NZSATCM offers a dynamic curriculum combining extensive hands-on clinical experience, in-depth classroom instruction, and innovative collaborative learning activities.
Our graduates have the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional maturity to effectively practice as primary care independent Acupuncture and related Oriental Medicine providers.
Through dynamic team and collaborative learning activities, in addition to old-fashioned memorization, you will develop an in-depth understanding of East Asian medicine, as well as a solid foundation in Western biomedicine, so that you are able to communicate, cooperate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals as part of a patient-centered team.
Your education will foster information literacy and the ability to engage in evidence/experienced-based practice, preparing you to work independently or to become part of the complementary and integrative medicine models that are emerging in response to healthcare needs.
The School prides itself as a small education and training organisation. The small class size facilitates congenial teacher-student interaction. The library resources and online journals supplement the teachers' handouts. The opportunity to observe clinics and treat patients prepares students to be work-ready.
The School operates in a multi-tasking and multi-skilling team environment where staff willingly step in another's shoes to ensure that a critical function is satisfactorily accomplished in the best interest of the students. Learning support is in place for students needing extra tuition. Welfare of the students is dealt with by dedicated staff who have access to resources.
Providing patient-centered care requires being mentally attuned to the nuances of the patient-practitioner dynamic. Your training in disciplines of the mind, including reflective practice, and critical thinking, will provide you with a set of tools to aid you in making clinical decisions in the best interests of your patients. Our graduates become lifelong learners who's truest teachers are their patients.
A successful acupuncture practice requires an understanding of the business, ethics and legal issues of the acupuncture profession. In the practice management curriculum you will create a comprehensive business plan that will serve as an on-going resource and road map in creating and marketing a successful practice. You will also learn about practical issues such as scope of practice, medical record keeping, insurance and billing practices.
Graduates are able to empower their patients with lifestyle and self-care practices that prevent illness and promote wellness. Choosing to learn the optional East Asian practices of Qigong and Taiji you will be able to guide patients in proven stress reduction and relaxation approaches, helping them make the connection between mind and body wellbeing.