Archive for September, 2017

Keep Acupuncture Affordable! Support POCA!

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The future of affordable community acupuncture relies on a steady stream of acupuncturists who can staff our existing clinics and open new ones in underserved areas. Many Rivers will still be here in 20 years only if we can hire new acupuncturists when our current staff eventually needs to retire.

Unfortunately, the cost of acupuncture school has skyrocketed to $100,000 (and this does not include the cost of the undergraduate degree required to enter a Master’s level acupuncture program).

Graduates cannot earn enough as community acupuncturists to pay off their student loans.  Many leave the profession.  Others practice acupuncture only part-time and support themselves with other jobs.

Luckily, we have POCA Tech, an affordable acupuncture school made possible through our co-op, the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).  POCA Tech costs less than $20,000 for the entire program.

Graduates of POCA Tech are required to work at a community acupuncture clinic or open a new community clinic upon graduation.  Because of the low cost of their acupuncture education, they can afford to do this.

POCA Tech is only 3 years old and still needs a lot of support in order to stay viable.  When you become a member of POCA, your dues help support POCA Tech.  Plus, your dues provide micro-loans to help new community clinics open in underserved areas.

Your membership is the key to keeping community acupuncture clinics open and thriving. Please support POCA and POCA Tech today by becoming a member!

Go to pocacoop.com and become a member today!