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: MATERIA MEDICA 1
This class is the first course in a three-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 LAW AND ETHICS
This course will provide students with an introduction to medical law and liability issues for healthcare providers, particularly those pertaining to MN Acupuncture scope of practice as designated in MN statute 147B and 146A. In addition the course provides training in: HIPAA and Patient Privacy, informed consent, medical communication and referral recognizing red flag referrals. The ethics component of this course will introduce students to medical ethics and professional ethical issues including: managing ethical dilemmas, understanding ethical decision making models, managing risk and liability, and mandated reporting.
: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
An understanding of basic medical terminology is necessary for any education in the health sciences. Students will learn general medical terminology related to anatomy, physiology, pathology, treatments and medical specialties, including basic Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes. The online course will utilize written assignments, discussion forums and exams. Methods to analyze word structure as opposed to mere memorization of words serve as a foundation for this course.
: 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.