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The acupuncture curriculum is the core of the program.The material offered is well rounded and comprehensive, creating a strong foundation for other didactic instruction and for clinical internship.
AT0111 Point Location & Meridian Theory 1
24/12/0/3 Co-req: WS0101
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 & Meridian Theory 2
24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0111, Co-req: WS0102
Second course in the series covering the points and channels of small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, pericardium, sanjiao, and gall bladder.
AT0113 Point Location & Meridian Theory 3
24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0111 Co-req: WS0103
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.
AT0191 Meridian & Point Energetics 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0101, AT0111Co-req: AT0102
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, and stomach meridians, and the theory and usage of acupuncture points, including 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
Second course in series of two courses, focused on the spleen, heart, small intestine, kidney, and urinary bladder meridians, and how to select basic acupuncture points in order to therapeutically affect corresponding patterns of disease.
AT0131 AcupunctureTechniques 1
24/12/0/3 Co-req: WS0101
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 Prereq: AT0131, Co-req: WS0102
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.
AT0202 Advanced Needling Techniques & Theory 1
24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT0192, AT0132
First of two advanced practical courses providing continuing study of acupuncture techniques and the indication and functions of commonly used acupuncture techniques in clinical application.This course provides in depth study of microsystems, scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, second metacarpal bone therapy, and foot reflexology.
AT0203 Advanced Needling Techniques & Theory 2
24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT0192, AT0132
Second of the advanced practical courses, this provides study of acupuncture techniques, including the ancient acupuncture techniques in the Neijing and Nanjing, comprehensive classical reinforcing, reducing, and qi regulating techniques, balance method acupuncture, threading techniques, Dong’s extra ordinary points (20 points), four needling techniques, wrist and ankle acupuncture, and techniques for cautionary points.
AT0211 AcupunctureTreatment of Disease 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT0192, AT0200
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 given to clinical skills in regard to 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 covers respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
AT0212 AcupunctureTreatment of Disease 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0211
Second course on the treatment of specific diseases covering reproductive (continued), urinary, nervous, and alimentary systems, as well as liver and gall bladder disorders, and case study discussions.
AT0213 AcupunctureTreatment of Disease 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0211
This is the final course on the treatment of specific diseases covering immune and musculo-skeletal systems, as well as psycho-social disorders, skin, hair, and nail problems, and miscellaneous illnesses. Includes certain advanced techniques, case analyses, and written studies.
Designed by highly educated Chinese herbologists with many years of clinical experience, our herbal curriculum exceeds the California and national requirements. Classical texts provide the foundation of the material. As it is AOMA’s philosophy that herbal education is enhanced by the use of herbs in their raw form, AOMA stocks hundreds of individual raw herbs in addition to many Chinese patents and prepared powder formulas. First year students are introduced to basic herbal knowledge and prepared (patent) herbal medicines. In the second year students study individual herbs and their functions in depth along with their physical properties during class and in the hands-on herbal lab. In the third year of study, once a thorough understanding of Chinese medical theory is established, students begin to prepare and prescribe herbal formulations made from raw herbs. Students learn to adjust and modify classical formulas to suit the condition of individual patients.
HT0103 Chinese Herbology 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0102 Co-req: HL01
An 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 to the exterior, clear heat, downward drain, and drain dampness.
HT0200 Nutrition & Dietary Therapy
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0103
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 Prereq: HT0103 Co-req: HL02
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.
HT0202 Chinese Herbology 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0103 Co-req: HL03
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.
HT0203 Chinese Herbal Formulations 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0201, HT0202
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 Prereq: HT0201 or HT0202
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 Prereq: HT0203
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 the deficiency, calm the shen, astringe, regulate qi, and regulate blood.
HT0302 Chinese Herbal Formulations 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0203
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.
HT0311 Syndrome-based Herbs & Formulas
36/0/0/3 Prereq: AT0212, AT0213, HT0203
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 Prereq: HT0201 or HT0202
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 Prereq: HT0301 or HT0302, HT0311
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 Prereq: HT0332
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.
HT0343 Chinese Herbal Classics 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0301, HT0302
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 their modifications according to the patient’s changing condition.
HT0431 Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: HT0332
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 Prereq: HT0343
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 (Treatise on Warm Disease) byYeTianshi and syndrome differentiation according to the sanjiao theory recorded in Wen Bing Tiao Bian (Differentiation on Febrile Diseases) by Wu Jutong.
HL01 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 1
0/8/0/.3 Co-req: HT0103
This practical course 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.
HL02 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 2
0/8/0/.3 Co-req: HT0201
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.
HL03 Chinese Herbal Studies Lab 3
0/8/0/.4 Co-req: HT0202
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.
Integral Studies at AOMA connect inter-departmentally by educating learners in the core values and behaviors of professional practice in Oriental medicine, the foundation and diagnostics of Oriental medicine, the integration of Oriental medicine and western medicine, the systems of health care in the US, and the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in clinical practice.
Chinese Medicine Fundamentals
Oriental medicine emerged from the theories and practices of traditional Chinese medicine.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.
AT0101 Foundations of Chinese Medicine 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: None
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 Prereq: AT0101
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 Prereq: AT0102
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 Prereq: AT0103
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.
Case Management, Practice Management, Research, Communications & Ethics
AOMA emphasizes the importance of practical business education to prepare graduates for the successful management of their own private practice. Case management focuses on skills required to provide systems-based healthcare in America. Research methodology applies modern principles to critique and evaluate research. Three levels of business management courses taught by instructors experienced in clinical management and/or business administration are offered.Additionally, communication skills are taught to develop students’ ability to connect with their patients and other healthcare providers. Students are also introduced to the various ethical and legal issues that may arise in the practitioner/patient relationship.
AT0221 Case Management
24/12/0/3 Prereq: AT0112, AT0113, AT0191, AT0192, AT0132, AT0200
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.
WS0302 Evidence-Based Medicine in CAM Practice
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0311, AT0213
This course focuses on the judicious and valid use of research in the clinical care of patients.The course broadly addresses the research process and applies it to the concept of evidence-based medicine and practice.The topics of the course include research ethics, research terminology, issues in Western and oriental medical research, literature research methods, and issues in research application. Focus will be on the critique and evaluation of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) literature and how to apply a systematic review of evidence-based literature to improve CAM treatments.
PT0200 Practice Management 1
12/0/0/1 Prereq: None
Practice management is a three-course series designed to teach crucial skills to successfully manage an Oriental medicine practice. The course includes lectures, projects, and presentations, and is taught in collaboration with a range of community experts in fields such as marketing, tax planning, liability, billing, and insurance. The course includes Oriental medical professionals presenting various practice options.The first course in the series provides the tools to construct an initial budget and outline of business plan.
PT0420 Practice Management 2
12/0/0/1 Prereq: PT0200
The second course in the practice management series introduces comprehensive marketing strategies as well as tools for collaborative partnerships with western health care.
PT0430 Practice Management 3
12/0/0/1 Prereq: PT0420
Final course in practice management series completes individualized student blueprints and timelines for transition from graduate medical education to successful OM practitioner.
PT0210 Clinical Communication Skills 1
12/0/0/1 Prereq: None
This is the first of a three-course series on understanding the psychodynamics of the practitioner/patient relationship, including managing psychological reactions that may arise and making appropriate referrals.
PT0310 Clinical Communication Skills 2
9/3/0/1 Prereq: PT0210
Second in the series on communications skills, including listening, advising, explaining, and teaching.
PT0410 Clinical Communication Skills 3
9/3/0/1 Prereq: PT0310, CL1xxI (completion of 250 treatment hours)
Final in the series on developing advanced communications skills and improving clinical outcomes with patients using innovative, body-centered awareness and attunement in clinical practice.
PT0440 Ethics & Legal Issues
24/0/0/2 Prereq: AT0103
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.
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 Oriental medicine and the harmonization of qi/energy. Meridian systems are studied, which explain the interrelationships of the various internal organs with the muscular, skeletal, nervous, circulatory, endocrine, and lymphatic systems. Physical, emotional, and lifestyle components are assessed in the diagnostic and treatment process. Students have two forms of Asian bodywork therapy from which to choose: tuina and Chinese medical qigong.Three progressive levels of one form are required for graduation. Students may also elect optional courses in Asian bodywork therapy, which, upon completion, qualify the student to apply for national certification.
Tuina, the Ancient Healing Bodywork of China
Tuina originates in China. It is a traditional meridian and acupoint bodywork therapy that is over 2,000 years old. It involves a variety of techniques including rolling, tapping, and pressure for treating a broad range of disorders.Tuina is used in orthopedic, stroke, and other forms of rehabilitation in China’s hospitals and has a wide range of applications in pediatrics. 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
This course provides a working knowledge of basic tuina techniques 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 Prereq: ABT01
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 Prereq: ABT02
This course continues the practice of specific tuina techniques as well as general body routine 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 Prereq: None
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. Qi refers to the energy that animates life, while “gong” means skills acquired through practice.
ABQ01 Chinese Medical Qigong 1
18/18/0/3 Prereq: None Co-req: AT0101
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 Prereq: ABQ01
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. Also, the selection of different qigong exercises according to body constitutions and various syndromes will be presented.
ABQ03 Chinese Medical Qigong 3
18/18/0/3 Prereq: ABQ02
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.
AOMA offers taiji and qigong instruction throughout the year. The program provides students the opportunity to study with faculty who are internationally recognized and provides a variety of teaching styles from which to choose. 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 not only for self-care, but also as an additive to the treatment plans of their patients. Students are encouraged to study in depth the art of their choice and to continue to practice through their academic and professional careers as a means of balancing mind, body, and spirit while teaching their patients these skills. Three progressive levels of each art (taiji and qigong) are required for graduation.
MB0101 Taiji 1
0/12/0/1 Prereq: None
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 healthcare and disease prevention, as well as its indications for the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, metabolic, motor, tendinomuscular, 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
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 Prereq: MB0102
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, healthcare, 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 Prereq: None
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 Prereq: MB0301
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 Prereq: MB0302
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 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 should be developing their experiential practice – to begin to sense qi, its movement, and its cultivation.
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 Oriental 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 & Histology 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: None
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.
WS0102 Anatomy & Physiology 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0101
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.
WS0103 Anatomy & Physiology 3
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0102
Third course in series covers the anatomy and function of cardiovascular, lymphatic, hematopoietic, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, and endocrinal systems.
WS0110 Biomedical Terminology
24/0/0/2 Prereq: None
Introduction to basic medical terminology used in the clinical practice of medicine.
WS0120 Public Health & Biomedical Survey
12/0/0/1 Prereq: WS0310
Overview of the current and historical health of the general population of the US, the role of government in healthcare, past and present health challenges facing communities, and the role of healthcare providers.
WS0132 Microbiology & General Pathophysiology
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0101, WS0110
The first of a two-course series that focuses 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, and examines cancer, nutritional issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, and pathologies of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
WS0133 Systemic Pathophysiology
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0132
Second of the two-course series on pathophysiology with emphasis on diseases affecting the hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary-pancreatic, reproductive, neurologic, and endocrine systems, and diseases common in the US.
WS0201 Biomedical Pharmacology
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0310
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.
WS0292 Biomedical Diagnostic Techniques: Body Imaging, Fluids Analysis & Lab Reports
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0310
This is 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 anaylsis of diseases and disorders of the human body.
WS0223 Herb/Drug Interactions
12/0/0/1 Prereq: WS0201, HT0201, HT0202
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.
WS0310 Physical Assessment 1
24/12/0/3 Prereq: WS0103, WS0133
This two-course, hands-on series introduces the practical principles of basic health assessment for critical recognition of signs and symptoms.This course includes interview skills, role-playing, data collection, charting, systemic reviews, specific history evaluations, and techniques in taking vital signs, auscultation, blood pressure reading, and palpation.
WS0311 Physical Assessment 2
24/12/0/3 Prereq: WS0310
Second of the two-course series, includes basic principles of examination with emphasis on neurological and musculoskeletal assessment.
WS0312 Women's Health: Management of Gynecological and Reproductive Conditions
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311
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.
WS0313 Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 1
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0213, WS0311
The first course 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.
WS0410 Biomedical Treatment of Disease, Segment 2
36/0/0/3 Prereq: WS0201, WS0292, WS0311
Second course in series covers fluid and electrolyte disorders, cardiovascular, hypertensive, hematological, gastro-intestinal, and hepato-biliary-pancreatic, renal-urological, endocrine, musculo-skeletal, psychiatric, and neurological disorders.
AOMA‘s clinical education provides its 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 focused hours on tuina and medical qigong. Throughout their internship, students take on increasing levels of responsibilty 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 complie 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.
CT111 Clinical Theater 1
0/0/36/1.5 Co-req: AT0101
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 Prereq: CT111, CL1xxO Coreq: AT0200, AT0112 or AT0113, AT0191 or AT0192, AT0132, WS0310
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, diagnosis, 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 per observation session Co-req: AT0101
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 per clinic session Prereq: See Clinic Manual
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 communications 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 per clinic session Prereq: See Clinic Manual
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, Prereq: See Clinic Manual
Focused on deepening and widening the students’ 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. 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 per clinic session, Prereq: See Clinic Manual, Coreq: HT0332
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 Prereq: 2nd Year Practical Exam, HT0311, HT0202 or 0203, and WS0201, WS0292, WS0223, WS0311
Co-req: HT0332 and one of WS0312, WS0393, or WS0394
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 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 for an herbal treatment, with emphasis on patient communication, physical assessment, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and herbal modification as appropriate for each case.