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

Acupuncture Emergency Response and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Training

Dates: June 8th 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM, June 9th 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: AOMA South Campus, Building E1

15 NCCAOM CEU's including Introduction to Psychological First Aid and FEMA Incident Command System Certifications

Live Video Stream Available!

We are also excited to announce that we will be offering a livestreamoption for this workshop for those who are unable to attend in person. At the end of the event, you will be provided with a recording of the workshop.

To select this option, select "Live video stream" when you purchase your ticket through Eventbrite. You will be e-mailed an access link to the event as the date approaches.

About the Course

The national Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) network is an organization of federally approved teams of volunteers who respond in times of natural disaster and community crisis and they are seeking acupuncturists to join their teams. With increased security during times of disaster there is a need to create federally approved teams to respond to domestic incidents. Rachelle Lambert, Colorado Acupuncture MRC Unit Coorination for 3 years, is supporting the movement by training teams of acupuncturists throughout the US to support the development of acupuncture integrating into the national Medical Reserve Corps network with the use of the Acupuncture Mission Ready Package. Learn how to use the Acupuncture Mission Ready Package to respond to domestic incidents. Training also includes an introduction to Psychological First Aid and FEMA Incident Command System 100/700. (bring your laptop or tablet to complete the certification with FEMA)

What You'll Learn

1. The benefits, safety, and logistics of responding as an acupuncturist as part of a federally approved team.

2. The structure of national response to emergency incidents and how the deployment process works.

3. How to network with agencies in emergency support functions.

4. How to use acupuncture to respond to emergencies and humanitarian crisis.

About the Instructor

Rachelle Lambert is a Licensed Acupuncturist, AOMA graduate, and has practiced since 2009. Rachelle has travelled the world practicing acupuncture including locations in China, Europe, the Caribbean, and Nepal. Rachelle was the Unit Coordinator of the Colorado Acupuncture MRC for 3 years, and has experience with planning, procedures, recruiting, deployments, and training of acupuncturists in the MRC national program. While working on cruise ships crew members were trained in emergency procedures and Rachelle realized that one person can truly make a difference in many lives during times of crisis.

Rachelle began to volunteer in 2014 and has been involved with deployments internationally in Nepal after the earthquakes of 2015, in Colorado Springs during the Planned Parenthood Active Shooter Recovery in 2015, the Colorado Cold Springs Fire Response and Recovery in 2016, and the Sunshine Canyon Fire Response in 2017. Rachelle also supported Texas and Florida efforts to informally respond to natural disasters and community crisis, as well as supporting the acupuncturists in those states to join local MRCs and create their own state wide unit. Rachelle joined the first Emergency Management Assistance Compact Disaster Behavioral Health Team, deployed to Puerto Rico to support the Hurricane Maria Response in 2017. Rachelle has been working with the MRC of Puerto Rico since that deployment to support the team in the use of the Acupuncture Mission Ready Package. Rachelle has also been training with FEMA for the last couple of years to become an emergency manager and trainer with FEMA.

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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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