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Acupuncture Program - Basic and Advanced

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Program Information

Parker University is proud to offer the  Acupuncture Program chiropractic continuing education course. With Parker’s 30 years experience in offering quality chiropractic education, we feel we are the number one choice for doctors wanting to learn acupuncture techniques.

Did you know that diseased organs can be treated by stimulating specific acupuncture points?  This ancient art of healing, dating back 5000 years, is known throughout the world as acupuncture. Learn how the Acupuncture continuing education course can supplement your chiropractic practice.

The foundation of acupuncture is the two-way communication between the specific acupuncture points and all organs, glands, and tissues of the body. By stimulating certain acupuncture points, the dysfunction of the body can be arrested and even reversed, bringing the patient back to health. Restoration of function is brought about by balancing the body's own chi, the energy force that runs and heals the body.

Acupuncture is now:

  • recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • recognized by most state boards
  • practiced as a primary healing system by acupuncturists
  • practiced as an adjunctive procedure by DCs, MDs, DDs, DVMs and DOs

Our Basic 100 Hour program is offered as a 100-hour/six-session course. Each class session is 16 3/4 hours long. Participants completing the full 100 hours and pass the course final exam are eligible to sit for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners acupuncture exam.

Our Advanced 2nd 100 Hour program will focus on advanced Chinese medicine theory, diagnosis, expanded treatment protocols which include various forms of treatment that is a part of Chinese medicine.  Treatment will include acupuncture points, herbal recommendations and other Chinese medicine techniques.  The Advanced program is designed with the licensed health care provider in mind in the approach to western conditions via Chinese medicine.  The Advanced program will also include hands on treatment of the patient.

Completing the basic and advanced courses will put you two-thirds of the way to the Diplomate in Acupuncture.  Parker will offer the third 100 hours of the required 300 hours in the latter half of 2015.  Completing the 300 hours of acupuncture will give you the coursework needed to sit for the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncturist (ABCA) exam.

Attention Texas chiropractors: Under the new board rules, beginning on January 1, 2010, new DC licensees wishing to practice acupuncture must successfully complete either the national standardized certification examination in acupuncture offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners or the examination offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in order to practice acupuncture. Doctors who were licensed prior to January 1, 2010 and want to practice acupuncture must take a board approved 100-hour training program. View the complete Texas ruling.

Please contact your individual state board for details regarding practicing acupuncture requirements and/or exam requirements for licensure.


Mark Hanson  Dr. Mark Hanson graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 1982. His acupuncture career stated in 1989 which lead him to study and graduate from Third Coast Institute of Acupuncture in Dallas, TX and American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Houston, TX. In 1994, Dr. Hanson became a L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist) in the state of Texas. He taught acupuncture courses for Dallas College of Oriental Medicine and continues to teach seminars to chiropractors specializing in pain therapies and other clinical conditions seen in the chiropractic practice. Dr. Hanson currently practices in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX.
Paul Heikkennen Dr. Paul Heikkinen is a 1985 graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic. In 1994, he completed his training as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner. And in 2002, he completed his certification in advanced acupuncture techniques. He served on the Parker College Alumni Board of Directors from 1999 until 2008. He is a Lifetime Member of the Parker University Alumni Association. Treating athletes is Dr. Paul’s passion. He has served as the chiropractor for the Colombian Olympic Committee from 2005 until 2007. Dr. Paul donated his chiropractic service during the Juegos Bolivarianos in 2005, the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006, and the Pan American Games in 2007. Dr. Heikkinen has developed a unique wellness program called the Whole Health Challenge that empowers people to lose weight and prevent chronic illnesses. Dr. Paul is a member in good standing of the Texas Chiropractic Association.  

 Basic 100 Hours Acupuncture Program Course Dates Dallas 2014  - This is a doctor level course  

Date    Module   
March 15-16, 2014              Module 1   Introduction of 100 hour acupuncture program, state regulations for practice, relationship between chiropractic and acupuncture.  Brief history of Chinese Medicine, overview of CM Techniques, Clean Needle Technique & practice.  Overview study of Lung and Large Intestine meridians.
April 12-13, 2014 Module 2  Clean Needle Technique examination. Introduction and function of categories of acupuncture points.  Detailed study of stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine meridians.  Needling techniques.
May 10-11, 20214 Module 3  Overview of bladder meridian.  Auricular acupuncture, points, and treatment.  Overview of kidney, pericardium, San Jiao meridians.  Local and distal acupuncture points and treatment protocols.  
June 14-15, 2014 Module 4  Detailed study of gallbladder, liver meridians. Electronic Diagnostic Testing.  Overview of Conception Meridian, governing meridian, eight extra meridians, extraordinary points.  Points: hand, head and trunk, limbs, special uses points and electrical stimulation.
July 12-13, 2014 Module 5  Basic pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, treatment protocols,  supervised lab practicum with special attention of point location and needle insertion.
August 9-10, 2014    Module 6 - Non needle treatment procedures, incorporating Chinese medicine into practice. Final Written exam, final practical exam (treatment procedures and techniques with a patient)                

Advanced 2nd 100 Hour Program Course Dates Dallas 2014-2015

Date                               Module      
September 20-21, 2014    
**Please note this is a date change  from previously printed materials**
Module 1 - Review of information for the 1st 100 hour program, overview of 2nd 100 hours; Detailed study of Chinese Medicine principles, clean need technique reviewed, needling techniques, history taking in CM, channel theory, tongue & pulse diagnosis, auricular overview, combination of acupuncture points related to channel theory. 
October 11-12, 2014 Module 2 - Zang Fu, CM principles, differentiation of syndromes according to the Theory of Six Stages, Lung/Large Intestine study, etiology/pathology/CM diagnosis/Differentiation & Treatment , moxibustion and its usage 
November 8-9, 2014 Module 3 - Spleen/Stomach, etiology/pathology/CM diagnosis/differentiation & Treatment, case presentations
December 6-7, 2014 Module 4 - Kidney/Bladder, etiology/pathology/CM diagnosis/differentiation & Treatment, case presentations
January 10-11, 2015 Module 5 - Heart/Pericardium, etiology/pathology/CM diagnosis/differentiation & Treatment, case presentations
February 7-8, 2015 Module 6 - Liver/Gall bladder, etiology/pathology/CM diagnosis/differentiation & Treatment, case presentations, final exam


  • Saturday 8am-6pm
  • Sunday 8am-4:45pm 
  • Course start date is dependent on pre-enrollment numbers.

CE Hours

16.75 hours per weekend module submitted, pending state approval
(Course not submitted to all states - please check the States Approved list to verify your state's status.)

Tuition Per Weekend Module 

Workbook is included in registration. 
Supply kits can be ordered through the bookstore as a convenience for the attendee and will be given to the Continuing Eduction department to distribute at first module.  You can opt to purchase your supplies elsewhere if you prefer. 

Prepaid more than 1 week in advance   Prepaid less than 1 week in advance     Paid on-site
(cash not accepted as on-site payment.)

$410 $460 $495

Tri-6 & above chiropractic student
$210 $260 $295


Discounts & Policies
  • 10% discount if all six modules are prepaid in full in advance of the first module (applies to doctors only - not applicable for current students, Parker first-year Graduates or Parker Alumni). 
  • 15% discount for Parker University Alumni beginning January 1, 2013. (Not applicable for Parker first-year graduates or current students.)
  • Strongly recommended text for the Basic 100 Hour program: "The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists" (2nd edition) G. Maciocia  
  • Additional recommended reading for the Basic 100 Hour program:
    • "A Manual of Acupuncture" (2nd edition) P. Deadman & M. Al-Khafaji  
    • ""Clean Needle Technique Manual for Acupuncturists: Guidelines and Standards for the Clean and Safe Clinical Practice of Acupuncture" (6th edition) S. Given
    • "Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture" (3rd edition) T. Oelson 
    • "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion" (3rd edition) C. Xinnong 
    • "The Web that has no Weaver" T. Kaptchuk 

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