Course Snapshot

Here is what is included:

  • Hybrid Course Format

    This coursework is offered through a combination of on-demand, self-paced video instruction and two live in-person course weekends at Texas Chiropractic College

  • Practical Application

    Doctors who complete this program are well prepared to safely provide acupuncture and related techniques to effectively address most MSK and neurological complaints, as well as many internal disorders commonly seen in chiropractic practice.

  • Varied Learning Methods

    Learning methods include lecture, slide presentation, video demonstration and when possible, supervised hands-on instruction & technique practice.

Jim Ventresca, DOM, LAc.

Course Instructor

Dr. Ventresca is a Principal and Lead Instructor for AcuPractice Seminars and Faculty at OnlineContinuingEd, LLC. He has trained thousands of Oriental medical students, chiropractors, medical doctors, doctors of Oriental medicine, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals across all aspects of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. He is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico, licensed Acupuncturist in Massachusetts and a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. A 1984 graduate and past faculty of both the New England School of Acupuncture and Southwest Acupuncture College, Dr. Ventresca was among the first group of acupuncturists in the U.S. to become a board-certified Diplomate of Acupuncture with the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine



Course Curriculum

Modules 1, 3 and 4 are Virtual. Modules 2 and 5 are In-Person

  1. 1
  2. 2
    • Introduction: Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Legal, Practical and Clinic Setup

    • Clinical Fundamentals: Yin & Yang, 8 Principles, Substances

    • Meridian and Points: Introduction to Points and Meridians, 12 Primary Points

    • Clinical Techniques and Microsystems: Introduction to Needles & Tools, Clean needle technique, Microsystems Overview, Auricular Therapy

  3. 3
    • Clinical Fundamentals: Tongue Diagnosis, 5 Elements, Horary Cycle, Pathogens

    • Points & Meridians: Du, Yang & Sinew Meridians

    • Clinical Techniques and Microsystems: Point Release and Stimulation, TCM Pain Management

  4. 4
    • Clinical Fundamentals: Organs, Respiratory, Digestive, GU

    • Points & Meridians: Ren and Yin Meridians, Point Categories and Combinations

    • Clinical Techniques and Microsystems: Moxibustion and Heat Therapy

  5. 5
    • Clinical Fundamentals: Women’s Health

    • Points & Meridians: 8 Extraordinary Meridians

    • Clinical Techniques / Microsystems: Electro-acupuncture, Laser-acupuncture

  6. 6
    • Clinical Fundamentals: Program Review and National Board Preparation

    • Points & Meridians: Ordinary Points for Extraordinary Results

    • Clinical Techniques and Microsystems: Treatment of Pain, Ventresca Method , Chemical Dependency

Registration Options

This Course Begins July 25, 2022. Register now and choose from our one-time payment or pay-over-time options.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the in-person coursework include?

    Clinical training comprises 20 of the 100 hours of in-classroom coursework, wherein participants practice needle-handling, needle technique, point location, and the hands-on implementation of diagnostic frameworks such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.

  • What Traditional Techniques are Covered?

    Participants learn how to apply the theories and skills needed to diagnose patients and formulate treatments according to traditional acupuncture diagnostic frameworks commonly known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  • What Contemporary Techniques are Covered?

    In addition to traditional theories, this program includes contemporary neurological and physiological perspectives on how acupuncture works and the best practices for integration into a chiropractic practice.

  • Is Dry Needling Instruction included?

    In addition to traditional needling techniques, contemporary treatment styles employing release of trigger points and myofascial stress patterns are covered in some depth.

  • What other techniques are covered?

    In addition to invasive needling techniques, the program includes practical instruction on moxi bustion, cupping, gua-sha, electro-acupuncture and laser-acupuncture.

  • Other common questions:

    Lecture notes are provided in a PDF format for download. All attendees also receive lifetime access to the online coursework for future review/reference.