MAcOM Curriculum and Course Descriptions

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Acupuncture Studies and Chinese Medicine Fundamentals

The foundations and diagnostic skills of traditional Chinese medicine are the cornerstone of Chinese medical science and its 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 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Summer, Fall, Winter


A fundamental element in every AOMA student’s trajectory is the acquisition of the material contained within this and its paired course.  Foundations of Chinese Medicine 1 is an introductory-level course that provides 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, in addition to historical and current professional trends in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

 

AT0102 Foundations of Chinese Medicine 2

36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0101


Terms offered: Fall, Winter, Spring


This course builds upon AT0101 with its emphasis on the production and function of body substances (Energy, Blood, Body Fluid, Essence, and Spirit) and the related internal organ systems.  Additionally, students will be introduced to concepts relating to etiology and pathology, sources of pathogens, and mechanisms of illness, and the course will include an introduction to the channel system.

 

AT0103 Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 1

24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0102


Terms offered: Winter, Spring, Summer


This is the first of two courses that provide in-depth study and practical
application of the four diagnoses (Observing; Questioning; Listening; and Smelling) with an emphasis on tongue
and pulse evaluation, the four diagnostic skills, and introductory pattern differentiation.

 

AT0200 Diagnostic Skills of Chinese Medicine 2

24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0103


Terms offered: Spring, Summer, Fall


The second course of the series, AT200 emphasizes the full differential diagnosis of syndromes from a range of theoretical frameworks.  These include: zangfu, eight principles, six stages, four levels, san jiao, and microsystems. There is a strong focus on case studies that will be illuminated by in-class discussion and analysis.

 

AT0111 Point Location & Meridian Theory 1


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


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


Accurate point location and the development of a solid base of knowledge of the channels constitute a fundamental aspect of TCM study.  In this, the first of three courses on the distribution and functions of the network of channels and collaterals, students will learn about categories of special points, body landmarks, point locating methods, and basic needling methods. The introduction to these concepts is fortified by in-class work, in the practice of physical point location. Point locations relating to the organs and organ systems that this first course covers pertain to the Lung, the Large Intestine, the Stomach, the Spleen, and the Heart channels.

 

AT0112 Point Location & Meridian Theory 2


24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0111


Co-req: WS0102


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This second course in the series continues the study of accurate point location and it further instills a solid base of knowledge regarding channels in the students.  Lecture and hands-on practice will offer students the opportunity to learn the points and channels pertaining to the Small Intestine, the Urinary Bladder, the Kidney, the Pericardium, the San Jiao, and the Gall Bladder.

 

AT0113 Point Location & Meridian Theory 3


24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0111


Co-req: WS0103


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


This final course in the series offers students the opportunity to further deepen their knowledge of points and the hands-on practice of locating them.  By covering the points and channels of Gall Bladder (continued), the Liver, the Du/Governing, the Ren/Conception, and the other Extraordinary channels, and the commonly used Extra points, student are also afforded the chance to review what they have learned over the course of the series and to be able to apply their knowledge to point location comparisons.

 

AT0191 Meridian & Point Energetics 1


36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0101, AT0111


Co-req: AT0102


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This is the first of two courses that introduce fundamental theories and usage of acupuncture therapy, including meridian theory, special energetics, and individual acupuncture point energetics. The first course covers the Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, and Small Intestine meridians, including special categories such as: the shu-points, five element points, luo-connecting points, yuan-source points, and xi-cleft points.

 

AT0192 Meridian & Point Energetics 2


36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0191


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


The second course in series of two courses, AT-0192 introduces the energetics of the Urinary Bladder, Pericardium, San Jiao, Gall Bladder, Liver, Ren/Conception, and Du/Governing meridians.  Students will also learn how to select basic acupuncture points in order to therapeutically affect corresponding patterns of disease.

 

AT0131 Acupuncture Techniques 1


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


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


Two introductory practical courses provide students the opportunity to learn basic techniques of needling including: the angle, depth, manipulation, and withdrawal of needles, and bu/tonification and xie/sedation. AT0131 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 Prereq: AT0131
Co-req: WS0102


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


The second of two introductory practical courses, AT0132 provides students with further opportunity to practice the basic techniques of needling, moxibustion, cupping, and they will be introduced to other special acupuncture techniques, including cutaneous needling, three-edge needling, electric needling, and guasha. Note: Students are advised to take this course in the term prior to beginning internship.

 

AT0202 Advanced Needling Techniques & Theory 1


24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT0192, AT0132


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This is the first of two advanced practical courses that provide an overview of acupuncture techniques and the indication and functions of said various acupuncture techniques for clinical application. This course includes hands-on acquisition of skills including scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, and various classical techniques from the Neijing and Nanjing.

 

AT0203 Advanced Needling Techniques & Theory 2


24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT1092, AT0132


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


The second of two advanced practical courses, AT0203 provides an overview of acupuncture techniques and the indication and functions of various acupuncture methods for clinical application. Skills developed in this course includes Dr. Tan’s balance method, Master Tung points, and various Japanese styles of acupuncture.

 

AT0211 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 1


24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT1092


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


This is the first of three courses that focus on the etiology, mechanism, differentiation, and treatment of certain diseases within the precepts of TCM frameworks, 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. This first course covers the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

 

AT0212 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 2


36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0211, AT0132


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


Providing further opportunity to deepen student knowledge of Chinese medical approaches to disease and health care, this second course in the series focuses on the treatment of specific diseases in the context of the reproductive (continued), urinary, nervous, and alimentary systems.  Study topics further include liver and gall bladder disorders.  Student knowledge will be refined via case study discussions.

 

AT0213 Acupuncture Treatment of Disease 3


36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0211


Terms Offered: Spring, Fall


This is the final course in the three-part series on the treatment of specific diseases.  Topics in this section include the immune and musculo-skeletal systems, in addition to investigating topics such as psycho-social disorders, skin, hair, and nail disease, and miscellaneous illnesses. Students will also learn certain advanced techniques, experience case analyses, and analyze written studies.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

AOMA’s herbal program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation, with education in the theory, identification, and function of more than 300 single herbs and study of the combination of those herbs and how they appear in formulas used to restore states of health. Institutional resources include an herbal lab and an herbal medicine center which stocks over 350 herbs in bulk and powdered form, and in patent formulas, tablets, capsules, and extracts. Students also are given the opportunity to maintain a learning garden where herbs are grown in conjunction with the American Botanical Council.

 

HT0103 Chinese Herbology 1


36/0/0/3 Prereq: 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, in addition to preparation and herbal safety. This first course of the series introduces theories of siqi, wuwei, guijin, and paozhi, and focuses on herbal 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 offers students the opportunity to practice recognition of a variety of raw herbs, to acquire greater familiarity of categories and their functions, and to deepen their understanding of the four flavors and five tastes of Chinese substances by way of first-hand experience. The course includes an introduction to basic herbal safety and herb/drug interaction theories. First lab is a practical study of herbal substances that release to the exterior, clear heat, downward drain, and drain dampness.

 

HT0200 Nutrition & Dietary Therapy


36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0103


Terms offered: Spring, Summer


This course is an introduction to the theoretical principles and practical application of traditional Chinese dietetics. Topics include the history of nutrition and the role of the five elements in the context of food and diet. This comprehensive survey also considers, the flavors, directional movements, and the energetic profiles of foods, plus the treatment of TCM disease patterns with dietary therapy.

 

HT0201 Chinese Herbology 2


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0103
Co-req: HL02


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


This course offers a continuation of the in-depth study of Chinese Materia Medica substances, including those that expel wind-dampness, those that resolve phlegm, and the 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


The second Herbal Lab offers students the opportunity to continue their practical study of Chinese Materia Medica substances. Concurrent with HT0201, the focus will be on herbal substances that expel wind-dampness, those that resolve phlegm, and the aromatics that transform dampness, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi, regulate blood, and warm the interior.

 

HT0202 Chinese Herbology 3


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0103
Co-req: HL03


Terms Offered: Winter, Spring


This is the final course on the in-depth study of Chinese Materia Medica substances, and its range includes the categories of herbs that: tonify; stabilize and bind; calm spirit; subdue liver yang; extinguish liver wind; open orifices; expel parasites; and those that are used as external applications.

 

HL03 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 3


0/8/0/0.4 Co-req: HT0202


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


The third Herbal Lab, in concordance with HT0202, offers students an expanded opportunity to engage in practical study of Chinese Materia Medica herbal substances in the categories of: tonify: stabilize and bind; calm spirit; subdue liver yang; extinguish liver-wind; open orifices; expel parasites; and herbs that are used as external applications.

 

HT0203 Chinese Herbal Formulations 1


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0201, HT0202


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


The first of a three-course series pertaining to Chinese herbal formulas, this series offers instruction regarding the compositions, functions, and indications of commonly used formulas. This first section includes an in-depth study of formulas that release the exterior, drain down, harmonize, and clear heat. Note: knowledge of the tenets of TCM diagnostics and Chinese Materia Medica is an important component for success in this course.

 

HT0300 Chinese Patent Herbal Medicine


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0201 or HT0202


Terms offered: Winter, Summer


This course concerns the study of Chinese patent herbal products and their relationship to traditional herbal formulas. Its focus includes: functions of ingredients, indications, contraindications, dosage, and special considerations of commonly-used patents. The course includes assessment and comparison of popular brands of patents and their 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 Prereq: HT0203


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


This is a continuation of the in-depth study of Chinese herbal formulas. Its purview includes: those that treat summer heat; herbs that warm the interior; combinations that treat both the interior and exterior; and those that tonify deficiency; calm the shen; astringe; regulate qi; and regulate blood.

 

HT0302 Chinese Herbal Formulations 3


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0203


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This is the final course of in-depth study of Chinese herbal formulas, and its focus includes: those that regulate blood (continued); herb combinations that release wind; treat dryness; clear damp; treat phlegm; reduce food stagnation; treat parasites; and those that treat sores and carbuncles. In addition, students will learn preparations, basic pinyin spelling, proper pronunciation and the meaning of herbal names, and review the various categories of single herbs.

 

HT0311 Syndrome-based Herbs & Formulas


36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0212, AT0213, HT0203


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


This course combines advanced herbal application and review of the tenets of differentiation methods including the eight treatment principles, zangfu organs, and six stages and four levels, and their representative herbal formulas. Its focus is on clinical herbal application of common syndromes.

 

HT0321 Chinese Herbal Safety


12/0/0/1 Prereq: HT0201 and HT0202


Terms offered: Fall, Spring


Students will learn about the safe application of Chinese Materia Medica substances and herbal patent medicines. Topics include: safe dosage;, combinations of toxic and specialty herbs; safety issues pertaining to the integration of Chinese and modern medicines; the contraindications and herbal management protocols for pregnant women and patients with various illnesses; and the foundations for public safety.

 

HT0332 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 1


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0301 or HT0302, HT0311


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This is the first of a three-course series of the Chinese herbal treatment of disease. Its focus is on 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 Prereq: HT0332


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


The second course on the Chinese herbal treatment of diseases that encompasses dysfunctions of multiple body systems, including: diseases of the liver and gallbladder systems, the kidney and bladder systems, the qi, blood, and body fluid systems, and the musculoskeletal and neurological systems.

 

HT0393 Chinese Herbal Classics 1


18/0/0/1.5 Prereq: HT0301, HT0302


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


This is the first course in a series of two that allows for study of the Chinese herbal classics by advanced students. Fundamental theories and formulas recorded in these texts will be analyzed and discussed, with indications and applications to difficult cases and review of clinical experiences providing a central focus of study. This 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 pertinent modifications in response to the patient’s changing condition.

 

HT0431 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 3


36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0332


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


The third course on the Chinese herbal treatment of disease, the trajectory of HT0431 includes study of: 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 Prereq: HT0393


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


This is the second course that focuses on the Chinese herbal classics. In it, students will have the opportunity for rigorous study of the Jin Gui Yao Lue (Golden Chamber) by Zhang Zhongjing, the syndrome differentiation according to the four levels theory recorded in Wen Yue Lun (Treatise on Warm Disease) by Ye Tianshi and the syndrome differentiation according to the sanjiao theory recorded in Wen Bing Tiao Bian (Differentiation on Febrile Diseases) by Wu Jutong.

Integral Studies

Integral Studies courses at AOMA connect interdepartmentally by reinforcing the core values and behaviors of professional practice in Chinese medicine, by fostering the integration of Chinese medicine and Western medicine, and by imparting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in clinical practice. AOMA concurrently emphasizes the importance of practical business education, and this department’s offerings provide the skills required to deliver systems-based healthcare from within the framework of a successful and ethical business model.

 

AT0221 Case Management


24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0211


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


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

Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to: apply a process model to clinical practice; develop a philosophy of CAM practice; synthesize plans of care based on evidence/experience-based knowledge; and apply concepts of patient care management to CAM practice.

 

PT0210 Clinical Communication Skills 1


12/0/0/1 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Winter, Summer


This is the first of a three-course series that explores the psychodynamics of the practitioner/patient relationship. The purpose of this course is to explore valuable aspects of creating an effective healing partnership. Four broad concepts are introduced: utilizing lecture and experiential exercises, these include: types of presence that facilitate healing; mindfulness in the practitioner and patient; the role of emotions and Spirit in medicine; and professional ethics and the right use of power.

 

PT0310 Clinical Communication Skills 2


9/3/0/1 Prereq: PT0210


Terms offered: Winter, Summer


This is the second course in a series that focuses on communication skills and key elements in creating an effective healing partnership. Using lecture and experiential exercises hinging on the theoretical premises of Chinese medicine’s 5 Element Theory, students will investigate topics that include: 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. Students will also be introduced to a clinical style that engages with the direct experience of Qi.

 

PT0400 Practice Management


36/0/0/3 Prereq:  None


Terms offered: Winter, Summer


AOMA strongly supports the acquisition of solid business acumen on the part of the students. This course is taught in collaboration with a range of community experts in fields such as marketing, tax planning, risk management, billing, and insurance and it focuses on the crucial information and skills required to successfully establish and manage an Oriental medicine practice. Other featured guests will include Oriental medical professionals with experience in a variety of clinical settings.

 

PT0410 Clinical Communication Skills 3


9/3/0/1 Prereq: PT0310, CL1xxI (completion of 250 treatment hours)


Terms Offered: Winter, Summer


This final course in the series allows students to develop advanced communications skills and improve  patient outcomes via the use of innovative, body-centered awareness and attunement in clinical practice. Through lecture, experiential exercises, and hands-on practice, a clinical style of working with the direct experience of Qi will be perfected. With presence and mindfulness providing a foundation, the communication skills of tracking, contact, and directing practitioner and patient awareness will be discussed and practiced.

 

PT0440 Ethics and Legal Issues


24/0/0/2 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Winter, Summer


AOMA is committed to instilling a solid awareness of legal and ethical responsibility in preparation for post-graduate professional activity. In this course, students can expect to participate in in-depth 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. This comprehensive survey of professional ethics further includes discussion of general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, risk management, quality assurance, management of patient expectations, and privacy issues.

 

WS0302 Evidence-Based Medicine in CAM Practice


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0311, AT0213


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This course focuses on the judicious and valid use of research and expert opinion and their application to the clinical care of patients. Its focus will be the critique and evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) literature and how to apply a systematic review of evidence-based literature to improve CAM treatments. Topics include: the history of medicine, research ethics, research terminology, issues in Western and Oriental medical research, literature research methods, the academic peer review process, and issues in research application. Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to: evaluate evidence (research) and experience-based medicine resources in the design of clinical care and critique CAM research in relation to implementation in practice; synthesize Western and Oriental medical research models; and plan for the incorporation of evidence and experience-based resources into personal professional practice.

Biomedical Sciences

AOMA’s Biomedical Sciences curriculum provides students with a practical foundation of the concepts and diagnostic techniques of biomedicine, enabling them to engage 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 both patients and with other practitioners regarding biomedical diagnoses and treatment plans.

 

WS0101 Anatomy, Physiology, & Histology 1


36/0/0/3 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Summer, Fall, Winter


WS0101 is the first of three-course series provides a foundation in gross anatomy, physiology, and histology. This first course emphasizes surface anatomy and provides a solid introduction to terminology, anatomical orientation, tissue types and composition, integumentary system, skeletal and muscular systems, and structure and function of joints, head, and neck.

 

WS0102 Anatomy & Physiology 2


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0101


Terms offered: Fall, Winter, Spring


The second course in the series, WS0102 covers the anatomy and function of the upper and lower limb girdles. The emphasis of this course is 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, and the autonomic nervous system. Students will also learn about the anatomy and function of the respiratory tract and the mechanics of respiration.

 

WS0103 Anatomy & Physiology 3


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0102


Terms offered: Winter, Spring, Summer


The third and final course in the series gives students the opportunity to study the anatomy and function of internal organs pertaining to the body’s core, including: the cardiovascular, lymphatic, hematopoietic, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, and endocrinal systems.

 

WS0110 Biomedical Terminology


24/0/0/2 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Summer, Fall, Winter

In keeping with AOMA’s commitment to integrative medicine instruction, students are given the opportunity to learn standard biomedical language.  This course presents an introduction to basic medical terminology used both in the clinical practice of medicine and in research and other scholarly activity.

 

WS0120 Public Health & Biomedical Survey


12/0/0/1 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Summer, Winter


This course instills students with the capacity to critically engage with current and crucial themes relating to public health. It comprises an overview of the current and historical health of the general population of the United States, an investigation of the role of government in healthcare, critical discussion of past and present health challenges facing communities, and consideration of the role of healthcare providers in medical and social service fields in this country and internationally.

 

WS0132 Microbiology and General Pathophysiology


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0101, WS0110
Co-req: WS0102


Terms offered: Fall, Winter, Spring


This is the first of a two-course series focusing on the fundamentals of disease process, homeostastis-interrupting stress (e.g., disease, pain, or lack of oxygen), the role of genetics and their expression in different age groups, and cellular coping mechanisms in states of health and of disease. This first course provides an overview of human pathogenesis and agents of disease with emphasis on the role of the immune system, the nature of immune deficient states, and the body’s response in terms of inflammation and healing. Students will learn about cancer, nutritional issues, and chronic fatigue syndrome and participate in discussion and analysis of pathologies of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.

 

WS0133 Systemic Pathophysiology


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0132
Co-req: WS0103


Terms offered: Winter, Spring, Summer


This is the second of the two-course series on pathophysiology.  Its emphasis is on diseases affecting the internal organ systems. Students can expect to study diseases commonly seen in the United States that pertain to the hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, reproductive, neurologic, and endocrine systems.

 

WS0201 Biomedical Pharmacology


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0310


Terms offered: Spring, Fall


This course consists of study of major drug classes of biomedical pharmaceutical products. In it, students will learn about drug metabolism in the body and the modes of action; the indications and contraindications; drug-drug interactions; potential herb and nutritional supplement interactions; and commonly-prescribed drugs and their proprietary brand and generic names.

 

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


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0310


Terms offered: Winter, Spring


This course covers the principles of biomedical diagnostic methods and investigation of the basis of ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, including both non-invasive and invasive mechanical analysis of diseases and disorders of the human body.

 

WS0223 Herb/Drug Interactions


12/0/0/1 Prereq: WS0201, HT0201, HT0202


Terms offered: Fall, Spring


This course provides an 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, and herb and nutritional supplement interactions. Students will learn how and where to appropriately access this information and investigate the role of practitioners in educating patients and promoting public health safety. The course will also consider inherent herbal safety separate from drug interaction, regulatory issues, and FDA restrictions.

 

WS0310 Physical Assessment 1


24/12/0/3 Prereq: WS0103, WS0133


Terms offered: Spring, Summer, Fall


This course is the first of a two-course series. It is centered upon the acquisition of hands-on assessment practice that includes: 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 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 neuro-muscular disorders.

 

WS0311 Physical Assessment 2


24/12/0/3 Prereq: 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 pertaining to respiratory, cardiovascular, and abdominal examinations. This course prepares students to recognize red flags and take appropriate actions as necessary. Students gain experience in the use of the data for evidence-based management of outcomes for patients with organ/system-based pathological conditions.

 

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


36/0/0/3 Prereq: 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, case management and appropriate advising guidelines, and pathogenesis and diagnostic measurements, in addition to mechanics and complications of labor and delivery, psychology of childbirth, and related issues such as postpartum healthcare.

 

WS0393 Biomedical Treatment of Disease 1


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311


Terms offered: Spring, Summer


This is the first course in a two-course series that investigates characteristic features of disease as seen from the biomedical model and includes study of the fundamental approaches to health and disease management and diagnosis and treatment plans of selected diseases. The first course includes study of: 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 2


36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311


Terms offered: Summer, Fall


The second course in this series offers students the opportunity to study Western diagnostic and treatment methods for a wide range of conditions.  These include: fluid and electrolyte disorders, and cardiovascular, hypertensive, hematological, gastro-intestinal, hepato-biliary-pancreatic, renal-urological, endocrine, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, and neurological disorders.

Mind-Body Studies

AOMA’s philosophy holds that the internal development of Qi enhances focus and concentration and that the capacity for doing so therefore enhances the students’ educational experience. Additionally, students learn corrective and therapeutic exercises for self-care and that they may offer in conjunction to the treatment plans of their patients.

 

MB0101 Taiji 1


0/12/0/1 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Varies


This is the first of three courses that provide a basic understanding of and practical experience in a taiji form and the philosophical principles underlying the practice 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 healthcare and disease prevention, in addition to its indications for the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, metabolic, motor, tendono-muscular, nervous, and immune systems. Attention is paid to integrating taiji with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for healthcare, balance of the body, and disease prevention.

 

MB0102 Taiji 2


0/12/0/1 Prereq: MB0101


Terms offered: Varies


The second in the series, Taiji 2 offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of a taiji form. This section also provides a more profound investigation of the philosophical principles of taiji and the occasion to review the lessons studied in the first section.

 

MB0103 Taiji 3


0/12/0/1 Prereq: MB0102


Terms offered: Varies


This is the third course of the taiji series and it covers the third section of a taiji form. Special consideration will be given to the relationship between the practice of taiji exercise, healthcare principles, and disease prevention. Through the advanced study of a taiji form, students will enrich 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. In conclusion,  the precepts of taiji are synthesized with those of acupuncture and Oriental medicine for balance and disease prevention.

 

MB0301 Qigong 1


0/12/0/1 Prereq: 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 the musculoskeletal systems. Students will review 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 Prereq: 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 core of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

 

MB0303 Qigong 3

0/12/0/1
Prereq: MB0302


Terms offered: Varies


The third course of the series focuses on additional qigong exercises to cultivate inner energy, balance the body with the mind, and improve flexibility and psychosomatic relaxation. Qigong exercises are a guide to understanding the mechanisms of lifestyle-related and psychosomatic diseases. Students thereby explore the prevention and management of modern diseases through the combined practice of qigong, acupuncture, and Oriental medicine. Vis-à-vis the qigong series, students develop their experiential practice and begin to sense Qi, its movement, and its cultivation.

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; upon completion, these courses 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. Over 2000 years old, it is a traditional meridian and acupoint bodywork therapy that involves a variety of techniques, such as 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 Prereq: None
Co-req: AT0101


Terms offered: Varies


This course introduces the historical and social background of tuina.  It further provides a comprehensive working knowledge of basic tuina techniques and offers the opportunity for considerable hands-on practice. Students will also learn tuina exercises, or yijinjing (sinew exercise), to strengthen the body’s constitution. The course is designed to enrich the connection between tuina and other methods and techniques of Oriental medicine.

 

ABT02 Tuina 2


18/18/0/3 Prereq: ABT01


Terms offered: Varies


In this course, students will continue their hands-on practice of tuina techniques and deepen their knowledge of the general body routine of tuina. The course primarily focuses on the etiology, pathology, and symptomology of disorders of the neck and upper limbs and it thereby offers the students ample opportunity to review and solidify their knowledge of anatomy. In addition, the integration of tuina with both Oriental and biomedical evaluation and treatment methods of common disorders will constitute a central theme of the course.

 

ABT03 Tuina 3


18/18/0/3 Prereq: ABT01


Terms offered: Varies


This course continues the practice of specific tuina techniques in addition to the general body routine of tuina. There is considerable opportunity for hands-on practice and review of anatomy. This course 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 Prereq: None


Terms offered: Varies


Treatment of pediatric disease and health management of children represents a significant aspect of Chinese medicine. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to an important form of infant healthcare.  Students will learn the basic methods used in pediatric tuina, the frequently used pediatric points, and the integration of pediatric tuina in treatment of 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 used for improving health and wellbeing, for regaining and maintaining mind/body balance, for preserving health, and for 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 Prereq: None
Co-req: AT0101


Terms offered: Varies


The three courses of this series present a comprehensive study of Chinese medical qigong and include study of the philosophy of qigong in addition to the practice of exercises and movements that 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, namely: 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 Prereq: ABQ01


Terms offered: Varies


This course covers the sensation of Qi, the 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 patient well-being and on relieving symptoms of chronic disorders, particularly those relating to tendino-muscular problems. The selection and application of different qigong exercises according to body constitutions and various syndromes will also be presented.

 

ABQ03 Chinese Medical Qigong 3


18/18/0/3 Prereq: 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, in addition to their influence on the human body, mind, spirit, and emotions. A series of qigong exercises and techniques, tongue inspection and pulse evaluation, the use of techniques that involve touch or which are non-tactile, color and temperature observation, and healing sounds are practiced for a better understanding of this specialized system.

Clinical Education

AOMA’s clinical education provides students with hands-on experience and it offers 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 consisting of clinical theater and observation. Supervised clinical internship begins in the second year and ultimately comprises 972 hours of internship, focused herbal and community clinic hours, and optional hours centered on tuina and medical qigong.

Over the course of the internship, students earn seniority and are tasked with increasing levels of responsibility for patient care and case management. They also attend regular intern meetings to support their education and professional development. During this course of their development as clinical interns, students compile a portfolio of their work that can include, reflective essays, 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.

Please refer to the current Clinic Manual for all internship requirements.

 

CT111 Clinical Theater 1


0/0/36/1.5 Co-req: AT0101


Terms offered: Summer, Fall, Winter


Students are introduced 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. This process includes dialogue that demonstrates 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 Prereq: CT111, CL1xxO
Coreq: AT0200, AT0112 or AT0113, AT0191 or AT0192, AT0132, WS0310


Terms offered: Fall, Winter, Spring


This clinical-readiness course provides an authentic professional environment and atmosphere with intensive, hands-on education pertaining to the procedures of actual treatment, including communication skills, the ten diagnostic questions, differential diagnosis, treatment strategies, and performance and charting. Clinical Theater 2 must be taken the term before entry into 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 that record 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.

 

CLl1xxi Clinical Internship


0/0/36/1.5 Prereq: See Clinic Manual


Terms offered: All


As a supervised intern, the student performs the intake, diagnosis, and treatment, in consultation 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. Corresponding with accumulated clinical internship hours is an additional emphasis professional conduct and appropriate interpersonal behavior, including but not limited to skills such as: demonstrating a clear understanding the scope of practice; maintaining confidentiality; modeling the development of communication skills; appropriate management of psychological reactions that arise; making appropriate referrals; and adherence to duties such as maintaining charting, record keeping, legal requirements, release of data, and other related issues.

 

CL2xxi Clinical Internship – Community


0/0/36/1.5 Prereq: See Clinic Manual


Terms offered: All


AOMA is proud to offer its services for the benefit of the larger community and an integral part of the curriculum includes the opportunity to participate in a service-related treatment program. In this internship sequence, student interns perform treatments in a designated community clinic under the supervision of AOMA clinical supervisors.

 

CL118o Advanced Clinical Observation


0/0/36/1.5 Co-req: CL1xxI
Prereq: See Clinic Manual


Terms offered: All


Dedicated to broadening the student’s applied knowledge and experience, the Advanced Clinical Observation is offered to students who have achieved over 600 clinical hours. Student interns learn different styles of acupuncture and herbal treatment from veteran practitioners who also share their unique acupuncture skills and techniques; within this context, herbal modification experiences are also shared. Student interns additionally have case discussions with practitioners.

 

CL1xxH Clinical Internship – Herbal


0/0/36/1.5 Prereq: See Clinic Manual
Coreq: HT0332


Terms offered: All


This is specialty clinic.  In it, students receive specific supervision and dedicated education in the precepts of Chinese herbal treatment of common clinical diseases that employ herbal formulation with modifications and/or 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 Prereq: 2nd Year Practical Exam, HT0311, HT0202or HT0203, and WS0201, WS0292, WS0223, WS0311 Co-req: HT0332 and one of WS0312, WS0393, or WS0394


Terms offered: Fall, Winter


In this advanced course, students are further trained in 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 from the TCM and biomedical departments will lead professional interventions for patients. This course includes discussion of the patient interview and combines TCM and biomedical diagnostic methods resulting in the prescription of herbal treatment, with emphasis on patient communication, physical assessment, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and herbal modification as appropriate for each case.

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