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Earn a living in a way
that encompasses you
as a whole person and is
true to your own values

North Wales
College of
Oriental Medicine

North Wales College of Oriental Medicine is a classical school of Oriental medicine offering an accredited professional training. With the primary responsibility of educating students to become independent healthcare providers, our foremost goal is to provide excellence in the education of those prospective practitioners. A concomitant goal of the college, to cultivate leadership and service to the community in this emerging field of effective medical care, is fostered in the curriculum and the educational life of the college community through our onsite low-cost public clinic. In order to accomplish these goals of promoting the highest quality of education, and promoting the greatest calibre and realisation of professional performance, the staff are continually re-evaluating the program and supporting areas of institutional activity, seeking ways to enhance and maintain the college’s standard of excellence.

Our educational philosophy guides the program and makes us unique. This philosophy maintains that learning is best accomplished by doing. Therefore the preponderance of the curriculum is centred around a hands-on clinical approach where students locate points, practice techniques, develop diagnoses and treatment plans, and observe and treat patients. Through an active teaching clinic, North Wales College of Oriental Medicine creates an integrative environment in which classroom learning can be practically applied in an actual healthcare setting.

The curriculum is designed to couple knowledge with experience, reinforcing information learned in the classroom so that it becomes a working body of knowledge that is used and applied. The educational format strives to develop professionals capable of independent thinking, collaborative learning, analytical ability, self-evaluation, and self-education: skills that the students can cultivate and use throughout their professional lives. The number of students accepted into the program is limited to ensure optimal student-teacher ratios, as a step towards the personalised education needed to develop outstanding healthcare providers.

Student Testimonials

Pam Humphreys

I was 57 and just retired when Paul suggested I study for a degree in Complementary Medicine. I loved every minute of those three years - it was the best decision I have ever made.
Pam Humphreys

Lynnette Hughes

I came out of the course feeling much more confident and keen to challenge my way of thinking. I will definitely consider going on other courses run by North Wales College of Oriental Medicine again.
Lynnette Hughes

Our Courses

Acupuncture training materials


The course includes an introduction to the history of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as well as detailed treatment protocols for a wide range of common conditions. Graduates can register with the FHT and the Acupuncture Society and the British Acupuncture Federation.

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Cosmetic acupuncture

FACE Value

Mention cosmetic acupuncture these days and the image of celebrities posting pictures on social media with their faces liberally peppered with tiny needles may spring to mind. However, cosmetic acupuncture has a much deeper and richer history.

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Dry Needling & Acupuncture

The course provides a Western medical approach to acupuncture - grounded in current research evidence rather than in traditional Chinese philosophical thinking. This course does not cover the traditional Chinese medical approach to acupuncture (with some exceptions).

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Man with neck and back injuries

Musculoskeletal Injuries

There has recently been a drive towards using complementary medicine in acute injury management. Our course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prevent, assess and rehabilitate both acute and chronic conditions in a variety of sectors including sport.

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Complementary Therapies

This course includes the theory and application and, an in depth study into the theories presented in the classical texts, Reflexology, Massage, safety in the disciplines, a wide range of treatments, and an extensive look into the practice of the therapies.

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Knee injury being treated

CPD & Other Courses

This new and innovative diploma will equip you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to successfully treat a range of sports injuries and tailor suitable rehabilitation programmes. We also provide a range of other short courses.

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