Herbalist 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 medicinal formulas, Tui Na massage and qi-gong will be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials.
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
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
CP305H. 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.
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.
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.
TCM303. Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Internal Medicine (didactic) 8 credits. This course will examine the etiology, patho-mechanism, and differential diagnosis of the commonly observed diseases of TCM internal medicine as well as their treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM323. Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Pediatrics (didactic) 2 credits. The examination of diseases commonly observed in pediatrics, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
Total Credits, Term 5: 25
YEAR THREE: Term 6 – Winter
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
BMS398. Western Pathology IV (didactic) 3 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. Diseases of endocrine system, nervous system will be discussed as well as chronic pain syndromes, psychological and substance abuse. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298
CP355H. Clinical Observation IV (clinical) 3 credits. A continuation of Clinical Observation II for all students. 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 and all first, second, and concurrent third year courses at discretion of the Academic Dean.
TCM352. Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: External Medicine (didactic) 4 credits. The examination of diseases commonly observed in external medicine, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medical formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM353. Chinese Herbal Therapeutic Gynecology (didactic) 5 credits. The examination of diseases commonly observed in gynecology, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas. Prerequisite: TCM203, TCM253
TCM354. TCM Case Studies I (practical) 1 credit. A discussion course for case studies that arise during student clinic practice. Students will present these cases and receive critical feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates. Prerequisite: TCM303, TCM323, TCM352, TCM353
Total Credits, Term 6: 18
YEAR THREE: Term 7 – Spring
CP375. Clinical Practicum Placement (clinical) 15 credits. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout Canada, Asia or 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 herbal treatments and follow-up on patients. responses in treatment Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses of the TCM Herbalist 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
PD451H. Research Paper – TCM Herbalist 4 credits. This upper level course allows the student to examine a topic of their choice with 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 findings. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all TCM Herbalist Program Courses. Concurrent with CP375
Total Credits, Term 7:20
Year 3 Total Credits: 63
Year 3 Credit Hours: 945
TOTAL TCM HERBALIST PROGRAM CREDITS: 165
TOTAL TCM HERBALIST PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS: 2,475
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