Class Schedule

the class schedule at the Midwest College is designed to allow adult students with full or part time employment an opportunity to complete the program.   Classes are on Saturday from 9am to 6:45 pm, Bio-science classes for the first 4 quarters are scheduled on Monday in Racine and Chicago from 6 to 10pm.  Herb class, beginning in the 5th quarter, could be either Tuesday or Friday evening in Racine, and Thursday evening in Chicago. Students must also register for internship, which is available during both day and evening hours.

Registration / Academic Counseling

All students can register for the next quarter’s classes by filling out the registration form on the Saturday mid-term day or by calling the Racine campus Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm beginning during the 6th week mid-terms.

Make sure you tell them which paper and clinic(s) you need. Amy Benish, Registrar, will finalize your enrollment directly into the computer and mail a one-quarter enrollment agreement which includes your class list and billing statement. Upon receipt, you should immediately review these documents and correct any errors by contact Amy.

Your registration is not complete until you have paid your tuition in full by financial aid, check, cash or credit/debit card.  A late payment fee will be charged if tuition is not paid in full by the first day of classes.  You are not entitled to attend classes, receive credit or take exams until after your registration is complete and paid in full.

Registration for classes ends on the Friday of the 7th week.  After that, there is a late registration fee of $100.  There is no registration after the first week of the new quarter, except for graduate extensions.  Call Dr. Kristine LaPoint if you need academic counseling.

If you register for less than 4.5 credit hours for OM or less than 6.0 for Acupuncture, you will not be eligible for FA  loans or deferment of outstanding loans.

Every student must be registered every quarter for at least one class, as a graduate extension, or must have submitted a signed request for a leave of absence; otherwise, the student will be dropped and cannot register in future quarters until after a petition to re-enter is approved.  Re-enrollment will be subject to any new academic requirements in the college’s latest catalog.

Class Load

To complete either program in the minimum time period, you will need to be enrolled in 5 to 7 classes during most quarters. If you wish to enroll in less than 4 classes per quarter, you must meet with an academic counselor to determine if you will be able to graduate within the maximum time frame.  It is important to note that even if a student could take more classes per quarter, the accreditation standards still require a minimum of 30 months for the Acupuncture program or 36 months for Oriental Medicine program.

Leave of Absence (LOA)

Since many classes are only offered once each year, students who need time off for personal or family responsibilities need to meet with an academic counselor to determine how an LOA l will affect their future class schedules and graduation date.  Generally, LOA’s are limited to all or part of two quarters.  (Medical Leave of Absence which are limited to one year may be applied for. )

Students with outstanding loans should be aware that if the LOA is greater than six months, they will have to begin to repay their loans. Students MUST apply for a LOA; they are not automatically granted.

Student Files / Admission Records

The college maintains computerized and hard-copy files for all students to document admission requirements and progress toward completion of the program.  During the course of study, additional documentation, including the academic progress report and internship records, is added to the file.

If a student changes his/her postal or email address or contact information, it must be reported to the Racine office so that the file information can be updated.  all information sent to a student’s email address is considered the same as sent through the USPS.  If you register for a quarter and do not update your contact information, the College cannot be held responsible for any information you may miss.

Withdrawal / Dropping a Class / Refunds

to receive a grad of “w”, students may give notification of withdrawal a) from a class prior to the final examination, b)for paper courses prior to the 9th week of the quarter, c) for internship prior to the 12th week of the quarter.  Students who withdrawal within the permitted time period may be charged a withdrawal fee.

1. If an enrolled student decides to leave the program or drop classes before attending any classes, they will receive a 100% refund.  the student should contact Amy Benish, Registrar, so that a form can be completed and a refund issued.

2. Constructive Notice of Withdrawal – If a student misses ten consecutive class days, based on the student’s scheduled days of class, without providing an explanation to the school administration regarding absences, prior to the 10th scheduled class day, the student is considered to be withdrawn after the 10th day of unexplained absence.

3. If a student leaves the program or stops attending any number of classes during the first seven weeks of the quarter, they will be issued a tuition reduction based upon the chart in the College catalog. It is not based on the date of the notification, but on attendance records.  It may be several weeks before all attendance records are received and posted.  The student should contact Amy Benish to initiate a withdrawal form a tuition reduction.


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.