THE CLINICAL EDUCATION

Southwest Acupuncture College offers either a Master of Acupuncture or a Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Medicine Specialization degree in preparation for state licensing.  Over one third of the hours of study in our programs are spent in the college clinic.  Students treat under the supervision of expert practitioners from world-wide backgrounds.  Most have between 8 and 25 years of experience.

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In contrast to many acupuncture colleges, Southwest Acupuncture College initiates the student into the clinical experience beginning with the second term of the first year.  This process exposes the student to the actual clinical practice of medicine as early as possible.  It enhances the educational process by allowing for learning in context, applying classroom medical knowledge, maximizing patient contact, and practicing professionalism and compassion. The clinical portion of the student’s education at Southwest Acupuncture College is the practical counterpart to the theoretical and technical skills acquired in the classroom.  It is the heart of the medicine and the curriculum.  Each phase of the clinical education is carefully coordinated with the didactic course work to provide immediate utilization of knowledge gained, and to promote synthesis of subject matters acquired in separate classes.  This wholistic approach to education contributes to the maturation of the student into a healthcare practitioner.

Clinical instruction is competency based. Therefore, the student must successfully demonstrate the clinical skills outlined for that level before moving to a subsequent level. In addition to attendance, students are evaluated in clinic on their attendance and performance according to a number of parameters measuring diagnostic, technical, professional, social, business, and other clinical skills. The price of the clinical component of the program is included in the cost of the tuition. The clinics are extremely successful in terms of treatment results and are generally booked to capacity two to four weeks in advance. There is no shortage of patients either in terms of volume or the variety of disorders seen.

The primary purpose of the college clinic is twofold.  First, it serves as the forum in which students learn to be healthcare professionals; and second, it fulfills the commitment of the college to provide the community with a low cost, effective healthcare choice.  The student clinic is open Monday through Friday.  The cost for treatment by students ranges from $10 for herbal consultations to $35 dollars for a full treatment.  Reduced rates are available for eligible patients such as seniors and veterans.  Treatments can include services such as acupuncture, manual therapies, herbal medicine, exercise, and nutritional counseling.  All of which help keep the clinics well-booked and a first choice for many community members for affordable, quality healthcare.