Acupuncturist Program: Year 3

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Acupuncture Program (3 years)

The focus in this final year is to systematically examine all patterns of disharmony and their manifestations as illness. This study encompasses etiology, symptomology, differential diagnosis, principles of treatment, and appropriate therapy. All therapeutic methods in terms of acumoxa, Tui Na massage and qi-gong will be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials. The study of business management, ethics and counselling will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice.…

Year 3 is the integration phase of the program. Students will re-examine all previously learned knowledge and develop the ability to integrate this knowledge into a coherent understanding of disease and its treatment. At ACOS, all students will develop the ability to accurately formulate a TCM differential diagnosis, which we consider to be paramount to all other skills. Effective treatment is the natural progression of an accurate diagnosis.


YEAR THREE: Term 5 – Fall

ACU301. Acumoxa Therapeutics II(didactic & clinical) 7 credits. This course is designed to prepare the student for clinical practice through examination of all common illnesses in terms of: etiology, pathomechanism, differential diagnosis of symptom-complexes, principles of treatment, selection of appropriate acupoints and acumoxa treatment methods, prognosis and advice to patients. Patient treatments observed in clinic will be further analysed in class. Students will be able to analyze and properly approach all diseases covered in terms of acumoxa therapy. Students will learn to integrate previously learned knowledge into the therapeutic thought process. ACU251, ACU340 (or concurrent), concurrent with CP211 or CP305

ACU340. Acupuncture Lab IV (clinical) 1 credit. This acupuncture lab will focus on correct needling of a variety of points on the ren and du meridians, hua tuo jia ji points, and review of the bei shu points. Prerequisites: ACU240, ACU241

ACU440. Acupuncture Lab VI – Acupuncturist (clinical) 1 credit. This acupuncture lab will focus on correct needling of a variety of points on the occiput, anterior neck and face shoulders and liao points of the sacrum. Prerequisites: ACU240, ACU241, ACU340, ACU341

BMS397. Western Pathology III (didactic) 2 credits. Discussion of basic signs and symptoms of illness; diagnostic methods and laboratory tests used in clinical allopathy; emphasis on differentiation of urgent and serious conditions; introduction to basic emergency procedures, CPR and basic first aid. Diseases of the female and male reproductive system, urinary system and dermatological conditions will be discussed. BMS297, BMS298

BMS427. Western Pharmacology (didactic) 4 credits .This course will introduce the fundamentals of the science of pharmacology and include commonly used drugs in the major pharmaceutical categories. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298

CP305A. Clinical Observation III  (clinical) 3 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation II with increased focus on patient record keeping and clinic management. Successful completion of all first, second and concurrent third year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.

CP320. Tui Na Clinic II (clinical) 2 credits.   Tui Na clinic gives students an opportunity to review and apply skills learned in TCM256 Tui Na Therapeutics. Emphasis for this clinic will be on mastery of Tui Na manipulations and practicing diagnosis and differentiation.

CS417. Professional Ethics II – Acupuncturist (didactic) 2 credits. Students are invited to consider the moral and ethical responsibilities inherent in their role as practitioners of TCM .Students clinicians explore their obligations to the public and professional community while under the governance of CTCMA and the Health Professions Act. Prerequisite: CS166 or CS157

PC308. Nei Gong (practical) 2 credits. Qi gong is taken to the level of self-awareness. Students will receive training in the advanced methods of Qi Gong and become attuned to the energetics of those around them. Emphasis is placed on the development of fa qi skills.
Prerequisite: PC106, PC208

TCM302. Chinese Patent Formulas (didactic) 2 credits. This course focuses on discussion of the most commonly used TCM patents, their ingredients, therapeutic use, contraindications, means of administration, and dosage.

PD403. Business Management (didactic) 3 credits. Presentation of the practical aspects of setting up a medical practice including clinic maintenance, office management, marketing and creation of a business plan.

PD404. Jurisprudence (didactic) 1 credit This course will examine the ethical and legal foundations of TCM practice as outlined by the Health Professions Act, Traditional Chinese and Acupuncture Regulation, and CTCMA bylaws .Prerequisite: PD403 or concurrent

Total Credits, Term 5: 30


YEAR THREE: Term 6 – Winter

ACU304. TCM Classics I – Theory Comparison (didactic) 2 credits. This course discusses the history of acumoxa through examination of the classics and the teachings of renowned Chinese physicians from the past. Prerequisites: ACU201, TCM204

ACU359. TCM Classics II – Huangdi Neijing (didactic) 3 credits. A study of selected classical writings. These writings will be translated by the instructor and analysed through class discussion. Prerequisite: TCM101 (or TCM111 and TCM112), concurrent with TCM Program third year courses.

BMS347. Western Diagnostics & Lab Tests (didactic & practical/simulated) 2 credits. This course will introduce students to the basic Western medicine procedures for the physical diagnosis of the entire body; as well, laboratory tests and procedures with reference to their diagnostic significance and normal range values. Each student will shadow a RN in the Emergency Department at Kootenay Lake Hospital for 4 hours. This will give the students hands-on experience. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298

ACU341. Acupuncture Lab V (clinical) 2 credits. This acupuncture lab will focus on acu-points located in delicate areas of the body such as the eye, joint needling, and advanced needling techniques, as well as, on correct needling of a variety of points on the extremities, and torso.
Prerequisite: ACU240, ACU241, ACU340

BMS398. Western Pathology IV (didactic and practical) 3 credits. Discussion of basic signs and symptoms of illness; diagnostic methods and laboratory tests used in clinical allopathy. BMS397, 

CP355A. Clinical Observation IV – Acupuncturist (clinical) 3 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation III with increased focus on patient record keeping and clinic management.

Total Credits, Term 6: 15


YEAR THREE: Term 7 – Spring 

CP365. Clinical Practicum Placement (clinical) 15 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Western Canada with independent practitioners or in the ACOS Student Clinic. There may be opportunity for clinical placement in China. Students will gain more confidence in conducting patient interviews, participating in diagnosis and treatment planning, and performing appropriate acupuncture treatments and follow-up on patients’ responses in treatment. Prerequisite: successful completion of all courses of the Acupuncturist program at discretion of the Academic Dean.

CS405A. Applied Communication (clinical) 1 credit. Continuation of the development of counseling skills required in the clinical practice of TCM. This seminar course will focus on issues arising during students’ practical work with patients in the student clinic. Concurrent with CP365 or CP366 or CP375 or CP405

PD451A. Research Paper  4 credits. This upper level course allows the student to examine a topic of their choice with the approval of the Academic Dean.
Students will be expected to do independent readings, provide case studies, including differential diagnosis and treatment outlines, prepare a research paper and present their findings. Prerequisite Successful completion of all Acupuncturist Program Courses. Concurrent with CP365

Total Credits, Term 7: 20

Year 3 Total Credits: 65
Year 3 Credit Hours: 975


Course Synopsis/Credits: Acupuncturist (3 years)

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