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AA1: Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture

In AA1: Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture, you will examine the history of acupuncture and the current research underlying the physiological mechanisms of acupuncture and how it works from the anatomical perspective. You will explore the meridian system and how this integrates with the anatomical approach. At the end of this course, you will be able to locate and provide the rationale for effective acupuncture points for treatment for a variety of conditions.

What You Will Learn in AA1: Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture

  • Compare the basic concepts and theories of Anatomical and Classical Acupuncture.
  • Explain the theories of the mechanisms of action related to acupuncture.
  • Assess the patient for acupuncture treatment within scope of practice.
  • Formulate a treatment plan.
  • Monitor treatment for patient reaction to needling.
  • Identify hazards, complications and precautions for safe needling.
  • Communicate treatment plan and risks and benefits of acupuncture treatment to the patient.
  • Locate acupuncture points using anatomical landmarks.
  • Use specific needling techniques and practical clinical applications for 39 acupuncture points.
  • Integrate acupuncture points into treatment of conditions such as whiplash, frozen shoulder, back, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.
  • Apply safety protocols and manage risk to patients.
  • Apply learning in case treatment plans.


  • Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, 3rd ed., 2010
  • Manual of Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture Vol. I, 1999

You can purchase the textbooks from ETD Inc. or Eastern Currents. Ask for the Acupuncture Canada AA1 book package.


You must be fully licensed with one of the Regulated Health Professionals accepted by Acupuncture Canada, or a final year student currently attending university or chiropractic college. A provisional license with a regulatory college is not acceptable for enrolment. If you are participating in an onsite session of the course in a province in which you are not licensed, you may require a courtesy registration. Please contact the regulatory college in the province where the onsite session is taking place to confirm their requirements. Please review our cancellation policy before registering.

Once enrolled in the AA1 course, you can enroll in the AA2. However, you must complete both the online and onsite component of the AA1 course before starting the AA2. The courses build on each other and need to be completed in sequence.

Course Fee

$1285.00* plus applicable taxes

* Courses are offered at a discounted price for students. The student rate is only available if you are currently a full-time, final-year student at a university.


COVID-19 update: The onsite component of courses scheduled for early 2021 have been postponed in most provinces. We will reschedule these in-person sessions as soon as safely possible and we encourage students to continue with their online study until then. We’re monitoring public health restrictions and will keep students advised on any changes. We are limiting enrolments in courses, to keep groups small so when onsite sessions can be offered it is safer. There is daily screening at the onsite components of courses and PPE is required. Please contact us if you have any questions about courses being offered and our safety protocols during Covid-19.

Please review our cancellation policy before you register. If you are pregnant you will need to bring a partner to be needled in your stead at the onsite session. Please contact the Acupuncture Canada office to make arrangements. If you are attending a course in a province where you are not licensed to practice, you may need a courtesy registration. Please contact the local regulatory college where you are going for your training.

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