MAcOM Course Curriculum

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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

  • AT0102 Foundations of Chinese Medicine 2

  • AT0103 Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 1

  • AT0200 Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 2

  • AT0111 Point Location and Meridian Theory 1

  • AT0112 Point Location and Meridian Theory 2

  • AT0113 Point Location and Meridian Theory 3

  • AT0131 Acupuncture Techniques 1

  • AT0132 Acupuncture Techniques 2

  • AT0191 Meridian and Point Energetics 1

  • AT0192 Meridian and Point Energetics 2

  • AT0202 Advanced Needling Techniques and Theory 1

  • AT0203 Advanced Needling Techniques and Theory 2

  • AT0211 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 1

  • AT0212 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 2

  • AT0213 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 3

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

  • HL01 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 1

  • HT0200 Nutrition and Dietary Therapy

  • HT0201 Chinese Herbology 2

  • HL02 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 2

  • HT0202 Chinese Herbology 3

  • HL03 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 3

  • HT0203 Chinese Herbal Formulations 1

  • HT0300 Chinese Patent Herbal Medicine

  • HT0301 Chinese Herbal Formulations 2

  • HT0302 Chinese Herbal Formulations 3

  • HT0311 Syndrome-based Herbs and Formulas

  • HT0321 Chinese Herbal Safety

  • HT0332 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 1

  • HT0333 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 2

  • HT0393 Chinese Herbal Classics 1

  • HT0431 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 3

  • HT0441 Chinese Herbal Classics 2

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

  • AT0221 Case Management

  • PT0400 Practice Management

  • PT0411 Mindfulness Somatic Therapies

  • PT0440 Ethics and Legal Issues

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

  • WL0101 Anatomy Lab 1

  • WS0102 Anatomy and Physiology 2

  • WL0102 Anatomy Lab 2

  • WS0103 Anatomy and Physiology 3

  • WS0104 Medical Biology

  • WS0105 Medical Biochemistry

  • WS0110 Biomedical Terminology

  • WS0120 Public Health and Biomedical Survey

  • WS0132 Microbiology and General Pathophysiology

  • WS0133 Systemic Pathophysiology

  • WS0201 Biomedical Pharmacology

  • WS0223 Herb/Drug Interactions

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

  • WS0310 Physical Assessment 1

  • WS0311 Physical Assessment 2

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

  • WS0393 Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 1

  • WS0394 Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 2

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

  • MB0102 Taiji 2

  • MB0103 Taiji 3

  • MB0301 Qigong 1

  • MB0302 Qigong 2

  • MB0303 Qigong 3

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

  • ABT01 Tuina 1

  • ABT02 Tuina 2

  • ABT03 Tuina 3

  • ABT03A Chinese Pediatric Tuina

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

  • ABQ02 Chinese Medical Qigong 2

  • ABQ03 Chinese Medical Qigong 3

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 titles below, “x” indicates the section number of the clinic. 

  • CT111 Clinical Theater 1

  • CT112 Clinical Theater 2

  • CL1xxO Clinical Observation

  • CL1xxI Clinical Internship

  • CL2xxI Clinical Internship – Community

  • CL118O Advanced Clinical Observation

  • CL1xxH Clinical Internship – Herbal

  • CT311 Advanced Herbal and Biomedical Clinic Theater

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