TCM Program: Year 2
Traditional Chinese Medicine Program (Practitioner & Doctor)
|The focus of the second year is to introduce the more technical elements of Chinese medicine. These include acupuncture points and techniques of acu-moxa treatment as well as Chinese medicinal substances and Chinese medicinal formulas. 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. Students will continue their study of counseling skills and begin their study of Western Pathology, Tui Na (clinical massage) and Qi Gong (understanding and training qi).
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 serve as the “fuel for the fire” as it is constantly re-examined during the integration phase in the following years of study.
Term 3 – Fall
201. Techniques of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (lecture & clinical) A detailed study of classical and modern acupuncture needling techniques and modern acumoxa techniques as well as cupping, acupressure and seven star needling methods. Specific point selection requirements for each method are included. Precautions in the use of all implements is covered, including clean needle technique.
Prerequisites: 161, 164
202. Extra Points (lecture) A complete study of the location and therapeutic uses of the Ren and Du vessel acupoints as well as the most commonly used extraordinary points.
Prerequisites 161, 164
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.
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) In this course, students will go through the practical procedure of the diagnostic process. Patient records created will be presented to the class for discussion and analysis. Students will apply learned knowledge of diagnostics to the patient interview process. Students will become familiar with the standard patient intake form and specific information fields. Students will also gain practical knowledge of interview skills, diagnostic skills, and formulation of a TCM diagnosis based on diagnostic data collected.
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.
240. Needling Lab I (clinical) An introduction to insertion, retraction and needling techniques, as introduced in 201 Techniques. Students will develop the finger strength and dexterity required to adequately perform all filiform needling techniques covered. Students will develop clinical skills of Clean Needle Technique as an automatic aspect of the needling process. Lab coat required.
Concurrent with 201
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.
Term Three Total Credits: 27
Term 4 – Winter
241. Needling Lab II (practical) Continuation of 240. 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. In addition, needling techniques of the bei-shu points will be covered. The practical application of Clean Needle Technique is requisite to passing this course. Lab coat required.
Prerequisites 240, 251 (or concurrent)
242. Elective Needling Lab I (clinical) This course supplements Needling Labs 240 and 241, 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 (or concurrent)
251. Therapeutics of Acumoxa I (lecture & clinical) The first in a series of three courses which together examine all 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 be able to analyze and properly approach all diseases covered in terms of acumoxa therapy. Students will learn to integrate previously learned knowledge into the therapeutic thought process.
Prerequisites: 201, 202, concurrent: 241, 255
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.
255P/D. Clinical Observation I – TCM Practitioner & Doctor of TCM (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
287. Immunology & Microbiology (lecture) Investigation of the fundamental concepts and principles of human immunology and microbiology as it relates to human pathology.
Prerequisite 197 (or concurrent)
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.
Term Four Total Credits: 26
Including Elective Course: 27
Year 2 Total Credits: 53
Year 2 Credit Hours: 795
Including Elective Course: 54credits/810hours
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