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NORTHWICH Foundation course 2022
BMAS House (South Manchester) - (View on Map)
Contact the office to arrange your practical session

 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 Practical sessions

Northwich venue practicals  - 17 & 18 September or 26 & 27 November 2022(available subject to government guidelines permit)

Price:  £620    

The first part of this Introductory course is made up of 24 on-line modules available through the website; these can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.  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 tuition, a downloadable set of detailed course notes (paper copy available for £20), 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:

  • 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

·         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.




Northwich 2022 on line rate£620.00
Northwich 2022 on line- Final year UK student, proof required£450.00
Course Notes - paper copy inc p&p (optional)£20.00

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