Traditional Chinese Medicine Program (Practitioner & Doctor)
|The focus in this 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 acumoxa, medicinal formulas, Tui Na massage and qi-gong will be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials.
Year 3 begins 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
ACU301. Acumoxa Therapeutics II (didactic & clinical) 7 credits. This course is designed to prepare the student for clinical practice through examination of 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. ACU251, ACU340 (or concurrent), concurrent with CP211 or CP305
ACU340. Acupuncture Lab IV (clinical) 1 credit. This acupuncture lab will focus on correct needling of a variety of points on the ren and du meridians, hua tuo jia ji points, and review of the bei shu points. Prerequisites: ACU240, ACU241
BMS397. Western Pathology III (didactic) 4 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
CP305D. 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.
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.
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.
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: 29
YEAR THREE: Term 6 – Winter
ACU304. TCM Classics I – Theory Comparison (didactic) 2 credits. This course discusses the history of acumoxa through examination of the classics and the teachings of renowned Chinese physicians from the past. Prerequisites: ACU201, TCM204
ACU341. Acupuncture Lab V (clinical) 2 credits. This acupuncture lab will focus on acu-points located in delicate areas of the body such as the eye, joint needling, and advanced needling techniques, as well as, on correct needling of a variety of points on the extremities, and torso.
Prerequisite: ACU240, ACU241, ACU340
ACU359. TCM Classics II – Huangdi Neijing (didactic) 3 credits. A study of selected classical writings. These writings will be translated by the instructor and analysed through class discussion. Prerequisite: TCM101 (or TCM111 and TCM112), concurrent with TCM Program third year courses.
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
CP355. Clinical Observation IV (clinical) 6 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.
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
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
TCM392. Psychiatry of TCM II (didactic) 2 credits. This upper level course focus on the application of acupuncture and herbs TCM mental emotional pathologies. Prerequisite: TCM292, TCM303.
Total Credits, Term 6: 28
Year 3 Total Credits: 57
Year 3 Credit Hours: 855
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