Acupuncture Training – Aims and Objectives


Acupuncture Training Aims and Objectives

Our Acupuncture Training programme, the Licentiate in TCM (Lic.TCM), is our main undergraduate-level course and its Acupuncture Training Aims and Objectives are now described.

Aims and objectives

We aim to provide thorough and comprehensive training which will enable graduates to set up in practice as competent and confident Acupuncturists, otherwise known as Practitioners of TCM, specialising in Acupuncture, immediately on graduation.

Students learn to use a full range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic and therapeutic tools to provide suitable, safe, effective and professional treatment to their clients.

Treatment methods taught on the programme include Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, and Chinese Medical Dietary advice and Lifestyle Advice.

Full details of the Syllabus is available on 3 subsequent pages, the first of which is called Syllabus – TCM Theory.

Acupuncture, used within the framework of TCM, can be used to:

  • treat a host of different medical conditions from the mild and uncomfortable to the seriously debilitating.
  • treat clients of all ages and types.
  • alleviate, or even sometimes cure, current diseases – whether physical, emotional or psychological.
  • better equip a client to be more resistant to future illness. Healthy clients can be assisted to remain that way, and treatment can even enhance their own health.


Being based on classical Chinese Medicine, this programme provides more than just “Acupuncture” Training.
One of our TCM and its Branches pages gives detailed advise and guidance about the different types of treatments that might be called Acupuncture to help you to select a training programme that meets your needs and expectations. We suggest that you read this page first.

If you want to learn classical Acupuncture, used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, then the Licentiate provides the necessary underpinning theoretical foundations and practical clinical skills to enable you to become a professional Acupuncturist.

Nature of the programme

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The Lic.TCM is part-time and is, of necessity, demanding, as it is training students to become medical professionals. The part-time nature of the course is described in detail on the Course Structure page.

At the ICTCM we aspires to turn out our students as fully competent and qualified, confident and professional practitioners in a relatively short time, and thus we only accept applicants who are willing to face this challenge.

Our students are all adults and have other responsibilities and time constraints, than just studying Acupuncture and TCM. We realise this and, without reducing our standards, aim to enable those wishing to change to a caring and worthwhile career and willing to face the demands of the course, to successfully achieve the goal of becoming a well-qualified Acupuncturist. Thus, the programme is offered in a way which enables it to be accessible to people who are currently working full-time, in another career or in the home.

Visit the Students and Graduates page for more information about the type of people who study with us.

Or go directly to a summary of the distinctive features of our Professional Acupuncture Programme.