Basic Acupuncture: 100 Hour Certification Course

Course Description:
This microcredential provides doctors the opportunity to learn the art and science of acupuncture in levels of progression. Each level incorporates classroom and laboratory practicum to advance the attendee's acupuncture knowledge along with their clinical application skills. This course offers an overview and basic training in acupuncture theory & techniques.

Date and Location:
Online course access to begin January 14, 2022: hybrid asynchronous online (to be completed before each session) and synchronous live class on campus at 2122 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Classroom 2300 (second floor NW corner).

Exact course dates are as follows:  Course access will open January 14, 2022.  Please ensure you have reviewed the course layout and Module 1 Material before coming to your first class.

  • Feb 4-6, 2022:  Class times are Friday 4:00PM – 8:00PM; Saturday 8:00AM - 7:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • March 4-6, 2022: Class times are Friday 4:00PM – 8:00PM; Saturday 8:00AM - 7:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • April 8-10, 2022: Class times are Friday 4:00PM – 8:00PM; Saturday 8:00AM - 5:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • May 21-22, 2022: Class times are Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Teaching Methods:
20 % asynchronous with multiple choice question quizzes and 80 % synchronous live classes with demonstration, practice, inlcuding a practical clean needle examination and a two-part final examination both written and practical.

Program Objectives:
At the end of this Microcredential the student will be able to:

  • Explain, demonstrate and apply Clean Needle Technique
  • Demonstrate an understating of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory including but not limited to Chinese Medicine history and philosophy, Five Element Theory, Yin/Yang, Qi, Shen and Ko Cycles, horary cycles, back shu (associated) points, front mu (alarm) points, laws of excess and deficiency, internal and miscellaneous causes of disease, eight principal diagnoses, pulse and tongue Diagnosis.
  • Discuss and demonstrate proficiency in identifying and needling common acupuncture points. Discussion of 12 main and eight extraordinary meridian pathways (superficial and deep), the physical location of the acu-points and clinical applications.
  • Discuss history, indications, contraindications while then demonstrating proficiency in application of gua sha, cupping (ba gua), 7-star hammer, moxibustion (direct and indirect).
  • Discuss history, indications, contraindications while then demonstrating proficiency in application of auriculotherapy using needling techniques, application of pressure beads / tacks and electrical instrumentation. Treatment protocols and point formulas for addictions and other chronic health problems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in apply TCM history taking procedures for development of a differential diagnosis in acupuncture and TCM theory to treat common clinical complaints and conditions -both musculoskeletal and some basic internal diagnosis.

Instructor(s) name and credentials:
Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, LAc, CACCP, CIFM; Lauren Keller, DC, DABCA

Kristine Tohtz

Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, LAc, CACCP, Cert. MDT, CIFM

Dr. Kris Tohtz graduated magna cum laude from the National University of Health Sciences in April 2001. While attending chiropractic school, she also began working toward a Diplomate in Acupuncture and in August 2009 received her Diplomate in Acupuncture from the American Chiropractic Association’s. After attending two supervised medical internships in Beijing and Hangzhou, China, she found advanced studies to be warranted and obtained her Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MsAc) through the National University of Health Sciences graduating summa cum laude in August 2014. She has completed an advanced certification in Pregnancy and Pediatric care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric and is a trained post-partum doula. She also successfully completed training to become a practitioner in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. She teaches continuing education to healthcare practitioners of all types on the topics of acupuncture, dry needling, pregnancy, nutrition and pediatric care. She is presently the Director of the School of Emerging Education at Resurrection University and was recently awarded her certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

Lauren Keller

Lauren M. Keller, DC, DABCA

Dr. Lauren Keller graduated from National University of Health Sciences in December 2013. While attending chiropractic school, she also completed and received her Diplomate in Acupuncture from the American Chiropractic Association. She has completed advanced education from Herman and Wallace, Pelvic Guru and Core Exercise Solutions in pelvic floor, pregnancy and postpartum care. Dr. Keller teaches continuing education to healthcare practitioners on acupuncture, pelvic floor health, pregnancy and postpartum care. She is an adjunct faculty member at National University of Health Sciences and also teaches continuing education for various organizations including Midwest Rehabilitation Institute.

 

CE Hours:

102 hours of Chiropractic (University of Bridgeport) CEU.  Upon completion of all modules / badges a microcredential will be awarded and sent to your registered e-mail address.