TCM Herbalist Program: Year 2

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Herbalist Program (3 years)

The focus of the second year is to introduce the more technical elements of Chinese medicine, including Chinese medicinal substances and Chinese medicinal formulas. Students will continue their study of Counseling Skills and begin their study of Qi Gong (understanding and training qi). In this year, students will be introduced to the classical view of mental and emotional disharmony patterns and their absolute importance to a wide variety of illnesses. The study of business management and ethics will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice.

If the study of the foundations of TCM in Year 1 is likened to the roots, trunk and main branches of a tree, then study in Year 2 may be likened to the small branches and leaves. Students will assimilate a vast amount of detailed knowledge in the relevant fields of TCM. This knowledge is often experienced as somewhat overwhelming at the time; however, it will as serve as the “fuel for the fire” as it is constantly reexamined during the integration phase in the following years of study.

YEAR TWO: Term 3 – Fall

BMS297. Western Pathology I (didactic) 2 credits. Study will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. Abnormal cell function, injury, adaptation, death and inflammation, as well as diseases of the Immune system (hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency), circulatory and cardiovascular system will be covered. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198

BMS299. Orthopaedic Pathology (didactic and simulated) 3 credits. This course will discuss structural and degenerative pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, with particular focus on causes and assessment, and paediatric orthopedic pathology.

CP225. Clinical Observation I (clinical) 1 credit. The first in a series of Clinical Observation courses: An initial exposure to the day-to-day running of the TCM clinic with focus on observation of the diagnostic and treatment procedure. Successful completion of all first and concurrent second year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.

CS205. Interview Skills (clinical) 3 credits. Students learn to perfect their TCM interview and communication skills, relay information for use by other health practitioners, critically assess personal performance setting goals for improvement, and review material from TCM151 to aid in formulating a suitable diagnosis and treatment plan. Prerequisites: TCM101 (or TCM111 and TCM112), TCM151

CS227.Professional Relationships (didactic) 0.5 credits. An introduction to the public health system. Students will meet health professionals from a variety of Fields including naturopathy chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy, massage therapy, and physio Therapy.

PC208.   Dao Yin (practical) 2 credits. A physical exercise class which offers basic ethodologies of Qi Gong practice: regulation of qi, through breath control, sound, visualization ,intent, osture, and energetic sensitivity. This course will involve the study of several qi gong systems, breathing methods, and the therapeutic approach of qi gong as a clinical treatment method. Prerequisites: PC106 or concurrent

CS417. Professional Ethics II (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

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

TCM203. Chinese Herbology (didactic & practical) 8 credits. An introduction to the Chinese materia medica, including classification of medicine; properties, functions and toxicity of each medicine; preparation and processing of medicines; and, interactions of medicines. Clinical identification of medicines is also covered. Prerequisites: TCM151

TCM204. Chinese Medicine History (didactic) 2 credits. This lecture course looks at the evolution and underpinnings of TCM in the context of Chinese culture and world events.

TCM292. Psychiatry of TCM I (didactic) 2 credits. Students will develop and understanding of psychiatry according to TCM theory. Models used to explore aspects of the mind, emotions, and thought will be used to discuss pathology and approach to treatment. ACU102, TCM151, CS167

Total Credits, Term 3: 29.5


YEAR TWO: Term 4 – Winter

BMS287. Microbiology & Immunology (didactic) 2 credits. Investigation of the fundamental concepts and principles of human immunology and microbiology as it relates to human pathology. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198 (or concurrent).

BMS298. Western Pathology II (didactic) 2 credits. Study will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. Diseases of the liver and pancreas, the digestive system and childhood diseases will be covered. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198

CP255H. Clinical Observation II  (clinical) 3 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation I with focus on observation of the diagnostic and treatment procedure. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first and concurrent second year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.

CP220. Tui Na Clinic I (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.

CS267. Communication Skills II (didactic & practical) 2 credits. A further study of principles and ethics of therapeutic counselling. Focus is on methods of interaction. Prerequisites: CS167

TCM253. Chinese Herbal Formulas (didactic) 7 credits. This course will explore fundamental TCM concepts through study of herbal formulas, and examination of the methods of composing and tailoring formulas for specific patterns. Prerequisite: TCM203

TCM256. Tui Na Therapeutics (didactic) 2 credits. An introduction to the physical manipulations, treatment theory and treatment principles of Tui Na. Muscle layers of the surface anatomy will be included. The systematic treatment of basic illnesses with Tui na; a continuation into the study of acupuncture point function; the use of implements and mediums (oils, liniments) to aid in the manipulation of tissue or qi. The diagnosis and treatment of internal medicine disorders as well as pediatric and orthopedic tui na will be covered. Prerequisites: ACU161, ACU164, BMS197, BMS198

PD307. Research Skills & Paper Preparation (didactic) 1 credit. This preparatory course instructs in the fundamental principles of academic research and writing. Students will learn the basics of statistical methods, as well as examine the journal article and thesis format through lecture and practice. This course will aid the student in formulating a research topic and
research methodology for completion of PD451. Prerequisite: none

Total Credits, Term 4: 21


Year 2 Total Credits: 50.5
Year 2 Credit Hours: 742.5

Course Synopsis/Credits: TCM Herbalist (3 years)

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