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Practical Information

What accreditation does the education have?

 DAA's education is accredited by SNRO. That indicates the education meets the educational requirements in accordance with HBO standards (higher vocational training) and you, as a future therapist, can become a member of a TCM professional association in the Netherlands and are exempt from the VAT obligation after completing the 3-year education and 1-year foundation of western medicine course. On top of that many health care insurances will refund your patient’s consultation and treatment if they have chosen a coverage for alternative medicine.

How often do I need to join the class?

Can I take two study years at the same time?

It depends. There are possibilities to combine study years. For example, you can combine the study Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine after the accomplish of Foundation of Chinese Medicine. Please consult with us before you decide to register.  It is NOT possible to follow two different years like Acu 1 and Acu 2 at the same time, because the knowledge and skills are built up systematically.

What kind of diploma will I receive?

DAA is accredited by SNRO as the Education for complementary medicine in the Netherlands in HBO-level. By fulfilled all required courses, a SNRO- Diploma will be issued which eligible the holder to register as acupuncturist and other therapist according to the education.

How many classes can I miss?

At Dutch Acupuncture Academy, we take our attendance policy seriously, with a requirement of 80% attendance for both in-person and online classes. This is because we believe that consistent and regular attendance is crucial to your success and development as a student of Chinese medicine. Our dedicated faculty is committed to providing an engaging and interactive learning experience that will keep you motivated and on track to meet your academic goals.  

Where do the lectures take place?

The educational program follows a hybrid format. For in-person lectures, we have chosen a serene and convenient location away from the bustling tourist areas of Amsterdam. Our address is Utrechtsedwarsstraat 13-1; 1017 WB; Amsterdam, situated in one of the most tranquil, picturesque, and easily accessible areas. The venue is conveniently reachable by metro, train, tram, bus, or bike, making it friendly for all attendees.

The group apprenticeship and certain practical sessions may take place at various locations throughout Amsterdam.

What other assignments or obligations do I need to fulfill during the course of my studies?

During your studies, participation in mandatory apprenticeships and study groups is required to complete practical and theoretical assignments. Additionally, a thesis is mandatory during the final year before graduation.

What is the required duration of the apprenticeship?

To become a qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine, encompassing acupuncture, Tui Na, and herbal medicine, extensive clinical training is essential. In addition to practical instruction received during in-person education, participation in apprenticeships is mandatory to acquire the necessary experience in patient communication, diagnosis, and treatment application.

A minimum of 356 hours of apprenticeship is required, spanning across the Foundation of Chinese Medicine and subsequent years focusing on acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tui Na. Notably, the Dutch Acupuncture Academy (DAA) stands as the sole institution in the Netherlands offering complimentary clinical training on real patients, known as the Group Apprenticeship at DAA.

This unique program provides students with approximately 36 hours of hands-on experience annually, totaling over 100 hours throughout the course of three years. During these Group Apprenticeships, students receive personalized guidance and individualized instruction, making it a standout feature of our educational offerings.

The educational program occurs once a month on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) for a duration of 10 months per year. Typically, there are no classes scheduled in July and August, although the final exam usually takes place in July.

The program follows a hybrid format, allowing participants to attend certain modules online from any location with an internet connection.

Classes are conducted from 10:00 to 17:00, with a one-hour lunch break and two short breaks for coffee and tea.

The education is once a month on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) for 10 months in an year (mostly no class in July and August, but end exam usually in July). The lessons last from 10:00 to 17:00, with one hour of lunch break and two short coffee and tea breaks. 

What is the recommended amount of study time outside of class?

The ratio of contact hours to self-study load is 1:5, indicating an average of 16 hours per week. However, this figure can vary significantly based on individual circumstances and study efficiency.

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