Western Medicine

As well as the in-depth study of Classical Chinese medicine, acupuncture students also receive a thorough training in Western Medicine, which they complete by the end of the second year.

Year 1

In Year 1 you will learn Anatomy and Physiology. Firstly, Anatomy concentrates on topographical anatomy dealing in depth with the musculoskeletal system, providing anatomical landmarks for point location, a practical familiarity with the structure of the human body and a knowledge base for Physiology and Pathology. In addition to the theoretical learning you will do practical work, locating key anatomical structures.

Further along in Year 1 Physiology will teach you an understanding of the structure and function of the major physiological systems from a Western scientific standpoint. The subject begins with the relationship of cellular function to health, continues into cardiovascular, functions of blood, immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems and concludes with an exploration of the reproductive systems. In each case the clinical importance of these systems to homeostasis and health is discussed.

Year 2

In Year 2 the subject of Western Pathology builds on your previous knowledge of cell and tissue structure and function, to see the pathological process as physiological dysfunction and to relate this to disease. The subject explores causes of disease, the pathology of the main systems previously learned in Physiology, with an emphasis on specific common disorders, also the importance of signs, symptoms and differential diagnosis, “red flags” and the sociobiological aspects of health and disease.

The point(s) of Acupuncture

The point(s) of Acupuncture There are many aspects involved in becoming a successful acupuncture practitioner. However, one of the most important is the practical ability to be able to ‘find’ or ‘locate’ acupuncture points skillfully, accurately and with a great deal of sensitivity. Year 1 In our point location course, during the first year you [...]

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Theory Our acupuncture course gives you the opportunity to study Chinese Medicine, its philosophies and applications, in the greatest possible depth. Here's how it's taught based on the three year full time programme: Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 1 During the first year, you'll explore the Yin/Yang concept and the Five Elements. [...]


Research As a healthcare professional the Acupuncturist is a lifelong learner. We aim to equip you with the key research skills of enquiry, critical thinking, and clear communication as you travel through the Course, enabling you to apply a range of skills to your clinical practice. Skills In Years 1 and 2 of our Course [...]

Clinic Skills

Clinic Skills Our onsite Acupuncture Training Clinic at ICOM also serves as a Teaching Clinic – providing superb opportunities for students to observe experienced acupuncturists at work and learn, through direct experience, the practice of acupuncture under the close supervision of experienced Registered Acupuncturists. All of our practitioners are ICOM graduates and excellently placed to [...]

Reasons to Study at ICOM

There are many reasons to choose ICOM for your Acupuncture training. Here are just some of them. Come along to our next open day and you’ll discover many more… You will study at the UK’s longest established Acupuncture training college. We have trained first class Acupuncturists for fifty years. You’ll also learn all of the […]

Studying Acupuncture – Josh’s Experience

What it’s like to Study Acupuncture at ICOM – Josh’s Experience As our third year students prepare to graduate, we talk to Josh Barrow about what it’s like to study Acupuncture at ICOM, his favourite bits of the course and how the course has changed his outlook. What did you do before you came to […]