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Acupuncture

Complementary and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, especially Acupuncture are now widely accepted. This program is designed to provide the requisite theoretical, practical and clinical outcomes for those wishing to enter the discipline, and for practicing healthcare professionals who wish to broaden their clinical expertise. 

As part of the program, students will have the opportunity broaden their clinical expertise and hone their skills in a clinical internship, where they will interview, diagnose, and treat patients. Graduates from this program will be positioned to write the PAN-CAN examinations.

Program Courses

T100 - Principles of TCM
This course introduces basic theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that are essential to the study of all other subsequent TCM and acupuncture courses. This course covers history and development of TCM, basic theories of TCM (Yin Yang and Wu Xing), TCM physiology involving vital substances (such as essence, Qi, spirit, blood and body fluids) and Zangfu (internal organs), TCM etiology and pathogenesis, and general TCM principles of preventing and treating diseases.
AMP01 - Acupuncture Meridians and Pointology I
This is the first in a series of three courses that introduces the theories of acupuncture and moxibustion. Students will learn general composition, physiology and pathology and clinical application of Jingluo (channels and collaterals). Student will also study proportional body measurement methods, four-sea, root-branch, Qi collecting areas, special point groups, naming convention of acupuncture points, and detailed study of each Jingluo and the characteristics of its pertaining acupuncture points. In this course, Hand Taiyin Lung Channel, Hand Yangming Large Intestine Channel, and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points are introduced.
HAP01 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This is the first in a series of two courses which introduces the structure and function of the human body. Topics in this course include cellular and tissue structures, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, central and peripheral nervous systems, and sense organs.
T110 - TCM Diagnostic Methods
This course introduces four diagnostic methods commonly used in TCM. These include Wang Zhen (observing), Wen Zhen (inquiring), Wen Zhen (listening and smelling), and Qie Zhen (palpating). Students will study the techniques of collecting relevant information, analyzing the clinical importance of the information and why and how such pathophysiological changes occur.
AMP02 - Acupuncture Meridians and Pointology II
This is the second in a series of three courses which introduces theories of acupuncture and moxibustion. Students will continue to learn the detailed study of Jingluo (channels and collaterals) and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points. In this course, Foot Yangming Stomach Channel, Foot Taiyin Spleen Channel, Hand Shaoyin Heart Channel, Hand Taiyang Small Intestine Channel, Foot Taiyang Bladder Channel, Foot Shaoyin Kidney Channel, and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points are introduced.
HAP02 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a series of two courses, which introduces the structure and function of the human body. Students will continue to learn topics in endocrine control, the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems, immune response, and reproduction.
T120 - TCM Pattern Differentiation
This course introduces the principles of TCM pattern differentiations based on information collected from the TCM four diagnostic methods. These include eight principles, pattern differentiation according to the pathogenic factors, pattern differentiation according to Qi, blood and body fluids, pattern differentiation according to Zangfu organs, pattern differentiation according to meridians, pattern differentiation according to the six channels (Taiyang, Yangming, Shaoyang, Taiyin, Shaoyin, and Jueyin), and pattern differentiation according to the four levels and the three Jiao. Students will also learn differences and similarities among different pattern differentiation methods.
AMP03 - Acupuncture Meridians and Pointology III
This is the last in a series of three courses, and students will continue to learn the detailed study of Jingluo (channels and collaterals) and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points. In this course, Hand Jueyin Pericardium Channel, Hand Shaoyang Sanjiao Channel, Foot Shaoyang Gallbladder Channel, Foot Jueyin Liver Channel, Ren (Conception) Mai, Du (Governing) Mai, and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points are introduced. Students will also learn extraordinary meridians of Chong, Dai, Yin and Yang Wei and Yin and Yang Qiao and commonly used extra acupuncture points which do not have pertaining Jingluo.
W160 - Musculoskeletal Anatomy
This course introduces the skeletal and muscular structures of the human body. Of particular importance are the anatomical landmarks and terminologies used to describe the musculoskeletal system. In this course, actual hands-on palpation will be employed to identify anatomical structures and landmarks, and anatomically dangerous areas for needling are discussed.
T200 - TCM Diagnosis
In this course, students by integrating the concepts and techniques studied in previous TCM courses, will learn fundamentals of how to correctly devise TCM diagnosis. Students will practice identifying underlying TCM pattern(s), etiology, and pathogenesis involved in TCM diagnosis, drawing up general treatment plans and educating patients with concepts of prevention, diet and exercises.
T260 - Patient Counseling
This course introduces the principles, techniques, and ethical considerations in patient counseling. Students will learn how to effectively communicate and counsel their patients, while maintaining professional and ethical relationships with patients.
A200 - Basic Acupuncture Techniques
This course introduces various techniques in acupuncture and moxibustion. Students will learn various needling techniques (such as Nei Jing's supplementing and draining techniques, setting the mountain on fire and penetrating the sky's coolness) and techniques of moxibustion, cupping and Guasha (scrapping). Students will also study theories of electro-acupuncture, point injection, scalp (WHO standard) and auricular acupuncture.
TCMAS - TCM and Acupuncture Safety
This course introduces safety issues involving TCM and acupuncture practice. This course covers topics in infection prevention and control, safe procedures and processes in acupuncture and herbs, clean needle techniques and risk management. Students will also study the bylaws and regulations of regulatory bodies.
C200 - Introduction to Clinical Practice
In the first part of this clinical training course, students will observe and learn general operation of the TCM clinic - general care of patients and clinical management. Students will learn maintenance of a safe work environment, emergency response, clinical protocols, professionalism, consultation and counseling skills, maintenance of a clinical record for a patient, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. In a simulated clinical environment and under direct supervision of the supervising instructor, students will also work with peers to practice safety measures, patient assessment, TCM diagnosis, and acupuncture and/or TCM herbal treatment. In the second part of this course, students will begin to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under “direct” supervision of a clinic instructor.
T160 - Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan
Rehabilitation is important to a patient’s successful recovery. This course introduces TCM rehabilitation exercises, Qi Gong or Tai Ji Quan. Students will learn the basic theories and set of movements (or routines) in Qi Gong or Tai Ji Quan.
A180 - TCM Tuina
This course introduces basic principles, manipulation techniques, functions, indications and contraindications in TCM Tuina, which is a form of TCM manipulative therapy. Students will also learn how to draw up Tuina treatment plans for patients and how to apply manipulation techniques to ease or treat various conditions.
ACT01 - Acupuncture Therapy I
This is the first in a series of three courses, which introduces the basic theories of treating diseases using acupuncture and moxibustion. This course introduces general actions and indications of acupuncture treatment, acupuncture treatment principles, and principles of formulating acupuncture points prescriptions. Students will also learn definition, etiology, pathogenesis, pattern differentiation, treatment principles, and acupuncture point prescription of common TCM diseases. In this course, students will study various TCM internal conditions (digestive, cardiopulmonary, infectious, psychiatric, geriatric, endocrine, and immunological diseases).
PBS01 - Principles of Biomedical Science I
This is the first in a series of three courses, which introduces basic concepts of the biomedical sciences. This course covers the biochemical structure and nutritive values of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals and describes mechanisms of hemostasis by metabolic reactions inside cells. Student will also learn microbiology as the study of microscopic organisms (unicellular, multi-cellular or acellular) and the human immune system that protect the body against foreign cells and microbes.
C250A - Supervised Clinical Practice 2A
In this clinical training course, students will begin to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under direct supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM and acupuncture treatment under direct supervision of the instructor.
T280 - Practice Management and Regulations
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to establish and manage a proper clinical practice. The course introduces legal, ethical, and compliance regulations as prescribed by the CTCMPAO and the Ontario Ministry of Health. Topics involving professional communication between healthcare professionals are also covered in this course.
A280 - Advanced TCM Tuina
This course introduces basic principles, manipulation techniques, functions, indications and contraindications in children’s Tuina. Students will also learn self Tuina, combining Tuina with cupping and Guasha techniques, and how to devise Tuina treatment plans for patients and how to apply manipulation techniques to ease or treat various conditions.
ACT02 - Acupuncture Therapy II
This is the second in a series of three courses, which introduces the basic theories of treating diseases using acupuncture and moxibustion. This course along with the last in the series introduce definition, etiology, pathogenesis, pattern differentiation, treatment principles, and acupuncture point prescription of common TCM diseases. In this course, students will study various TCM internal (urogenital, neurological, infectious and immunological diseases) and gynecological conditions.
PBS02 - Principles of Biomedical Science II
This is the second in a series of three courses which introduces basic concepts of the biomedical sciences. This course introduces general principles and terminologies of pharmacology and pathology. Students will learn the common classification of drugs along with their uses and effects, the nature of diseases and their causes, processes, developments and consequences.
C250B - Supervised Clinical Practice 2B
In this clinical training course, students will begin to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under direct supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM and acupuncture treatment under direct supervision of the instructor.
ACT03 - Acupuncture Therapy III
This is the last in a series of three courses, which introduces the basic theories of treating diseases using acupuncture and moxibustion. This course continues to explore etiology, pathogenesis, pattern differentiation, treatment principles, and acupuncture point prescription of common TCM diseases. In this course, students will study various TCM pediatric, external (dermatological, musculoskeletal, endocrine and immunological diseases), sensory and emergency conditions.
PBS03 - Principles of Biomedical Science III
This is the second in a series of three courses which introduces basic concepts of the biomedical sciences. This course introduces general principles and terminologies of pharmacology and pathology. Students will learn the common classification of drugs along with their uses and effects, the nature of diseases and their causes, processes, developments and consequences.
C250C - Supervised Clinical Practice 2C
In this clinical training course, students will begin to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under direct supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM and acupuncture treatment under direct supervision of the instructor.
A400 - Advanced Acupuncture Techniques
This course introduces some of traditional and modern acupuncture techniques. Students will study selected topics from Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu (The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon: Spiritual Pivot) regarding characteristics of "the nine needles" and their associated techniques. Students will also learn "time acupuncture" (such as Zi Wu Liu Zhu (midnight-noon ebb-flow), Ling Gui Ba Fa (eight methods of the mystic turtle) and Fei Teng Ba Fa (eight methods of flying and jumping)), some of modern “micro” acupuncture techniques (such as wrist, hand, foot, eye, nose and abdominal acupuncture), and basic theories of point injection, laser acupuncture and ultrasound treatment. This course also introduces the ideas and teachings of well-known acupuncturists.
W300 - Medical Tests and Diagnosis
In this course, students will learn how to identify the body of knowledge that deals with the various pathological manifestations (symptoms and signs) or data, how to look and compile them into syndromes and how to interpret them. Topics such as interpreting basic medical laboratory and imaging test results and understanding and applying basic techniques in medical examination are covered.
C300A - Supervised Clinical Practice 3A
In this clinical training course, students will learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under the supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM herbal and/or acupuncture treatment under the supervision of the instructor. Students along with peers and the instructor will discuss TCM diagnosis and treatment plan before and after each session.
A420 - Acupuncture Case Studies
In this course, students will study and discuss clinical cases in acupuncture. Students will present their analysis, diagnosis and acupuncture point prescriptions on clinical cases, and these will be compared to the thoughts of peers and other acupuncturists. Students will also study how biomedical science and TCM interpret conditions and how modern acupuncture research and treatments affect TCM and/or biomedical conditions.
H100 - TCM Herbology I
This is the first in a series of three courses that introduces the theories of TCM herbology. Students will learn safe herbal procedures and processes, the classification of TCM herbs, properties and functions of TCM herbs, interactions between herbs and other compounds, indications, contraindications and the general administration of herbs. This course will also introduce the detailed study of individual herbs in the categories of resolving the exterior, clearing heat, and purging. Identifying common TCM herbs is also required.
C300B - Supervised Clinical Practice 3B
In this clinical training course, students will learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM herbal and/or acupuncture treatment under supervision of the instructor. Students along with peers and the instructor will discuss TCM diagnosis and treatment plan before and after each session.
A460 - Acupuncture Summary
This course summarizes essential concepts in acupuncture and TCM foundation and diagnosis. Contents provide students with comprehensive preparation for the Pan-Canadian Written and Clinical Case-study Examinations for Acupuncturists.
H260 - TCM Dietary Therapy
This course introduces common food substances according to their TCM categorizations and the roles that they play in maintaining health. Topics include food classification based on TCM principles, simple TCM dietary prescriptions (using food substances) for treatment of diseases and maintenance of health, and possible interactions between food substances and TCM herbs.
C300C - Supervised Clinical Practice 3C
In this clinical training course, students will learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM herbal and/or acupuncture treatment under supervision of the instructor. Students along with peers and the instructor will discuss TCM diagnosis and treatment plan before and after each session.