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: INTRO TO CHINESE LANGUAGE
Students learn to use the dictionary, to count, to speak simple phrases, to recognize characters for numbers and to recognize basic Chinese medical vocabulary. The tones and pronunciation of spoken Chinese and the formation of written characters are introduced.
: INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS IN HEALTH CARE
Students learn basic principles of ethics and jurisprudence as a foundation for problem-solving in health-care practice.
: MATERIA MEDICA 1
This class is the first course in a two-course sequence examining the major single herbs of the Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. Students learn the flavor, Qi, actions, clinical indications, dosage and contraindications of the major herbs used in modern clinical practice.
: MATERIA MEDICA 2
This class is the second course of a two-course sequence examining single herbs.
: MEDICAL ASEPSIS & RISK MANAGEMENT
This class is designed to establish a training and performance standard for the safe application of acupuncture. Students learn the basic standards of care for acupuncture in the United States, including the principles and practice of Clean Needle Technique and the modern process of risk management. Emphasis is placed on achieving consistency with the aseptic standards recognized by modern biomedicine.
: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Students will learn general medical terminology (including basic Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes) to identify, define and communicate terms related to the diagnosis, pathology and treatment of the major human body systems. Competencies are developed through online lesson modules, tests, discussion board questions and written assignments.
: MUSCULOSKELETAL TREATMENT
Students learn and apply treatment strategies synthesizing Acupuncture and Tui Na for common musculoskeletal disorders. Emphasis is placed on developing Chinese treatment principles for specific orthopedic problems.
: NEEDLING ANATOMY
This class studies the cross-sectional anatomy of the body as it relates to the position of specific acupuncture points. Special attention is paid to those points located over organs, arteries or other sensitive tissues that may be at specific risk during the needling process of the upper and lower extremities, head, scalp, auricles, throat, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and posterior back (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral) regions of the body. Observation of human cadavers and optional needling of commonly used points and threading techniques are required during the laboratory experience. Class case studies and labs synthesize information from the previous trimester levels for point location, pattern identification, anatomy and aseptic protocols.