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AACP Foundation Acupuncture Course

AACP Foundation Acupuncture Course

  • 23 Mar, 2018 to 25 Mar, 2018
  • 25 May, 2018 to 27 May, 2018
  • 9.00 am - 4.00 pm all days
BodyRight Physiotherapy Clinic
18 Berkeley Street, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

Presenter Name

Dr. Christopher Norris

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Acupuncture, Musculoskeletal Therapy, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Sports Medicine

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

€750 Standard Rate / €700 Earlybird Rate (ends on 23rd of February 2018) (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
€700 New Graduate Rate
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

Educational Aims of the course

The aims of the course are to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to equip them to practise acupuncture as an integrated skill within their physiotherapy practice
  • Develop clinical reasoning when using acupuncture as an integrated skill within physiotherapy
  • Develop competence in applying their clinical skills to the practice of acupuncture
  • Develop the critical and analytical problem-based learning skills, and the transferable skills of students in relation to acupuncture
  • Develop skills in integrating acupuncture into the manual skills of the physiotherapist
  • Enhance the development of interpersonal skills in relation to acupuncture
  • Provide education and acupuncture training that is approved by AACP

Intended Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Knowledge and understanding:

1. Develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and philosophies underlying the use of acupuncture in clinical practice;

2. Appreciate and adhere to the contraindications and precautions for the application of acupuncture

3. Describe and illustrate knowledge of the theoretical basis of Western medical acupuncture

4. Evaluate basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM);

5. Identify and demonstrate relevant anatomical, physiological, microbiological and pathological principles related to acupuncture, and human health and disease

6. Demonstrate an awareness of current developments in the practice and theory of Western medical acupuncture;

7. Demonstrate an awareness of the legislative and professional standards and codes of practice guiding the practice of acupuncture

8. Outline and appraise the evidence base for the application of acupuncture, and its integration within physiotherapy strategies

9. Evaluate their own academic, professional and clinical performance within respect to acupuncture in physiotherapy.

Skills and attributes:

10. Establish skills in technique and practice in accordance with the Health and Safety regulations, and within the scope of professional practice

11. Locate and demonstrate common acupuncture points in relation to current physiotherapy knowledge

12. Apply acupuncture needling and electroacupuncture to appropriate conditions, mainly focusing on musculoskeletal pain problems within a physiotherapy problem-solving paradigm;

13. Undertake skilled competent, safe, evaluative, reflective acupuncture practice within a physiotherapy problem-solving paradigm;

14. Communicate effectively with patients and colleagues about acupuncture using a variety of means

15. Manage time and prioritise workloads during acupuncture treatment within physiotherapy

Event Description

Course Overview

The AACP Acupuncture Foundation Course provides acupuncture training for physiotherapists which enables them to practise acupuncture as a modality integrated into their current physiotherapy skills. The course provides training in line with the programme of Education and Training Issue 3.07, 11th of May 2012 produced by The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

Teaching and learning methods used

A variety of teaching strategies and learning approaches are used including:

  • Lectures, seminars, and tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Problem-based learning scenarios
  • Self-directed learning

These methods are facilitated by:

  • Study manuals, handouts, and a course textbook
  • The use of research-based teaching materials and methods; and
  • Case studies
  • Practical work on themselves, fellow students -and patients will be used to integrate the student’s clinical and theoretical knowledge within the process of clinical reasoning.
  • Psychomotor skills will be closely supervised.     
  • The course will not exceed 15 students to one tutor for all practical and clinical tuition.
  • Students will have the ability to practise acupuncture within a clinical setting between the parts (i) and (ii) of the course and will have professional liability insurance covering all aspects of their professional practice.
  • This requirement will be met by membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy (ISCP), and ISCP membership numbers will be recorded as part of the course application process.
  • Students who are not members of ISCP will provide written evidence of their professional liability insurance as part of the course application process.

Assessment methods used

Several assessment methods are used all assessed on a pass / fail basis. 

a) Observation of practical work;

b) Coursework

c) Practical examination of needling skills

d) Written examination (multi-choice)

e) Case study analysis presentation;

Assessments (a) and (b) occur throughout the course and time allocation is as per course attendance hours. Assessment (c) requires regular practice between parts A and B of the course to maintain needling skills to the level gained during part A.  A pass must be gained in assessments b, d, and e and compensation is allowed between observation of practical work (a) and the practical examination of needling (d).

Presenter Profile

Dr Christopher Norris (PhD, MSc, MCSP)

Dr. Norris is a physiotherapist with over 35 years’ experience treating MSK conditions. He holds a Master’s degree in exercise science, and a doctorate in spinal rehabilitation. Chris is the author of 14 books on physiotherapy, exercise therapy, and acupuncture including leading textbooks on Sports Injuries and Back Rehabilitation. He holds a post graduate certificate in medical education and is an approved tutor for the AACP

Cost to Attend

€750 Standard Rate

€700 Earlybird Rate (ends on 1st of February 2018)

€700 New Graduate Rate

Please note that the price includes one year AACP membership (valued at €100)

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