100 Hour Chiropractic Acupuncture Certificate Program

Best Practices Academy Presents 100 Hour Chiropractic Acupuncture Certificate Program

1st in-person lab - January 7 & 8, 2023 at NWHSU in Bloomington, MN

Limit time away from your practice.  36 hours in person. 64 hours online.

Deadline to Register is December 15, 2022.  Total cost of the program is $2,050. 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 literature and expert opinion regarding acupuncture.

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

STUDENT Offer! Enroll now and get a $250 discount WITH COUPON CODE: STUDENT

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

This program has been approved as a complete Program by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners. 

This program is approved through PACE - Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. Find out if your state accepts PACE at this link. We recommend you check directly with your state licensing board for their acupuncture and distance learning eligibility requirements.

Upon completion of the program, practitioners will be prepared to integrate acupuncture in 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 current licensed chiropractor.

Complete 64 Hours Online, On-Demand

Immediately upon registration, you have access to 64 hours of online courses to complete at your own pace. 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 Program Exams

Online course exams will be given in order to ensure the educational objects were successfully met. A score of 70% or greater 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 successfully complete the 36 in-person hours.

Successful completion of 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.

Complete 36 Hours In-Person

Attend three 12 hour mandatory weekend seminars in Bloomington, MN without missing time away from your practice (Saturdays & Sundays only!). The 36 hour in person lab section will cover main acupuncture points, point selection based on TCM and integrating the points with techniques to treat conditions seen in the chiropractic clinic. The Clean Needle and the Acupuncture Needling online course is a pre-requisite to taking the first In-Person lab.

Session 1: January 7 & 8, 2023
Session 2: March 11 & 12, 2023
Session 3: April 15 & 16, 2023

Pass NBCE Acupuncture Exam

To practice acupuncture in Minnesota, the Board of Chiropractic Examiners requires you to attend this program in its entirety (no hours earned outside this program are accepted) and pass the NBCE acupuncture exam. 

Note 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 directly with your state licensing board about their licensing eligibility requirements.

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

In-Person, Hands-On Seminars

Take this series of three in person 12 hour weekend seminars without taking time away from your practice.  Saturdays & Sundays only!

Session 1: January 7 & 8, 2023
Session 2: March 11 & 12, 2023
Session 3: April 15 & 16, 2023

Venue Location:
Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W 84th St
Bloomington, MN 55431


Session 1

  • Pulse and Tongue exam practice
  • Acupuncture Point Measurement: Understanding the Cun and different body point references
  • Needling Techniques: tonifying and sedating techniques, Acupuncture with EMS
  • Overview of: Cupping, Moxa and Gua sha
  • Point Location for Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen
  • Techniques for treating Edema due to acute injuries or post-surgical


Session 2

  • Point Location for Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, and Triple Burner
  • Techniques for treating Neck Pain, Headaches, and Shoulder conditions


Session 3

  • Point Location for Gall Bladder and Liver
  • Point Location for Du and Ren channels as well as the Extra Points not on meridians
  • Points on the Ear: “Battlefield Protocol”, Scalp acupuncture
  • Techniques for Low Back Pain and Emotional Disorders

Online Curriculum

Take these 64 hours at your convenience, online and on-demand.  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 Theory and the 12 Main Meridians


The 8 Extra Meridians


5 Element Theory: Sheng and Ko Cycle


The 8 Parameters for Diagnosing a Pattern


History taking in TCM: the 10 Main categories


Exam including: Observation of Hands, Face, Body, Nails Pulse Assessment (28 different pulses) and Diagnosis Tongue Assessment


Treatment of TCM Pattern and Point Selection: Important acupuncture point for TCM patterns: The Five points, Yuan source points, Back Shu points, Front Mu points, Xi Cleft points


Clean Needle Technique, Blood Born Pathogens, and Exposure Control – OSHA Safety Requirements


Pain Management, acute and chronic pain

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

Dr. Thuy Katzenberger, DC, LAc(A is capitalized) 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 the promotion and advancement of the chiropractic profession. Dr. Munsterman is 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 into the transformed care delivery system. Dr. Scott believes chiropractic has a significant role to serve but challenges to face to achieve the chiropractic profession’s rightful role in care delivery.

Dr. Munsterman is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University, where he has served as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees and on the President’s Cabinet as Chief of Care Delivery. 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 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. chris olson, dc

Sioux Falls, SD


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

dR. jennifer vondrak, DC

Wall Lake, IA


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

Dr. joe carr, dc

Huron, SD


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


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