"As a mature student I really appreciated the opportunity CICM gave me to make a complete career change. I have never looked back.
The training I received at CICM gave me the skills and confidence needed to run a busy full time acupuncture clinic for the past 5 years. My Bachelor of Science degree in Acupuncture has opened more doors than I could have ever imagined."
Gerry Beattie, graduated 2006
"The most amazing thing for me is that you can help to change lives, and still continue to learn new things every day.
Being an acupuncturist fits perfectly with having a family. I have two young children but my working hours are flexible so I am able to work two or three days a week."
Lorraine Canning, graduated 1998
Where might I work?
Graduates of the College practise in a variety of situations. Some work in group practices in a clinic; some work on their own from home, or from rented premises; some work in multi-bed settings; some work in group practices with other alternative health practitioners, or with GPs; a few work in hospitals, employed by the NHS. Cooperative working with the medical profession has increased recently as many GPs controlling their own budgets are choosing to include acupuncture amongst the services they provide.
Keeping in touch with our graduates
After graduating from this College, students not only experience the excitement and satisfaction of treating patients, they also become part of the wider community of acupuncturists. Students often comment on the community spirit found within the College and are pleased to find that this continues long after they have graduated. Most graduates continue to keep in contact with and gain support from their fellow students.
The College also keeps in regular contact with its graduates and we encourage them to maintain contact with us if they wish. The College building, library and facilities remain available to all who qualify in acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine. We keep graduates up to date with developments at the College by post. This includes information about our programme of continuing professional development (seminars and workshops mainly of one or two days duration, open to anyone with a TCM qualification), and graduate days, provided exclusively for College graduates.
After they have qualified we encourage graduates to join supervision groups or have individual supervision. Graduates say they enjoy the opportunity supervision groups provide for them to meet and compare ideas about their practice, and to discuss patients and patient management issues with their peers. They value the ongoing mutual support which results from these sessions.
"I love the teaching at CICM, it is varied, interesting and extremely inspiring and the teachers all have a wealth of experience to draw on.”
“CICM was suggested by an acupuncturist I know and recommended for its high-quality tuition and professional approach. I knew I wanted to explore a degree course and after my open day experience I knew it had to be CICM.”
"I recently joined CICM and there are so many things I love about the place. The teachers are genuinely helpful and want us to do well. The place has a calm, harmonic feel and studying has already had a tangible benefit to my lifestyle and health."
"I was an electrician before I started studying acupuncture. It might not seem like it but there are overlaps between them, you look at a circuit and work out where the problem is coming from and then rectify it. The difference is with acupuncture I’ll help people to get better!"
"Since embarking on this course, I have been astounded every day by the passion that this subject has sparked in me. I realised very quickly that I was in the right place, doing the right thing. I can only describe it as finally finding my place in the universe and becoming part of something much bigger than myself."
"I wanted to become an acupuncturist as I prefer to use natural remedies which are in line with my faith and cultural background. I have witnessed the profound effects treatment can have on patients. CICM has an excellent reputation and I love the whole package here, especially the staff and supportive teachers."
"I appreciated the integrated style of TCM and the five elements as being the most profound way to reach and help people. This was the best possible start to a long acupuncture career that I could possibly wish for."
"My years at CICM will always hold a special place in my mind. It was like entering Hogwarts. The subjects are mind-expanding, the teachers and tutors really passionate and always keen to answer questions and give guidance. It has transformed me as a person and changed the way I see people, emotions, relationships, disease and health."
The teachers are really supportive and make every effort to tailor how they teach to suit the different styles of students. I like to question things and look at things from different angles - and the teachers have always supported me by being there to answer things by email after class, recommend further reading, or even being there to support me when I set up a Chinese medicine society for the college.
The course covers a huge range of topics, angles and perspectives, and whilst so much of it is new, unfamiliar and challenging at times- especially the 'hands on practical aspects- I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, or anywhere else I’d rather be doing it. CICM is a hub of connection, commitment and energy, and something I am honoured to be part of.
All of my teachers are practicing therapists with a library of information and experience to reinforce their words and the lectures. I have gained a lot of insight into myself and I often find myself reflecting on what we learned in class and applying it to life. I am recommending the course to everyone I know!
As I was in my late forties I was concerned that I was too old, however the Open Day dispelled any doubts that I had as the age range of students and staff spanned from 18 to 80. The beautiful building was a joy to explore and I felt immersed in the world of Chinese Medicine. It was a cocoon of learning in the heart of Reading and only ten minutes’ walk from the train station.