Acupuncturist Program: Year 3
|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 counseling 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.
Term 5 – Fall
301. Therapeutics of Acumoxa II (lecture & clinical) The second in a series of three courses designed to introduce the student to the most 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 learn to analyze and approach diseases in terms of acumoxa therapy, integrating prior TCM knowledge into the therapeutic thought process.
Concurrent with: 305, 340. Prerequisite: 251
302A. Patent Formulas (lecture) Study of composition, indications and use of common Chinese patent medicines.
305A. Clinical Observation II – Acupuncturist (clinical) This course is a continuation of Clinical Observation I with increased focus on patient record keeping.
Prerequisites: all first, second and concurrent third year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
308. Qi Gong II (practical) Practical development of self-awareness in terms of breathing and body alignment. Trains the student in the advanced methods of Qi Gong that have been used by healers to develop the capacity to heal with qi (Fa Qi) and also increase the practitioner’s sensitivity to the emotional and energetic state of other persons.
340. Needling Lab III (clinical) Continuation of 241. Study will include practical application of various acu-moxa techniques, including bloodletting, mang-zhen, huo-zhen, scalp acupuncture, cupping, ear acupuncture, needle warming moxibustion, direct moxibustion and partitioning moxibustion. Study will include needling of acupoints related by anatomical location, by function, or by needling technique. The practical application of Clean Needle Technique is requisite to passing this course. Lab coat required.
Prerequisites 241, 301(or concurrent)
397A. Western Pathology II (lecture) 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. This course is delivered over two terms.
401. Therapeutics of Acumoxa III (lecture) The last in a series of three courses continues to build on the topics and skills of the previous courses, including diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat as well as treatment of emergency conditions. Ziwuliuzhu acupuncture methods will be introduced.
Prerequisite or concurrent: 301, 440.
404. Business Management (lecture and practical) Presentation of the practical aspects of setting up a medical practice including clinic maintenance, office management, marketing and creation of a business plan. Included is the study of laws and current issues concerning the practice of acupuncture in this country, specifically in British Columbia. There will be several out-of-class projects.
417. Biomedical Ethics (lecture) The purpose of this course is to invite students to consider the moral and ethical responsibilities inherent in clinical medicine, as practitioners, members of a professional community, individuals, and as a complementary profession within the dominant medical delivery system.
427. Pharmacology (lecture) This course will introduce the fundamentals of the science of pharmacology and include commonly used drugs in the major pharmaceutical categories.
Prerequisites 397A & 397B (or concurrent)
Term Five Total Credits: 33
Term 6 – Winter
304. Theory Comparison (lecture) Introduces historical schools of thought in acupuncture, their origin and development, associated classics and application in a modern clinical practice.
Prerequisites 201, 204
341. Needling Lab IV (clinical) Continuation of 340. Study will include practical application of various acu-moxa techniques, including bloodletting, mang-zhen, huo-zhen, scalp acupuncture, cupping, ear acupuncture, needle warming moxibustion, direct moxibustion and partitioning moxibustion. Study will include needling of acupoints related by anatomical location, by function, or by needling technique. The practical application of Clean Needle Technique is requisite to passing this course. Lab coat required.
342. Elective Needling Lab II (clinical) This course supplements Needling Labs 340 and 341, revisiting needling of points already covered and providing additional opportunity for reinforcing the locating and needling of these points in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: 240, 241, 340, 341 (or concurrent)
347. Western Medicine Lab Diagnostics & Physical Examination (lecture & practical) This course will introduce students to the basic Western medicine procedures for the physical diagnosis of the entire body; as well, students will be introduced to Western medicine laboratory tests and procedures with reference to their diagnostic significance and normal range values.
Prerequisites 297, 397A & 397B (or concurrent)
355A. Clinical Observation III – Acupuncturist (clinical) A continuation of Clinical Observation II. Students will prepare patient intake records for presentation to class. Preliminary student-patient interaction will be undertaken in preparation for Supervised Clinical practice.
Prerequisites: 301, 401 (or concurrent) all first, second, and concurrent third year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
356. Tui Na II (lecture & clinical) This course is a continuation of Course 256 Tui Na I with the study of the treatment of disease with tui na. Study will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of internal medicine disorders as well as pediatric tui na. All methods will be practised in the clinical setting, including sessions in one of the local senior homes and a baby clinic. Students will be able to diagnose and then use Tui Na techniques to treat the pediatric illnesses and common internal conditions in adults.
359. Huangdi Neijing Selections (lecture) This class involves the in-class translation and discussion of selected sections of the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine) in their original Chinese text.
Prerequisites 101, concurrent with TCM Program third year courses
397A. Western Pathology II (lecture) 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.
397B. Western Pathology II Case Studies (practical) Adjunct to 397A, this course will present and analyze relevant clinical case studies in order to deepen student understanding.
Concurrent with 397A.
Term Six Total Credits: 20
Including Elective Course: 21
Term 7 – Spring
365. Clinical Practicum Placement – Acupuncturist (clinical) Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Western Canada with independent practitioners. There may be opportunity for clinical placement in China. Placements will range from five weeks to three months. Students will be performing practical application of previously learned theory. Students will conduct patient interviews, participate in diagnosis and treatment planning, and perform appropriate acupuncture treatments and follow-up on patients’ responses in treatment.
Prerequisites: successful completion of all first, second, and third year Acupuncturist Program courses.
Concurrent with 451A
451A. Research Paper – Acupuncturist (project) 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. Prerequisites: successful completion of all first, second, and third year Acupuncturist Program courses.
Concurrent with 365
Term Seven Total Credits: 21
Year 3 Total Credits: 74
Year 3 Credit Hours: 1100
Including Elective Course: 75 credits/1115 hours
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 164
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS: 2460
INCLUDING ELECTIVE COURSES: 166 CREDITS/2490 HOURS
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