Best Practices Academy Presents

100-Hour Chiropractic Acupuncture Certificate Program

1st in-person lab – September 7 & 8, 2024 in Edina, MN
Limit time away from your practice. 30 hours in person. 70 hours online.

Deadline to register is August 10, 2024. The total cost of the program is $2,250. Space is limited.

The Chiropractic Acupuncture Certificate Program

This dynamic and highly interactive 100-hour educational experience is designed to provide the practicing chiropractic physician with an approach to evaluating and managing patients using the most current information available in the literature and expert opinion regarding acupuncture.

This program will give chiropractic students and chiropractic doctors a basic understanding of the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and incorporate it into your care plan for more effective results.

STUDENT OFFER! Enroll now and get a $250 DISCOUNT with coupon code: STUDENT. You must be currently enrolled in chiropractic college to be eligible for this offer.

Here’s How You Will Earn Your Acupuncture Certification Through This Program


Upon completion of the program, practitioners will be prepared to integrate acupuncture into their practice, whether the needles are placed for a few minutes for musculoskeletal conditions or half an hour for an energy-balancing approach.

To be eligible to enroll in this program, the participant must be a chiropractic student or a currently licensed chiropractor.

States that Require 100 Hours for Chiropractic Acupuncture Certification

This program has been approved as a complete Program by:

  • Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners (30% in person and 70% online)
  • North Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • South Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • West Virginia Board of Chiropractic
  • Wyoming Board of Chiropractic Examiners

For all other states, we recommend you check with your state licensing board for their acupuncture certification requirements, as this program may be eligible in your state.

Continuing Education Credits
This program is approved for continuing education credits through PACE – Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. Find out if your state accepts PACE and distance learning at this link.

This program is recognized/sponsored by Northwestern Health Sciences University. 

Complete Hours Online, On-Demand

Immediately upon registration, you have access to online courses to complete at your own pace. The online portion does not need to be completed before the in-person lab portion. However, it does need to be completed and passed before taking the NBCE exam.

Pass NBCE Acupuncture Exam

The NBCE offers the exam every 2 months, and some have experienced it taking 3 weeks to submit to the Board required transcripts and receive approval to register for the exam. Reference the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners website for examination dates and to apply for the exam.

If you plan to practice in another state, contact us for assistance obtaining licensing board approval in your state. We also recommend you check with your state licensing board about their eligibility requirements.

States that require the exam:

  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Complete Hours In-Person

Attend two 15-hour mandatory weekend seminars in Edina, MN, without missing time away from your practice (Saturdays & Sundays only!).  

The in-person lab section will cover the main acupuncture points, point selection based on TCM, and integrating the points with techniques to treat conditions seen in the chiropractic clinic. 

Session 1: September 7 & 8, 2024
Session 2: October 5 & 6, 2024

Pass Program Exams

Online course exams will ensure the educational objectives were successfully met. A 70% or greater score is required on all examinations for successful program completion. If a score of 70% is not achieved, there is one opportunity for repeating the examination. Learners must pass a demonstration and competency evaluation at the end of each in-person lab to complete the in-person hours.

Completing this 100-hour course results in a certificate from Best Practices Academy and eligibility to sit the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) acupuncture examination.

In-Person, Hands-On Seminars

Take two in-person 15-hour weekend seminars without taking time away from your practice.
Saturdays & Sundays only!

Session 1: September 7 & 8, 2024
Session 2: October 5 & 6, 2024

Venue Location:
 Chiropractic Healing Arts Center
(Dr. Thuy Katzenberger’s Clinic)
7550 France Ave S, Suite 250
Edina, MN 55435 


Session 1

      • Acupuncture: Treatment uses, contraindication overview
      • Point Location for 8 Main Meridians
      • Needling techniques: Depth, angle, tonification vs. reduction, manipulation of needles
      • Cupping
      • Gua Sha

Session 2

      • Acupuncture: Point Location for 4 Main Meridians, Ren and Du channel
      • Extraordinary Points
      • Auricolotherapy
      • EMS
      • Tongue and Pulse
      • Upper Body Common Conditions and Treatments

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants are expected to be able to:

    1. Understand traditional Chinese medicine, meridian therapy, and diagnosing patterns of dysfunction
    2. Exam techniques to identify meridian dysfunction
    3. Learn clean needle technique and safety regarding exposure to blood-borne pathogens
    4. Documentation, coding and billing compliance
    5. Jurisprudence (Minnesota Statute 148.01 CHIROPRACTIC, Administrative Rule 2500.3000 ACUPUNCTURE)
    6. Understanding how to treat clinical conditions to improve response to acupuncture therapy
    7. Pain management education based upon the National Pain Strategy Guidelines
    8. Hands-on opportunities through face-to-face instruction for point location, treatment techniques

Online Curriculum

Take these hours at your convenience, online and on-demand. The online portion does not need to be completed before the in-person lab portion. However, it does need to be completed and passed before taking the NBCE exam.


  • Introduction and Traditional Chinese Medicine History
  • 5 Vital Substances
  • Yin Yang
  • Point Location
  • 12 Main Meridians: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Gallbladder, Liver
  • 8 Extra Vessels: Du, Ren, Thoroughfare, Girdle, Yang Heel, Yin Heel, Yang Linking, Yin Linking,8 Vessel Pairing
  • 5 Element Theory
  • History Taking
  • Observation: Body, Head, Hair, Spirit, Face, Nose, Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Palate, Lips, Teeth, Gums, Throat, Back, Hands, Chest and Abdomen, Extremities, Skin
  • Observation of Tongue, Tongue Location, Tongue Case Studies
  • Diagnosing by Hearing
  • Exam: Pulse Diagnosis, Palpation
  • reatment of Patterns Point Selection: 5 Transporting Points, Yuan Source Points, Jing Luo Connecting Points, Xi Cleft Points, Back Shu Transporting Points, Front Mu Alarm Points, 8 Influential Points, Other Important Intersecting Points
  • Identification and Treatment of a Pattern
  • Headaches: TCM Patterns and Treatment vs. Western Diagnosis
  • Bell’s Palsy Case Study
Effective Strategies in Pain Management
Evaluation and Management Coding
OSHA Program Training

Effective Treatments Using Cupping, Acupuncture, Vibration Therapy, and Rehabilitation Exercises for Conditions of the Low Back and Lower Extremity


Standards, Policies, and Procedures in HIPAA Law


Professional Boundaries

About the instructor,
Dr. Thuy Katzenberger, DC, LAc

Dr. Thuy Katzenberger, DC, LAc graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with her Doctorate in Chiropractic, Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and later her Masters in Acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In 2004, she founded Chiropractic Healing Arts Center where she integrates chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitation protocols, and nutrition in her practice.

Dr. Katzenberger is passionate about life long learning and is dedicated to helping patients improve their quality of life. Raised with an eastern philosophy and trained in western and eastern practices, she integrates both styles into her practice.

In 2010, she invented and patented “The Scout”, a tool used for soft tissue therapy named after her son, Scout. She has lectured on biomechanics, acupuncture, manual therapy techniques and rehabilitation protocols.

In 2013, Dr. Katzenberger went to Tian Jian University in China to lecture and learn. It was there that she witnessed the amazing treatments for stroke, MS, and other difficult conditions that solidified her belief that patients thrive when they receive multiple modalities of care.

About the instructor,
Dr. Scott Munsterman, DC, FICC, CPCO

Dr. Scott Munsterman is an acknowledged expert on the transforming model of health care delivery and compliance with a commitment to promoting and advancing the chiropractic profession. Dr. Munsterman is the founder and CEO of Best Practices Academy, a clinical improvement organization providing focused leadership to bring practices into compliance with regulatory standards, equip them to improve clinical outcomes, and integrate them into the transformed care delivery system. Dr. Scott believes chiropractic has a significant role to serve but challenges to face to achieve the profession’s rightful role in care delivery.

Dr. Munsterman is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University. He has served as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees and as Chief of Care Delivery on the President’s Cabinet. He was awarded Chiropractor of the Year in South Dakota and the Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC). He is a professional compliance officer. Dr. Munsterman served two terms as Mayor of the City of Brookings and three consecutive terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Health and Human Services Committee and the Legislative Planning Committee. He is the author of the books A Vision for South Dakota, Care Delivery and Chiropractic: An Opportunity Waiting, and Unfinished Business.

Here’s what people are saying


Dr. Thuy is very informative and easy to listen to. Please have Dr. Thuy speak again!


Sioux Falls, SD


Best seminar I’ve gone to in a long time. Great atmosphere. I learned things I can use in practice everyday.


Wall Lake, IA


Awesome topics and just what I have been hoping would be at an Acupuncture Seminar!


Huron, SD

Best Practices Academy Presents

100-Hour Chiropractic Acupuncture Certificate Program

1st in-person lab – September 7 & 8, 2024 in Edina, MN
Limit time away from your practice. 30 hours in person. 70 hours online.

Deadline to register is August 10, 2024. The total cost of the program is $2,250. Space is limited.

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