Diploma opens doors for graduates
Students from the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine treat a lot of interesting patients.
Academic principal Jessica Li Feng says they are often surprised by how quickly they get results, despite having experienced the healing power of acupuncture or seen it in their family.
Jessica says, “The Ministry of Health and also of Education both recognise acupuncture as a health profession.
“Our students will graduate as primary health care professionals, bringing acupuncturists into line with physiotherapists and chiropractors, once the regulatory board has been finalised.”
Based on centuries of observation and research, acupuncture can help with problems like long-term pain or other trauma, recovery after stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, asthma, fatigue, depression and others.
It takes just three years to graduate with the unique college diploma in acupuncture. The level 7 qualification focuses on the modern application of traditional Chinese medicine, and is the same NZQA level as a bachelor’s degree.
Jessica says: “NZCCM has close relationships with many universities in China, and offers New Zealanders full understanding of how to improve health using the flow of Qi through the channels and points of the human body.”
The college also has strong relationships with relevant professional associations in New Zealand, and its graduates currently qualify as ACC-accredited practitioners as soon as they join the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists, or the New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority. Both associations need evidence of 500 hours supervised clinic treatment, which the college diploma includes, as well as the national diploma in acupuncture (NDA).
The college is holding a Wellness Day on Saturday, October 18. This free event offers information about treatment and training, and senior students will be there to offer free treatment to newcomers, fully supervised by a tutor. The college will be open from 1pm to 4.30pm.
The New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine is located on Level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Greenlane. More information is available from 580-2376 or www.chinesemedicine.