Acupuncture Department | Acupuncture School

Covering one of the four study areas of study in the Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM) program at Emperor’s College, the Department of Acupuncture provides students with a rich education in a variety of acupuncture methods designed to treat a wide array of medical conditions.  Thirteen courses (or 41 units) comprise the Acupuncture Department, each course focusing on a unique feature of traditional Oriental medicine.

Year 1 and 2 of the Acupuncture Department helps students build a solid understanding of acupuncture meridian and point theory, acupuncture point location, and strong knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. From there acupuncture students develop and practice needling insertion techniques including electro-stimulation methods, moxabustion, cupping, gua sha, tui na and other manual therapies.

Year 3 and 4 of the Acupuncture Department focuses on advanced clinical applications of acupuncture. All graduates of the master’s of traditional Oriental medicine program will learn to diagnose and treat a wide variety of orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as the dozens of internal disorders the World Health Organization recognizes as treatable through acupuncture.

All acupuncture techniques are taught through the Department of Acupuncture  and are in conformity with regulations and guidelines set by the California State Acupuncture Board (CAB) and the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

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Course CodeTitleUnitsHours
Description
AC310Meridians I330
AC310 Meridians I (3 units, 30 hours)

The first of two meridian courses, Meridians I introduces the student to the classification, nomenclature and distribution of the channels and collaterals, acupuncture point locations, and general acupuncture point groupings. Students will learn the proper methods of identifying and locating acupuncture points based on their anatomical locations and proportionate body measurements. Meridians I covers all the points on the Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Ren, and Du channels.

Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology I, Fundamentals of OM

Normally offered every quarter
AC311Meridians II330
AC311 Meridians II (3 units, 30 hours)

The second of two meridian courses, Meridians II is a continuation of the classification, nomenclature and distribution of the channels and collaterals, acupuncture point locations, and general acupuncture point groupings. Students will learn the proper methods of identifying and locating acupuncture points, based on their anatomical locations and proportionate body measurements. Meridians II cover all the points on the Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, San Jiao, Gall Bladder, and Liver channels.

Prerequisites: Meridians I

Normally offered every quarter
AC335Acupuncture Energetics330
AC335 Acupuncture Energetics (3 units, 30 hours)

This course presents a study of the meridian energetics and point qualities based on the categories of Front Mu, Back Shu, Antique, Confluent, Influential, Window of the Sky, and Group Luo points. The points will be analyzed with their clinical applications in relation to the primary meridians and secondary vessels.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Therapeutics

Normally offered in summer and winter quarters.
AC350Acupuncture Anatomy440
AC350 Acupuncture Anatomy (4 units, 40 hours)

This course covers the topographical study of the acupoints with an emphasis on their anatomical locations, musculature, innervations, and vasculatures. It also covers the cautions and contraindications of the acupoints based on their underlying anatomical structures. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify the muscles, nerves, blood vessels and dermatomes related to the acupoints in order to improve clinical safety and outcomes.

Prerequisites: Meridians II

Normally offered every quarter.
AC360Acupuncture Therapeutics440
AC360 Acupuncture Therapeutics (4 units, 40 hours)

This course presents an in-depth discussion of the traditional functions, major laws and principles, and the cautions and contraindications of the major acupuncture points. Students will learn the properties of the major points, including their traditional and empirical usages, the significance of their nomenclature, and their therapeutic effects. Students will also be exposed to the major groupings of the acupuncture points on the twelve main meridians, the Ren and Du Channels, and the Special point categories.

Prerequisites: Meridians II, Chinese Medical Language

Normally offered every quarter.
AC380Tui Na440
AC380 Tui Na (4 units, 40 hours)

Tui na literally means pushing and grasping. Tui na is a pillar of traditional Asian medicine and refers to a wide range of massage and hand manipulation techniques such as pushing, rolling, kneading, rubbing, scrubbing, grasping and pressing. Tui na manipulations are designed to correct a variety of physical problems, internal conditions, gynecological conditions, pediatric conditions and traumatic injuries.

Prerequisites: Meridians II

Normally offered every quarter.
AC401Acupuncture Techniques I330
AC401 Acupuncture Techniques I (3 units, 30 hours)

The first of a three-course series, the acupuncture techniques classes teach the students the various methods and theories of acupuncture needling, gua sha, moxabustion and cupping techniques. The skills and techniques taught emphasize those prescribed by the laws and regulations of the California State Acupuncture Board (CAB).

In Acupuncture Techniques I students will learn how to needle acupoints with an emphasis on the proper needling depths and angles, manipulation techniques, safe needling practices and clean needle techniques through in-class demonstrations and practical assignments. This course covers the points along the Lung, Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach, Heart and Small Intestine channels.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Anatomy

Normally offered every quarter.
AC402Acupuncture Techniques II330
AC402 Acupuncture Techniques II (3 units, 30 hours)

The second of a three-course series, Acupuncture Techniques II continues the study of various methods and theories of acupuncture needling techniques with an emphasis on the proper needling depths and angles, manipulation techniques, safe needling practices and clean needle techniques through in-class demonstrations and practical assignments. This course covers the points along the Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Gall Bladder, Liver, Ren and Du channels and continues the emphasis on safe needling practices and clean needle techniques, as prescribed by the laws and regulations published by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB).

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques I

Normally offered every quarter.
AC403Advanced Acupuncture Techniques 330
AC403 Advanced Acupuncture Techniques (3 units, 30 hours)

The third and final course in the acupuncture techniques series, this practical class teaches the students advanced needling techniques, as well as other protocols used during acupuncture treatments. This course covers advanced techniques such as plum-blossom needling, blood-letting, cupping, electro-stimulation, moxibustion, use of magnets and ear seeds, and the difficult points not covered in the previous techniques classes with a continued emphasis on safe needling practices and clean needle techniques, as prescribed by the laws and regulations published by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB).

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques II

Normally offered every quarter.
AC500Clinical Point Selection330
AC500 Clinical Point Selection (3 units, 30 hours)

This advanced course reviews the various acupuncture point prescriptions used for specific pathologies, with an emphasis on empirical points (non-traditional points with empirical relevancy) commonly used in an acupuncture clinic. Learners will gain the ability to independently develop a point prescription based on a diagnosis, utilizing various acupuncture systems in order to obtain the best therapeutic benefit.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Therapeutics, Acupuncture Anatomy

Normally offered in summer and winter quarters.
AC510Microsystems220
AC510 Microsystems (2 units, 20 hours)

This practical course presents an overview of the microsystems within the human body. Students will learn the Chinese and European microsystem models, as well as the clinical applications for which they are commonly used with an emphasis on the more commonly used auricular acupuncture points. Students will have the opportunity to practice locating and needling the microsystem points in class, under the direct supervision of the instructor.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques I

Normally offered summer and winter quarters.
AC550Secondary Vessels330
AC550 Secondary Vessels (3 units, 30 hours)

This course is an in-depth study of the eight extraordinary vessels, the divergent meridians, the luo-collaterals, the sinew channels, and the tendino-muscular meridians. It also covers the connections between the meridian systems, including the twelve primary meridians, and the disease patterns indicated for their use. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to make a diagnosis and a treatment principle utilizing the various meridian systems.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Energetics

Normally offered in spring and fall quarters.
AC560 Acupuncture Orthopedics330
AC 560 Acupuncture Orthopedics (3 units, 30 hours)

Orthopedics, traumatology and pain management are some of the most common conditions acupuncturists will see as clinical practitioners. In this course, students will learn to diagnose musculoskeletal complaints and treat them using acupuncture, manual therapies, exercise and herbal interventions.

Prerequisites: Pre Internship Course, Introduction to Medical Imaging, Advanced Acupuncture Techniques

Normally offered in spring and fall quarters.
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