2– Courses

203A     Acupuncture (2) – Acupuncture Points

This course is designed for 2nd year students enrolled in the Acupuncture or / and TCMP, Dr. of TCM program.

This course will review the point location and emphasized on points function and point grouping in treatment planning: wu shu xue (five transporting points), yuan xue (primary, source points), luo xue (connecting points), xi xue (cleft points), bei shu xue (back/shu points), mu xue (front / mu points), xia he xue (lower he / sea points), ba mai jiao hui xue (8 confluent points), ba hui xue (8 influential points), zi mu xue (mother / child points), jiao hui xue (channel meeting points), a shi xue (ah shi points), forbiddent points, cautionary points and acupuncture micro-systems, including the ear.

204     Chinese Herbal Formulas (1)

This is the first level course of Chinese herbal formulas. The intent of this course is to give students an overview of TCM herbal formulas. The information covers the following aspects: the relationships between formulas and syndrome differentiations, and treatment strategies; how formulas are composed and what are the principles behind it. Most commonly used formulas will be discussed with their ingredients and actions and indications.

206     Western Physiology

This course introduces the science of the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical, and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. It includes the areas of physiology of cells and miscellaneous; tissues; envelopes of the body; the skeletal system; physiology and actions of muscles; the human digestive system; the human respiratory system and breathing; the human urinary system; the Human reproductive (Genital) system; cardiovascular and other circulatory systems of the Human body; the Human endocrine system; the Human nervous system; the special senses; some elementary Human genetics.  The intent of this course is to prepare for careers in Acupuncture and TCM practice.

208     Chinese Tuina

Tui Na is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy, which was developed over 2000 years ago. It is based on the TCM theory and diagnosis, uses acupuncture points and meridians, and applies a set of manipulations and techniques to promote the flow of Qi and balance the organ systems.

This class will briefly review the subjects mentioned above and focused on the techniques of the manipulations to treat common conditions for both adults and children. Self-Tui Na (to help oneself to improve the health condition and promote healing) will also be included.

209     Foundation of Western Pharmacology

This course provides the basic knowledge of drugs, it examines the interaction of chemical substances with living systems. It discuses the properties of drugs and their actions, including the interactions between drug molecules and drug receptors and how these interactions elicit and effect.

Pharmacology is a multidisciplinary science; this course will include the discussion on infectious diseases, genetic diseases, immune responses, neoplasia, fluids and  hemodynamic, disorder of nutrition, diseases of skin and many other clinical disorders.

This course is intended to give students in acupuncture and TCM a basic view of Pharmacology, especially their clinical implications; it helps the future practitioners to understand the drugs their patients are taking, and to be able to avoid potential undesirable reactions between drugs and herbal remedies.

212     Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Clean Needle Techniques

This course is designed for 2nd year students enrolled in the Acupuncture, TCMP or Dr. of TCM program. The first 24 classes include one hour technique theory, and one hour demonstration and practice. The rest four classes are for practical exam.The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the clinical practice and introduce some of the most commonly used techniques and electrical machines for acupuncture clinic use. The course will start with teaching how to prepare and set up table / bed for acupuncture (position, clean needle techniques and sterilization) treatment; safe deposit of used needles, etc. This course is also focused on the techniques of acupuncture which include the area and but not limited to it: manipulations of the needles, moxibustion and cupping therapy, electric needle apparatus, electric stimulator, auricular/ear acupuncture, scalp acupuncture; forbidden points, cautionary points and acupuncture micro-systems will also be covered in the course. This course will also help students Understand the technique, theoretical basis, therapeutic significance, and safety concerns related to the use of laser acupuncture and cold laser acupuncture.

213.1     Pre-Clinical Training

This 2-hour course is designed for students who are going to be enrolled in the student clinic, usually the clinical observation course. The class is taught in the clinic where the teaching clinic is taking place. The course will prepare the students for the real live setting of the practice. Covered topics include scheduling, herbal dispensary, fee structural, MSP coverage, and file management, time management, treatment room management, topics of safety and scope of practice, Health Act, bylaws, insurance, etc.

213     Clinical Observations

This course is designed for 2nd year students who are enrolled in the Acupuncture and Herbal program. This is a prerequisite for clinical practice courses.

Students will be placed in the teaching clinic with 6-8 students as a group, in mixed gender (if it is possible). Patients will be scheduled under the group. The assigned instructor will be in charge at all times from consultation to treatment. In the first half of the course, students will observe the entire process of consultation, diagnosis and treatment preformed by the instructor; in the second half of the course, instructor will give opportunities to students to do consultation, diagnosis and treatment; these practices are 100% under supervision. The Instructor may start the switch earlier or later depending on student’s learning progress.

There is a two hour mandatory session scheduled in the clinic at the beginning of this course. This session is an important step to review professional ethics, conducts, by-laws, and to get familiar with teaching clinic settings (greeting patients, filing, rescheduling, and getting supplies, etc.)

217A     Clinical Procedures: Communication Skills and The Medical Interview

This is a 28-hour course to learn some essential communication skills for the effective interviewing and history taking of patients in a clinic setting.  This course includes the areas of: interpersonal skills, professional communication, developing and maintain effective inter-professional relationships, developing and maintaining effective relationships with patients. The students will learn the up-to-date approach in the medical interview as a major medium of care. This course is intended to prepare students for careers in acupuncture and TCM.

217B     Clinical Procedures: Medical Ethics & Legal Issues

This course is for the discussion of some essential standards, guidelines, regulations, and precedents that a medical practitioner must know in order to act ethically and in accordance with the law. The course includes the content of complying with legal requirements: with current, relevant federal and provincial / territorial legislation; with current requirement of regulatory body; with current relevant requirements of municipal and other local authorities; with the practice in a manner that accords to patient dignity and reflects patients rights: ensuring that patients are aware of treatment plan, its benefits and risks, ensuring ongoing, informed consent, respect for patients rights to privacy and confidentiality, terminating the course of treatment when appropriate; maintaining practitioner self-care and practicing with professional integrity. Case studies or researches may be involved in this course.

217C     Clinical Procedures: TCM Business Practices

This course is based on the discussion of the research work done by the students about some essential business practices that may be applied to starting up and running a safe and successful TCM practice after graduation, it include professional performance and clinical records.

The research work will be useful in providing the students with the fundamentals of a safe working environment for themselves and the clinic’s staff. The above include proper supervision, regular auto-inspection for taking actions to minimize the various hazards that may cause accidents, and creating the protocols for emergency evacuation and personal protection in the event of abusive or violent behaviors in the clinic.
The students will outline the required protocols for the patient’s safety by ensuring the adequate disposal of the hazardous materials produced in the clinic and that the equipments are safe, functional, clean, and updated. The protocols will also include the appropriate disinfection techniques for the equipment, linens, and other materials.

219A     Advanced TCM Diagnosis

This course is designed for 2nd year students who have finished the first year of TCM Diagnosis class. The intent of the course is to strengthen the ability to further differentiate the similar syndromes, to make diagnosis based on some of the key symptoms.

This is a newer course starting in Sep. 2010 trying to better prepare students for the provincial licensing exam.

220     Points Prescription for Syndrome Differentiation

This course is designed for students who have at least finished the first year of Acupuncture, Foundation of TCM and Diagnosis courses. The intent of the course is to help students to increase the ability to combine points according to different syndromes, to be able to select the group of points for a particular treatment plan.

This is a new course starting in 2011; the implementation of this course should be able to make the students to be more efficient in their acupuncture licensing exam.