The Acupuncture Diploma Course

The Acupuncture Diploma course is divided into 3 parts.

Part 1: 1-3 years
Part 2: 1 year
Part 3: 1 year

Course Details
Length of Study: 3-5 years. 1-2 weekends per month.
Clinical Hours: 400 Clinical hours.
CNM Diploma: Dip. Acupuncture and Dip. Naturopath.

The Acupuncture Diploma Course

The Acupuncture diploma course provides high quality training which equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured. Each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as acupuncturists.

The Acupuncture course consists of 3 parts

Part 1 Biomedicine, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Naturopathy Study, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Acupuncture I, 1 year, 11 weekends or 22 weekdays

Part 2 Naturopathic Principles, 5 weekends or 10 weekdays
Acupuncture II, 1 year, 22 weekends or 43 weekdays

Part 3 Acupuncture III, 1 year. 21 weekends or 41 weekdays

Full Course Syllabus

The Course Syllabus

Part 1 – Biomedicine

The aim of Biomedicine is to get students to understand how the body works, most common diseases, medical diagnostics, differential diagnostics and red flag symptoms. This way a future practitioner understands medical conditions, especially dangerous conditions and is able to decide what he can treat and when to refer to a specialist.

Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc, may not be required to take Biomedicine – please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.


  • Biomedical Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
  • Medical Terminology & Research Methods
  • Medical & Naturopathic Pharmacology
  • Medical & Naturopathic Clinical Diagnostics incl. Examination Methods & Laboratory Testing Techniques Terminology

Part 1 – Naturopathy Study

The Naturopathy Study course gives the future CNM Acupuncturist additional therapeutic and diagnostic tools, which are of great benefit in clinical practice.


  • Naturopathy
  • Nutrition
  • First-aid Homeopathy
  • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Iridology

Part 1 – Acupuncture

Part 1 Acupuncture gives a basic understanding of Chinese diagnostics, point locations and cause of disease.


  • History and philosophy of Acupuncture
  • TCM I (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Point Location I
  • Causes of illnesses (emotions, environment, toxins, diet)
  • TCM diagnosis
  • Working with “qi”
  • Chinese medical theory
  • Chinese history and philosophy
  • Practitioner development & ethics I
  • Research I

Part 2 – Acupuncture II

The aim of Level II Acupuncture is to advance needling techniques, Chinese diagnostics and point locations. The student will observe case taking and learn how to treat certain conditions.


  • Practical techniques
  • TCM II
  • Chinese pathology
  • Point location II
  • Clinical observation
  • Practical development & ethics II
  • Research II

Part 2 – Naturopathic Principles

The Naturopathic Principles course gives additional, invaluable tools to students, which will allow them to treat patients with various conditions successfully.


  • Naturopathy & Detoxification
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Tissue Salts

Part 3 – Acupuncture III

  • Clinic management
  • Clinical practice
  • PR / marketing
  • Business development

Length of Study: 3-5 years

Locations: Dublin

Study Days: Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays)

Study Times: 10am – 6pm

Clinic Hours: 400 clinic hours

CNM Diploma: CNM Dip. Acupuncture and CNM Dip. Naturopathy.

Further Study: It is highly recommended that graduates of the Acupuncture course enrol onto the CNM Naturopathic Nutrition or Herbal Medicine courses to further their knowledge.

Degrees: CNM graduates are fully equipped to become successful therapists. Statistics have shown that more than 80% of CNM graduates are practising. To advance therapeutic skills, CNM offers post-graduate courses and additional training. CNM graduates are eligible to enrol on BSc or MSc programmes at various universities. CNM is happy to guide its students in choosing the best programme for their individual needs.

Junior or Leaving Certificate, or equivalent academic and/or work experience.


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