"It was the best decision I have ever made, to quit my job, move countries and study at the renowned college of integrated Chinese medicine.
I graduated from cicm in 2010 and now run a busy practice in the heart of Barcelona. I love what I do and I can’t imagine a profession more suited to me. I spend my day making people happy, which gives me so much job satisfaction".
Tania Spearman, cicm graduate
Being an acupuncturist
One of the most rewarding aspects of working as an acupuncturist is that you will be helping people through their pain and illness. As acupuncturists we support our patients to change their lives and often witness incredible and profound change. A number of patients are also likely to attend your clinic regularly for maintenance treatments and in this way you will treat people over many years.
A benefit that graduates cherish most about studying is greater awareness of their own health and the opportunity to change their lifestyle.
A recent clinical audit at cicm revealed that 60% of patients sought treatment for muscloskeletal problems while another 30% came for psychological or general illness, such as stress and insomnia. Acupuncturists can also choose to specialise in a particular area, for example fertility.
There are an estimated 2.5 million acupuncture treatments in the UK each year and the popularity of acupuncture continues to grow.
As an acupuncturist, it is likely that you will be self employed and many of our graduates enjoy being their own boss and the flexibility this gives them. Some work part time to fit around other commitments such as childcare, while other acupuncturists work full time.
There are many different types of clinics to work in. Some of our graduates work in a group practice, others from home or rented premises. It is also possible to work in a in multi-bed clinic or GP surgeries. There are also some clinics that run in hospitals.
On the course we do all we can to prepare you for setting up and running a busy clinic. By the time you would have graduated you will have completed 90 hours of clinical observations with experienced acupuncturists; completed more than 40 treatments while in the 3rd year and completed a business plan which details what you will need to think about when setting up your practice. We not only support you in becoming an excellent acupuncturist, but also in setting up a thriving practice.