This course reviews the information required to take and pass AMC's Comprehensive Exam, as well as the National Board exams for Acupuncture. It will cover the entire channel system, acupuncture points, extraordinary points, the auricular system, acupuncture treatments, diagnostic methods, diagnostic systems, and differentiation of syndromes. (Prerequisite: AA2-416)

In the Clinic and Herb Practice students work in the herbal dispensary interviewing and diagnosing patients as well as writing and dispensing appropriate formulas. Students will be required to take an independent role in diagnosing, developing a treatment plan, and administering treatment. By the end of the program, students should require only minimal supervision. (Prerequisite: SCP-436)

This course provides a general study of the basics of pharmacology. Emphasis is placed upon principals and mechanisms of drug action. This course sets the foundation for comprehension of pharmacological principles, actions and interactions. A theoretical understanding of the general classifications leads to and more extensive comprehension of the unique actions, interactions, contraindications and confounding variables that should be considered in current practical applications for the optimum health and safety of the patient.

Clinic work occurs each semester in Oriental Medicine training program. The clinic portion is designed to build up student skills, confidence, and comfort level one step at a time. In Supervised Clinic Practice, students develop their interviewing skills, develop their case taking skills, write SOAP's, establish a good rapport with the patient, perform an elementary physical exam, write a treatment plan, and practice their acupuncture techniques. Students are expected to begin their herbal training with herbal patients and in the herbal dispensary. Students will be encouraged to further develop their Asian Bodywork skills by giving 30 additional Asian Bodywork treatments. (Prerequisite: SCP-435)

Advanced Acupuncture 2 continues the course of study begun in Advanced Acupuncture 1, with the addition of clinically important miscellaneous disease categories such as musculoskeletal disorders, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, dermatology, and otorhinolaryngology. Emergency disorders will be addressed. Additional material will focus on treatment of classical patterns of externally-contracted febrile diseases from the Cold Damage and Warm Disease schools, as well as treatment of diseases involving the Extraordinary Vessels. This course will begin with a continuation of zangfu pathology. In addition, the course will cover etiology, pathology, and the differentiation and treatment of individual disorders in internal medicine. Organization of the subject matter is based on specific TCM disease categories grouped according to the organ network with which they are most commonly associated. Further differentiation of TCM patterns is presented for each disease category along with treatment principles for each pattern, recommended treatment points, and modalities. In most cases, relevant biomedical information will be presented in order to enable the student to determine a prognosis and identify cases which require referral to appropriate non-TCM practitioners. (Prerequisite: AA1-416)

This class continues the study of TCM herbal medicine, both formulas and materia medica. Categories for this module will include herbs and formulas that harmonize, treat dryness, expel dampness, warm the interior, and tonify. Approximately 40 formulas from these categories will be included, with their constituents, functions and indications, and standard modifications. The module will also include study of approximately 75 Chinese medicinal, including their taste, temperature, functions, indications, dosage, and contraindications. Practical experience in identifying and handling the medicinal themselves as well as grouping them into formulas will prepare the students for their role in dispensing the herbs in the student clinic. (Prerequisite: HM1-424)

Advanced Acupuncture 1 is a course designed to take the student from the material presented in earlier classes Diagnostic Methods, Diagnostic Systems and Point Indication into the treatment of specific diseases and syndrome presentations as they appear in the clinic. This course will begin with an introduction to general principles of treatment, basic principles for selection of points and applications of specific points. In addition, the course will cover etiology, pathology, and the differentiation and treatment of individual disorders in internal medicine. Organization of the subject matter is based on specific TCM disease categories grouped according to the organ network with which they are most commonly associated. Further differentiation of TCM patterns is presented for each disease category along with treatment principles for each pattern, recommended treatment points, and modalities. In most cases, relevant biomedical information will be presented in order to enable the student to determine a prognosis and identify cases which require referral to appropriate non-TCM practitioners. (Prerequisite: DSY-312 and PTI-313)

This class is designed to give students basic knowledge required to perform an orthopedic assessment in a clinical practice. Instruction will be given on the use of goniometors, reflex hammers and sensory/muscle testing. Students are expected to utilize previous knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. (Prerequisite: ANP-301 and MUS-301)

This class continues the study of TCM herbal medicine. The format of the class is such that study of formulas is combined with the study of materia medica. Study of the material will proceed according to the standard categorization of medicinals and formulae found in most Chinese and English-language textbooks. Categories for this module will include Herbs and Formulas That Release The Exterior, Herbs and Formulas That Clear Heat, and Herbs and Formulas That Drain Downward. Approximately 40 formulas from these categories will be included, with their constituents, functions and indications, and standard modifications. The module will also include study of approximately 75 Chinese medicinals, including their taste, temperature, functions, indications, dosage, and contraindications. Practical experience in identifying and handling the medicinals themselves as well as grouping them into formulas will prepare the students for their role in dispensing the herbs in the student clinic.(Prerequisite: HM1-424)

Students will review basic physical examination which will include listening to the heart and lungs, palpation of the different organs, patient interview procedures, and patient record maintenance. In addition, students will review information about the mechanisms of disease and the pathological processes that occur within each area or system of the human body. This class will concentrate on the areas and systems of the Head and Neck Area, the Integumentary System, the Thoracic Area and the Pulmonary/Respiratory System, the Cardiovascular System (heart, vessels, blood, and lymph), the Abdominal Area, the Nervous System and Neurological evaluation. (Prerequisite: ANP-301 and MUS-301)

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