AOMA Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for our MAcOM, DAcOM, and DAOM Programs

AOMA’s comprehensive programs includes course work in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, biomedical sciences, nutrition, mind body exercise, Asian bodywork and an extensive clinical internship.

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Course Descriptions

Below contains comprehensive listings of the master’s and doctoral courses offered at AOMA. Within the five academic departments, the MAcOM courses have been organized from basic to advanced. The doctoral courses are listed according the divisions of specialty of practice, inquiry, professionalism and leadership, and clinical practice. For each course, course number and name are listed, along with all co- and pre-requisite courses. A key to the number of didactic, practical and clinical hours, and quarter cred- its contained within each course is listed below each course number.

Keys can be read in the following manner:

  • didactic hours/practical hours/clinical hours/quarter credits.

Credit Hours: Each didactic quarter credit is equivalent to 12 hours of in-class instruction. Each clinical internship quarter credit is equivalent to 24 hours of instruction. Each clinical externship quarter credit is equivalent to 36 hours of instruction. Certain didactic courses may be taken by directed study provided all the criteria outlined in the Student Manual have been met. No more than nine quarter credits may be earned by directed study in the MAcOM program. In the DAcOM program, 12 credits may be earned by directed study under the honors concentration elective track.

Terms Offered: The terms in which a course is typically offered are listed in each course description. It is important to note that course offerings may vary from term to term and may not necessarily adhere to the schedules listed below. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each term, prior to registration.

MAcOM students and graduates of master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs applying for the DAcOM program must have official undergraduate transcript credit for biology, chemistry, and psychology. Under conditional admission, these three courses may be completed at AOMA while doing degree coursework, provided the course pre-requisite and co-requisite structure is adhered. Alternatively, equivalent courses may be taken for credit at regionally accredited or ACAOM accredited institutions and proof provided on official transcripts. The following courses fulfill this requirement: WS0104 Medical Biology, WS0105 Medical Biochemistry, and PT0101 Psychology and Clinical Communications.

MAcOM ACUPUNCTURE STUDIES AND CHINESE MEDICINE FUNDAMENTALS

The foundations and diagnostic skills of traditional Chinese medicine are the fundamental cornerstone of Chinese medical science. This theoretical system forms the basis for clinical practice. The well-rounded and comprehensive acupuncture curriculum builds on these fundamentals, creating a strong foundation for other didactic instruction and for clinical internship. 

AT0101 Foundations of Chinese Medicine 1

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter

An introductory level course providing in-depth study of the philosophy and theories fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including the essential principles of yin and yang, Dao, five elements, and zangfu organ systems. Chinese medical history as it relates to the various traditions in acupuncture and Oriental medicine will be covered, as well as historical and professional trends in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

AT0102 Foundations of Chinese Medicine 2

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: AT0101

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

This course builds upon AT0101 with an emphasis on the production and function of body substances (energy, blood, body fluid, essence, spirit) and the related internal organ systems, as well as etiology and pathology, sources of pathogens, and mechanisms of illness, with an introduction to the channel system.

AT0103 Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 1

24/12/0/3 Pre-req: AT0102

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer

This is the first of two courses providing in-depth study and practical application of the four diagnoses with an emphasis on tongue and pulse evaluation, diagnosis, and basic pattern differentiation. 

AT0200 Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 2

24/12/0/3 Pre-req: AT0103

Terms Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall


Second course emphasizing full differential diagnosis of syndromes, including zangfu, eight principles, six stages, four levels, san jiao, and microsystems, with focus on case studies.

AT0111 Point Location and Meridian Theory 1

24/12/0/3 Co-req: AT0101, WS0101

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

First of three courses on the distribution and functions of the network of channels and collaterals, categories of special points, body landmarks, point locating methods, and basic needling methods. Includes practice of physical point location. First course covers points on the lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, and heart channels.

AT0112 Point Location and Meridian Theory 2

24/12/0/3 Pre-req: AT0111

Co-req: AT0102, WS0102

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

Second course in the series covering the points and channels of small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, pericardium, sanjiao, and gall bladder.

AT0113 Point Location and Meridian Theory 3

24/12/0/3 Pre-req: AT0111

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

Final course in series covering the points and channels of gall bladder (continued), liver, du/governing, ren/conception, and the other extraordinary channels, commonly used extra points, and point location comparisons.

AT0131 Acupuncture Techniques 1

24/12/0/3 Co-req: WS0101

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

First of two introductory practical courses providing basic techniques of needling including the angle, depth, manipulation, and withdrawal of needles, and bu/tonification and xie/sedation. Covers the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, first aid, management of adverse reactions, prevention and treatment of acupuncture accidents, infection control, safety issues, sterilization procedures, CNT, OSHA, and HIPAA protocols.

AT0132 Acupuncture Techniques 2

24/12/0/3 Pre-req: AT0131 Co-req: WS0102

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

The second of two introductory practical courses providing basic techniques of needling, moxibustion, cupping, and other special acupuncture techniques, such as cutaneous needling, three-edge needling, electric needling, and guasha. Students are advised to take this course in the term prior to beginning internship. 

AT0191 Meridian and Point Energetics 1

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: AT0101, AT0111 Co-req: AT0102

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

First of two courses introducing fundamental theories and usage of acupuncture therapy, including meridian theory, special energetics, and individual acupuncture point energetics. First course covers the lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, and small intestine meridians, including the shu-points, five element points, luo connecting points, yuan source points, and xi-cleft points.

AT0192 Meridian and Point Energetics 2

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: AT0191

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

Second course in series of two courses, covers urinary bladder, pericardium, sanjiao, gall bladder, liver, ren, and du meridians, and how to select basic acupuncture points in order to therapeutically affect corresponding patterns of disease.

AT0202 Advanced Needling Techniques and Theory 1

24/12/0/3

Pre-req: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT0192, AT0132

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

The first of two advanced practical courses providing an overview of acupuncture techniques and the indication and functions of various acupuncture techniques for clinical application. This course includes scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, and various classical techniques from the Neijing and Nanjing.

AT0203 Advanced Needling Techniques and Theory 2

24/12/0/3

Pre-req: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT1092, AT0132

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

The second of two advanced practical courses providing an overview of acupuncture techniques and the indication and functions of various acupuncture techniques for clinical application. This course introduces students to a variety of other styles and systems of acupuncture practice. 

AT0211 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 1

24/12/0/3 Pre-req: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT1092

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

This is the first of three courses focusing on the etiology, mechanism, differentiation, and treatment of certain diseases including TCM framework, strategies, and principles of treatment. Attention is given to clinical skills regarding treatment plans, prognosis, contraindications, appropriate referrals, risk factors, modification to standard therapeutic approaches in certain conditions, and seemingly benign presentations that may have a more serious cause. First course cov- ers respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

AT0212 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 2

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: AT0211, AT0132

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

Second course on the treatment of specific diseases covering repro- ductive (continued), urinary, nervous, and alimentary systems, as well as liver and gall bladder disorders, and case study discussions.

AT0213 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 3

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: AT0211

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

This is the final course on the treatment of specific diseases covering immune and musculoskeletal systems, as well as psychosocial disorders, skin, hair, and nail problems, and miscellaneous illnesses. Includes certain advanced techniques, case analyses, and written studies. 

MAcOM ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY

AOMA believes that touch is an integral part of healing and has incorporated a strong Asian bodywork therapy component into the program. The Asian bodywork therapy curriculum is based in the philosophy and application of Chinese medicine and the harmonization of qi. Students have two forms of Asian bodywork therapy from which to choose: tuina and Chinese medical qigong. Students may also elect optional courses in Asian bodywork therapy, which, upon completion, qualify the student to apply for membership to the American Organization for Bodywork Therapists of Asia (AOBTA). 

Tuina, the Ancient Healing Bodywork of China

Tuina originates in China. It is a traditional meridian and acupoint bodywork therapy that is more than 2,000 years old. It involves a variety of techniques including rolling, tapping, and pressure for treating a broad range of disorders. Students may choose to take either ABT03 Tuina 3 or ABT03A Chinese Pediatric Tuina to fulfill the Asian bodywork requirement for graduation. 

ABT01 Tuina 1

18/18/0/3

Pre-req: None Co-req: AT0101

Terms Offered: Varies

This course provides a working knowledge of basic tuina tech- niques and tuina exercises, yijinjing (sinew exercise), to strengthen the body’s constitution. The course is designed to strengthen the connection between tuina and other methods and techniques of Oriental medicine. 

ABT02 Tuina 2

18/18/0/3 Pre-req: ABT01

Terms Offered: Varies

This course continues the practice of tuina techniques and the general body routine of tuina. It focuses on the etiology, pathology, and symptomology of disorders of the neck and upper limbs, as well as the integration of tuina with both Oriental and biomedical evaluation and treatment methods of common disorders.

ABT03 Tuina 3

18/18/0/3 Pre-req: ABT01

Terms Offered: Varies

This course continues the practice of specific tuina techniques as well as general body routine of tuina. It focuses on the etiology, pathology, and symptomology of disorders of the back and lower limbs. Further, it addresses the integration of tuina with both Oriental and biomedical evaluation and treatment methods of common disorders.

ABT03A Chinese Pediatric Tuina

18/18/0/3

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Varies

This course is designed to provide students with basic methods used in pediatric tuina, frequently used pediatric points, and pediatric tuina for common infantile diseases. Commonly used techniques, special classic techniques, and basic pediatric points will be introduced, demonstrated, and practiced in class.

Chinese Medical Qigong

Chinese medical qigong is one of the oldest branches of Chinese medicine, predating acupuncture by thousands of years. It is a therapeutic method for improving health and well-being, regaining and maintaining mind/body balance, preserving health, and enhancing longevity through the training of the mind, the breath, and the physiological processes of the body.

ABQ01 Chinese Medical Qigong 1

18/18/0/3

Pre-req: None Co-req: AT0101

Terms Offered: Varies

The three courses of this series present a comprehensive study of Chinese medical qigong and include the philosophy of qigong as well as exercises and movements which focus on cultivating internal energy. A series of traditional and modern qigong exercises is taught throughout these courses, including meditation (static qigong) and daoyin (dynamic qigong), for the purpose of training and refining inner energy. Focus of this first course is on the mechanisms of qigong and the relationship between the three treasures of the human being, essence, energy, and spirit. The course also focuses on commonly used points and qigong safety, theory, and methods. Attention will be paid to the areas of combining Chinese medical qigong with zangfu, yin/yang, and meridian theories to improve students’ understanding of Oriental medicine and to integrate qigong methods with Oriental medical therapies. 

ABQ02 Chinese Medical Qigong 2

18/18/0/3

Pre-req: ABQ01

Terms Offered: Varies

This course covers the sensation of qi, a foundation of internal qi, and guidance of qi throughout the body. Additionally, the origin and distribution of the twelve regular meridians and location of major acupressure points will be studied. The course focuses on the proper recommendation of exercises for improving well-being and relieving symptoms of chronic disorders, particularly tendino-muscular problems. The selection of different qigong exercises according to body constitutions and various syndromes will also be presented.

ABQ03 Chinese Medical Qigong 3

18/18/0/3 Pre-req: ABQ02

Terms Offered: Varies

The third course of the Chinese medical qigong series focuses on the directing and renewing of qi. This is achieved by exploring the major principles that govern the universal and environmental energetic structures, as well as their influence on the human body, mind, spirit, and emotions. A series of qigong exercises and techniques, tongue inspection and pulse evaluation, touching and non-touching techniques, color and temperature observation, and healing sounds are practiced for a better understanding of this specialized system.

MAcOM MIND/BODY STUDIES

AOMA believes that the internal development of qi facilitates focus and concentration and therefore enhances the students’ educational experience. Additionally, students learn corrective and therapeutic exercises for self-care and as an additive to the treatment plans of their patients.

MB0101 Taiji 1

0/12/0/1

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Varies

This is the first of three courses providing a basic understanding of and practical experience in a taiji form and the philosophical principles of circular movements. This first course covers the first section of a taiji form and assists students with achieving greater flexibility and concentration, along with an ability to sense the flow of energy. Students will explore the benefits of taiji and its application to health care and disease prevention, as well as its indications for the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, metabolic, motor, tendino-muscular, nervous, and immune systems. Atten- tion is paid to integrating taiji with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for health care, balance of the body, and disease prevention.

MB0102 Taiji 2

0/12/0/1

Pre-req: MB0101

Terms Offered: Varies

This course covers the second section of a taiji form with a deeper study of the philosophical principles and a review of the first section. 

MB0103 Taiji 3

0/12/0/1 Pre-req: MB0102

Terms Offered: Varies

This is the third course of the taiji series covering the third section of a taiji form. Special consideration will be given to the relationship between taiji exercise, health care, and disease prevention. Through the advanced study of a taiji form, students will strengthen their understanding of the harmonized relationship between the external and internal environments, between the functions of internal organs and body substances, and between the physical body and the spirit. Attention is paid to integrating taiji with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for balance and disease prevention.

MB0301 Qigong 1

0/12/0/1

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Varies


This three-course series focuses on basic qigong exercises that generate and increase the cultivation of qi to develop strength, grace, concentration, flexibility, balance, and an abundance of genuine energy. Study includes qigong practice guidelines and safety precautions. Students will explore the therapeutic application of qigong for the management and prevention of diseases of the internal organs and musculoskeletal systems. Students will explore channel distribution, point energetics, and internal organ functions to integrate qigong exercise with the theory and practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

MB0302 Qigong 2

0/12/0/1

Pre-req: MB0301

Terms Offered: Varies

This is the second course of the qigong series, focusing on sensing the flow of energy and balancing the body with the mind. These qigong exercises strengthen awareness of acupuncture meridians and point locations along with their organ connections, regulate various systems of the human body, and enrich mind/body therapy. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of qi through integrating Oriental medicine and daily practice of qigong, recognizing that qi theory is the kernel of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

MB0303 Qigong 3

0/12/0/1

Pre-req: MB0302

Terms Offered: Varies

The third course of the series focuses on additional qigong exer- cises to cultivate inner energy, balance the body with the mind, and improve flexibility and psychosomatic relaxation. Qigong exercises guide students toward understanding the mechanisms of lifestyle-related and psychosomatic diseases as students explore the prevention and management of modern diseases through the practice of qigong, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine. Through the qigong series, students develop their experiential practice, begin to sense qi, its movement, and its cultivation. 

MAcOM HERBAL STUDIES

AOMA’s herbal program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation, with education in the theory, identi cation, and function of more than 300 herbs and the combina- tion of those herbs in formulas to restore states of health. Resources include an herbal lab, an herbal medicine center which stocks more than 350 herbs in bulk and powdered form, patent formulas, tablets, capsules, and extracts, and a learning garden where herbs are grown in conjunction with the American Botanical Council. 

HT0103 Chinese Herbology 1

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: AT0102 Co-req: HL01

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

This in-depth study of the Chinese Materia Medica is composed of three courses with emphasis on properties, channels entered, actions, indications and contraindications, dosages, and major combinations of plant, animal, and mineral substances, as well as preparation and herbal safety. This first course of the series covers theories of siqi, wuwei, guijin, and paozhi, along with substances that release the exterior, clear heat, downward drain, and drain dampness.

HL01 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 1

0/8/0/0.3

Co-req: HT0103

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

This practical series is taken concurrently with the Chinese Herbology series and focuses on recognition of a variety of raw herbs, familiarity of categories and their functions, and an understanding of the four flavors and five tastes of Chinese substances. The course includes an introduction to basic herbal safety and herb/drug interaction theories. First lab is a practical study of substances that release to the exterior, clear heat, downward drain, and drain dampness.

HT0200 Nutrition and Dietary Therapy

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: AT0103

Terms Offered: Spring, Summer

This course is an introduction to theoretical principles and practical application of traditional Chinese dietetics. Topics include the history of nutrition, the five elements, the flavors of foods, the directional movements of foods, the energetic profiles of foods, and treatment of TCM disease patterns with dietary therapy. 

HT0201 Chinese Herbology 2

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0103 Co-req: HL02

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

Continuation of the in-depth study of Chinese Materia Medica substances, including those that expel wind-dampness, resolve phlegm, aromatics that transform dampness, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi, regulate blood, and warm the interior.

HL02 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 2

0/8/0/0.3 Co-req: HT0201 Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

Practical study of Chinese Materia Medica substances that expel wind-dampness, resolve phlegm, and aromatics that transform dampness, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi, regulate blood, and warm the interior.

HT0202 Chinese Herbology 3

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0103 Co-req: HL03

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

Final course on the in-depth study of Chinese Materia Medica substances, including those that tonify, stabilize and bind, calm spirit, subdue liver yang, extinguish liver wind, open orifices, expel parasites, and external applications.

HL03 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 3

0/8/0/0.4

Co-req: HT0202

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

Practical study of Chinese Materia Medica substances that tonify, stabilize and bind, calm spirit, subdue liver yang, extinguish liver-wind, open orifices, expel parasites, and external applications.

HT0203 Chinese Herbal Formulations 1

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0201, HT0202

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

The first of a three-course series regarding the Chinese herbal formulas including compositions, functions, and indications of commonly used formulas. Knowledge of diagnostics and Chinese Materia Medica is important to the study of this course. The first course is an in-depth study of formulas that release the exterior, drain down, harmonize, and clear heat.

HT0300 Chinese Patent Herbal Medicine

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0201 or HT0202

Terms Offered: Winter, Summer

This course concerns the study of Chinese patent herbal products and their relationship to traditional herbal formulas, with focus on functions of ingredients, indications, contraindications, dosage, and special considerations of commonly used patents. The course includes comparison of popular brands of patents, effectiveness in clinical treatment, storage and duration, format of delivery, safety, quality control, and herb/drug interactions. 

HT0301 Chinese Herbal Formulations 2

36/0/0/3 Pre-req: HT0203

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

Continuation of an in-depth study of Chinese herbal formulas, including those that treat summer heat, warm the interior, treat both the interior and exterior, tonify deficiency, calm the shen, astringe, regulate qi, and regulate blood.

HT0302 Chinese Herbal Formulations 3

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0203

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

Final course on the in-depth study of Chinese herbal formulas, including those that regulate blood (continued), release wind, treat dryness, clear damp, treat phlegm, reduce food stagnation, treat parasites, and treat sores and carbuncles. In addition, students will learn preparations, basic pinyin spelling, pronunciation and meaning of herbal names, and the various categories of single herbs.

HT0311 Syndrome-based Herbs and Formulas

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: AT0212, AT0213, HT0203

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

This course focuses on advanced herbal application of differentiation methods: eight treatment principles, zangfu organs, six stages and four levels, and their representative herbal formulas. Focus is on clinical herbal application of common syndromes.

HT0321 Chinese Herbal Safety

12/0/0/1

Pre-req: HT0201 and HT0202

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

Safe application of Chinese Materia Medica substances and herbal patent medicines, including safe dosages, combinations of toxic and specialty herbs, safety issues of integrating Chinese and modern medicines, contraindications and herbal management for pregnant women and patients with various illnesses, and public safety.

HT0332 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 1

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0301 or HT0302, HT0311

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

First of a three-course series of the Chinese herbal treatment of disease. Covers the TCM theories of zangfu organs and the theory of qi, blood, and body fluids as applied to patients with a biomedical diagnosis. The course includes basic disorder patterns of individual zangfu systems and their corresponding treatment strategies, with herbal treatment of diseases of the lung system, heart and cerebral systems, and spleen and stomach systems.

HT0333 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 2

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0332

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

Second course on the Chinese herbal treatment of diseases, including diseases of the liver and gallbladder systems, kidney and bladder systems, qi, blood, and body fluid systems, and musculoskeletal and neurological systems. 

HT0393 Chinese Herbal Classics 1

18/0/0/1.5

Pre-req: HT0301, HT0302

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

Study of the Chinese herbal classics for advanced students composed of two courses. Fundamental theories and formulas recorded in these books will be analyzed and discussed, with indications and applications to difficult cases and review of clinical experiences. First course covers the Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classics) and the theory of syndrome differentiation according to the Six Channel Stages of the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Induced Diseases) by Zhang Zhongjing. Attention is given to differences between various related formulas and modifications according to the patient’s changing condition.

HT0431 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 3

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0332

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

Third course on the Chinese herbal treatment of disease, including herbal treatment under the guidance of the theory of zangfu organs and the theory of qi, blood, and body fluids of TCM for diseases of gynecology, pediatrics, and dermatology.

HT0441 Chinese Herbal Classics 2

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: HT0393

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

Second course on Chinese herbal classics covers Jin Gui Yao Lue (Golden Chamber) by Zhang Zhongjing, syndrome differentiation according to the four levels theory recorded in Wen Yue Lun (Trea- tise on Warm Disease) by Ye Tianshi and syndrome differentiation according to the sanjiao theory recorded in Wen Bing Tiao Bian (Differentiation on Febrile Diseases) by Wu Jutong. 

MAcOM BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

AOMA’s biomedical sciences curriculum provides students with a practical foundation of the concepts and diagnostic techniques of biomedicine, enabling them to interface successfully with allopathic practitioners. It is intended to provide students with information applicable to their Chinese medical practice upon becoming licensed practitioners and to enhance their ability to communicate with patients and other practitioners regarding biomedical diagnoses and treatment plans. 

WS0101 Anatomy, Physiology and Histology 1

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter

This three-course series provides a foundation in gross anatomy, physiology, and histology. First course covers terminology, anatomical orientation, tissue types and composition, integumentary system, skeletal and muscular systems, and structure and function of joints, head, and neck, with special emphasis on surface anatomy. 

WL0101 Anatomy Lab 1

0/24/0/1

Co-req: WS0101

Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter

This is the lab component for the WS0101 Anatomy, Physiology, and Histology 1 course. This course is recommended but not required in the 2016-2017 MAcOM program.

WS0102 Anatomy and Physiology 2

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0101

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Second course in series covers the anatomy and function of upper and lower limb girdles, with emphasis on shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip,knee, and ankle joints, the structural and functional anatomy of the nervous system, the concept of neural synapse, synaptic transmission, neural plexuses, autonomic nervous system, anatomy and function of the respiratory tract, and the mechanics of respiration.

WL0102 Anatomy Lab 2

0/24/0/1

Co-req: WS0102

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

This is the lab component for the WS0102 Anatomy and Physiology 2 course. This course is recommended but not required in the 2016-2017 MAcOM program.

WS0103 Anatomy and Physiology 3

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0102

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer

Third course in series covers the anatomy and function of cardiovascular, lymphatic, hematopoietic, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, and endocrinal systems.

WS0104 Medical Biology

(36/0/03)

Co-req: WS0101, WS0110

This is an introduction to concepts of biology important in the medical sciences. The course considers the chemical basis for life, cell structure and function, metabolism, mitosis and meiosis, inheritance patterns, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, and organization of the plant and animal kingdoms, and evolution within ecosystems. This course is designed to prepare students for medical biochemistry, the anatomy and physiology series, introduction to microbiology, and the pathophysiology series.

WS0105 Medical Biochemistry

36/0/03

Co-req: WS0102

This is an introduction to concepts of biochemistry important in the medical sciences. The course considers basic biochemistry, the periodic table, nomenclature, atomic structure and bonding, biochemical compounds and reactions, enzymology, cellular communication, DNA structure and synthesis, transcription and translation, gene regulation, energy and metabolism, hormonal regulatory systems. This course is designed to prepare students for the study of human physiology, nutrition and functional medicine, pharmacognosy, and treatment strategies.

WS0110 Biomedical Terminology

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter

Introduction to basic medical terminology used in the clinical practice of medicine. The course will provide an introduction to word parts and their definitions, pathological conditions, diagnostic and laboratory procedures, and abbreviations and symbols through a body system approach. This is a hybrid course whereby a portion of the class is conducted in the classroom and the remainder is online. Content as well as assignments are provided by both methods.

WS0120 Public Health and Biomedical Survey

12/0/0/1

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Summer, Winter

Overview of the current and historical health of the general population of the United States, the role of government in health care, past and present health challenges facing communities, and the role of health care providers.

WS0132 Microbiology and General Pathophysiology

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0101, WS0110 Co-req: WS0102

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

The first of a two-course series focusing on the fundamentals of disease process, stress, role of genetics and different age groups, and cellular coping mechanisms in health and disease. This first course provides an overview of human pathogenesis and agents of disease with emphasis on the role of the immune system, nature of immune deficient states and the body’s response in terms of inflammation and healing. Covers cancer, nutritional issues, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Discusses pathologies of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.

WS0133 Systemic Pathophysiology

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0132 Co-req: WS0103

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer

Second of the two-course series on pathophysiology with emphasis on diseases affecting the internal organ systems. Covering diseases commonly seen in the United States affecting the hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary pancreatic, reproductive, neurologic, and endocrine systems.

WS0201 Biomedical Pharmacology

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0310

Terms Offered: Spring, Fall

Study of major drug classes of biomedical pharmaceutical products, drug metabolism in the body, modes of action, indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, potential herb and nutritional supplement interactions, as well as commonly prescribed drugs and their proprietary brand and generic names. 

WS0223 Herb/Drug Interactions

12/0/0/1

Pre-req: WS0201, HT0201, HT0202

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

Overview of known interactions between biomedical pharmaceuticals and herbal therapies, with up-to-date information on the consequences and/or benefits of specific drug and herb combinations, herb and nutritional supplement interactions, accessing this information, and the role of practitioners in educating patients and promoting public health safety. Course will also cover inherent herbal safety separate from drug interaction, regulatory issues, and FDA restrictions.

WS0292 Biomedical Diagnostic Techniques: Body Imaging, Fluids Analysis and Lab Reports

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0310

Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

This course covers the principles of biomedical diagnostic methods and an insight into the basis of ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, including non-invasive and invasive instrumentational analysis of diseases and disorders of the human body.

WS0310 Physical Assessment 1

24/12/0/3

Pre-req: WS0103, WS0133

Terms Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall

Part one of the two-course series. This course includes hands-on interview skills, role-playing, data collection, charting, systemic reviews, specific history evaluations, and techniques for auscultation, measuring vital signs, and blood pressure reading. This course also prepares students to enter clinic with the basic skills required for musculoskeletal and neurological assessments. Such assessments are required for objective measurements and allow students to engage in evidence-based management of outcomes for patients with neuromuscular disorders.

WS0311 Physical Assessment 2

24/12/0/3

Pre-req: WS0310

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

Part two of the two-course series. This course introduces the practical principles of basic health assessment for critical recognition of signs and symptoms. Students learn the skills and techniques of respiratory, cardiovascular, and abdominal examinations. This course prepares students to recognize red flags and take appropriate actions when necessary. Students gain experience in the use of the data for evidence-based management of outcomes for patients with organ/system based pathological entities.

WS0312 Women’s Health: Management of Gynecological and Reproductive Conditions

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

This course focuses on the study of the female reproductive system, including common gynecological and obstetrical diseases, pregnancy risks, management and appropriate advising guidelines, and pathogenesis and diagnostic measurements, as well as mechanics and complications of labor and delivery, psychology of childbirth, and related issues. 

WS0393 Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 1

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311

Terms Offered: Spring, Summer

The first course in a two-course series dealing with characteristic features of disease as seen from the biomedical model, with the fundamental approach to health and disease management and diagnosis and treatment plans of selected diseases. First course includes cancer, head and neck disorders, respiratory, infective and harmful physical agents, nutritive, diabetic and dermatological disorders, and complementary and alternative medical concepts.

WS0394 Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 2

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311

Terms Offered: Summer, Fall

Second course in series covers fluid and electrolyte disorders, cardiovascular, hypertensive, hematological, gastro-intestinal,hepatobiliary-pancreatic, renal-urological, endocrine, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, and neurological disorders. 

MAcOM INTEGRAL STUDIES

Integral Studies courses at AOMA connect interdepartmentally by educating learners in the core values and behaviors of professional practice in Chinese medicine, the integration of Chinese medicine and Western medicine, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in clinical practice. 

Through Case Management, Practice Management, Communication Skills, Ethics, and and Evidence-Based Practice, AOMA emphasizes the importance skills that are essential to producing best possible outcomes in patient care and practice. These courses address practical business education, ethics, skills required to provide systems-based health care in America, skills to help students connect with their patients, and the importance and skills for research in classical and current literature to promote best possible patient outcomes.

PT0101 Psychology and Clinical Communications

36/0/0/3

Co-req: RQ0115 First clinical practical exam

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

This course is designed as a communications supervision seminar, where students develop and refine their clinical communication skills primarily through reflection and analysis of their own clinic experiences. Students will learn how to deepen their skills in self-care, communicate about sensitive issues, and navigate the psychological dynamics of the practitioner-patient relationship. Topics such as trust, rapport, empathy, projection, transference, professional boundaries, grief, and intuition will be discussed through group study of cases from student clinic.

AT0221 Case Management

24/12/0/3

Pre-req: AT0211

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

This course provides an in-depth examination of the case management process and integrative medicine as a harmonizing framework for Oriental and Western medical case management. Course content includes referral and collaboration with other healthcare professionals, prognosis development, the development of evidence-based plans of care, and the use of pre-determined evaluation criteria for assessing the results of treatment.

PT0400 Practice Management

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Winter, Summer

This three-course series focuses on the crucial information and skills required to successfully establish and manage an Oriental medicine practice.The course is taught in collaboration with a range of community experts in fields such as marketing, tax planning, risk management, billing, and insurance, as well as Oriental medical professionals with experience in a variety of clinical settings.

PT0411 Mindfulness Somatic Therapies

27/9/0/3

Co-req: RQ0122 Second clinical practical exam

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

This course is focused on developing advanced communications skills and improving clinical outcomes with patients using innovative, body-centered awareness and attunement in clinical practice. Through lecture, demonstration, experiential exercises, and clinical practice, a clinical style of working with the direct experience of qi will be developed. With presence and mindfulness as the foundation, the communication skills of tracking, contact, and directing practitioner and patient awareness will be discussed and practiced. Woven throughout the learning and practice of skills, the theory and application of the 5 Phases will be presented as a framework to organize information about the mind-body-spirit interface; how qi is expressed in health; the energetic process of transformation; and how to energetically attune with clients in order to diagnose and intervene effectively.

PT0440 Ethics and Legal Issues

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: None

Terms Offered: Winter, Summer

Discussion of legal and ethical issues typically encountered in an acupuncture and Oriental medical practice. Topics include informed consent, scope of practice, record keeping, legal requirements, release of data, ethical and legal aspects of referring patients to another practitioner, professional conduct, and appropriate interpersonal behavior. Also includes patient expectations, general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, risk management, quality assurance, and privacy issues. 

MAcOM CLINICAL INTERNSHIP

AOMA’s clinical education provides students with hands on experience and is a means of service to the greater Austin community. At AOMA, clinical education begins in the first term and continues throughout the first year with a sequence of clinical theater and observation. Supervised clinical internship begins in the second year and goes on to include 972 hours of internship, focused herbal and community clinic hours, and optional hours focused on tuina and medical qigong. Throughout the internship, students take on increasing levels of responsibility for patient care and case management, and attend regular intern meetings to support their education and professional development. Finally, as they progress through the program, students compile a portfolio of their work, including, for example, self-reflections, clinical case studies, and selected coursework. A detailed description of clinical requirements is included in the Clinic Manual.

Note: In the course descriptions below, “x” indicates the section number of the clinic. 

CT111 Clinical Theater 1

0/0/36/1.5

Co-req: AT0101

Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter

Students are exposed to the diagnostic methods of TCM and to the techniques and application of acupuncture and herbology by observing professional treatments performed by a member of the AOMA faculty. Includes dialogue on how to conduct a patient interview and administer a complete acupuncture treatment, with emphasis on patient communication and ethics. 

CT112 Clinical Theater 2

0/0/36/1.5

Pre-req: CT111, CL1xxO, Co-req: AT0211, AT0132, HT0103, HL01, WS0311

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

This clinical readiness course provides a clinic-like environment and atmosphere with intensive hands-on education on the procedures of clinical treatment, including communication skills, ten questions, di- agnosis, treatment strategies, and performance and charting. Clinical Theater 2 must be taken the term before entry into internship. Please refer to the current Clinic Manual for all requirements of internship.

CL1xxO Clinical Observation

0/0/36/1.5

Co-req: AT0101 and Clinic Observation Orientation

Terms Offered: All

Students learn basic observation skills and develop notebooks recording their observations of the case presentations and treatment protocols. A minimum of two Clinical Observation sessions totaling 72 hours is required before entry into internship. 

CL1xxI Clinical Internship

0/0/36/1.5

Pre-req: See Clinic Manual

Terms Offered: All

As a supervised intern, the student performs the intake, diagnosis, and treatment, consulting with his/her supervisor on the case. The supervisor monitors the intern and provides guidance and evaluation in his/her diagnosis, treatment plan, point location, acupuncture techniques, and herbal formulation. With accumulated clinical internship hours, additional emphasis is placed on professional conduct and appropriate interpersonal behavior, understanding the scope of practice, maintaining confidentiality, developing communication skills, managing psychological reactions that arise, making appropriate referrals, as well as maintaining charting, record keeping, legal requirements, release of data, and other related issues. 

CL2xxI Clinical Internship – Community

0/0/36/1.5

Pre-req: See Clinic Manual

Terms Offered: All

Student interns perform treatments in a designated community clinic, under the supervision of AOMA clinical supervisors. See Clinic Manual for details. 

CL118O Advanced Clinical Observation

0/0/36/1.5

Co-req: CL1xxI, Pre-req: See Clinic Manual 

Terms Offered: All

Focused on deepening and widening the student’s knowledge and experience, the Advanced Clinical Observation is offered to students who have achieved more than 600 clinical hours. Student interns learn different styles of acupuncture and herbal treatment from veteran practitioners. Different acupuncture skills and techniques and herbal modification experiences are shared. Student interns also have case discussions together with practitioners. 

CL1xxH Clinical Internship – Herbal

0/0/36/1.5

Pre-req: See Clinic Manual, Co-req: HT0332

Terms Offered: All

In this specialty clinic, students receive specific supervision and education in Chinese herbal treatment of common clinical diseases using herbal formulation with modifications as well as Chinese patent herbs. A minimum of 72 hours of herbal clinic internship is required for graduation. 

CT311 Advanced Herbal and Biomedical Clinic Theater

0/0/36/1.5

Pre-req: Level Two Practical Exam, HT0311, HT0202 or HT0203, and WS0201, WS0292, WS0223, WS0311 Co-req: HT0332 and one of WS0312, WS0393,
or WS0394 

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter

In this advanced course in clinical education, students are exposed to the integration of both TCM and biomedical diagnostic methods and the methods by which biomedicine may be used to inform the application of Chinese herbology in a clinical acupuncture setting. AOMA faculty with TCM and biomedical backgrounds will lead professional interventions for patients. This course includes discussion of the patient interview and combines TCM and biomedical diagnostic methods for an herbal and acupuncture treatment, with emphasis on patient communication, physical assessment, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and herbal modification as appropriate for each case. Students will be expected to write and present advanced case studies of their own. 

DOCTORAL SPECIALTY OF PRACTICE CURRICULUM

SP 6010 Biomedical Mechanisms and Pathophysiology of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

24/0/0/2

DAOM Co-req: SP6011

Term Offered: Spans Summer-Fall terms

This is an advanced course of in-depth study into the foundations of the anatomy, physiology, and embryology that govern and control the development and experience of pain and suffering in the human form. A thorough understanding of systems theory and developmental principles is important to explore the commonality in the development and experience of disease patterns. The embryologic germ layers and their generative capacity to form each organ system will be covered, including: neurologic, dermatologic, musculoskeletal, vascular and lymphatic, gynecologic, and visceral organs. Interwoven into this study, and crucial to clinical care, will be holistic theories of somaticized pain, stress as a modulator, and the psychosocial phenomena that precede, coincide with, and result from pain. Developmental principles will be discussed from both conventional biomedical and Chinese medicine models to foment integration of thought and theory.

SP 6011 Advanced Clinical Assessment in Integrative TCM Practice

36/24/0/3

DAOM Co-req: SP 6010

Term Offered: Spans Winter and Spring terms (Odd years)

This course builds on the master’s physical assessment and biomedical diagnostic courses by expanding on the interpretation of laboratory tests, imaging and physical exams that can be used in an integrative TCM practice setting. Clinical indications for these exams and assessments, including risks and benefits, will be identified in the context of common disorders from an integrative medical perspective. The principles and application of laboratory tests, diagnostic tests and exams will be explored, including diagnostic equipment, diagnostic imaging, functional physical assessments, the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie) approach, and assessment of pain and somatization. Learners will review written diagnostic reports with associated patient cases, distinguish between normal and abnormal findings, and incorporate findings into their objective and subjective assessment of the patient. This course will prepare learners to effectively communicate the findings of advanced clinical and diagnostic assessments with patients as well as other integrative healthcare providers, such as medical, osteopathic, chiropractic and naturopathic doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and other licensed healthcare practitioners.

SP 6012 Principles of Nutritional Medicine

24/0/0/2

Co/Pre-req: SP6011

Term Offered: Fall terms

This is an advanced course of in-depth study into the principles of nutritional medicine. Building upon the Masters level competencies in medical biology, medical chemistry, psychology, physiology, pathophysiology, and nutrition and dietary courses, learners will explore the identification and treatment of nutritional imbalances. This course will train clinicians to properly utilize nutritional medicine in their clinical practice for prevention and treatment of illnesses as well as to identify pathology associated with nutritional imbalances. Advanced information on functions, deficiency, repletion and toxicity states of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients will be covered. Learners will explore how nutritional medicine, dietary lifestyles, and environmental issues such as modern pollutants, including hybridization and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), influence the human ecopsychosocial environment and epigenetics. 

SP 6013 Nutrition and Functional Medicine

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: SP6011, SP6012

Term Offered: Winter terms

This is an advanced course of in-depth study in patient care utilizing the principles of functional nutrition. This course will explore advanced functional assessment and treatment strategies for various disorders and symptoms of disease including acute and chronic pain conditions, the psychosocial phenomena associated with pain, and other common chronic conditions such as regional and systemic inflammation and autoimmunity, cardio-cerebrovascular disorders, metabolic and dysregulation of hormones and neurotransmitters, and gastro-intestinal disorders and cancer. Advanced clinical approaches for the assessment and treatment of patients with various disorders will be discussed and specific supplement protocols as well as food plans for targeted nutrition will be reviewed.

SP 6020 TCM Classics and Advanced TCM Theory on Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

36/0/0/3

Co/Pre-req: SP6010, SP6011

Term Offered: Spans Summer-Fall terms (Odd years)

This advanced foundation in TCM history, theory and classics will explore in-depth acupuncture and herbal theories and strategies,including etiology, pathology, diagnosis, and differentiation, from classics such as the Huang Di Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classics), the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Induced Diseases), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Golden Chamber), and Zhen Jiu Da Cheng (The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion), and other ancient classics, as well as additional advancements cultivated throughout the centuries on pain and associated psychosocial phenomena. 

SP 6021 Advanced TCM and Modern Treatment Techniques

36/24/0/3

Co/Pre-req: SP6011

Term Offered: Spans Winter and Spring terms

This advanced inquiry into and practice of techniques for the treatment of pain and related psychosocial phenomena will build on master’s competencies in acupuncture, moxibustion, electro- therapies, cupping, Neijing techniques, bleeding, topical applications, TCM herbal applications, physical agents, Asian body work, mind-body therapies and exercises, and diet. Students will practice using and applying various physical medicine agents and manual therapies as treatment interventions, and may include but not limited to, thermal agents, colors, light, and laser therapy, sound such as tuning forks and ultrasound, frequency specific microcurrent, ion pumping cords, electrophoresis, point injections, kinesio taping, McKenzie methods, cranial sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, biofeedback, meditation, and relaxation. 

SP 7010 Pain from Musculoskeletal Disorders and As- sociated Psychosocial Phenomena

36/0/0/3

Pre-req: SP6010, SP6011

Term Offered: Spans Winter and Spring terms

This course will take an advanced in-depth exploration of pain from acute injuries and trauma, as well as from chronic musculoskeletal and auto-immune disorders, and effective treatment strategies. In addition, the psychosocial impact of chronic pain disorders and disabilities on patients and their families and com- mon coping mechanisms will be explored. The primary focus will be on injury to joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and myofascial tissues. A secondary focus will include acute injuries to integumentary, neurologic, and vascular systems, and to the viscera. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP7011 Pain from Neurologic, Dermatologic and Sensory Organs and Psychosocial Disorders

36/0/0/3

Co/Pre-req: SP6010, SP6011

Term Offered: Spans Summer and Fall terms (Even years)

This course is an advanced in-depth exploration of pain that results from neurologic, sensory and integumentary disorders and associated psychosocial phenomena. Disorders covered will include dermatomyositis, herpes zoster, glaucoma, iridocyclitis, sinusitis, otitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, toothache, and herpetic stomatitis, headache and migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, shoulder hand syndrome and sciatica. Care and management of pain and mental disorders, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies (including body acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, skin acupuncture, three-edge needle acupuncture, electric acupuncture, moxibustion), and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7012 Eco-Psycho-Social Pain

36/0/0/3

Co/Pre-req: SP6010, SP6011

Term Offered: Spans Summer and Fall terms (Odd years)

This course takes on an advanced in-depth exploration of somatoform disorders, psychosomatic disorders, and somaticized pain that result from psychosocial disorders, and effective treatment strategies. Care and management of pain and mental and emo- tional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated. This course explores the continua of pain disorders that scale between psyche and soma, internal and external and the impact of shock on the various biological systems whether that shock is physical, psychosocial or ecological. 

SP 7013 Pain from Oncologic Disorders, Associated Psychosocial Phenomena and Palliative Care

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: SP6010, SP 6011

Term Offered: Spans Winter and Spring terms (Odd years)

This course will take an in-depth exploration of pain and psychosocial disorders resulting from oncologic disorders, effective treatment strategies, and palliative care. This course will look at pain from malignant neoplastic growth and from biomedical treatment therapies such as surgery, radiation, and pharmaceutical agents, as well as the psychosocial impact of cancer diagnoses and the treatments on patients and their families. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7014 Gynecologic and Pelvic Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: SP6010, SP6011

Term Offered: Spring term (Odd years)

This course will make an advanced inquiry into pain that results from gynecological and other pelvic disorders, and effective treatment strategies. Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, vulvovaginitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, cystitis, gastroenteritis, and other pelvic disorders causing pain will be reviewed in detail, as well as the psychosocial impact of acute and chronic pain. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7016 Pain from Vascular and Lymphatic and Visceral Disorders and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: SP6010, SP6011

Term Offered: Winter term (Odd years)

Pain that results from disorders of vascular and lymphatic systems and disorders of viscera in the chest and abdomen will be explored in-depth along with effective treatment strategies. Disorders covered will include peripheral artery disease, aneurysm, renal artery disease, vascular headaches, and disorders causing pain from gastrointestinal-pulmonary, cardiac, hepatic, pancreatic, splenic and renal systems will be covered, as well as the psychosocial impact of acute and chronic visceral, vascular and lymphatic pain. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 6031 Case Management in Integrative Practice

24/0/0/2

Co/Pre-req: SP6011

Term Offered: Fall term

This course is designed to deepen concepts of case management from general practice to specialty practice. Focusing on the unique needs of patients and their cultural and individual beliefs regarding their condition as well as about health, illness, and treatment, course content will include case management processes, patient-centered plans of care, recordkeeping, ethical practice, and inquiry skills in the clinical practice arena. In addition, emphasis will be placed on use of collaborative relationships within the health care community to achieve the best possible patient outcomes, clinical skills relevant to the problems and needs of patients experiencing pain and associated psychosocial disorders and further development of knowledge and skill in relation to collaboration, consultation, and scholarly inquiry to support expertise in pain and psychosocial care. Clinical practice begins in the second week of residence in the doctoral program and continues throughout the course of studies to provide direct, immediate application of theory and techniques.

SP 6035 Integrative Practice Management

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: SP6031

Term Offered: Winter term

This course is designed to build upon general practice management skills by focusing on those specific to the management of a practice in a clinical specialty. Course content includes electronic medical recordkeeping, strategies for creating economic and professional success, and ethical concepts related to practice management pro- cesses and practices. Students will be required to establish professional collaborations within other health care fields pertaining to the specialty to create externship opportunities (MD, DO, DC, PT, PhD, hospitals, university research departments, etc.). 

DOCTORAL INQUIRY CURRICULUM

INQ 5011 Paradigms of Inquiry

24/0/0/2

Term Offered: Spans Summer and Fall terms

This course is used to explore paradigms of inquiry such that the learner is informed of the assumptions underlying their focus. The use of the words paradigm or worldview to describe an approach to defining reality has become commonplace since Kuhn published “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” in 1962. Guba and Lincoln (1994) identify positivism, postpositivism, critical theory and constructivism as the major paradigms that frame research. Questions relative to quantitative and qualitative inquiry are explored within this course. As learners develop their inquiry questions for their research project, they choose a faculty advisor and the literature review section and research abstract of their proposal are approved. 

INQ 5012 Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: INQ5011

Term Offered: Winter term

This course focuses upon the theory and essential statistical methods pertinent to quantitative & qualitative research design. The work is focused from a positivist and post-positivist world view such that the learner understands the cognitive and political implications of each form of inquiry. Each learner will identify the appropriate statistical methods for the research question. For those who are focusing upon qualitative research, this will be additional to their proposal. This class will be used to develop the hypothesis and specific aims and construct the methods section of the proposal, using the ap- propriate quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. 

INQ 5013 Methods of Inquiry and Research Design

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: INQ5011, INQ5012

Term Offered: Spring term

Learners weave the previous two courses together into a proposal for the research project. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods may be used as appropriate to the inquiry. Strengths and weaknesses of each method are considered in the context of the developing research proposal. The research proposal is completed in this course and the research proposal is submitted for doctoral study commit- tee and institutional review board (IRB) approval. 

INQ 8080 Research Project

48/0/0/4

Co/Pre-req: INQ5011, INQ5012, INQ5013, faculty approval

Term Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring terms

After completing the INQ 5013 course, and obtaining doctoral study committee and IRB approval of the research proposal, learners conduct the research project, working alone or in teams, while overseen by assigned faculty research advisors. Completed research projects must be submitted to the DAOM doctoral study committee for acceptance, presented in a poster session, and written for peer-review publication submission. 

DOCTORAL PROFESSIONALISM & LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM

PLD 7810 Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership 1

24/0/0/2
Term Offered: Spans Summer and Fall terms
One leads from the self. This course approaches leadership from the

viewpoint of radical constructivism – that we create our realities. Pro- fessionalism and ethics are woven into a framework for understand- ing leadership from the viewpoints of self, other and the collective. These three features are explored in terms of the past, the present and the future. Distinctions between management and leadership are explored as well as power dynamics and culture. This is the first sec- tion in a two part series that is designed to develop the practitioner

in their role with society, their patient and themselves. The common thread through both sections will include broadening concepts of leadership pertaining to the role of health care professional as leader. Content will include roles and functions of the health care profes- sional as leader, strategies for identifying and assuming the leadership role at various levels, key organizations in AOM and health care, and ethical principles applied to AOM and health care leadership. 

PLD 7811 Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership 2

24/0/0/2

Pre-req: PLD 7810

Term Offered: Spans Winter and Spring terms (Even years)

This course is the second section in a two-part series that is designed to develop practitioners in their role with society, their patients and themselves. It builds upon the content of the first section, Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership I. In this section, the competencies related to self and other in the context of culture and change are explored more deeply. Learners will employ assessment as a tool for transformation at the individual and collective levels. This section focuses on strategic planning and negotiation as an art of transformational leadership.

PLD 6810 Teaching and Learning

24/0/0/2

Term Offered: Spans Summer and Fall terms (Even years)

The purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to teaching and knowledge transmission. This course focuses upon teaching in the health professions and includes curriculum design, development of instructional objectives, teaching methods and assessment techniques. Additional skills include active learner-based teaching methods, presentation skills, supervising and teaching in clinical settings, educational technology, and patient education. 

DAcOM SPECIFIC COURSEWORK

In addition to the four specific courses from the doctoral specialty track, DAcOM learners will take the RQ0145 DAcOM Portfolio and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement course (3 credits), and chose an elective track to complete 12 credits. 

RQ0145 DAcOM Portfolio and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

36/0/0/3

Co-req: PT0440

This requirement provides a platform for students to develop a self-analysis of practice to identify professional strengths and weaknesses, and develop a program of life-long learning to remediate weaknesses and further develop strengths. Students working on teams will run a need analysis and create a quality improvement project (QIP). Upon institutional acceptance, students will implement their QIP and report on its outcomes.

DOCTORAL ADVANCED CLINIC PRACTICE

In the DAcOM, a minimum of 1.25 clinic credits (30 hours) must be completed as internship. A student may elect to complete the remaining 16.75 clinic credits in any combination of internship and externship experiences. Internship is defined as clinical work under the direct supervision of AOMA’s faculty and clinic credits are com- puted as 24 clock hours = 1 quarter credit. Externship is clinical work under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider who is not AOMA faculty and clock hours are 50% more per credit, and computed as 36 clock hours = 1 quarter credit. If all 18 clinic credits are done as internship, a total of 432 hours is required. If a student elects to complete the 16.75 other clinic credits as extern- ship, 603 clock hours would need to be completed. After meeting the minimum of 1.25 internship credits, students may combine internship and externship as their own learning needs dictate.

Doctoral internship hours are provided a number of ways with DAOM and DAcOM learners working together. Some of these experiences include doctoral-level clinic theater with practitioners from faculty as well as from different fields within the community, medical home model within AOMA’s student clinics which hone skills of collaboration and consultation for improved patient care, and specialty clinics which bring in experts from various fields sharing different methods, approaches, and styles to enrich each student’s own practice. As AOMA continues to develop collabora- tive relationships within the Austin region, advanced rotations will be added, and may require the learner is licensed in Texas to practice acupuncture. DAcOM students who have earned their MAcOM degree and work at AOMA may earn up to one-third of their internship hours as clinical TAs or Residents. 

SPI 8010 Internship

0/0/408/17 DAOM

0/0/432/18 DAcOM

This course consists of 17 credit hours (408 clock hours) for DAOM students and 18 credit hours (432 clock hours) for DAcOM students of on-site practice at AOMA clinics and collaborative partnerships. The course focuses on the practical application of advanced clinical skills to the problems and needs of patients experiencing pain and associated psychosocial disorders and further development of knowledge and skill in relation to collaboration, consultation, and scholarly inquiry to support expertise in pain and psychosocial care. Clinical practice begins in the second week of residence in the doctoral program and continues throughout the course of studies to provide direct, immediate application of theory and techniques.

SPE 8030 Externship (DAcOM optional)

0/0/252/7

DAOM Pre-req: SP6031, SP6035

Students will identify their preferred externship sites and present their externship plan for approval. The plan must include a variety of locations, practitioners, and medical modalities in direct connection to the specialty that provides depth and breadth of exposure and collaboration within the community where the student currently practices. Practitioners who provide the learning experience for the candidates must be at a doctoral level or have a terminal degree within their field. Sites may include, but are not limited to, pain management clinics, community clinics, private practices, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living or nursing homes, and cancer hospitals.