TCM Herbalist Program: Year 2
|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.
Term 3 – Fall
203. Zhong Yao Xue: Chinese Medicinal Substances (lecture & practical) 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. Students will learn the classification, nature, quality, functions and therapeutic uses of over 200 Chinese medicines. Prerequisites: 151
204. History of Chinese Medicine (lecture) Study will compare and contrast several philosophical perspectives of health and their relationship to Chinese medicine, both historically and today.
205. Classmate Case Study (clinical) As the beginning of practical work, the students will create case studies of their classmates; offer a discussion of the combined information on each student; offer a discussion of a classic case study.
Prerequisites 101, 151
208. Qi Gong I (practical) A physical exercise class which offers an introduction to the regulation of qi through movement, breath control, sound, visualization of intent and creative awareness training; will involve the study of several qi gong systems, breathing methods and the therapeutic approach of qi gong/dao yin as a treatment method.
225. Introductory Clinical Observation (clinical) An initial exposure to the day-to-day running of the TCM clinic; focus on observation of the diagnostic and treatment procedure. Students will become familiar with the procedures followed in running a TCM professional clinic. Through exposure to patient-practitioner interaction, students will develop skills of professional conduct.
Prerequisites: all first year courses at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
227. Public Health & Allied Health Practices (lecture) This course introduces students to the public health system in Canada, as well as to various complementary health professions such as naturopathy, chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy, among others.
292. Qing Zhi Bing I Study of the development of human consciousness; the seven emotions and their relationship to human life; the development of culture, religion and custom and their effects on human behavior; as well as an introduction to TCM treatment strategies. Prerequisites: 151, 161, 164
297. Western Pathology I (lecture) Study will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. This course is delivered over two terms.
404. Business Management (lecture & 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. Generally taken in 3rd year of 3-year Programs & 4th year of TCM Programs.
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.
Term Three Total Credits: 28.5
Term 4 – Winter
253. Fangji Xue: Herbal Formulae (lecture) An introduction to many of the classic herbal formulae (yao fang); an investigation into the therapeutic approach with yao fang; treatment principles and the alteration of formulae to suit the clinical picture.
255H. Clinical Observation I – TCM Herbalist (clinical) Students will become familiar with the day-to-day running of the TCM clinic and Herbal Dispensary. This will focus on observation of all aspects of the diagnostic and treatment procedure.
Prerequisites: all first, second year courses at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
256. Tui Na I (lecture & clinical) 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. All methods will be practised in the clinical setting, which includes a session in one of the local senior homes. Students will be able to diagnose and then use Tui Na techniques to treat common musculo-skeletal diseases in adults.
Prerequisites: 101, 161, 164, 197, 208
267. Counseling Skills II (lecture & practical) The study of principles and ethics of therapeutic counseling. Focus is on methods of interaction. Prerequisites 167; 292
297. Western Pathology I (lecture) Study will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. Prerequisites 197
307. Research Skills & Paper Preparation Survey of methods of research necessary for the TCM student and practitioner in writing scientific journal articles and papers. An examination of the journal article and thesis format through lecture and practice. Generally taken in year prior to final year of program.
Term Four Total Credits: 18
Year 2 Total Credits: 46.5
Year 2 Credit Hours: 697.5
Year 2 Total Credits: 46.5 Year 2 Credit Hours: 697.5
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