Nursing Acupuncture & Dry Needling Foundation Course

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 3 days
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Course details

  • Begin your learning immediately, through our online platform
  • Fully accredited by the FHT
  • Globally trusted acupuncture and dry needling tutor
  • On course completion, integrate acupuncture into your standard day to day practice
  • Consistently rated 5 stars by healthcare professionals

If you’re a registered nurse, this acupuncture foundation course is specifically created for you. With your day-to-day practice in mind, you will be able to treat symptoms of pain (for conditions such as chronic pain and OA), systemic issues such as hot flushes and overactive bladder, as well as help with general wellbeing.

We ensure that when you complete our foundation acupuncture course for nurses, you will be able to use acupuncture and dry needling on patients as part of your everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.

Breeze Academy tutors deliver the course through a unique blend of online and face-to-face teaching, meaning you can begin your learning immediately, and at your own pace. Read our course agenda below for a full breakdown. If you have any questions about our acupuncture course for nurses, get in touch at [email protected]

You can also book onto the course directly on this page.

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We proudly provide triple-locked quality assurance through our full FHT accreditation, as well as Breeze Academy and external moderator approvals, thus providing you with the confidence that our acupuncture and dry needling foundation course is vetted above and beyond the industry standard and meets the highest standards set in education.

On completion, you will be eligible to gain insurance cover and be able to practice acupuncture and dry needling as part of your usual practice. Members of professional bodies that include acupuncture as part of their insurance, such as the CSP, will not be required to take out additional insurance.

This foundation acupuncture course for nurses will teach you:

  • To implement safe & effective acupuncture and dry needling techniques, throughout the body
  • To create targeted acupuncture and needling protocols for the benefit of pain & wellbeing
  • To appraise and synthesise the evidence base alongside clinical experience
  • To adopt a pragmatic approach to clinical reasoning for needling interventions that complement your existing skills

In our foundation acupuncture course for nurses, you will receive a fully evidence-based approach to both the learning and application of acupuncture. This comes with comprehensive study materials provided within the online and face-to-face components of the course.

The evidence-based information you will learn from our foundation acupuncture course for nurses will allow you to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture to a patient.

You’ll discover a large body of prominent, pertinent and up-to-date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture, whilst developing your needling skills to provide dramatic results for your patients, offering them a comprehensive package of pain relief and wellbeing. More specifically, after completing our acupuncture course for nurses, you will be able to demonstrate the following needling skills and theoretical knowledge:

  • Effective needling techniques upon the four limbs, trunk and spine
  • Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
  • An understanding of contraindications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture and dry needling
  • Safe application of needling at all times
  • Effective management of needling side effects

Upon successful completion of our acupuncture foundation course, you will be able to use acupuncture & dry needling on your patients as part of your everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.

With theoretical knowledge and application reviewed from both a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, this acupuncture foundation course for nurses takes you through a large number of applications and techniques, allowing you to confidently apply acupuncture for:

  • Acute or persistent pain, anywhere in the body, including chronic pain and OA
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Overactive bladder
  • Hot flushes/flashes
  • General wellbeing

Our foundation acupuncture course for nurses is specifically for registered nurses who are looking to offer more to their patients. What’s more, adding acupuncture and dry needling to your skills base will enhance your CPD, and thus can advance your career and professional development.

We keep our students at the heart of everything that we do by making our courses fun, whilst providing an exceptional educational experience. Check out our reviews!

With global reputation and experience curated and delivered by our team of expert tutors, this foundation acupuncture course has a worldwide reputation, and has cemented Breeze Academy as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training.

Our unique blend of online and face-to-face, carefully curated content, both before and after the in-person learning component, allows you to access high quality education whenever and wherever you want. This helps to reduce accommodation costs for those of you needing to travel to the face-to-face component, whilst also providing you the option to revisit learning in a much more meaningful and engaging format.

Our fully evidence-based approach and expert research knowledge is combined with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure you receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture. This course has clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, making sure that you’re able to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a patient’s care package.

Your online learning access will expire 1 month following the face to face component of the course.

You must be a registered nurse to attend our foundation acupuncture course for nurses.

If you have to cancel your course booking because of a covid-related issue, we will assign you to the next available course that suits you.

We’re happy to provide you with 10 days access to a free taster course. This taster course includes a small number of lessons from the full course, helping you to get a flavour for how we do things.

Check out the free taster course.

Meet your tutor

Dr. Carl Clarkson

Dr. Carl Clarkson

  • PhD, Acupuncture and Women’s Health, Northumbria University
  • MSc, Acupuncture, Coventry University
  • PGCE, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Teeside University
  • BSc, Physiotherapy, Northumbria University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA
Over a decade ago, I had an ambitious vision – create exceptional learning experiences for healthcare professionals. My career began in 2004 as a Physiotherapist, where a passion for helping people was complimented...
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Online Learning Prior To Face-To-FaceOnline

  1. Prior to the face-to-face session, you will complete safety lessons on our online platform. You will learn:

    • Contraindications and precautions
    • Adverse events
    • How to deal with adverse events
  2. Needle insertion fundamentals take you through video demonstrations of how we choose needle size, and how we can clinically reason our acupoint choices, no matter which part of the body is needled

  3. An introduction to meridians - the essential map needed to guide you on locating acupoints

  4. Pain physiology and the impact acupuncture has on descending inhibition

Face-To-Face Day 1

Here, you will begin your needle insertion techniques, with the primary focus on the upper limb.

By the end of day one, you will have been introduced to prominent acupoints commonly used for ailments affecting the shoulder, elbow and the wrist and hand. Furthermore, we will look to integrate your online learning, specifically around needling safety and clinical reasoning.

Face-To-Face Day 2

On day two, you will progress your basic needling skills to apply to the lower limb and spine. We will build upon the clinical reasoning lessons from day one through case studies, and explore the physiological impacts of needling in acute and persistent pain.

By the end of day two, you will have gained confidence in your needling skills, and have a deeper understanding of what informs our decisions to needle a client (and subsequently, how to choose which acupoints are best suited).

Face-To-Face Day 3

We will begin the final face-to-face session by consolidating your upper limb, lower limb and spinal needling techniques. You will have a short safety test to complete, where you will be required to describe needling safety (contraindications, precautions) before demonstrating safe needle insertion into the thoracic spine.

The lessons on day three focus upon the head, neck, ear before progressing to dry needling techniques. Furthermore, we will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of needling for systemic ailments such as hot flushes, overactive bladder, and stress. We will conclude the face to face aspect of the course with case studies and Q&A.

Online Learning Post Face-To-FaceOnline

To contextualise acupuncture and dry needling within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), you will access a number of lessons that discuss TCM philosophy through our online platform.

Your assessment, where several multi-choice tests focused upon case studies, will also be accessed through our online platform.

Post Course SupportOnline

Following completion of your final online training element, you will continue to receive support from Dr. Clarkson via email or tele-conferencing to help guide you when beginning to introduce acupuncture into your usual practice.

Course bookings

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Manchester, UK

£580.006th - 8th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Leeds, UK

£580.0010th - 12th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Edinburgh, UK

£580.0022nd - 24th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£580.0024th - 26th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Exeter, UK

£580.001st - 3rd Jul 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

London, UK

£580.0015th - 17th Jul 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Norwich, UK

£580.0019th - 21st Jul 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Cardiff, UK

£580.0022nd - 24th Jul 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£580.007th - 9th Sep 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Manchester, UK

£580.0012th - 14th Oct 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£580.0028th - 30th Oct 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Leeds, UK

£580.009th - 11th Nov 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Glasgow, UK

£580.0018th - 20th Nov 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

London, UK

£580.0023rd - 25th Nov 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Belfast, UK

£580.007th - 9th Dec 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)


£580.0016th - 18th Dec 2022 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)


£580.0023rd - 25th Jan 2023 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)