TCM Program: Year 4
Traditional Chinese Medicine Program (Practitioner & Doctor)
|The focus of this last year of study is on the integration of learned knowledge and skills into the clinical setting. A greater practical and seminar component within the program will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice.
Year 4 continues the integration phase of the program; however, the focus will shift from the theoretical understanding of disease and treatment to the practical application of this knowledge in the clinical setting. Students will explore all relevant aspects of patient-practitioner interaction as well as of running a professional practice. At this point in the program, students are well prepared to integrate all learned knowledge with acquired practical skills and make the transition to independent (supervised) practice seem effortless.
Term 7 – Fall
401. Therapeutics of Acumoxa III (lecture) The last in a series of three courses continues to build on the topics and skills of the previous courses, including diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat as well as treatment of emergency conditions. Ziwuliuzhu acupuncture methods will be introduced.
Prerequisite or concurrent: 301, 440.
402. TCM Case Studies II (clinical) In this seminar course, students will present case studies from their supervised clinical practice in the student clinic for analysis and discussion with the student practitioners in the class. Students will further their skills of critical thinking and differential diagnosis, benefiting from discussion of current cases with the instructor and the rest of the class. Students will also gain experience in inter-professional communication skills regarding consultation on patient care. Concurrent: 405.
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.
405P/D. Supervised Clinical Practice – TCM Practitioner & Doctor of TCM (clinical) Students will work independently in the clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. Prerequisites: all first, second, third and concurrent fourth year TCM Program courses at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
405A. Applied Counseling (clinical) 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 in the student clinic.
406. TCM Orthopedics (lecture) This course involves the study of the TCM diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries, joint dislocations, bone fractures and common diseases of the bones and joints. Normal joint range of motion, as well as joint and postural assessment will be included.
Prerequisite 401 (or concurrent)
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.
427. Pharmacology (lecture) This course will introduce the fundamentals of the science of pharmacology and include commonly used drugs in the major pharmaceutical categories.
Prerequisites 397A & 397B (or concurrent)
440. Needling Lab V (clinical) Continuation of 341. 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. Study will include needling of acupoints related by anatomical location, by function, or by needling technique. The practical application of Clean Needle Technique is requisite to passing this course. Lab coat required.
Prerequisites 341, 401 (or concurrent)
492. Qing Zhi Bing II: Mental and Emotional Disharmony Therapeutics (lecture)
Continuation of 292. Students will cover the clinical application of the therapeutic methods of acu-moxa and herbal formulas to mental and emotional disorders as defined within the TCM system. Particular emphasis will be placed on the unique acupoint and herbal variations when psycho-emotional symptoms dominate otherwise familiar syndromes. Prerequisites 292, 301, 303
Term Seven Total Credits: 32
Term 8 – Winter
451P/D. Research Paper – TCM Practitioner & Doctor of TCM (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, third and fourth year courses.
Concurrent with 455P/D
455P/D. Clinical Practicum Placement – TCM Practitioner & Doctor of TCM (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 seven weeks to four 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 acupuncture and/or traditional Chinese medicine treatments and follow-up on patients’ responses in treatment.
Prerequisites: successful completion of all first, second, third and fourth year TCM Program courses. Concurrent with 451P/D.
Term Eight Total Credits: 31
Year 4 Total Credits: 63
Year 4 Credit Hours: 945
TOTAL 4-YEAR TCM PRACTITIONER PROGRAM CREDITS: 227
TOTAL 4-YEAR TCM PRACTITIONER PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS: 3405
Including Electives 242 and 342 229credits/3435hours
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