Clinical Training

To Sign Up for Clinical Observation Approved by the California Acupuncture Board for Continuing Education Credit,  please send an e-mail with your requested dates of observation.

As part of our mission to raise the bar of Chinese medicine by bringing classical theory to life with clinical application, The Association for Traditional Studies is pleased to offer training at The Alternative Clinic, the Association’s teaching focused, open room clinic. While seminar training is incredibly important, watching Chinese medicine in practice on real patients is critical to clinical efficacy. Clinical training & intensive immersion hours have been approved for CEU credit by the California Acupuncture Board and are accepted by the NCCAOM and most state licensing boards.

Traditionally, a student would spend years assisting and interning with an experienced practitioner before going out on their own, yet today most practitioners graduate from school without any significant training under highly skilled practitioners. This greatly affects the results and reputation of our field. Because of this gap in learning clinically focused Chinese medicine, ATS launched The Alternative Clinic in Asheville North Carolina. Built around Andrew & JulieAnn Nugent-Head’s combined 30+ years in China training with the last traditional doctors in Beijing, ATS offers short term clinical observation and an in depth 300 hour clinical immersion program.


Observers are licensed practitioners who are interested to see the style of Chinese medicine taught and practiced by Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head. Observers will see what we call Tangible Chinese Medicine, and stretch one’s understanding of clinical practice through viewing our broad scope and successful Chinese medical practice .  For those who have completed an ATS training program, observing in the clinic will bring to life the seminar material and provide a better integration of theory. Payment is due in full prior to beginning clinical hours. Once hours are booked, payments are not refundable for any reason. Licensed Practitioners Only.

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Costs for observers are $25 per hour:

  • $100 for a 4 hour shift
  • $200 for a full day of observation

Intensive Clinical Immersion Program

Licensed practitioners who have completed both Tangible Acupuncture programs are eligible to earn a 300 hour clinical immersion certificate. While herbal understanding is strongly encouraged, completion of ATS online herbal programs is not required. Participants begin by observing the treatments, then assist in treatments until their skill level is accessed. For those who demonstrate a clear proficiency in applying the treatment skills learned in the Tangible Acupuncture programs, they will finish treatments following the guidelines given by the attending practitioner.

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Costs for participation in the program:

$4,500 for a 300 hour certification program commitment. Hours can be completed at the discretion of the participant but must be completed within 36 months of registration. Payment is due in full prior to beginning clinical hours and is not refundable for any reason. Participants must maintain malpractice insurance throughout the program.

Application Process

To sign up for clinical observation or the intensive immersion program, please send your requested dates of participation by e-mail.  Please also review the information and code of conduct information below.

To view our code of conduct and participant expectations please click here.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00

Saturday 11:00 - 5:00