Curriculum

2021 Summer Courses Summary

AC 103 Acupuncture III  3 units
Prerequisite: AC 102

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of the theory of channel systems covering the pericardium, triple energizer, gallbladder, and liver.  This course will also include the governor vessels and the conception vessels, 40 extra points and the twelve Primary Channels and introduce its association to governor vessels and the conception vessels.

AC 106 Acupuncture VI  3 units
Prerequisite: AC 105

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the principles of acupuncture prescription development and treatment from Nei Jing to modern acupuncture and Oriental medicine literature. The course includes a detailed study of clinical acupuncture treatment procedures for different specialties including, but not limited to the treatment of internal diseases, external diseases, gynecological diseases, pediatric diseases, psychological diseases, diseases of eyes, ears, nose and throat, and the knowledge of emergency care, family medicine.

BS 102 Chemistry 3 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the concept of both inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, classification, structure and character of saccharides, classification, structure and character of lipids, protein and amino acids, the base, character and function of enzyme, bio-respiration and energy, vitamin, and enzyme. It also introduces the metabolism of saccharides, lipids, amino acids and protein, the structure, classification, and metabolism of nucleic acids.

BS 105 Anatomy   4 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students the knowledge of microscopic anatomy, gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. It includes such important information as the cellular level of organization, the tissue level of organization, the integumentary system,

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

The educational objectives of this course are  to teach students the following subjects: the primary care responsibilities, secondary and specialty care responsibilities, psychosocial assessment, treatment contraindications and complications, including drug and herb interactions, treatment planning, continuity of care, referral, and collaboration, follow-up care, final review, and functional outcome measurements.

EL 101 Spinal Diagnosis
Prerequisite: BS 105, OM 101, OM 102

This course teaches the students how to grasp the skills of making diagnosis through touching spine with fingers to find the root cause of diseases so that they can treat the disease fundamentally and efficiently.

HM 100 Introduction to Herbology  1 unit
Prerequisite: None

This course consists of general concept of relevant botany concepts such as the morphology and physiology of plants, nomenclature of Chinese herbs, classification of Chinese herbs, the characteristics of Chinese herbal medicine, the clinical application of Chinese herbal medicine, and the concurrent use of herbal medicine and pharmaceuticals. It covers the herbal prescription, counseling and preparation as well.

HM 103 TCM Herbology II  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 aromatic herbs that transform dampness, herbs that relieve food stagnation, herbs that regulate the Qi, herbs that regulate the blood, herbs that warm the interior and expel cold, and tonifying herbs.

HM 105 TCM Herbology IV  3 units
Prerequisite: HM 101

The educational objectives of the course are to teach students to have in-depth understanding of how each individual herb functions within Chinese herbal formulas. The course include introduction of such knowledge of classification of herbs, clinical applications of herbal medicine, and herb monographs. Chinese therapeutic actions, dosage, cautions/contraindications, chemical composition, pharmacological effects, clinical studies and research are introduced to the most commonly used herbs. 

HM 106 TCM Formulas I   3 units
Prerequisite: HM 105

The educational objectives of Herbal Formula I II & III 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 releasing the exterior, clearing heat, draining down, harmonizing, treating dryness, expelling dampness, as well as warming interior cold.

HM 109 TCM Formulas IV   (Jingui Yaolue) 3 units
Prerequisite: HM 105

The educational objectives of this course are to teach the students the knowledge of the main critical concepts and herbal prescriptions of the major diseases in Jingui Yaolue as they apply to clinical use. It covers the different diseases in internal medicine, ferial diseases and gynecology that was mentioned in this book, and how to diagnose and treat many cases clinicians encounter daily as well.

OM 101 Foundation of TCM I  3 units
Prerequisite: None

This is one of the series of two courses of the Foundation of TCM. The Purpose of these two courses is to teach students the knowledge of Oriental medicine principles and theory. It includes TCM fundamental concept: Yin/Yang, five elements, organ theory. It covers the instruction of the vital substances, the concept and transformation of Qi, the functions of the Yin organs and the Yang organs, the causes of diseases, pathogenesis, prevention, and therapeutic principles. This course focuses on Yin-Yang and the five elements, Viscera and their manifestations, Qi, blood and body fluid, the meridians, and collaterals.

OM 106 Internal Medicine II  3 units
Prerequisite: OM 104

The is the second of two courses in Chinese Internal Medicine. The educational objectives of the course are to teach the students the knowledge of identifying specific patterns and symptoms associated with the pathologies, along with the treatment protocols and recommendations for treatment utilizing acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other TCM modalities. Chinese Internal Medicine II covers such topics concerned the syndrome patterns of the kidney, general diseases and acropathy, syndrome patterns of Qi, blood and body fluid, and other diseases. It also introduces the knowledge of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Specialties, including geriatrics, family medicine, and emergency care.

OM 114 Tai Chi  3 units
Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the rudimentary knowledge and experience with the health and longevity promoting exercises of Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong and Breathing. It covers the practical knowledge and experience of such exercises to promote the health and balance of the student/practitioner, increase awareness and concentration, integrate OM principles with kinetic movement, and counsel and instruct patients in terms of exercise, biomechanical alignment, and health. Western anatomical biomechanics, kinesiology, injury prevention and rehabilitation instructions are also included.

OM 117 TCM Modern Literature    1 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of this course are to teach students the knowledge of TCM modern literature. It focuses on modern acupuncture literature, and modern oriental medicine literature. This course involves the combination of TCM with modern scientific system, and the current research trends in Oriental medicine.

OM 118 TCM Terminology  1 units
Prerequisite: OM 101, OM 102

The educational objectives of this course are designed for students who already have a basic knowledge of Traditional Chinese medicine. In this course, students will learn terminology of Traditional Chinese medicine, including words, phrases, compound terms, and definitions. After taking this course, students will be able to demonstrate the use of the pinyin system of romanization in writing and spelling commonly used TCM terminology such as acupuncture point names, Chinese herbal names, diagnostic vocabulary, and treatment vocabulary; demonstrate the reading and communication of basic TCM terminology; demonstrate the ability to recognize, write and understand the meaning of commonly used TCM terminology; and demonstrate the ability to use a Chinese-English dictionary to find basic TCM terminology.

PM 104 Medical Ethics   1 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of this course are to teach students the ethical and legal aspects in acupuncture and oriental medicine. It introduces code of ethics for acupuncturists, steps in making ethical decisions, ethics and peer review, and laws and regulations relating to the practice of acupuncture.

WM 101 Medical Terminology  2 units
Prerequisite: None

The educational objectives of this course are to teach students the foundation for the understanding of medical terms. It is designed to present the basic root language foundation that underlines the construction of medical scientific words and their meaning. It includes Western medical terms used for various diseases, surgical procedures, medical procedures and body parts. Such terminology is technically exact vocabulary used by professionals consisting of Greek and Latin roots, combined forms, prefixes, and suffixes. The course also includes Western medical abbreviations, and the formation of singular and plurals. It will prepare the students for further understanding of necessary information present in the Acupuncture and OM curriculum. A good understanding of medical words will serve as a foundation for their use in medical and OM clinical practice.

WM 103 Physical Examination & Lab   3 units
Prerequisite: BS 106, BS 105, BS 107, WM 101

The educational objectives of this course are to teach students the techniques of history-taking and physical assessment according to the western clinical paradigm. This course covers the review of Clinical Sciences including internal medicine, pharmacology, neurology, surgery, obstetrics/gyneocology, urology, radiology, nutrition and public health, comprehensive history taking. It covers the complete physical examinations of the skin, head, sense organs, chest, abdomen, as well as basic orthopedic and neurological tests. It also includes the knowledge of diagnostic imaging, radiological, and laboratory tests and incorporating the resulting data and reports.

WM 105 Western Medical Sciences II  3 units
Prerequisite: WM 104

The educational objectives of this course and WM 104 Western Clinical Medicine I 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 infectious diseases, psychiatric disorders, neurologic disorders, pulmonary disorders, cardiovascular disorders, genitourinary disorders, gynecology & obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, podiatry, dentistry, nursing, naturopathy, homeopathy, etc.