Courses: Department of Asian Medicine

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Courses: Department of Asian Medicine

Asian Medical Terminology
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 310
An introduction to basic Asian (Oriental) medical terminology and Chinese characters useful in understanding acupuncture, herbology and Asian medical theory. This course provides an introduction to the PinYin pronunciation of traditional Chinese herbal medical terminology. Throughout the Chinese herbology program the Mandarin Pin Yin terminology will be used for all formulas, strategies, and medicine.
Credits: 2
Hours: 30

 

Asian Medicine History and Philosophy
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 311
This course provides the history of the development of acupuncture and Asian (Oriental) medicine in the U.S. and other countries. The course includes a detailed introduction to the historical background and evolution of Asian medicine (Oriental medicine).
Credits: 2
Hours: 30

 

Qi Gong I
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 312
This course will provide students with the rudimentary knowledge and experience of the health and longevity promoting exercise of Qi Gong. This course is designed for practical knowledge and experience to promote overall general health and balance, increase awareness and concentration, integrate Oriental medicine principles with kinetic movement, and instruct patients in terms of exercise, biomechanical alignment, and health. Western anatomical biomechanics, kinesiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation instruction will also be included.
Certificate: Elective/Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 1
Hours: 15

 

Asian Medicine Fundamental Theory
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 314
This introduction course will analyze the fundamental concepts and philosophical perspectives of traditional Asian medicine. Major emphasis and in-depth discussions will be held on the theory of yin and yang, five element, zang and fu organs and meridians. This course will also introduce the concept of Qi (life source).
Credits: 4
Hours: 60

 

Point Location I
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 320
First of three courses on the distribution and functions of the network of channels and collaterals, categories of special points, body landmarks, point locating methods and basic needling methods, including practice of physical point location. First course covers points on the lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, and bladder channels.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60

 

Point Location II
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 321
This course is a continuation of Point Location I and the distribution and functions of the network of channels and collaterals, categories of special points, body landmarks, point locating methods and basic needling methods, including practice of physical point location. Point Location II covers the Kidney, Pericardium, San Jiao, Gallbladder, Liver, Governing, and Directing channels.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-320

 

Point Location III
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 322
Point Location III continues to cover the location of points, what they do, and when to use them. The focus of this course is on the extraordinary points, clinical application, and point selection according to Pattern Identification. This course also provides a general regional of all points taught in Point Location I, II, and III.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-320, AM-321

 

Channel (Meridian) Theory
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 323
This course covers the basic concept of the meridians, with a focus on the 12 regular meridians and the eight extra meridians. It will also cover the 12 divergent meridians, 12 muscle regions, 12 cutaneous regions and 15 collaterals.
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: None

 

Tui Na I
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 410
This course will also include the study and practice of basic acupressure techniques, breathing, and exercise programs. Then it will cover advanced soft tissue techniques of Tui Na. It will also cover special manipulative procedures of Child Tui Na. This course will train students to be familiar with techniques and procedures for treatment and care for certain common diseases.
Certificate: Asian Bodywork Therapeutic Massage
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: None


Acupuncture Principle and Theory I
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 420
This course will introduce the basic acupuncutre treatment principles and diagnosis including Yin and Yang, Qi/Essence, Five Elements, elimination of the pathogenic factors, treatment based on climatic and seasonal conditions, and their dynamic interrelationships.  The basic theory and characteristics of the pathogenesis and pathogenic factors and the basic principles for the selection of points will also be covered.
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Prerequisite: Concurrent AM-314

 

Acupuncture Theory II
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 421
The course will cover the cause of disease, methods of diagnosis, pathology, and identification of patterns. Diagnostic methods will be discussed to determine the symptoms and sign, and then pathogenesis will be used to analyze the underlying disharmony or imbalance syndrome.
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Prerequisite: AM-420

 

Acupuncture Theory III
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 422
This course focuses on the identification of patterns with the purpose of identifying the basic disharmony that underlies the manifestations of disease. Students will learn to form and overall picture taking all symptoms and signs into consideration to identify an underlying pattern of disharmony and imbalance. Using the toolls learned in Theory II students will learn to define patterns to identify the pathology and origin of disease.
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Prerequisite: AM-420, AM-421

 

Acupuncture Therapeutics I
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 425
This course will allow students to understand the principles of Asian medicine therapeutic treatments and introduce treatment approaches for commonly presented diseases defined in western bio-medical terms and traditional Chinese medicine terms. Students will investigate differential diagnoses and treatment or referral choices for other conditions encountered in the clinic setting. This course will cover musculo-skeletal, dermatology, and respiratory disorders.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-420, AM-421, AM-422

 

Acupuncture Therapeutics II
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 426
This course is a continuation of course AM-425. This course will allow students to understand the principles of Asian medicine therapeutic treatments and introduce treatment approaches for commonly presented diseases defined in western bio-medical terms and traditional Chinese medicine terms. Students will investigate differential diagnoses and treatment or referral choices for other conditions encountered in the clinic setting. This course will Acupuncture therapeutic treatments for disorders of gastrointestinal, hepato-biliary systems, pediatric, and male & female reproductive disorders.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-420, AM-421, AM-422, AM-425

 

Acupuncture Therapeutics III
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 427
This course is a continuation of AM-425 and AM-426. This course will allow students to understand the principles of Asian medicine therapeutic treatments and introduce treatment approaches for commonly presented diseases defined in western bio-medical terms and traditional Chinese medicine terms. Students will investigate differential diagnoses and treatment or referral choices for other conditions encountered in the clinic setting. This course will cover Acupuncture therapeutic treatments for disorders of cardiovascular system and common psychiatric disorders, and pathologies affecting the eye, ear, and throat and external disorders.  Also, this course will cover miscellaneous disorders that are common in clinical practice. 
Credits:
 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-420, AM-421, AM-422, AM-425, AM-426

 

Meridian Acupoint Techniques Application
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 428
This course will focus on the theoretical basis, palpation and treatment application of meridian style application. The energetic qualities of the 12 regular meridian, as well as an in-depth discussion on the energies of the Five Shu, Yuan, Luo, Xi, Shu, Mu, Eight Extraordinary Vessels and 13 Ghosts points will be discussed.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-314, AM-320, AM-321, AM-322, AM-323, Am-420, AM-421, AM-422, AM-425, AM-426, AM-427

 

Scalp and Ear Acupuncture
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 429
This course introduces auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, electro-acupuncture and other methods. Some new methods of acupuncture will also be introduced in the lecture, demonstration and student practice. According to the Asian medicine principles, scalp acupuncture techniques are most effective for treating afflictions such as stroke, movement hindrance, and certain neurological problems. Point measurement and location and needle stimulation skills will be introduced. Students will also study the physical surface of the ear to locate acupuncture points on the various auricular surfaces. The physiological links between the points and the internal organs will be presented. Ear acupuncture in the treatment of alcoholism, drug abuse, and weight loss will be discussed.
Credits: 4
Hours: 60
Prerequisite: AM-320, AM-321, AM-322, AM-425, AM-426, AM-427

 

Special Needle Technique
Department: Asian Medicine
Course Number: 520
This course covers the preparation of the patient for treatment, the insertion and withdrawal of needles, the use of cupping and moxibustion, obtaining the Qi, and tonification and reduction methods. The course also covers the prevention and management of needling complications, the forbidden points, contraindications of needling, ancient needle techniques and Clean Needle Techniques. This course prepares students for CNT certification.
Credits: 2
Hours: 30
Prerequisite: AM-314, AM-320, AM-321, AM-420, AM-421
Corequisite: AM-322, AM-422, CP-360
*This course is also required before a student is allowed to proceed to Clinical Internship Training.