Course Descriptions

A300  Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine – This is the first class in Chinese medical theory and introduces students to the language and refinement found in Midwest’s academic program. This class will also establish the foundation from which student’s understandings will grow.

A301 Chinese Medical Pathology 1 – This course is a practical study of the internal and external causes of disease within the Eastern medical model .  A clear understanding of ‘TCM pathologies’ is needed in order to apply the sophisticated system of Oriental Medicine based on sign and symptom patterns.

A302 Chinese Medical Pathology 2 – This course further studies the eight principle theory as it applies to the pathology of the five phases, the Zang Fu organs and the triple burner.

A303 Oriental Philosophy – The moral and ethical principles that are the core of the teachings of Confucius and Lao Tzu are taught in a manner that can be applied in present day. The influence of these schools on the development of Chinese medicine is stressed in this course.

A310 Point Location 1 and A311 Point Location 2 – In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points.  Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.

A312 Accessory Techniques – Students will attend lectures, demonstrate and practice in the traditional and modern accessory techniques of Oriental Medicine: moxibustion, magnets, guasha, cupping and auricular techniques.

A320 Oriental Massage 1- Tui Na is a form of Chinese massage that includes different hand techniques applied to specific areas of the body.  Students will gain proficiency in manipulation skill and sensitivity to energy balancing as they practice techniques in class and apply them in clinic.

A321 Oriental Massage 2 – This course continues massage techniques to regions of the body for local and systemic problem.  Good Tui Na technique combined with accessory techniques is an important adjunct to an acupuncture practice.

A400 Chinese Differential Diagnosis – It is in this class that the prior three quarter of TCM theory begin to flower and faculty can see the “light bulb go on”, as students get a sense of how well the TCM theory fits together.  At this point, students are beginning their next phase of clinic and now have responsibility of using this information in a clinical setting.

A402 Clinic Review – This course helps students develop their skills in organization and analysis of presenting symptoms.  The clinic review class includes evaluation of the physical and psychological components of an illness and specific treatment strategies.

A410 Needle Technique 1 – At the beginning of the second year, students begin developing needle insertion skills. Students receive intensive instruction in techniques of clean needle insertion as approved by current national standards.

A411 Needle Technique 2 – Students review the anatomical structures through which needles pass at progressive depths of the body.  This includes proper insertion, angle, depth, duration and withdrawl of needles.

A412 Needle Technique 3 – Students continue to practice needle insertion with combinations of points that would be used in treatment.  There is emphasis on safety with difficult points and more complex point prescriptions.

A500 Treatment Strategy 1 – Students learn to identify the biomedical standard of care regarding the covered symptom or condition.  The knowledge found in this class becomes indispensable when working in an integral medicine setting.

A501 Treatment Strategy 2 – Course continues the essential methods of diagnostic differentiation and treatment of many disease based upon their allopathic nomenclature.  A component of this class is a comparison of TCM, biomedical therapeutics, principles of dietary therapy in which students learn to identify the Western standard of care regarding the covered condition.

A502 Treatment Strategy 3. Difficult case presentations are made to challenge the student’s  critical thinking skills.  As in the previous class, students continue to learn  how to identify the Western standard of care regarding the covered condition.

B330 Anatomy 1 – There is attention given to the palpatory anatomy that will be needed for Point Location and Needle Technique classes.

B331 Anatomy 2 – A continuation of Anatomy 1, this course is an in-depth study of visceral structure and physiologic function of the human body.

B332 Neuroanatomy – Mechanisms of the nervous system are covered as related to the scientific basis of acupuncture and its application to the treatment of disease.  Communication skills between Acupuncturists and other medical professionals are stressed.

Orthopedic Assessment – This course introduces examination, evaluation, and treatment of orthopedic disorders.  The theory and diagnostic evaluation of musculoskeletal conditions is covered.

B431 Biological  Chemistry – Teaching is from standard texts of biochemistry, microbiology, human biology, and nutrition.  The goal for this course is to prepare students for the courses in physiology, pathology, and other classes in the western clinical sciences.

B432 Physiology – Students gain the foundation in western physiology needed to understand the biochemical processes and nutritional needs of the human body related to health and disease. Information in this class is intrinsic to understanding the foundations of nutrition.

B433 Laboratory Interpretation – Course explains the signs of disease when values are out of normal range. After this course, practitioners of TCM will be able to communicate with other medical practitioners in an integral approach to care.

B530 Physical Examination- This course consists of procedures of physical and neurological examination; providing an understanding of the methods used in making physical diagnosis.

B531 Pathology 1 and B532 Pathology 2 – Courses begin with a review of the normal physiological  processes and then discuss how these are altered by disease.  Students will be able to recognize pathological indicators and biochemical pathways to better correlate the basic science of pathology with physical diagnosis and disorders related to nutrition.  There is emphasis on disease and pre-existing conditions that may affect acupuncture treatment.

B533 Pharmacology – This course covers commonly prescribed medication; their origin, nature, properties and effects.  Students will understand the interaction of food and vitamin therapy and herbs and nutritional supplements with pharmaceutical medications.  An important outcome of this class is the ability to better communicate with physicians about medications and the overall treatment plan of a patient.

B534 Clinical Medicine – Students will have completed all of the bioscience curriculum and this class will review the application of  this coursework as it affects diagnostic decisions making in an integral approach to care.

B630A Acupuncture Nutrition – This course concentrates on the processes involved with taking in and utilizing food substances. This course builds on proper bioscience classes to focus on biomedical nutrition and food therapy.  This course moves on to cover the topics of vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements that can be used in an acupuncture practice.

B630 OM Nutrition – This course concentrates on the processes involved with taking in and utilizing food substances.  This course builds on prior bioscience classes to focus on biomedical nutrition and food therapy. This course moves on to cover the topics of vitamins and minerals.

H460  Herbs and Formulas 1, H461 Herbs and Formulas 2, H 560 Herbs and Formulas 3, H561 Herbs and Formulas 4, H562 Herbs and Formulas 5, H660 Herbs and Formulas 6 – Students learn the name, category, function and visual identification of at least 50 herbs. Temperature, taste, and the meridians affected are taught  with the Latin and Chinese names for all of the herbs.  The nutritive function is included when the herb is also used in food therapy. Students also learn the traditional formula name, category, function, composition, modification and administration of about 25 herbal formulas.

H661 TCM Nutrition – In this course, students will learn how to use Asian and American foods and recipes to maintain health and treat illness.  During internship, interns recommend foods to add and foods to avoid according to the energetic pattern.

H663 Internal Medicine 1 – Course focuses on treatment strategy based upon traditional and modern Chinese medicine.  Theoretical information is put into clinical context.

H664 Herb Clinic Review – Students are given the opportunity to present case histories and treatment strategies taken during their internship to the instructor and fellow students for discussion and diagnostic evaluation.

H665 Internal Medicine 2 – Students learn to select herb formulas and make nutritional recommendations for the presenting complaint and pattern.  The teacher continues to offer case studies for discussion.

D450 Chinese Medical History – The directed learning paper traces the development of Chinese medicine including: the classics, historical figures and periods, and a discussion of important theoretical developments .  It gives students a  respect for the ancient traditions from which the modern, clinical practice of TCM developed.

D451 Ethics and Counseling – This CD-Rom course includes discussion that brings up pertinent issues in healthcare practice and examines the approach taken by a counselor.  It focuses on ethical decision making and the patient/practitioner relationship.  It requires an essay and written exam.

Acupuncture Internship and Oriental Medicine Internship – I340, 342, 440, 441, 442, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 640, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645 – The rigorous clinic –based educational experience is designed to take classroom learning and first year theory so have students see the clinical application of concepts during their internship activities and experiences. 

Practice Management Curriculum
Applying the principles of practice management is invaluable to developing a successful career. While practice issues are woven throughout the entire curriculum, this class, which begins with the prefix “P”, focuses on techniques of practice building.

P500 Practice Management   3.6 credits/36 hours
Topics include office organization, accounting, record-keeping, insurance, and the legal aspects of a practice. State and national regulations and norms regarding the practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are covered. An important part of this class is learning how to create a realistic business plan in order to start a new practice on a sound financial basis, how to select a location, advertise and manage patient appointments.

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This course is a practical study of the internal and external causes of disease within the Eastern medical model. A clear understanding of 'TCM pathologies' is needed in order to apply the sophisticated system of Oriental Medicine based on sign and symptom patterns.
This course consists of procedures of physical and neurological examination; providing an understanding of the methods used in making physical diagnosis.
Courses begin with a review of the normal physiological  processes and then discuss how these are altered by disease.  Students will be able to recognize pathological indicators and biochemical pathways to better correlate the basic science of pathology with physical diagnosis and disorders related to nutrition.
This course is a review of the basic sciences focusing on chemistry, microbiology and human biology. Includes an overview of the basic structures of organic molecules sufficient to understand the structure of chemical compounds studied in human chemistry. This course prepares students for courses in physiology, pathology and other western clinical sciences.
This directed learning paper develops additional competencies in basic sciences. Five pathological disorders from different systems are assigned.
This class concentrates on the processes involved with taking in and utilizing food substances by which growth, repair and maintenance of activities in the body as a whole or in any of its parts are accomplished. This includes ingestion, digestion, absorption and metabolism, as well as, basic nutritional needs and the use of vitamins, minerals and supplements.
This class includes topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Mechanisms of the nervous system are covered as related to the scientific basis of Acupuncture and its application to the treatment of disease. Students in this class gain the ability to explain the mechanisms of Acupuncture in modern medical terms. Communication skills between Acupuncturists and Medical professionals are stressed.
Students continue to practice needle insertion with combinations of points that would be used in treatment.  There is emphasis on safety with difficult points and more complex point prescriptions.
Students review the anatomical structures through which needles pass at progressive depths of the body.  This includes proper insertion, angle, depth, duration and withdrawl of needles.
At the beginning of the second year, students begin developing needle insertion skills. Students receive intensive instruction in techniques of clean needle insertion as approved by current national standards.
This course helps students develop their skills in organization and analysis of presenting symptoms.  The clinic review class includes evaluation of the physical and psychological components of an illness and specific treatment strategies.
This class covers the basis of treatment using the eight principle and secondary vessel pathology. Students learn to formulate a treatment using the information gathered from pulse and tongue diagnosis. Practical use of classical point categories such as antique points, influential points and windows of the sky points in the treatment of eight principle disease patterns will be covered.
It is in this class that the prior three quarter of TCM theory begin to flower and faculty can see the "light bulb go on", as students get a sense of how well the TCM theory fits together.  At this point, students are beginning their next phase of clinic and now have responsibility of using this information in a clinical setting.
A continuation of Anatomy 1, this course is an in-depth study of visceral structure and physiologic function of the human body.
This course is an in-depth study of the somatic structure of the human body: skeletal, muscular, ligamentous, and an introduction to the peripheral nerves. There is attention given to the palpatory anatomy that will be needed for Point Location and Needle Technique classes.
In this course, students are oriented to the procedures and protocol needed to successfully complete internship. Physical assessment skills needed in the practice of Oriental Medicine are covered including: vital signs, temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Standards of history taking, SOAP noting and unique documentation found in TCM clinical records are part of this course.
This course includes discussion that brings up pertinent issues in healthcare practice and examines the approach taken by a counselor. It focuses on ethical decision-making and the patient practitioner relationship.
The directed learning paper traces the development of Chinese medicine including: the classics, historical figures and periods, and a discussion of important theoretical developments. It gives students a respect for the ancient traditions from which the modern, clinical practice of TCM developed.
The moral and ethical principles that are the core of the teachings of Confucius and Lao Tzu are taught in a manner that can be applied in present day. The influence of these schools on the development of Chinese medicine is stressed in this course.
This course continues massage techniques to regions of the body for local and systemic problem. Good Tui Na technique combined with accessory techniques is an important adjunct to an acupuncture practice.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese massage that includes different hand techniques applied to specific areas of the body. Students will gain proficiency in manipulation skill and sensitivity to energy balancing as they practice techniques in class and apply them in clinic.
Students will attend lectures, demonstrate and practice in the traditional and modern accessory techniques of Oriental Medicine: moxibustion, magnets, guasha, cupping and auricular techniques.
In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points. Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.
In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points. Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.
This course further studies the eight principle theory as it applies to the pathology of the five phases, the Zang Fu organs and the triple burner.
The rigorous clinic –based educational experience is designed to take classroom learning and first year theory so have students see the clinical application of concepts during their internship activities and experiences.
This is the first class in Chinese medical theory and introduces students to the language and refinement found in Midwest’s academic program. This class will also establish the foundation from which student’s understandings will grow.