Current Course Catalogue

Courses are subject to change as ASAOM maintains an ongoing evaluation of offerings to ensure curriculum strength and knowledge acquisition.

 
Chinese Medical Language

Chinese Medical Language

This is a foundational, Mandarin langauge study program at ASAOM. It's goal: to provide students with a rudimentary understanding of how the Chinese language expresses the medicine, and experience with conversation in a Chinese clinical setting. This course study, given its proper respect, will afford students a degree of comfort, should they elect and successfully apply to study abroad.

Chinese Medical Language I - CML 701 - 22 hours

This course introduces Chinese culture, Mandarin Chinese conversation and reading skills, in a medical setting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Chinese Medical Language II - CML 702 - 22 hours

This course expands on Chinese culture, Mandarin Chinese conversation, and reading skills in a medical setting. Prerequisite: Chinese Medical Language I

 
Qi Cultivation

Qi Cultivation

Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.
— Confucius

Our Qi Cultivation is currently being re-vamped and as of Summer 2019 we will welcome the advent of specific Qi Gong classes (replacing Taiji entirely), setting Qi alight from meridians to sound to nutrition.

Qi Gong I - CC 501 - 11 hours

Introduces the art, and cultivation practices of energy work, focusing on Wai Gong (external work) and Nei Gong (internal work). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Qi Gong III - CC 503 - 11 hours

Covers the Eight Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), including the eight movements associated with the joints of the human body, and three additional exercises. Introduces basic physiological principles of Qi Gong. Movements are analyzed for their energetic concept and clinical application. Prerequisite: Qi Gong II

Tai Chi I - CC611 - 11 hours

Completes section one of the Wu form, emphasizing Qi cultivation for acupuncturists and body workers. Prerequisite: CC 503 Qi Gong III

Tai Chi III - CC613 - 11 hours

Completes section three of the Wu form, emphasizing Qi cultivation for acupuncturists and body workers. Prerequisite: Tai Chi II

Tai Chi v - CC715 - 11 hours

Completes section five of the Wu form, emphasizing Qi cultivation for acupuncturists and body workers. Prerequisite: Tai Chi IV

Qi Gong II - CC 502 - 11 hours

Introduces theory behind Qi Gong. Students will encounter Health Preservation Exercises: The Taoist 8 - for Qi healing, The Four Postures - for general health, The Organ Stances - to balance and regulate the 5 Yin organs (liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys). Prerequisite: Qi Gong I

Master Wei’s Medical Qi Gong - CC704 - 11 hours

Introduces Master Wei’s Qi Gong, as taught by Master Yuanhua Yan, as a medical practice. Prerequisite: Qi Gong III

Tai Chi II - CC612 - 11 hours

Completes section two of the Wu form, emphasizing Qi cultivation for acupuncturists and body workers. Prerequisite: Tai Chi I

Tai Chi IV - CC614 - 11 hours

Completes section four of the Wu form, emphasizing Qi cultivation for acupuncturists and body workers. Prerequisite: Tai Chi III

Tai Chi VI - CC716 - 11 hours

Completes section six of the Wu form, emphasizing Qi cultivation for acupuncturists and body workers. Prerequisite: Tai Chi V

 
Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is ubiquitous in the conversing circles of alternative/integrative medicine. Its reputaion, preceeds it. At ASAOM, we instill a firm foundation for this precision, energy medicine.

TCM Foundations - ACU 501 - 44 hours

This course introduces students to the historical, cultural, philosophical, and ideological contexts in which Traditional Chinese Medicine evolved. Foundation concepts include: Taoism, Yin Yang, 5 Elements, 8 Principles, Vital Substances, Causes of Dis-ease, and functions of Zang Fu, among others. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Channels and Points I - ACU 511 - 33 hours

Introduces channel structure and components, types of points, the ‘cun’ measurement system, the Qi clock, and the meridians of the Lung, Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach, and Heart. Covers point names, traditional energetic functions, locations, special categories of points, special indications and contraindications, point combinations, systems of measurement and location, and basic needle insertion depths and angles. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Channels and Points II - ACU 512 - 33 hours

Introduces internal and external meridians of the Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium and San Jiao. Covers point names, traditional energetic functions, locations, special categories of points, special indications and contraindications, point combinations, systems of measurement and location, and basic needle insertion depths and angles. Prerequisite: Channels and Points I

Channels and Points III - ACU 513 - 44 hours

Introduces the internal and external paths of the 12 Primary Meridians, as well as the Luo, Divergent, and Sinew Channels. Covers point names, traditional energetic functions, locations, special categories of points, special indications and contraindications, point combinations, systems of measurement and location, and basic needle insertion depths and angles. Prerequisite: Channels and Points II

Channels and Points IV - ACU 514 - 33 hours

Lecture - introduces additional points, point combination selections, and classical indications of the twelve main meridians with review of their specific clinical applications. Lab emphasizes preparation for treatment of classmates with combinations presented in class. Prerequisite: Channels and Points III


Zang Fu Pathology I - ACU 531 - 22 hours

Explores the etiology, symptom, patterns, differential diagnosis, diagnostics, and treatment strategies for imbalances impacting the Zang Fu channel and organ system. Familiarizes students with analyzing Zang Fu patterns of imbalance and recognizing various treatment strategies to bring the body into alignment. Prerequisite: TCM Foundations

Zang Fu Pathology II - ACU 532 - 22 hours

Covers additional strategies to differentiate signs and symptoms according to the Zang Fu tradition. Students learn to develop treatment based on in-depth analysis of etiology for each Zang Fu pattern differentiation. Prerequisite: Zang Fu Pathology I


Diagnostic Skills I - ACU 541 - 22 hours

Covers foundations of patient assessment, according to TCM, with a focus on the four methods of visual observation: sound, smell, verbal discussion, and palpation. Emphasis is placed on tongue and pulse diagnostics. Prerequisite: TCM Foundations

Diagnostic Skills II - ACU 542 - 22 hours

Covers thorough patient assessment, according to TCM diagnoses and disharmonies, through observation and interrogation. Emphasizes proper patient assessment using diagnostics skills to determine a TCM diagnosis. Students learn to categorize and describe the pulse and tongue,, and correlate understanding/findings with Zang Fu Pathology.  Prerequisite: Diagnostic Skills I


Differential Diagnosis I - ACU 601 - 22 hours

Develops theoretical understanding and clinical diagnostic skills to differentiate signs, symptoms, and syndromes according to imbalances in the systems of Qi, Blood, Body Fluids, and the San Jiao. Prerequisite: Diagnostic Skills II & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comp. Exam

Differential Diagnosis II - ACU 602 - 22 hours

Further develops sign and symptom differentiation following TCM diagnostic systems of the Four Levels, Six Stages, and Eight Extraordinary Vessels. Prerequisite: Differential Diagnosis I


Clinic Skills I - ACU 521 - 33 hours

Presents needle skills including supplementing, dispersing, even needle methods, and various insertion and removal techniques. Covers specific point combinations from Chinese Acupuncture, Moxibustion and other sources. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Clinic Skills II - ACU 522 - 33 hours

Presents more advanced needling skills including connecting two acupuncture points, threading, and needling around the eyes.  Covers more difficult points in addition to common points, with a focus on proper point location and clean needle technique (CNT). Prerequisite: Clinic Skills I

Clinic Skills III - ACU 523 - 22 hours

Presents needling theory, techniques, proper use of moxibustion, Guasha, and cupping. Incorporates these techniques in combination with acupuncture protocols for specific TCM diagnoses. Course involves regular presentation of case studies and discussions of diagnoses/treatments. Prerequisite: Clinic Skills II

Clinic Skills IV - ACU 624 - 22 hours

Distinct in two parts: 1. Gathering patient information to form a TCM diagnosis, choosing appropriate points, and continuing acupuncture needling practice. 2. Learning new clinical techniques included in NCCAOM’s outline of knowledge necessary for the acupuncture board exam. Techniques include articular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, electro stimulation, akabane, hara diagnosis, and facial diagnosis.  Prerequisite: Clinic Skills II & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comp. Exam

Clinic Skills V - ACU 625 - 22 hours

Presents technique and appropriate use of Prick to Bleed Treatments, Wrist Ankle Acupuncture, and Sacred Turtle Abdominal Acupuncture.  Prerequisite: Clinic Skills IV

Clinic Skills VI - ACU 626 - 16 hours

Techniques include Akabane Diagnosis and Treatment, Shoni Shen Pediatric Acupuncture, and advanced training on Sacred Turtle Abdominal Acupuncture. Training will also address ethics and psychology in practice. Prerequisite: Clinic Skills IV


Five Phase Acupuncture - ACU 611 - 22 hours

Instruction includes the observation of our natural world to connect with the roots, central ideas, and therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Gynecology- ACU 621 - 22 hours

Course includes diagnosis and treatment of female concerns from the TCM perspective. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comp. Exam


Point Prescriptions - ACU 650 - 22 hours

Course covers point combinations and prescriptions based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on the functions and uses of specific points, including: five shu, source, luo, xi-cleft, back-shu, front-mu, lower he-sea, confluent, and influential points.   Emphasis is placed on how to use these points in composing an effective treatment.  Prerequisite: Clinic Skills III


Master Tong’s Acupuncture - ACU 710 - 22 hours

Master Tong’s acupuncture uses holographic imaging and meridian-level treatment to restore balance and achieve pain relief. Content based on the books, work, and teachings of Miriam Lee and Richard Tan - students of the Master. Prerequisite: Clinic Skills IV


Jing Mai Cases - ACU 712 - 22 hours

Involves case studies to illustrate meridian-level diagnoses and treatments. Follows up on Five Phase Acupuncture. Prerequisite: Five Phase Acupuncture


Acupuncture Comp Exam Review - ACU 720 - 20 hours

Course serves both as an intensive review of the theory and practice of acupuncture, as well as a preparatory expose for taking the NCCAOM acupuncture certification examination. Prerequisite: All 500 & 600 Level ACU courses


Acu. Micro-Systems - ACU 721 - 23 hours

Explores treatment of painful obstruction syndromes with acupuncture, moxabustion, Tuina, and prepared topical Chinese medicinals. Prerequisite: All 500 Level ACU courses


Classical Texts - ACU 751 - 22 hours

Works include the I Ching, Tao Te Ching, Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Difficulties, and others.  Prerequisite: All 500 & 600 Level ACU courses


 
Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) - Tuina

Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) - Tuina

In the realm of the healer, there is little that takes the place of a hands-on treatment. The required bond for therapy delivered from the touch of one, to another, is a bond of acceptance and trust; this is a bond of healing. ASAOM's ABT program is a rigourous, well established program far surpassing the requirements for a program of its stature, set forth by the AOBTA. Students pursuing any degree program at ASAOM will graduate with their certification in Asian Bodywork Therapy - Tuina.

Tuina I - ABT 501 - 22 hours

Covers basic anatomy, hand techniques, body connections, internal concepts, Qi Gong, and the essential relationship between Qi Gong and Tuina. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Tuina II - ABT 502 - 22 hours

Course elaborates and expands the topics of anatomy, hand techniques, body connections, internal concepts, Qi Gong, and the essential relationship between Qi Gong and Tuina, as introduced in Tuina I. Prerequisite: Tuina I

Tuina III - ABT 503 - 22 hours

Course studies basic Chinese theory of Qi, Blood, the Six Pernicious Influences, and trauma based conditions. Primarily hands on instruction: students diagnose patients, develop, and implement treatments in a classroom setting. Prerequisite: Tuina II

Tuina IV - ABT 604 - 22 hours

In a review of proper body mechanics, alignment, and breathing, this course digs into application of Tuina hand techniques and sequences. Prerequisite: Tuina III

Tuina V - ABT 605 - 22 hours

Meridian Qigong is used to reinforce proper body mechanics, alignment, and breathing. This class primarily consists of anatomy lectures with hands-on lessons regarding important protocols utilized in Tuina therapy. Prerequisite: Tuina IV


 
Chinese Herbology

Chinese Herbology

Although students may pursue a M.Ac. degree course at ASAOM, we encourage the addition of the OM (Oriental Medicine - herbs). An understanding of acupuncture and bodywork is furhter reinforced with the pillar of herbs in Chinese Medicinal practice. In China, acupuncture and herbs go hand-in-hand; they are, together with tuina, a full scale for which to weigh balance.

Chinese Herbology A - CH 501 - 11 hours

Course discusses the history, cultivation, harvesting, storage, preparation, processing, and medical use of Chinese medical substances.  Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Chinese Herbology B - CH 502 - 11 hours

Course discusses categories, energetic qualities, and therapeutic uses of Chinese herbs.  Students learn to recognize main categories of Chinese herbs and identify frequently used herbs.  Prerequisite: Chinese Herbology A

Chinese Herbology C - CH 503 - 11 hours

Elaborates on categories, energetic qualities, and therapeutic uses of Chinese herbsStudents learn to better identify primary categories of Chinese herb formulas and recognize frequently used herbs. Prerequisite: Chinese Herbology B


Chinese Nutrition I - CH 511 - 22 hours

Course introduces basic Chinese nutrition and how to employee it as a therapeutic modality. Introductory knowledge of foods and herbs used in cooking for common indications is explored in relation to Yin/Yang, 5 element, and 8 principle theories. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Chinese Nutrition II - CH 512 - 8 hours

Course introduces more advanced Chinese nutrition and its applications as a therapeutic modality. Therapeutic actions, indications, and contraindications as primary or supplemental therapy is discussed. Prerequisite: Chinese Nutrition I


Materia Medica I - CH 601 - 33 hours

Course presents common herbs, their function, actions, temperature, flavor, entering meridians, contradictions and doses. Students learn to describe a variety of herbs and their energetic qualities. Prerequisite: Chinese Herbology A, B, and C

Materia Medica II - CH 602 - 33 hours

Presents more advanced herbs, their functions, actions, temperature, flavor, entering meridians, contradictions, and doses. Students learn to describe each herb its accompanying energetic qualities. Prerequisite: Materia Medica I

Materia Medica III - CH 603 - 33 hours

Course expands instruction in advanced herbs, their function, actions, temperature, flavor, entering meridians, contradictions, and doses. Students learn to describe each herb and its accompanying energetic qualities. Prerequisite: Materia Medica II


Formulas and Strategies I - CH 701 - 33 hours

Course introduces basic theory and strategies of Chinese herbal therapy by examining 80+ formulas and their applications. Prerequisite: Materia Medica III & satisfactory 2nd year Herb Comprehensive Exam

Formulas and Strategies II - CH 702 - 33 hours

Course elaborates on theories and strategies behind Chinese herbal therapy.  Students learn to analyze formulas according to their composition, hierarchy of herbs, preparation, administration, eight-treatment method, clinical manifestation, and application. Prerequisite: Formulas & Strategies I

Formulas and Strategies III - CH 703 - 33 hours

Course elaborates on theories and strategies behind Chinese herbal therapy. Study focuses on the most important and commonly recorded formulas, principal patterns of disease or syndrome for each formula, the name, ingredients, actions, indications, analysis of formula application, main modifications, cautions or contraindications, and pertinent information from modern/recent research. Prerequisite: Formulas & Strategies II


Prescriptionology I - CH 711 - 33 hours

This three quarter laboratory course covers various methods of herbal formulation, preparation, and application. Students learn to prepare basic herbal formulas - taught in Formulas and Strategies I - through hands on herbal dispensary experience. Prerequisite: Materia Medica III & satisfactory 2nd Year Herbal Comprehensive Exam

Prescriptionology II - CH 712 - 33 hours

This three quarter laboratory course covers methods of herbal formulation, preparation, and application. Students learn to prepare herbal formulas - taught in Formulas and Strategies II - through hands on herbal dispensary experience. Formulas within each category are explored in depth according to clinical application and preparation. In addition, students learn to prepare tinctures, external formulas, and granular formulas. Prerequisite: Prescriptionology I

Prescriptionology III - CH 713 - 33 hours

This three quarter laboratory course covers methods of herbal formulation, preparation, and application. Students learn to prepare herbal formulas - taught in Formulas and Strategies III - through hands on herbal dispensary experience. Formulas within each category are explored in depth according to clinical application and preparation.  This course introduces modifications and substitutions that tailor formulas to specific patients. Prerequisite: Prescriptionology II


Prepared Medicines - CH 714 - 22 hours

An introduction to “patent medicine” formulas manufactured in the U.S. and China. Topics covered include symptomatology, cautions/contraindications, dosage, and findings regarding some imported Chinese patent formulas. The product lines of prepared medicines used in ASAOM’s clinic are emphasized. Prerequisite: Materia Medica III & satisfactory 2nd Year Herbal Comprehensive Exam


Chinese Herbal Medicine Cases - CH 715 - 22 hours

Teacher brings cases from clinic, and students prepare case studies from their internship experience for presentation and discussion. Prerequisite: Materia Medica III

OM - Internal Med. I - CH 721 - 22 hours

Course examines common TCM syndromes. Students learn to develop herbal treatment plans for each syndrome.  Prerequisite: Materia Medica III

OM - Internal Med. II - CH 722 - 16 hours

Course examines additional TCM syndromes not covered in OM - Internal Med. I.  Students learn to develop herbal treatment plans for each syndrome as introduced in class context.  Prerequisite: OM - Internal Med. I


Herb Comp Exam Review - CH 731 - 11 hours

Course is an intensive review of theory and practice in Chinese Herbology and prepares students for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology exam. Prerequisite: All 500 & 600 level CH courses


 
Western Clinical Science

Western Clinical Science

Any program covering the healing modalities of the East should spend some time in the understanding of the West. The greatest strength we may attain is in communicty, and community is integrative. Medicine should have teh capacity to be integrative, as understading is broadened in knowledge and the forsight to share in discovery and growth.

Life Sciences - WCS 501 - 36 hours

Course provides basic concepts of biology, chemistry, and physics in support of the Western clinical science courses. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Clean Needle Technique - WCS 505 - 11 hours

Course covers basic principles of infectious disease control relating to clinical hygiene and practice, relative to the clean needle certification test (CNT) and course material. Special attention is paid to HIV and hepatitis in a clinic setting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Digestion - WCS 511 - 22 hours

Course covers the scientific principles and pathophysiology of conditions in the gastrointestinal tract. Anatomy and physiology, etiological factors, clinical signs and symptoms, assessment, appropriate referral, pharmaceutical considerations, laboratory tests, and therapeutic principles are outlined. Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology II.


Anatomy & Physiology I - WCS 521 - 44 hours

Course familiarizes students with human anatomy as viewed in Western medicine. Students learn the importance of interacting with medical doctors and other practitioners working within the Western paradigm. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Anatomy & Physiology II - WCS 522 - 44 hours

Course introduces students to Western concepts of human physiology and the specific importance of interacting with medical doctors and practitioners working within the Western paradigm. Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I


Mind-Body Medicine - WCS 541 - 44 hours

Course examines the role of beliefs, thoughts, and emotions in sickness and in health. Emphasis is given to research findings illustrating thought and imagination as languages in the unconscious mind. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Medical Terminology - WCS 601 - 22 hours

Students learn the grammar and vocabulary of western medical practice, notably Latin word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology II & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comprehensive Exam


Nutrition I - WCS 611 - 22 hours

Course covers the metabolism as it pertains to eating and energy use, exploring foods, and other factors contributing to metabolic dysfunction and the reversal of metabolic conditions through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Prerequisite: Life Science

Nutrition II - WCS 612 - 22 hours

Course addresses issues with modern eating habits typically seen in Westernized countries. Students learn to identify health conditions alleviated by different dietary approaches discussed in class. Course introduces factors involved in changing dietary habits, and tools for facilitating dietary change. Prerequisite: Nutrition I


NMS I - WCS 621 - 22 hours

Course introduces concepts and terminology from western NMS evaluations, diagnoses, common pathologies, and treatments of the Lumbar spine, hip, pelvises, knee, ankle, and foot. Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II  & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comprehensive Exam

NMS II - WCS 622 - 22 hours

Course elaborates on concepts and terminology in Western NMS evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments. Students learn to demonstrate specific procedures and explain their clinical significance, as well as determination of important signs for patient referrals to appropriate health care professionals.  Prerequisite: NMS I

NMS III - WCS 623 - 22 hours

Course familiarizes students with treatments of the Cervical Spine and the Temporal Mandibular Joint in addition to extolling concepts and terminology introduced in previous courses.  Students learn about the Cranial Nerves and the main components of a Neurological exam. Prerequisite: NMS II


Western Exam & History Taking - WCS 630 - 22 hours

This is physical examination and history taking from a Western perspective: interviewing, vital signs, cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, abdomen, gender specific exams, pediatric assessment, and clinical reasoning. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program, Anatomy & Physiology II, & satisfactory Pre-Clinic. Comprehensive Exam


Craniosacral Therapy - WCS 631 - 22 hours

Course examines the medical practice of influencing the cranio-sacral rhythm in order to effect change in bodily processes. Emphasis is placed on inner stillness and allowing. Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology II


Pharmacology / Pharmacognosy - WCS 710 - 22 hours

Course introduces the functions, prescription names, and side effects of pharmaceuticals commonly used by patients consulting an acupuncturist. Frequently prescribed Chinese herbs, as these have been shown to interact with pharmaceuticals, and precautions routinely to be taken, are detailed. Toxicity is considered, as is the importance of accounting for metabolic typing in herbal prescriptions. Prerequisite: All W 500 Level WCS course & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comprehensive Exam


Laboratory Medicine - WCS 711 - 22 hours

Course examines methods used by Western medicine for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting vital signs, using data gathered in clinic and laboratory. In addition, course examines data usage in patient diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. Prerequisite: All 500 level WCS courses & satisfactory Pre Clinic Comprehensive Exam


Western Internal Medicine I - WCS 741 - 22 hours

Course is a survey course on internal medical conditions from a western perspective. Topics may include cardiology, gastroenterology, and oncology. The focus of this course is common conditions, symptoms, diagnoses, preventions, and treatments. Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology II, Life Science & satisfactory Pre-Clinic Comp. Exam

Western Internal Medicine II - WCS 742 - 22 hours

Course takes an in depth look at internal medical conditions from a western perspective. Students learn to recognize common conditions, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.  Prerequisite: WCS 741 Western Internal Medicine I

Co-Existing Disorders - WCS 713 - 22 hours

Course introduces theories, interactions, and counseling issues related to co-occurring mental illness and substance use. Prerequisite: All 500 level WCS courses


Public Health - WCS 714 - 22 HOURS

Course presents the fundamentals of Public Health, Community Health, Health Promotion Sciences, and the role of acupuncture therein. Students will be exposed to the 3 core functions of Public Health, 10 Essential Services, social determinants of health, and factors affecting health-seeking behavior and its subsequent impact on approaches to Public Health education. Course covers primary, secondary, and tertiary disease prevention methods, communicable disease prevention, and health alerts. Prerequisite: All 500 level WCS courses


History of Medicine and Epidemiology - WCS 716 - 22 HOURS

Course offers students an opportunity to explore the history of Medicine spanning key developmental milestones from the beginning of recorded history to present. Basic epidemiology concepts and principles, research methodology, and the peer review process for journal publication will be covered. Students will be exposed to the theory of evidence-based medicine and encouraged in their critical thinking. Prerequisite: All 500 level WCS courses


Western Clinical Sciences CompREHENSIVE Exam Review - WCS 720 - 19 HOURS

Course serves as an intensive review of theory and practice in Western Clinical Science, and review for the NCCAOM Bio-medical examination. Prerequisite: All 600 level WCS courses


 
Practice Management & Counseling

Practice Management & Counseling

How do you run your won practice? What does that require from you ethically, and professionally? How do you get started? What might you anticipate? Welcome to Practice Management.

Ethics and Communication Skills - PMC 501 - 22 HOURS

Course introduces ethics. Boundary issues are considered, and the student learns non-violent, compassionate communication: a language of healing for therapists and clients. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Practice Management I - PMC 701 - 22 HOURS

Course introduces best business practice skills for starting a new business. Concepts include, marketing, web design, business card design, and USP. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

Practice Management II - PMC 702 - 22 HOURS

Course introduces the business licensing requirements for Arizona acupuncturists.  Students learn to organize and prepare files for tax season.  This course also introduces the process of obtaining an NPI and its uses as well as insurance billing codes common to acupuncture. Prerequisite: Practice Management I

Practice Management III - PMC 703 - 16 HOURS

Course focuses on advanced interpersonal skills necessary to develop a thriving business. In addition, it covers effective office operation procedures and the development of a comprehensive business plan. Prerequisite: Practice Management II


I Ching Counseling - PMC 710 - 8 HOURS

Course is an introduction to I Ching: a guide for finding and removing obstructions to the free flow of Chi in the psyche. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program


Community Service I – VI

Earning CR credits, students participate in a minimum of three community service events, for a total of six hours. Community service develops skill at professionally presenting oneself and the acupuncture profession, to the public.

PMC 581 Community Service I

PMC 582 Community Service II

PMC 681 Community Service III

PMC 682 Community Service IV

PMC 781 Community Service V

PMC 782 Community Service VI


 
Clinical Training

Clinical Training

ASAOM's program is a strenuious undertaking. If our degree were a mountain, the clinic would be a popular, well-challenged peak. In addition to the clinic hour requirements for graduation from our program, students need to fulfill treatement and prescription nnumbers/requirements as well.

Preceptorship I - IV - 164 hours

During year one, first year students observe their instructors perform acupuncture treatments on actual patients, in the round.

CT 501 Preceptorship I - 44 hours

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program

CT 502 Preceptorship II - 44 hours

            Prerequisite: CT 501

CT 503 Preceptorship III - 44 hours

            Prerequisite: CT 502

CT 504 Preceptorship IV - 44 hours

            Prerequisite: CT 503


Clinic Observation - CT 510 - 32 HOURS

In their first summer quarter students accompany senior interns in preparation for approval toward becoming interns themselves, initiated in their second fall quarter of full-time enrollment. Prerequisite: CT 504 Preceptorship III


Acu/Herb Clinic Internship I – VIII

In the first quarter of year two, students begin supervised practice with the public in a clinical setting and continue through the end of the third year.

Required: 656 hours - M.Ac.

Required: 800 hours - M.Ac.O.M.

CT 601 Clinical Internship I - 96 hours

Prerequisite: 196 hours of Preceptor/Clinic Assistantship & Pre-Clinic Comp Exam

CT 602 Clinical Internship II - 96 hours

            Prerequisite: CT 601

CT 603 Clinical Internship III - 96 hours

            Prerequisite: CT 602

CT 604 Clinical Internship IV - 64 hours

            Prerequisite: CT 603

CT 705 Clinic Internship V - 144 hours (M.Ac. 96)

            Prerequisite: CT 604

CT 706 Clinic Internship VI - 144 hours (M.Ac. 96)

            Prerequisite: CT 705

CT 707 Clinic Internship VII - 96 hours (M.Ac. 48)

Prerequisite: CT 706

CT 708 Clinic Internship VIII - 64 hours (M.Ac. 64)

            Prerequisite: CT 707


ABT Tuina Clinic Internship I – IV

Required: 176 hours

In the last quarter of year one, interns begin supervised Tuina treatments with the public.

CT 520 ABT/Tuina Clinical Internship I - 32 hours

Prerequisite: ABT 503.

CT 621 ABT/Tuina Clinical Internship II - 48 hours

Prerequisite: CT 620.

CT 622 ABT/Tuina Clinical Internship III - 48 hours

Prerequisite: CT 621.

CT 623 ABT/Tuina Internship IV - 48 hours

Prerequisite: CT 622.