to do your best to relieve patients of their pain. If you believe you possess the aforementioned traits, then Acupuncture might be the right career choice for you.
Acupuncture study options and costs
After completing your undergraduate degree, you also have the option to enroll in a master’s programme which must be accredited from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, for you to professionally practice acupuncture. It usually takes 2 to 3 years to complete a master’s degree in Acupuncture and costs around $30,000-$40,000 on average. The cost varies based upon the programme type and the institution you attend.
After the completion of your graduate programme, you must clear your state approved license exam to professionally practice acupuncture. In some cases, acupuncturists may opt to pursue a PhD programme to explore themes in Acupuncture. A PhD programme involves an in-depth study of the various aspects of traditional Chinese medicine including Acupuncture. A PhD in Acupuncture is usually a 3-year programme with an average cost of $76,542.
With the ongoing opioid painkiller crisis, Acupuncture serves as an effective way to manage pain. It has become increasingly popular due to its effectiveness, and it seems as if its demand will continue to increase in the future.
As an associate acupuncturist, you will be responsible to diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. You may also use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies. You will be working under supervision of an acupuncturist.
As a hospital acupuncturist, your role would be to integrate acupuncture with other therapeutic techniques like yoga, massage, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and nutrition. You will work with other healthcare providers in a dynamic and interprofessional environment.
As the acupuncture field grows, so does the need for passionate teachers of the practice. As an acupuncture teacher, you will be required to use your expertise in the field to train prospective acupuncturists and teach them the rudiments of acupuncture. You will provide them feedback on their technique and method.
Top Acupuncture courses
At Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Richmond , Canada
Total course fee
CAD 61,615 CAD 61,615 Program fees are indicative only. Speak to your IDP study counsellor to get up-to-date course prices.