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June 15, 2005

Acupuncture Schools Survey - Take 2

For those who weren't around, from 2003-2004 I ran a survey of current and former Acupuncture students, asking them to rate their learning institutions. The survey was a 30 part questionnaire taking into account things such as experience of instructors, to school and clinic facilities, to practice management learning. Most importantly, I had students quantify how they would rate their schools. After about 300 responses, I posted the results with a very large caveat that this wasn't the most scientifically done survey of schools.

I ranked the schools from 1-21 and then took into account some info I received from the schools on requirements and board passing averages and made up a top 5. To date there have been absolutely NO valid surveys done to gauge which schools are "better" than others. In my mind, no web-based survey will ever be truly statistically significant, but I feel that it has its place in showing propsective students general ideas of what students think of their schools.

Before I begin the next survey, I'd like to ask you all for ideas, comments, and possible questions and wording to add to the 2005 survey. Also, how would you like each question rated for importance.

Post your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted by Admin at June 15, 2005 01:48 PM

Comments

Steve, I'm in the process of parking my domain but I might be able to help if I don't get a refund of hosting fees....might as well put something up if I've already paid for it. Can you give me details on what and how long you would need to run the survey? I wish I could figure out a way to get more people to take the survey...as a former student rep at my former school, apathy seemed to be pretty widespread.

Thanks,
CT

Posted by: ctr at June 14, 2005 01:44 PM

Steve,
Good idea to have another survey on the schools.

Don't forget to update your listing of the schools and websites that I sent you recently.

I would suggest that you contact the schools and ask them for help in having students fill this info out online and send it in. Afterall, this benefits them as well. You might offer a drawing for participation of some kind, maybe a book, etc.

A subjective 1-5 scale is a good start but I would post yearly scores for NCCAOM/CA exams as separate so that future students can see how the graduates do on these. It kind of tells you if the graduates are prepared enough to take and do well on these exams. They cannot run from this figure good or bad.

I think that it would be a nice touch to include the diversity of the faculty and if they graduated from the current institution, another US school or out of country (which country). At a glance this would tell you if they hire mostly graduates from their own school or import them, etc.

Posted by: naturaldoc at June 14, 2005 01:44 PM

Steve,
I reveiwed some school sites and found no changes made, meaning that links were not updated yet. If you have questions about my list email me. Thanks
Later

Posted by: Naturaldoc at June 15, 2005 09:03 AM

Hi, I am a current student at one of the acupunture schools that you have listed in your survey. I just have to say that I believe that this survey is a great idea.

Each year I have been in school they have raised my tuition, however I have not seen any improvements in the quality of insturction or the concern of the administration. The cost of my program is close to $60,000.00 now and as requirements continue to go up so will the price. So yes please lets start to find out which schools are worth it.

Jody
3rd yr MCOM

Posted by: Jody at August 9, 2005 11:07 AM

I did a long and hard search all over the country and some international schools and finally after hours of talking to teachers, alumns at the 5 finalist schools, I chose one which I'm extremely happy about.

BUT it's not on your list. hahaha Though I did see the other 3 or 4 schools I was considering.

I think you should add another category of questions because I believe there are only 2 or 3 schools that extensively teaches classical accupunture.

Also another aspect is the teacher/professor from the direct asian lineage of that classical acupuncture style or did the teachers learn from them and passing it on?
in other words... do I have access directly to the Taoist Priest or am I learning from someone who learned from the Taoist priest?

Posted by: Brian at September 22, 2005 12:43 AM

In the clinical section, I would ask whether or not it was easy to get the requisite number of clinic hours/number of patients at the school, or if students had to find their own internships, etc. in order to get enough hours/patients. I would certainly word it differently - but I am curious about that - as my school sells itself partially on how great the clinic is at supplying a large quantity of patients.

Posted by: Anaya at September 23, 2005 02:57 PM