What kind of people choose acupuncture?
No matter what background they come from our students are all united by one common goal - to change their career and help other people.
On our acupuncture courses our students mostly range in age from eighteen to sixty-something and come from many walks of life. They bring a great deal of life and work experience with them and we all learn from each other. Our recent acupuncture course cohorts have included:
And many more!
We find that this cosmopolitan mix creates stimulating and supportive groups of students and life-long friendships are made. Our students bring a great deal of life and work experience with them, and we all learn from each other. There is plenty of laughter too!
Many of our students have already established successful careers in other, completely unrelated fields. Some are already working in complementary or orthodox medicine and seek to expand their understanding and their therapeutic range. Others study acupuncture as a first career choice, or begin to study after raising their families. Many have had acupuncture treatment themselves, or have friends and relations who have benefitted from it. Another popular route is from having an interest in the martial arts. One thing is for sure – all are inspired by our holistic approach to healing underpinned by a strong and coherent theory.
Student story - Adam Stott (right)
Student Adam Stott talks about why he decided to study acupuncture and about learning in the teaching clinic.
Q What made you decide to study acupuncture?
A Before coming to the NCA I was the manager of a vegetarian cafe in a Buddhist community near York but the world threw a few curve balls at me and I had to change the direction of my life. Always excited at the idea of a new project but what was I to do? I knew I wanted to be of benefit to others and that this time I wanted to embark on a real life changing adventure that would be educational, emotional, searching and something I could sustain into the later years of my life. I have had acupuncture many times for everything from hay fever to addiction, back pain and headaches with some almost miraculous results and having just had the worst experience from a Western doctor who I don’t think even looked at me the whole time I was there, the decision was made, ‘I am going to become an acupuncturist!’
Q And why the NCA?
A I had actually looked into the NCA a number of years before but at the time money and circumstances dictated to me that this wouldn’t be possible. But this time I was determined and with the student finance situation having currently changed for the College - all systems were go!
Q What were your first impressions?
A The first day was a pleasant surprise as we were greeted by Richard Blackwell (the College Principal) who led the proceedings and made us all feel at home and part of the family, which over the year I have really grown to love and appreciate.
Q How has your first year been?
A The high points for me, and I am saying this with my hand on my heart, are pretty much every day at the College as I always look forward to my days here and was really upset when I had to miss a day due to work commitments. The College and all of the tutors bend over backwards to accommodate the students and do everything they can to help us pass and really are very supportive and considerate towards our needs.