Curriculum

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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.

Timeline of Study

The completion of Master program at California University- Silicon Valley includes 2 parts: Course work and Clinical Internship

Course Work

2,145 hours (143 units) of academic course work.

  • Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies
  • Didactic Oriental herbal and formula studies
  • Integrated acupuncture and herbal clinical training,
  • Biomedical clinical sciences.
  • Counseling, communication, ethics and practice management

Clinical Internship

Based on the student’s level of mastery, the clinic faculty will guide and support the student in assuming greater responsibility for patient care while under close supervision.

960 hours (32 units) of clinical internship at the university clinic.


Graduation and License

Upon the successful completion of the Masters program, students are eligible to take the California Acupuncture Licensing examination given by the California Acupuncture Board. Students are also qualified to sit for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certification examinations.