This course provides an introduction to the principles and history of psychology, including the growing field of "positive psychology" and its effects on human thought and behavior. Topics include the major field theories and interpretations of data that contribute to an understanding of how human beings think, feel, act and develop as individuals and in relation to society as a whole. Students will complete a variety of self-assessments and other exercises that help them identify their potential and cultivate their own strengths. Positive relationships as well as many of the subtopics of positive psychology, such as life meaning, religion/spirituality, career development, and positive psychology interventions will be explored during this course.
This introductory course in nutrition for non-science majors is designed to provide the student with the function of the essential nutrients. Current ideas and theories in nutrition will be discussed. Diseases linked to nutritional causes and those prevented by nutrients will be examined. Students will be introduced to various methods of research in nutrition and will be required to write a research paper.
This class begins 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. Introductory materials on both aspects of TCM herbal medicine will be presented, along with orientation to the AMC herbal dispensary. Study of the material itself will begin with some two dozen of the most commonly used formulas in modern practice, focusing on the treatment principles of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang supplementation and harmonization of liver and spleen. The formulas are presented in such a way as to build on those previously taught, thus enhancing understanding of formula composition and ensuring retention of the material taught. Individual medicinal will be presented within the context of the formulas themselves. The module will include more than 50 of the most important 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: DSY-312)
This third clinic course continues to be observational. The clinic portion is designed to build the student's skill, confidence, and comfort level one step at a time. In this semester students are allowed to assist in Oriental bodywork treatment, begin to practice pulse diagnosis, and participate in case discussions. (Prerequisite: SCO-332)
An introduction to the various types of needles, sterile techniques, needling methods, needling practice, cupping, moxibustion, electrical stimulation, precautions and contraindications, and emergency management. (Concurrent enrollment in PL1-313, PL2-313, and PTI-313).
This course is an expanded study of PL1 and PL2, in which students learn the specific categories of point function, principles for composing an acupuncture formula based on commonly-used combinations of points, local-distal point combinations, and points commonly associated with various patterns of disharmony. Each point category and each individual channel will be discussed in depth and information from previous classes will be reviewed. This course represents an important step in the learning process, from understanding point location and indication for each individual point to forming synergistic combinations based on both classical sources and personal creativity to approaching the study of specific disease entities and their treatment which will be addressed later in the program. (Prerequisite: PL2-313)
This course is a continuation of "Point Location 1" Students continue learning the points located on the twelve main channels, as well as commonly-used extra points. In addition, the scope of study will extend to the eight extraordinary channels, and the Chinese and European auricular systems. (Prerequisite: PL1-313)
Point location is a vitally important clinical skill which must be mastered for the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion to be fully optimized. This course is designed as an introductory course for first year students, which focuses on channel (meridian) theory, palpation of surface anatomy, and the actual location of acupuncture points. The course will begin with the study of the theory and pathways of the channel system as a whole, acupuncture point theory and proportional measurements of body areas. The majority of time in this class will then be devoted to location of individual points both by means of anatomy and by the traditional channel routes. Functions and indications of the most important points will be discussed. Classes typically begin with lectures and demonstrations and move on to practice in locating points. Both didactic and practical skills will be assessed at the completion of the class. This course is an introductory course for the first year students, which focuses on the location of points. The course will begin with the study of the basic channel and point theory and then the individual points will be discussed by both the geographic section and the channel routes.
Supervised Clinic Observation is designed to build up student skills, confidence, and comfort level one step at a time. The first clinic courses are observational and practical. Students are required to receive at least ten treatments, so they can experience first hand what it is like to be a patient of Oriental Medicine. Clinic provides students with the opportunity to observe various techniques they studied. Upon completion of Tui Na1 students will be required to give 30 Tui Na treatments. While enrolled in Introduction to Needling students will be allowed to apply moxa and cupping to patients. (Prerequisite: SCO-331)
This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology. The emphasis is on basic medical word structure, prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and pronunciation. Students learn standard medical vocabulary and medical abbreviations. Medical terms from specialized areas of medicine such as psychiatry and radiology are covered. The meaning of words is extracted by a method called divide, analyze, and define. (Prerequisite: ANP-301)