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Core Competencies

  • Collect thorough patient data through patient inquiry; visual and olfactory observation, and palpation to make an accurate diagnosis.
  • Formulate a diagnosis by identifying nature of the dysfunction, according to TCM theories of: Yin-Yang, Channel, Five Phases, Organ, and Triple Warmer.
  • Determine an effective treatment strategy based on the diagnosis and the biomedical clinical process including history taking, laboratory and diagnostic tests and procedures, as well as biomedical physical examination findings, pharmacological concepts, human anatomy and physiological processes.
  • Select the appropriate treatment modalities including acupuncture, herbs, oriental manual therapy, exercise, and biomedical considerations.
  • Plan and execute an herbal treatment including effective strategies for herbal formulation, composition, preparation, and biomedical interaction consistent with the pattern and treatment plan.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the treatment strategy and execution by re-examination and modification, if required, based upon that assessment.
  • Comply with established professional best practices in Oriental Medicine including: responsible record keeping and patient confidentiality; ethical prescribing and selling herbs; consultation and referral with appropriate biomedical or allied health practitioners; recognition of emergency care situations; and continued cultivation of compassion.

2021 Fall Courses Summary

AC 101 Acupuncture I  3 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of the acupuncture principles and theory. It covers a brief history of acupuncture and Moxibustion, the knowledge of Yin-Yang, the Five Elements, the Zhang-Fu organs, Qi, blood and body fluid, the basic concepts of channels, collaterals, and acupuncture points. This course also covers the standards of the WHO.

AC 104 Acupuncture IV  3 units
Prerequisite: AC 103

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of acupuncture techniques, aetiology and pathogenesis, diagnostic methods, differentiation of syndromes, acupuncture treatment, and CNT related requirements and regulations.

BS 103 General Physics   2 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of the general physical including a general survey of biophysics. It covers the knowledge of physics history, measurements, vectors and scalar revisit, velocity and acceleration in one dimension, gravity and freefalling objects, motions, energy and momentum, simple harmonic oscillation. It also consists of the instruction of biophysics such as electrical properties of cells, the Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potentials, etc.

BS 107 Pathology & Pathophysiology   4 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of the nature of disease and illness, including microbiology, immunology, psychopathology, and epidemiology. It introduces the knowledge of cell and tissue function, cell injury and cellular adaptations, structure of immune system, epidemiology and prevention, biological bases of psychopathology, psychological assessment, and clinical judgment.

BS 108 Nutrition and Vitamins   2 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of principles of nutrition, vitamins, and their relationship to health.  Major principles, functions and sources of nutrients and disease prevention are discussed. Procedures for patient consultation in commonly seen diseases, nutrition, dietary supplement, and prescription counseling are also included.

CM 102 Case Management II 3 units
Prerequisite: OM 101, OM 102, OM 103, OM 104

The educational objectives of this course are to teach students the coding procedures for current procedural codes, including CPT and ICD-10 diagnoses, medical-legal writing, expert medical testimony, and independent medical review, special care to seriously ill patients, emergency procedures, emergency procedures, prognosis and future medical care. It also introduces integrated case management of some commonly seen diseases

EL 104 Medical Qi Gong II   2 units
Prerequisite: OM 113

This course introduces the application of medical Qi Gong. It covers the knowledge of minding over the Qi, sensing the Qi field of human beings, sensing other’s Qi, the techniques to manipulate Qi. It also includes mind control system, body motion control system, respiratory control system, holographic control system, and the motion techniques which can be used for guiding patients with their rehabilitation exercises.

HM 102 TCM Herbology I  3 units
Prerequisite: HM 101

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the basic knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine principles and theory, especially the characters and functions of the most commonly used herbs, and their actions and indications, commentary, mechanisms of selected combinations, traditional contraindications, toxicity, nomenclature and preparation. This course shall also include some kinds of substances that release the exterior, clear heat, drain dampness, dispel wind-dampness, and herbs that transform phlegm and stop coughing.

HM 104 TCM Herbology III  3 units
Prerequisite: HM 101

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the basic knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine principles and theory, especially the characters and functions of the most commonly used herbs, and their actions and indications, commentary, mechanisms of selected combinations, traditional contraindications, toxicity, nomenclature and preparation. This course shall include herbs that tonify the Yang, herbs that tonify the Yin, herbs that stabilize and bind, substances that calm the spirit, aromatic substances that open the orifices, substances that extinguish wind and stop tremors, herbs that expel parasites, substances for topical application and obsolete substances.

HM 107 TCM Formulas II   3 units
Prerequisite: HM 105

The educational objectives of TCM Herbal Formula I & II are to teach the students the knowledge of Chinese herbal formulas, herbal prescription, counseling and preparation for various clinical applications. This course will discuss the formulas used for tonifying, regulating the Qi, invigorating the blood, stopping bleeding, stabilizing and binding, tranquilizing, orifice opening, wind expelling, phlegm treating, digesting as well as parasites expelling. It will also include herbal prescription and preparation.

HM 110 TCM Formulas V (Wen Bing)  3 units
Prerequisite: HM 105

The educational objectives of this course are to teach the students the knowledge of different infectious syndromes caused by exogenous heat or warm factors. It focuses on how to diagnose, set treatment principles, and select the correct herbal formulas.

OM 102 Foundation of TCM II  3 units
Prerequisite: OM 101

This course is a continuation of OM 101 Foundation of TCM. The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of causes of disease, pathogenesis, prevention, and therapeutic principles based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine.

OM 103 TCM Diagnosis I  3 units
Prerequisite: OM 102

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of acupuncture and Oriental medicine diagnosis. It mainly covers the examination methods, pattern identification comprehensive application of pattern identification methods, outlining of diagnostic principles of clinical departments. This course introduces integrated acupuncture and Oriental medicine diagnostic and treatment procedures, comprehensive history taking as well.

OM 111 Clinical Psychology  1 unit
Prerequisite: BS 104

This course introduces the knowledge of foundations of clinical psychology, clinical assessment, and clinical interventions. It also covers the knowledge of patient/practitioner rapport, communication skills, multicultural sensitivity, lifestyle counseling, and self-care recommendations.

OM 115 TCM Classics 2 units
Prerequisite: None

This course introduces how to approach the TCM classics. It discusses selections from Nei Jing, Shang Han, Jin Gui, and Wen Bing. The instructor will briefly introduce the historical and philosophical background of the text. The focus will be placed on reading and interpreting key passages of the TCM classics text and on how these ancient concepts are applied in the modern medical setting.

OM 109 TCM Gynecology   2 units
Prerequisite: OM 104

The educational objectives of this course are to teach the students the knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal menstruation, pregnancy complications, sterility, fibroid tumors and vaginal discharge, and presents case studies for discussion. Chinese medical gynecology is introduced. The menstrual cycle is described in order to optimize treatment based on differentiation of the phases of ovulation and menstruation. Disorders of the female reproductive system are described as well as Chinese medical treatment. Assessment and therapeutics are described in terms of qi, blood and body fluids, extraordinary channels, as well as Zang Fu organ differentiation. Pathologies are differentiated in terms of etiology, pattern of disharmony, treatment principle and acupuncture and herbal treatment.

PD 101  Research Methodology   1 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of this course are to teach students the knowledge and critique of research methods, knowledge of academic peer review process, research and evidence based medicine, The focus is gaining knowledge in research methods to apply later in a research project of one’s own design and understand evidence based medicine to determine efficacy of treatment and determine when treatments are not appropriate.

WM 104 Western Medical Sciences I   3 units
Prerequisite: BS 106, BS 105, BS 107, WM 101

The educational objectives of this course and WM 104 Western Clinical Medicine II are to present an overview of selected common diseases observed and treated in biomedicine. The etiology, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis and first line of allopathic treatment will be presented and discussed with the emphasis on the clinical manifestations of the diseases. These two courses include a survey of various clinical practices of medicine that include osteopathy, dentistry, psychology, nursing, chiropractic, podiatry, naturopathy, and homeopathy to familiarize practitioners with the practices of other health care providers. This course focuses on nutritional disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, hepatic & biliary disorders, musculoskeletal & connective tissue disorders, ear, nose, throat & dental disorders, eye disorders, dermatologic disorders, endocrine & metabolic disorders, hematology & oncology, immunology and allergic disorders etc.