Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Institute:
Study Abroad Program
The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (AIM) Institute offers an Acupuncture Certificate Program for Nurse Practitioners. However, it is our goal to expand and explore many of the other traditional world medicines that explores the human experience through the lens of nature, long forgotten traditions and the human connection to nature. Our primary study abroad program will continue to focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and will be offered annually at the end of each of the certificate programs in the spring. But future programs will include many unique traditional medicines that may or may not be as widespread. We encourage anyone with an interest in traditional healing to join us as we coordinate annual excursions to places around the globe that can enhance not only your knowledge of medical traditions but expand your own healing experience.
Even though education is our focus, safety will be a top priority. Prior to traveling, extensive preparation and pre-travel education will be provided so that experienced and in-experienced travelers will be comfortable with traveling abroad. The course schedule will offer ample time for activities to enjoy the culture and beauty of locations visited and ensure participants get to experience the food and traditions of the country. The curriculum will include lectures on specific clinical disorders given by experts in the field, visits to traditional clinics to observe patient care and treatments and discussions of cultural challenges in health care.
The length of each course can vary however, the length will consider those who are working and the academic schedule with a target of between seven (7)- ten (10) days. Air, transport and accommodations will be coordinated by AIM Institute. Preparatory seminars and online course work will be held prior to travel.
Potential Future Courses of Study and Enrollment Dates:
Planned Future Courses of Study:
Shanghai China: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Melbourne, Australia, Aboriginal Medicine
Shanghai, China: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Melbourne, Australia: Aboriginal Medicine
Seoul, Korea: Korean Acupuncture
Hong Kong, China: Integrative Medicine
Athens, Greece: Asklepion (Asclepius) Medicine
Dublin, Ireland: Celtic Medicine
New Delhi, India: Ayurvedic Medicine
Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii: Hawaiian Medicine
Native American Medicine
CE and credits:
Our programs are accredited and are approved for continuing education hours. CE’s are available for (all medical professionals, including nurse practitioners, nurses….) Hours are contingent upon the length of the course, successful completion of the study abroad course and completion of post trip evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions: Study Abroad
When will the study abroad program start?
The Study Abroad Program will be offered twice a year, once in the spring for graduates of the Acupuncture Certification Course and again during the spring, summer or fall, depending on the medicine, and location selected.
Will only graduates of the certification program be eligible to go to China for the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program?
No. The study abroad program is open to anyone interested in learning about world medicines. However, the course is designed with a focus on TCM, so persons with a clinical background or interest (e.g. nurses, acupuncturist, clinicians) would benefit the most. Clinical CE credit is also available.
Will CE credit be authorized?
Yes. Every study abroad program will be eligible for CE credit. However, the amount of credit will vary from program to program. Currently only Nursing CE credit is available.
Will families be allowed to come?
Do to the nature of the group, we cannot accommodate anyone below the age of 20.
What if I have never traveled overseas before?
The safety of all students will be a priority throughout the program. We will meet three time prior to the trip and have several check points during the excursion to insure participants are comfortable with their travel and safe. We will also have staff members traveling with each group as resources to help answer questions and concerns during the trip as well as points of contact in the US for family members. However, exploration and enjoying the opportunity to travel abroad is an experience that we encourage everyone to experience. Not only does it build on the bonds developed during the course, but it expands the connection we have with the world around us.
Are payments refundable in the event of a trip cancellation?
Full tuition must be paid 6 months prior to departure and travel cost 3 months prior to departure. In the event that you must cancel your trip within the 3 months prior to departure, your tuition fee will be refunded minus $500.00 nonrefundable registration fee. Travel (airfare, hotel) refunds cannot be refunded directly once made, however, we will work with the travel agent and hotel as well as encourage everyone to pay for traveler’s insurance help recoup as much of the fare as possible.
In the unlikely event that AIM Inst must cancel a trip, all payments minus the processing fees will be refunded or credited toward a future trip/etc. Note that each program will require a minimum number of enrollees, therefore, cancellations due to non-enrollment will be determined 6 months prior to the departure date when full tuition is due.