John Aguilar, Jr., L.Ac., R.Y.T., M.S.TCM

Licensed AcupuncturistChinese Medical HerbalistYoga and Tai Chi Instructor

Acupuncturist Training

The formal training of Licensed Acupuncturists includes four years of formal education (2,800 to 3,000+ hours, 125+  credits), leading to a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree.

The structure of the standard curriculum is similar to that of Western medical schools, where the first two years are intense academic study, followed by a formal, comprehensive examination process that students must pass to move on to the second two years. In the second two years of training, the academic studies lessen and the student begins their clinical internship, working directly with patients.

Students must pass comprehensive, cumulative exams from their school to graduate, and they must pass national board exams in order to gain licensure through the state.    

The following information is from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) located in Denver, though it is representative of curriculums nation wide.

The hours of the curriculum at CSTCM breakdown as follows.

Chinese Medical Theory and Technique

810 hrs/48 credits

Courses include:
        Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Basic Theory
        Acu Meridian and Point Theory
        TCM Diagnosis and Differentiation
        AcuMoxa Techniques

Chinese Herbal Medicine

450 hrs / 20 credits

Courses include:
        Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) Prescriptionology
        TCM Internal Medicine


510 hrs / 34 credits

Courses include:
        Western Medicine Anatomy and Physiology
        Microbiology of Infectious Diseases
        Western Medicine Pharmacology/Pharmacognocy                      

Clinical Observation

195 hrs / 9.5 credits


90 hrs / 6 credits

Courses include:
        Qi gong and Tai ji                   

Clinic Internship

Acupuncture: 615 hrs / 20.5 credits

Chinese Herbal Medicine: 180 hrs / 6 credits

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