Continuing Acupuncture Education

AOMA offers hundreds of hours of acupuncture continuing education every year. Typically these courses are approved for Texas, California, Florida, and NCCAOM.

Join us for our many continuing education events throughout the year! 

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Southwest Symposium

Southwest Symposium (SWS) has been an annual event held in Austin, TX, which provides informative and educational seminars for people in the health care profession. This conference brings together the diverse community of health care providers from fields across the spectrum. We are proud to provide acupuncturists, naturopaths, herbalists, and nurses with educational seminars from qualified and fascinating educators. Our presenters provide a truly engaging experience, which help our attendees deepen their knowledge of health and patient care, taking their practice to an even higher level of excellence. The presentations we offer for Southwest Symposium are always accredited through NCCAOM for continuing education credits.

SWS is not offered in 2019, but will be back in 2020 - stayed tuned for details!

Dates: 2020 To Be Determined

Introduction to Master Tung's Points & Treatment Methods

Dates: April 27th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, April 28th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: AOMA South Campus, Building E1

15  NCCAOM CEU's available!

About the Course:

There are few acupuncture methods that have as rapid and profound effect on the resolution of pain as Master Tung’s points. Tung's points and methods are used extensively, world wide, with rapid, consistent and lasting results, making this one of the most popular and widely used acupuncture systems available today. These acupuncture points and methods are relatively simple and easy to learn. The information contained in this seminar can be immediately applied in your practice, improving your outcomes and building you business.

This hands-on seminar will be focused primarily on the treatment of pain, beginning with an introduction to Image correspondence and Channel correspondence (commonly referred to as the Balance Method). These relationships are foundation pieces in Master Tung’s Distal treatment methodologies . The remainder of the weekend will be focused on learning the location, indications and application of the most commonly used points in Master Tung’s point system.

Come learn from Elizabeth Fordyce, LAc, who has 25+ years of clinical experience.

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Tackling Trauma via Art and Acupressure

Dates: May 11th 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: AOMA South Campus

6 NCCAOM CEU's available!

About the Course:

Pam Ferguson has taught trauma workshops across Europe from Belfast to Vienna. Using simple Qi exercises to help resolve whiplash as a useful and safe role model, Pam helps participants reconstruct traumatic road, cycling or sports accidents- or street attacks -or memories of civil war - using art and imagery, in a safe and structured way. The process prompts new assessment guidelines and acupressure techniques that can be integrated by LAcs, ABTS, LMTs,MDs, RNs, Physical and Occupational Therapists, especially those dealing with issues of trauma and PTSD in clients, veterans and civilians. Participants are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing, and to bring pens or pencils in assorted colors, toy cars, props, and drawing pads.

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Basic Battlefield Acupuncture Seminar Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture Protocols and Clinical Pearls

Dates: July 27th 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

July 28th 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: AOMA South Campus (Event starts promptly at 9:00 AM)

8 NCCAOM CEU'S available per day / 16 NCCAOM CEU's for the whole weekend!

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About the Course

Day 1: Basic Battlefield Acupuncture Seminar

BATTLEFIELD ACUPUNCTURE (BA) is one of the strongest protocols for pain reduction, faster than most Western medical protocols and treatments. BA was created by Richard Niemtzow MD and the teaching material in this course was derived from meetings and clinical observations with Dr. Niemtzow and your instructor, John Howard, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. You will learn the history of Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy in the United States leading up to the invention of the BA protocol. You learn when it's appropriate to use BA and the outcome to expect. The morning is devoted to didactic learning and the afternoon includes live demonstrations on volunteers with pain. More information about BA and this class are available at


Day 2: Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture Protocols and Clinical Pearls

This class builds on the Basic Battlefield Acupuncture (BA) protocol. The teaching material was derived from over 10 years of clinical observation of complex and multi-symptom conditions for which there was limited to no improvement using the Basic BA protocol. You will add to the knowledge you gained from the Basic BA course to tackle more complex and painful conditions experienced by your patients. Use Pairing and Clustering to mitigate or eliminate pain. Discover the benefits of the Nogier System by incorporating Nogier's Phases into your treatments. Learn how to use a Piezo Pen. The morning is didactic learning and the afternoon includes live demonstrations. For more information, please go to our website


About the Instructor

John Howard is a licensed acupuncturist who started his career in Western medicine. He trained & served with the U.S. Marine Corps, as a Combat Medic & a certified EMT. He was chosen to attend the Army's Delta Special Operations School of Medicine to become a Corpsman and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences where he trained in field surgical techniques. At George Washington Univ. Hospital he worked as an ER Trauma Technician.and as an Asst. Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine teaching medical students minor trauma and suturing techniques. John Howard then completed his degree in acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Traditional Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland in 2004, and is nationally certified by NCCAOM.

After completing his degree, Prof Howard did a five-year fellowship with the US military under the direction of Dr. Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD. It included working with Wounded Warriors only days removed from the battlefield. John has gone on to create protocols for PTSD used worldwide and lactation that has become a staple method used to increase lactation production in a nationally acclaimed hospital. John maintains a private practice in Germantown, Maryland specializing in pain management, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, sports medicine and sports related injuries. John travels around the world to bring his teachings to acupuncturists nationally and internationally. He has also authored nine books and 25 articles on both Acupuncture & Auriculotherapy.


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