Our Clinic Focused Education
Prospective students who choose to attend the Midwest College should be prepared for a rigorous clinic-based educational experience. Students begin to work in the College clinic their very first fall quarter. The program has been designed to take classroom learning, even first year theory, and have students see the clinical application of concepts during their internship activities and experiences.
In order to support the development of clinical competencies, interns work with a number of workbooks through the phases of internship. Internship begins with observation. Then it moves on to intake and diagnosis. It continues with designing and delivering acupuncture treatments and is completed with the diagnostic logic and critical thinking skills needed to create and evaluate a comprehensive treatment plan using all the modalities of TCM.
The clinical program is arranged into three phases for Acupuncture and five phases for Oriental Medicine. Acupuncture students complete a total of 660 hours using acu/moxa therapy. Oriental Medicine students complete 648 hours of acu/moxa internship and then begin integrating herbs and nutrition for an additional 270 hours; for a total of 918 hours.
During Phase 1, interns learn the procedures of clinical intake and physical assessment. They also observe senior interns doing intakes, performing acupuncture, and dispensing herbs. Interns document this phase with the Observation Workbook in which they record their experience’s.
During Phase 2, interns deliver acupuncture treatments, perform Tui Na, and use accessory modalities under supervision of clinical faculty. This is documented by completing the TCM 10 Question Intake and Acupuncture Treatment Workbook.
In Phase 3, students develop a treatment plan based on their diagnosis. They complete the Continuity of Care Workbook to document the objectives of this phase. These three phases, and workbooks, compose the internship portion of the Acupuncture Program.
In Phase 4, interns work closely with their supervisor developing the skill needed for herbal diagnosis, compounding formulas, and making nutritional recommendations. They begin to complete an Herb Formula / Nutrition Workbook to be completed over Phase’s 4 and 5.
In Phase 5, the last phase prior to graduation, students perfect their skill in herb formula modification and are responsible for making diagnoses and developing treatment plans using all the modalities of TCM; acu/moxa, herbs and TCM nutrition. They complete the Herb Formula / Nutrition Workbooks.
After completing the internship program at the Midwest College, students have two to three, or more, years of intensive experience treating patients. These years of clinical contact, guided by well experienced supervisors, prepare graduates for the demands and responsibilities of a busy practice.