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Chiropractic Acupuncture Certificate


$1794 Full Program Discount (save $299)
or $299 per session

Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 8am-4pm
(1 hr lunch on your own each day)

This course is taught by a chiropractor and licensed acupuncturist specifically to fit the needs of chiropractors. Both theoretical and practical clinical skills will be taught, giving you techniques to help you treat even the most difficult musculoskeletal problems.

The information presented will also help prepare you for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NCBE) acupuncture exam which is required in some states for chiropractors to practice acupuncture. Additional study is highly recommended. See required textbooks below.

About the Instructor

Deborah Zurcher, DC, L.Ac.

Deborah Zurcher, DC, L.Ac. has been a chiropractor since 1997 and returned to Northwestern to receive her Masters in Acupuncture in 2012. Since 2003, she has had her own multi-disciplinary practice in Prior Lake, MN. Helping with the chiropractic acupuncture course at Northwestern with Peter Lichtenstein has lead to teaching Continuing Education through Northwestern and Dan Dock Seminars. Teaching is a passion for her and she strives to make her talks relevant to the doctor for use in their every day practice life.

Course Description

***Schedule is subject to change without notice ***

To Register:
Call 952-885-5446 or stop by the Continuing Education office.  Seats are limited and fill up fast -- so sign up early!  We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

Acupuncture Eligibility:

To meet the requirement to apply for the National Chiropractic Board of Examiners (NCBE) acupuncture exam you must complete a minimum of 100 hours (or seven sessions which is 105 hours).

In Minnesota, the Board of Chiropractic Examiners requires you to complete seven sessions or105 hours of this program (no online courses or hours earned outside this program are accepted) and pass the NCBE acupuncture exam.  If you plan to practice in another state, we recommend you check directly with your state licensing board about how to qualify.

Makeup Policy:

The policy for the Chiropractic Acupuncture Program and eligibility to make up sessions from year to year.

  • Customers are allowed to make up missed sessions the next academic year when the full program is purchased.
  • They must notify us prior to the missed session to qualify for this option. *
  • It’s only redeemable for one year (i.e. purchase in 2017-18– you can do this during 2018-19 but not later)
  • If the program is full prior to your request to make up a session, we will need to get Dr. Lichtenstein’s approval to allow another person to attend the session.

*In the case of force majeure or similarly qualifying crisis we can negotiate the prior to the session rule, but the expectation is that notification occurs within a reasonable time frame from the missed session (i.e. not 12 months later).

For Class:

You must come prepared to get undressed and expose your body so your partners can needle you.  Therefore ALWAYS bring a gown, shorts, or clothing that will allow for this.  Jog bras are NOT a good choice since they don’t allow easy access to the thoracic spine

Recommended Equipment - available at NWHSU Bookstore:
Each student should purchase fundamentals needed for this course and the practice of acupuncture in a chiropractic setting:

    • Sieren Needles
      1 box         .20 mm            30mm Long
      1 box         .20 mm            40mm long
    • With a metal handle
      1box          .20 mm            3 inches long
      1box          .20 mm            40 mm long
    • 1 Box Bleeding Lancets
    • 1 Box ear seeds
    • 1 Box press needles
    • 1 Chinese soupspoon (ceramic preferred)
    • Moxa (Stick Moxa) Needle Moxa
    • Moxa Remover
    • 5-6 Clothespins (spring type)
    • 1” Paper tape  Skin Marking Pencil
    • Japanese (Akabane) incense
    • Propane fuel cigar lighter

Not required for class – suggested for practice:

Electro Acupuncture Machine (~$250)
Note:  The Japanese and American made machines are the best but most expensive.  The Chinese machines are inexpensive and also work fine but sometimes they will surge which can be an unpleasant experience for your patient.  Quality control in China is suspect.

Required Text – included in tuition:

  • Medical Asepsis for Acupuncturists (Safety Course Handout), by John Pirog – provided at session #1.
  • Notes will be provided by Dr. Lichtenstein throughout the program.

Required Text – available to purchase at NWHSU Bookstore:



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