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Apprenticeship Matching Program

Apprenticeships, which used to be the basis of acupuncture training programs, are now difficult to find. Students are interested in getting experience in professional clinics prior to graduation, or in the lull between graduation and licensure. Likewise, professional practitioners could use an extra hand at their busy practices and are eager to share their work with future practitioners. AIMC Berkeley would like to foster a synergistic relationship between LAcs and apprentices by matching those with similar interests.

LAc/Clinic Application

You will offer at least one day of shadowing for at least one apprentice. You may also want to offer paid opportunities such as a reception or billing position. Please include a clear outline of the time and task expectations for each opportunity, any application procedures specific to your site and the number of apprentices you are requesting at one time. Clinics interested in hiring their apprentices post-graduation will be prioritized in this process. You will maintain full liability for this apprenticeship opportunity.

Any liability issues will fall under Lac’s liability and malpractice insurance, not AIMC Berkeley’s as this is not part of our program or school. You will NOT offer any needling experience, needling removal tasks, or other tasks which would require a supervisor and CAB oversight.

During the application process, AIMC Berkeley will offer development assistance if clinics want help figuring out what kind of apprenticeship to offer. We will make all of the opportunities available for students to peruse and apply to. Students will submit an application form directly to the clinic offering an apprenticeship opportunity and/or employment.

Interested in having an apprentice? Please contact our Alumni Liason Robbyn Kawaguchi.

Student/Graduate Application to Apprentice

Interested in being an apprentice? Look through the following opportunities; when you have decided on a clinic you may contact our Alumnni Liason Robbyn Kawaguchi for the next steps.

During this apprenticeship you will NOT offer any needling, needling removal, or other tasks which would require a supervisor and CAB oversight. This is not an official part of the AIMC Berkeley program and therefore you will NOT receive any didactic or clinic credit for this apprenticeship.

Remember that you signed the following Needling Agreement upon admission to AIMC Berkeley:

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE: SECTION 4935
It is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fi ne of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fi ne and imprisonment, for any person who does not hold a current and valid license to practice acupuncture under this chapter or to hold himself or herself out as practicing or engaging in the practice of acupuncture.

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE: SECTION 4927
“Acupuncture” means the stimulation of a certain point or points on or near the surface of the body by the insertion of needles to prevent or modify the perception of pain or to normalize physiological functions, including pain control, for the treatment of certain diseases or dysfunctions of the body, and includes the techniques of electroacupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion.

Current Apprenticeship Opportunities

1. Oakland Acupuncture Project, Any Level, Unpaid
Interested in community acupuncture?
Apply to Jeffrey Levin, 2008 Alum
oaklandacugrand@gmail.com
Include cover letter
3718 Grand Ave, Suite One, Oakland
1 time per week during: Monday AM, Wednesday AM, Thursday AM


2. Tian Chao Herbs and Acupuncture, Any Level, Unpaid
Apply to Tian Li Wu,1995 Alum
tianchaoherbs@yahoo.com
Include cover letter
tianchaoherbs.com
2809 T Street Sacramento, CA 95816

3. Dr. Chady F. Wonson, New LAc., Paid ($20-25/hr)
Apply to Dr. Wonson
acuchiro8@gmail.com
Include cover letter, 3 references and a resume
drwonson.com
400 Montgomery, Ste.502, San Francisco, CA

Testimonials

"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey.

- Master’s Student

Acupuncture & Integrative
Medicine College, Berkely

2550 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

ADMISSIONS: 510-859-1300
CLINIC: 510-666-8248