This introductory course lasts four days (over the weekends 20-21 October and 17-18 November 2018) making up 24 training hours.
The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 12. In the initial stages of training, the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.
Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.
The normal course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments throughout the two weekends. Courses are non-residential but a list of local hotels and guest houses can be supplied on request.
External CPD is usually applied for from the Royal College of Physicians for all Foundation and Intermediate courses.
Medical Students (4th and 5th year) and final-year students of osteopathy, chiropractic, and physiotherapy can attend our Foundation Course. Student places are limited to two per course and there is a generous student discount.
Participants who complete the BMAS Foundation Course are entitled to reduced rate membership of the Society for their first two years.
Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. If you are or suspect you may be pregnant, however, you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.
On completion of the course, we would expect the student to be equipped to start to practice medical acupuncture and to be committed to completing the BMAS Certificate of Basic Competence within 12 months of the course. On achieving this award BMAS would consider the student to have reached a satisfactory standard for the use of medical acupuncture within their existing scope of professional practice.
Acupuncture training courses are run by the BMAS for healthcare professionals subject to statutory regulation.