When thinking about undertaking a course like this, one thing people really want to know is, can I make a business out of being an acupuncturist?
We survey our graduates one year and three years after leaving us, to find out whether they are achieving what they want to. After all the marketing and business advice we give, and the tools we provide for free (such as a fully launched website, information for GPs, and a place in our Five Element acupuncturist public register)…. how are our graduates actually doing in practice?
The results to date indicate all graduates are still in practice. Phew, that’s a good start!
They work in a range of settings (most in more than one setting) from home clinics, multi-disciplinary clinics, and multi-bed clinics. Several have set up their own clinics (also renting to other practitioners). One was offered a post attached to the NHS in a pain clinic setting. One set up a charity service in a women’s refuge… They really are getting around!
Level of practice one year after leaving us
The average number of treatments per week that graduates are carrying out one year after leaving us is 14.
At an average treatment fee of £42-45 (conservatively, London prices are higher) this equates to a gross income of around £600 per week.
But how does this compare to how much work would they like to be doing?
On average, our graduates want to be carrying out 21 treatments per week. So, one year after leaving us, they are around 65% of the way to achieving their practice goals.
Most importantly perhaps, as you consider embarking on the course, you can see that the course pays for itself in under one year and often considerably less (plus remember that you will also be earning money from your acupuncture practice in the final six months of the course!)
Level of practice three years after leaving us
The average number of treatments per week that graduates are carrying out three years after leaving us is 21.
At an average treatment fee of £42-45 (conservatively, London prices are higher) this equates to a gross income of around £900 per week.
And how much work would they like to be doing at that stage?
On average, our graduates want to be carrying out 23 treatments per week. So, just three years after leaving us, they have pretty much achieved their practice goals already.
We can say with confidence – you have every chance of achieving not only your dream of becoming a competent acupuncturist, and you’ll make money doing it too!
Comments only six months after leaving us…
One graduate wrote to us six months after leaving, to let us know she’d taken on 68 new patients and carried out 322 treatments. Of those patients, some had come for fertility, and she had helped four conceive a baby already! She was also seeing many patients for anxiety or depression, and receiving referrals from the local mental health team. In addition, she was helping plenty of people with painful physical conditions.
Another said, six months after leaving: ‘After going through my TAA training for three years I was expecting to struggle for the first year or two of real practice. The reality has been that some magic has happened and I feel totally at home in my new vocation, Also, as a testament to my training and to the art of acupuncture, I can’t believe how effective my treatments have been.’