Clinical Training

To Sign Up for Clinical Observation,  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, we are pleased to offer training at The Alternative Clinic, the Association’s teaching focused clinic. While seminar training is incredibly important, watching Chinese medicine in practice on real patients is critical to clinical efficacy. Clinical training hours have been approved for CEU credit by the California Acupuncture Board and are accepted by the NCCAOM and most US 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 significant training under highly skilled practitioners. This greatly affects the results of our treatments and reputation of our field.

Observation / Immersion Programs:

Licensed practitioners who are interested to see the style of Chinese medicine taught and practiced at The Alternative Clinic may choose from a short term or longer term training program. 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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Single Day Observation:

  •  8 hours of clinical observation 9-5 pm: $240

This single day observation provides the attendee with a certificate granting 8 hours of continuing education credit.

Intensive Clinical Immersion Program

  • 300 hour observation program: $4,500

This program is designed to be completed in 3 months of concentrated training or within concentrated blocks of 2-4 weeks. This program provides a certificate of completion as well as CEUs and must be completed within 24 months.

• 100 hour immersion observation program: $2,000

This program is designed to be completed in a single immersion of 3 weeks or in 1 week blocks. This program provides a certificate of completion as well as CEUs and must be completed within 12 months.

• 32 hour exposure observation program: $750

This program is designed to be completed in a single week of observation. This program is approved for 32 hours of CEU credit by the California Acupuncture Board.

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Application Process

To sign up for clinical observation or an 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 2018 observers.


Hours of Operation:


Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:30


Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 5:00