TCM Herbalist 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 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.
Term 5 – Fall
302. Patent Formulas (lecture) Study of composition, indications and use of common Chinese patent medicines.
303. Nei Ke: Chinese Internal Medicine (lecture) An examination of diseases commonly observed in Chinese Internal Medicine, their etiology and differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulae.
305H. Clinical Observation II – TCM Herbalist (clinical) 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.
323. Er Ke: Pediatrics (lecture) The examination of diseases commonly observed in pediatrics, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas.
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.
427. Pharmacology (lecture) This course will introduce the fundamentals of the science of pharmacology and include commonly used drugs in the major pharmaceutical categories.
Prerequisite 397A & 397B (or concurrent)
Term Five Total Credits: 25
Term 6 – Winter
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.
Prerequisite 297; 397A & 397B (or concurrent)
352. Wai Ke: Chinese External Medicine (lecture) The examination of diseases commonly observed in TCM external medicine and dermatology with a focus on etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas.
353. Fu Ke: Gynecology (lecture) The examination of diseases commonly observed in gynecology, their etiology, differential diagnosis and treatment with Chinese medicinal formulas.
354. TCM Case Studies (practical) This course will present for discussion, TCM clinical case studies covering a wide range of illnesses from Nei ke, Wai ke, Fu ke and Er ke.
Prerequisites 303, 323;
concurrent with 352, 353.
355H. Clinical Observation III – TCM Herbalist (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: 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.
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: 25
Term 7 – Spring
375. Clinical Practicum Placement – TCM Herbalist (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 traditional Chinese medicine treatments and follow-up on patients’ responses in treatment. Prerequisites: successful completion of all first, second, and third year TCM Herbalist Program courses.
Concurrent with 451H
451H. Research Paper – TCM Herbalist (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 TCM Herbalist Program courses.
Concurrent with 375
Term Seven Total Credits: 21
Year 3 Total Credits: 71
Year 3 Credit Hours: 1065
TOTAL TCM HERBALIST PROGRAM CREDITS: 161.5
TOTAL TCM HERBALIST PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS: 2422.5
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