Elective Department of Acupuncture School

One of the unique attributes of the master’s program at Emperor’s College is its broad range of elective classes, a feature not common to most acupuncture schools. Throughout the curriculum, students  are encouraged to explore the wide array of Oriental medical thought such as classical Chinese medicine, five element theory, Japanese acupuncture, Korean acupuncture and others.

Each of the elective courses provides students the opportunity to master advanced and specialized clinical skills and nurtures versatility of the practitioner by learning how to draw from a diverse understanding of Eastern medical concepts that integrate the mind, body, and spirit.  Electives in meditation, body work, and even a weekend-long team building retreat at Big Bear Mountain are also offered. And Tai Chi?… Emperor’s College is the only college in the region to teach all three styles–Yang, Chen and Sun.

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Course CodeTitleUnitsHours
EL092College Retreat220
EL092 College Retreat (2 units, 20 hours)

The College Retreat is a long-time tradition of Emperor's College and is inline with our dedication to cultivating a strong community and support network for our students, faculty and staff. This annual 2-unit elective class is a weekend retreat (Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon) in the San Bernadino National Forest to further support the bond between students. A weekend full of team building activities, outdoor excitement and memories to last a lifetime in the mountains of southern California is a great way to get plugged in to Emperor’s College community, make new friends and recharge your soul. It is often a favorite experience in Emperor’s masters program. The College Retreat takes place every Fall. Exact dates can be found on the Fall quarter course schedule.

EL143Art of Meditation220
EL143 Art of Meditation (2 units, 20 hours)

Study the fundamental philosophy, form and practice of meditation. Learn how to foster increased awareness of internal qi, yin and yang organs, and the meridian system. Through mindful breathing, sitting and living you can become a Superior Healer.

EL173Intro to Japanese Acupuncture220
EL173 Intro to Japanese Acupuncture (2 units, 20 hours)

Learn the foundations of Japanese acupuncture including Japanese style needle manipulation techniques (hari), and Japanese style moxibustion (kyu). Students will also learn tsubo acupuncture point palpation and treatment.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques I
EL174Hara Diagnosis220
EL174 Hara Diagnosis (2 units, 20 hours)

This class focuses on the treatment of patients utilizing abdominal diagnosis based on the teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto. Palpation as one of the four diagnosis of Chinese medicine includes palpating the mu points on the abdomen which is the basis of Hara or abdominal diagnosis. Students will learn the theory and practice of Matsumoto-style abdominal diagnosis and treatment including common abdominal patterns they will be able to implement in their practice.

Prerequisites:Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine, Meridians II, Acupuncture Techniques I
EL177Advanced Japanese Acupuncture330
EL177 Advanced Japanese Acupuncture (3 units, 30 hours)

This course is structured after the most current teaching methods used in Japan today.
Students will be introduced to the philosophy, history, and culture of Japan which is the underpinning of Japanese-style acupuncture. Fundamental theoretical concepts and advanced Japanese-style techniques, including pediatric acupuncture, moxibustion and palpatory examination, will be taught.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques II
EL179Meridians Palpation330
EL179 Meridians Palpation (3 units, 30 hours)

Learn how to palpate and needle acupuncture channels for purposes of diagnosis and treatment, as common in the Japanese Acupuncture system, and gain an understanding of the physical and energetic information stored in the three anatomical layers. Diagnostic palpation techniques will also include abdominal palpation, called Hara Diagnosis, and pulse diagnosis.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques II
EL181Japanese Acupuncture330
EL181 Japanese Acupuncture (3 units, 30 hours)

This intermediate level course between EL173 Intro to Japanese Acupuncture and EL177 Advanced Japanese Acupuncture furthers students skills in Japanese-style
diagnostic theory, needling techniques and moxibustion use. This highly practical course will allow for ample hands-on practice and guided instruction.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques II
EL199 Anma/Shiatsu (2 units, 20 hours)

This course introduces students to two of the primary Japanese manual therapies. Anma and shiatsu access the acupuncture meridian system through Tsubo (Meridian points) and have been shown to enhance circulation, reduce stress and promote wellbeing. Students will learn proper body mechanics and techniques, and will develop the sensitivity and skill necessary for applying these methods.

EL206 Acupressure (2 units, 20 hours)

This course trains students in a non-needling application of Oriental medicine, including the practical use of finger or hand pressure on acupuncture points and channels. Students will explore point functions and key healing points which stimulate the body’s self-curative abilities. Hands-on applications of acupressure will be presented including relieving pain and stress, reducing muscular tension and increase circulation of blood to enable balancing body energy.

EL250Medical Qi Gong II220
EL250 Medical Qi Gong II (2 units, 20 hours)

Medical Qi Gong II continues to teach students how to apply qi gong techniques to their daily lives while focusing on the health benefits of each exercise. Students will extend their practical knowledge on various qi gong forms and techniques so that they can appropriately prescribe these exercise therapies to patients in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites:Medical Qi Gong I
EL255Jade Woman Qi Gong 220
EL255 Jade Woman Qi Gong (2 units, 20 hours)

Jade Woman qi gong is a beautiful and flowing form of movement therapy that addresses the special needs of women’s physical and emotional health. By targeting specific acupuncture meridians related to the purification and strengthening of the blood supply, Jade Woman qi gong is especially effective in treating gynecological conditions from menstruation to fertility to menopause. Although designed for women, Jade Woman qi gong can benefit anyone who suffers from circulation problems, seeks enhanced energy and is interested in learning about and/or treating women’s health conditions.

Prerequisites: none
EL311Four Needle Technique220
EL311 Four Needle Technique (2 units, 20 hours)

This course covers Korean four-needle acupuncture techniques which emphasize the interrelationship between the Five Elements. Students will be introduced to the different theories and diagnostic methods developed in Korea, including meridian, Zang Fu and pulse diagnosis. At the end of the class, participants will be able to effectively employ the four–needle method of point selection for tonification and sedation of the 12 primary meridians.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Techniques II
EL317Advanced Moxibustion220
EL317 Advanced Moxibustion (2 units, 20 hours)

In this course students will delve into the clinical practice of moxibustion. Students will study different moxibustion techniques and learn to make moxa cones, sticks and floss. They will also examine different methods of moxibustion use such as direct and indirect moxibustion, warm needle, medicinal application moxibustion, pressing moxibustion and suspended moxibustion. Practical issues that arise when implementing moxibustion into clinical practice, such as materials, vendors and safety, will also be explored.

Prerequisites: Acupuncture Anatomy
EL501Esoteric Acupuncture220
EL501 Esoteric Acupuncture (2 units, 20 hours)

Esoteric acupuncture combines the Chinese five element theory with the Hindu chakra system. In-depth discussions on acupuncture points as they relate to each system and detailed presentations of the theory behind esoteric shaoyin treatments and how the heart and kidney systems are used to harmonize imbalances will be given.
By the end of the course, students will gain the ability to analyze and treat imbalances of the chakras with acupuncture. They should also be able to academically discuss the energetics of the acupuncture points that are selected for use in chakra balancing patterns and new encoding patterns.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine, Oriental Diagnosis, Meridians II.
EL535Plant Medicines of the West220
EL535 Plant Medicines of the West (2 units, 20 hours)

This class will cover the main principles and philosophy of Western herbology, including adaptogens and tonifications. Students will learn the criteria for choosing specific herbs and receive scientific data and present research on Western herbal medicines. Topics also include most commonly used herbal teas and spices, and herbs to treat various organ system conditions, imbalances and psychological conditions.

Prerequisites: none.
EL550Advanced Pharmacopeia330
EL550 Advanced Pharmacopeia (3 units, 30 hours)

This review course provides an in-depth study of the functions, indications and clinical applications of single herbs, with a particular emphasis on those herbs suggested by the California Acupuncture Board as important to the practice of Oriental medicine. It covers the 250 “A” herbs that are emphasized in the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam.

Prerequisites:Herb Pharmacopeia I-IV
EL602Chinese Medical Classics220
EL602 Chinese Medical Classics (3 units, 30 hours)

Chinese medicine is built on the foundation of the ancient texts but while classical Oriental medical literature becomes more readily available to the English-speaking population every year, translations often do not fully capture the essence of the original work. This class investigates classical texts from a variety of authors and time periods so students can broaden their knowledge of the classical application of Oriental medical thought. Students are also introduced to the skill set needed for further exploration of classical Oriental medicine writings.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine
EL651Five Elements330
EL651 Five Elements (3 units, 30 hours)

This course provides students with a theoretical understanding of the classical roots of five-phase theory and how to integrate the five phases into the clinical practice of Oriental medicine. Translated as five phases or five elements from Chinese, Wu Xing is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment. Students will learn how to use the aspects involved in each of the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water – into their diagnostic practice.

Prerequisites: Zang Fu I, Chinese Medical Language, Meridians II
EL710Advanced Diagnosis330
EL710 Advanced Diagnosis (3 units, 30 hours)

This course presents the information required to make accurate and reasonable diagnoses in difficult and complicated cases. This information will be fully grounded in practical hands-on experience and will synthesize information received in Oriental Diagnosis to generate confidence in the mainstay of Oriental medical diagnosis.

Prerequisites: Zang Fu II
EL730Tai Chi II-Yang Style220
EL730 Tai Chi II-Yang Style (2 units, 20 hours)

Building on the introductory Yang style class, Tai Chi II-Yang Style further focuses on the history, theory and practice of tai chi chuan and will complete the classical Yang style long form set. At the end of the course, students will be able to explain and demonstrate the theory, benefits and movements of the form.

Recommended Prerequisite: Tai Chi I – Yang Style
EL731Tai Chi II – Chen Style 220
EL730 Tai Chi II-Chen Style (2 units, 20 hours)

Tai Chi II-Chen Style will expand on the set of movements learned in Tai Chi I-Chen Style. This class will help students develop strength, balance and coordination. It is perfect for those who want to deepen their practice of Chen style tai chi and practice tai chi for its myriad of health benefits.

Recommended Prerequisite: Tai Chi I – Chen Style
EL732Tai Chi II – Sun Style 220
EL732 Tai Chi II-Sun Style (2 units, 20 hours)

This course expands the knowledge and skills of Tai Chi I- Sun Style presenting advanced movements and theory. Sun style tai chi is known for its gentle, flowing movements and unique footwork; students will be able to advance their movements as well as breathing and centering techniques.

Recommended Prerequisite: Tai Chi I – Sun Style
EL735Yang Style Tai Chi Sword220
EL735 Yang Style Tai Chi Sword (2 units, 20 hours)

Taught by Chinese Martial Arts Tournament gold medalist, Ming Dong Li, this class introduces students to one of the most popular practices of the Yang school. This dynamic yet gentle series consists of 32 forms which begins with simple easy movements and progressively advances to more difficult sequences. It is adaptable to all fitness levels, and no prior tai chi experience is required.

Prerequisite: None
EL811Advanced Anatomy & Physiology330
EL811 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (3 units, 30 hours)

This course offers a broad-spectrum study of
human anatomy and physiology to serve as
a review for second, third and fourth year students.
A review of foundational concepts will be presented
and core knowledge solidified.

Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I-IV
EL861OM Studies220
EL861 OM Studies (2 units, 20 hours)

This course will focus on individual learning styles and techniques to improve the study skills of students at all levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. It will explore different ways of learning, multiple intelligences and enable students to determine their unique mode of learning, thus gaining the ability to develop study skills that play up their strengths and address their weaknesses.

Prerequisites: None
EL865Patient Interview Skills110
EL865 Patient Interview Skills (1 unit, 10 hours)

Students will learn various patient interviewing skills, from the perspective of both Eastern and Western medicine. This class will enable students to optimize their diagnoses and patient communications, with a emphasis on patient compliance, collaboration and retention.

Prerequisites: Pre-Observation Course
Minimum requirement880

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