POCA Tech is not just a cheap acupuncture school; it’s a project of the POCA Cooperative. Applicants are evaluated on their potential as future workers in, and/or owners of, POCA Co-op clinics. If you are not interested in a long term commitment to POCA do not apply.
When POCA Tech graduates enroll, they sign a commitment upon graduation to:
- sit for the NCCAOM exam (if they will be practicing in the U.S.)
- obtain a state license (U.S.) or provincial registration (Canada), and
- work for at least three years in a POCA clinic, either as an employee or an owner. If there is no POCA clinic where graduates want to practice, they will be expected to start one up.
POCA Tech only exists because of an enormous amount of unpaid work done by committed POCA volnteers. POCA Tech graduates are expected not only to respect this effort, but to reciprocate with a commitment to POCA.
Graduates will receive a Master’s level Certificate in Acupuncture, not a Master’s degree.
Each cohort is capped at 20 students, and admissions are rolling.
Western Biomedical Classes: 420 hours of co-requisites (30 semester or 45 quarter credits) and 38.5 hours of instruction completed at POCAtech -- please see the second half of the FAQ page for more details
Acupuncture Classes: 916.5 hours
Clinical Phase: 710 hours
Total: 2085 hours