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GLASGOW Foundation course 2024

01/01/2024 – 30/12/2024

Golden Jubilee Hospital

 Foundation Course in Western Medical Acupuncture

Modules are available to start with immediate effect (Mon - Fri and subject to receipt of a completed criteria form)

On Line modules with GLASGOW venue practicals 16 & 17 March 2024

Price:  £650 includes BMAS membership for 1 year 

The first part of this Introductory course is made up of 24 on-line modules available through the website.  Each module has one or two video lectures followed by multiple choice questions covering the theory of the Foundation course.  The course is then completed with 2 full days of face-to-face needling sessions where 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. 

Zoom support sessions are held twice weekly for questions and interaction with lecturers and other delegates, these are not compulsory.  Practical group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10.

In order to maximise the training and educational value of the course we recommend that you use these pre-course revision notes  to guide you in doing a little preparation.

In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety. 

The course fee includes one year's membership of the BMAS, tuition, a downloadable set of detailed course notes (paper copy available for £20 including p+p), needles, sharps box and lunches and daytime refreshments on the practical days. Courses are non-residential. BMAS Foundation and Supplementary courses are recognised by many of the professional bodies that monitor and accredit CPD for health professionals, such as the Royal College of Physicians.  Your attendance certificate can be used to support your claim for external CPD.  UK & Ireland medical students* (4th & 5th year) and final-year UK & Ireland students* of professions eligible for membership can attend our Foundation course, subject to the completion of a supervision form. There is a generous student discount.  (*undergraduates undertaking their first degree)

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 Medical Acupuncture (CMA) 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.

To be eligible to attend you must be:

  • a BMAS member - the first year is included in the cost of the course.  If the course is not completed within the year you must renew your membership to complete it, the standard cost is currently £120.
  • subject to statutory regulation and whose professional body considers acupuncture to be within the extended scope of practice of the profession (this includes doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists and podiatrists); 
  • or subject to voluntary regulation which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority,  and have undergone degree level training, in the profession in which you are regulated, in a patient-facing healthcare discipline that includes clinical touch, with no regional anatomic restrictions; 
  • or members of the British Acupuncture Council. 
  • Health professionals from overseas may also apply for BMAS courses and will need to provide details of the regulatory body in the country in which they practice.

Please note:

  • This is a practical course and proof of Hepatitis B immunisation with antibody levels is required. Please read this policy before proceeding: HEPATITIS B POLICY .  If you have any questions regarding this contact the office tel: 01606 786782
  • You must complete at least 12 modules before booking a place on a practical session.
  • There are several mixed-sex practical groups for palpation, point finding and needling. These will require reasonable exposure of the limbs, shoulder girdle, hip girdle and back. You are therefore advised to wear loose, casual clothing to discreetly allow the required exposure. If you are unable to participate in this activity, please contact the office to discuss your options before booking a place on the course. Tel 01606 786782
  • Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. However, if you are or suspect you may be pregnant you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.
  • This course is non refundable however transfer to a colleague, who fulfils the eligibility criteria, is permitted.  Please contact the office for further information.
  • BMAS annual membership is a requirement for complete the Foundation course. Membership must be renewed at a cost of £120 if the course is not completed within the membership year and the Foundation course place will be lost if membership is not renewed within 6 months of lapsing.  

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