For Other Healthcare Professionals
AOMA is committed to excellence in health professions education not only for Oriental medicine students but for students in other health professions, as well. To this end, AOMA offers educational programming useful for physicians, nurses and other health professionals. This programming includes continuing education and clinical education. AOMA sponsors numerous seminars and special programs throughout the year that are open to other health care professionals and endeavors to secure approval from these professions to grant continuing education credit.
AOMA currently offers clinical experience at five practice sites. The student clinic at AOMA serves not only as a clinical practice site for AOMA students but students in other health professions as well. For example, the clinic currently serves as an observation experience for students in the graduate program of the School of Nursing at University of Texas at Austin. In the clinic, these students observe AOMA students and faculty assess, diagnose and treat patients with a variety of illnesses and disorders.
Introduction to Chinese Medicine Series
The Introduction to Chinese Medicine series offers a unique opportunity for medical professionals to gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals that underlie the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
The introductory series begins with Foundations of Chinese Medicine, covering the Dao, yin/yang, the five elements, and the organ systems, and then progresses through Chinese Medical Diagnostics, including tongue, pulse, and differential diagnosis. Students also have the opportunity to observe one of AOMA’s faculty members integrating fundamental theories into acupuncture and herbal treatments during Clinical Theater. Medical professionals with backgrounds in anatomy and physiology continue their learning with three courses each in Acupuncture Point Location and Meridian and Point Energetics, which detail the anatomical locations and physiological functions of the acupuncture points on/within the human body.
While the Introduction to Chinese Medicine Series does not prepare students for licensure or practice, students receive full credit for courses, and may apply to convert to the master's degree program at any point. For many students it is an opportunity to enrich their personal understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and/or explore a new career path before committing to a four-year degree program.