Study Abroad


Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Institute:

Study Abroad Program


The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (AIM) Institute in partnership with Acute Care Education (ACE) offers an Acupuncture Certificate Program for Nurse Practitioners. However, it is our goal to expand and explore many of the other traditional world medicines, that like Traditional Chinese Medicine explores the human experience through the lens of nature, long forgotten traditions and the human connection to nature. Our primary study abroad program focuses on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and will be offered annually at the end of each of the certificate programs in the spring. But future programs will include many unique traditional medicines that may or may not be as wide spread. We encourage any practitioner or any person from a medical or nursing background with an interest in traditional healing to join us as we coordinate annual excursions to places around the globe that can enhance not only your knowledge of medical traditions but expand your own healing experience.

Even though education is our focus, safety will be a top priority. Prior to traveling, extensive preparation and pre-travel education will be provided so that experienced and in-experienced travelers will be comfortable with traveling abroad. The course schedule will offer ample time for activities to enjoy the culture and beauty of locations visited and ensure participants get to experience the food and traditions of the country. The curriculum will include lectures on specific clinical disorders given by experts in the field, visits to traditional clinics to observe patient care and treatments and discussions of cultural challenges in health care.

Each course will be seven (7)- ten (10) days. Classes will be offered in the morning, with various clinic visits and cultural activities scheduled for the afternoon. Air, transport and accommodations will be coordinated by AIM Institute. Preparatory seminars and online course work will be held prior to travel.


Potential Future Courses of Study and Enrollment Dates:

April 2020- Shanghai China: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

October 2020 – Melbourne, Australia: Aboriginal Medicine

Potential Future Programs of Study:

  • Seoul, Korea: Korean Acupuncture
  • Hong Kong, China: Integrative Medicine
  • Athens, Greece: Asklepion (Asclepius) Medicine 
  • Dublin, Ireland: Celtic Medicine
  • New Delhi, India: Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii: Hawaiian Medicine
  • Native American Medicine


CE and credits:

Our programs are accredited by Acute Care Education (ACE) and are approved for continuing education hours. CE’s are available for (all medical professionals, including nurse practitioners, nurses….) Hours are contingent upon the length of the course, successful completion of the study abroad course and completion of post trip evaluation.

  Travel Syllabus

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Institute
Travel Abroad Program
Course Syllabus

Spring - Fall 

COURSE TITLE: AIM Travel Abroad Program
Classes: 10-14 Days including travel
Location: TBA
PREREQUISITES: Graduates of the AIMI Acupuncture Certification

Program and Clinical Preceptors

FACULTY: Director: Fujio McPherson, DAOM, ARNP, LAc. Dipl Ac.
Cell: 360-349-7882 Personal E-mail:

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment


A 40-hour training course for nurses, acupuncturist, primary care clinicians or anyone with a general interest, who want to incorporate and advance their skills and knowledge of Traditional Healing Practices into their personal or Integrative Approach to Care. The course will consist of class instruction, as well as clinical observations and/or instruction of healing traditions from around the world.

The itinerary for the study abroad program will be divided into three (3) scenarios: 1) class room instruction 2) clinical observation 3) touring academic and other attractions to enhance the learning experience. Bilingual escorts will be used whenever possible however. Participants will be given instructions in basic language skills, and cultural differences prior to our departure.

General Trip Itinerary

Full Tuition Deadline – 6 months prior to departure

60 Day Information Briefing

Full Travel Cost Deadline -   3 months prior to departure

30 Day Information Briefing

Pre-Trip Check In – 1 week prior to departure

This sample itinerary assumes a Friday departure. Actual departure dates may vary.

1. Friday: Depart Seattle
2. Saturday: Arrive in country (depending on time difference with on the day of departure or
the next day), Transportation from airport to hotel, check in to hotel, exchange currency
(we will encourage participants to do this prior to departure) and in-country brief (either
at lunch or dinner)
3. Sunday: Orientation lectures in the morning, meet with university staff, review of course
4. Monday: am lecture/pm clinical activity
5. Tuesday: am lecture/pm clinical activity
6. Wednesday: am lecture/pm cultural activity
7. Thursday: am lecture/pm clinical activity 
8. Friday: Personal time/activity 
9. Saturday: optional cultural activity
10. Sunday: Personal time/activity
11. Monday: Departure

General course schedule will include morning lectures, afternoon clinic/hospital tours, followed by optional excursions to cultural/historical site visits.

There is potential for an overnight trip: information to be announced.

Minimum participants (Ten).

General Registration and Fees (TBA)

Example Fee Schedule:

Visa fee:          $140.00
Travel Insurance:      $50.00
Airfare:                      $1000.00 – 1,500.00
Lodging:                    $ 70-150.00/night (prices vary, and roommates are encouraged)
Tuition                                 varies with course
Transportation fee     Primary transportation (e.g. airport, clinical) will be provided
Phone SIM card          TBA (varies from country to country)

Estimate Total:          $2000.00 - $3000.00

Prices may vary at time of confirmation.


Registration Timeline

Submit full tuition 6 months prior to departure date.
Submit full travel cost 3 months prior to departure.


  Current Trips

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Shanghai, China 2020

Transportation cost (to and from the airport and hospital) and museum admission fees will be provided.

Tuition Cost: $1,300.00
Chinese Visa fee (TBA)
Travel Insurance (TBA)
Hotel and airfare (TBA)

Open House Information Briefing:

Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 3:00-5:00 pm

Acacia Acupuncture
1800 Cooper Point Road, Building 15, Olympia WA

Full Tuition Deadline – 01 December 2019
Full Travel Cost Deadline - 01 January 2020

60 Day Information Briefing – Saturday 29 February 2020
30 Day Information Briefing - Saturday 28 March 2020

1 Week Check In – Saturday 18 April 2020
Departure – Friday 24 April 2020
Return – Monday 04 May 2020

  Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Study Abroad

When will the study abroad program start?

The Study Abroad Program will be offered twice a year, once in the spring for graduates of the Acupuncture Certification Course and again during the spring, summer or fall, depending on the medicine, and location selected.

Will only graduates of the certification program be eligible to go to China for the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program?

No. The study abroad program is open to anyone interested in learning about world medicines. However, the course is designed with a focus on TCM, so persons with a clinical background or interest (e.g. nurses, acupuncturist, clinicians) would benefit the most. Clinical CE credit is also available.

Will CE credit be authorized?

Yes. Every study abroad program will be eligible for CE credit. However, the amount of credit will vary from program to program. Currently only Nursing CE credit is available.

Will families be allowed to come?

Do to the nature of the group, we cannot accommodate anyone below the age of 20.

What if I have never traveled overseas before?

The safety of all students will be a priority throughout the program. We will meet three time prior to the trip and have several check points during the excursion to insure participants are comfortable with their travel and safe. We will also have staff members traveling with each group as resources to help answer questions and concerns during the trip as well as points of contact in the US for family members. However, exploration and enjoying the opportunity to travel abroad is an experience that we encourage everyone to experience. Not only does it build on the bonds developed during the course, but it expands the connection we have with the world around us.

Are payments refundable in the event of a trip cancellation?

Full tuition must be paid 6 months prior to departure and travel cost 3 months prior to departure. In the event that you must cancel your trip within the 3 months prior to departure, your tuition fee will be refunded minus $500.00 nonrefundable registration fee. Travel (airfare, hotel) refunds cannot be refunded directly once made, however, we will work with the travel agent and hotel as well as encourage everyone to pay for traveler’s insurance help recoup as much of the fare as possible.

In the unlikely event that AIM Inst must cancel a trip, all payments minus the processing fees will be refunded or credited toward a future trip/etc. Note that each program will require a minimum number of enrollees, therefore, cancellations due to non-enrollment will be determined 6 months prior to the departure date when full tuition is due.