Acupuncturist (Occupation Code : 223101)
DescriptionTreats disorders and illnesses by stimulating the body's defence mechanisms through inserting fine needle into the skin.
TasksUsing techniques in the traditional Chinese medicine system to treat a range of conditions in the human body that contribute to ill health.
Conducting physical examinations of patients and interviewing them and their families to determine their health status.
Identifying the correct anatomical locations to insert needles into the patient’s body in accordance with accepted practice.
Taking the required precautions related to treatments involving intradermal needles and other traditional Chinese medicine practices.
Developing and implementing treatment plans for physical, mental and psychosocial ailments using traditional methods.
Applying a range of therapies and treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and dietary and herbal therapies.
Conducting research into traditional and complementary medicines and treatments and disseminating findings.
Evaluating and documenting patients' progress through treatment plans.
Step 1 : Admission requirements
- NSC Bachelor Admission
Admission into a Degree requires the achievement of a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with the minimum requirements for admission into a degree or a National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V). In addition, each education institution has its own unique entry requirements for each of its programmes. It is important to check the entry requirements for this programme with the institution of your choice before you apply.
Step 2 : General Qualification
Step 3 : Designation
- Designation: Doctor in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
This designation is awarded by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). A designation is a title that professional persons may use (write behind their name) to indicate that they are fully qualified in a certain professional field and are registered with a professional body to practice in that field. It also indicates that the person subscribes to the code of conduct of that professional body.