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.



Course No.TitleCourse Descriptions
EL092College RetreatThe 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.
EL143Art of MeditationStudy 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.
EL173Intro to Japanese AcupunctureLearn 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.
EL174Hara DiagnosisThis class focuses on the treatment of patients utilizing abdominal diagnosis based on the teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto.
EL177Advanced Japanese AcupunctureStudents will, in addition to being introduced to the philosophy, history, and culture of Japan, learn fundamental theoretical concepts and advanced Japanese-style acupuncture techniques.
EL179Meridians PalpationStudents learn how to palpate and needle acupuncture channels for purposes of diagnosis and treatment and gain an understanding of the physical and energetic information stored in the three anatomical layers.
EL181Japanese AcupunctureThis intermediate level course furthers students skills in Japanese-style diagnostic theory, hands-on needling techniques and moxibustion use.
EL199Anma/ShiatsuThis course introduces students to two of the primary Japanese manual therapies--anma and shiatsu.
EL206AcupressureThis 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.
EL250Medical Qi Gong IIMedical Qi Gong II continues to teach students how to apply qi gong techniques to their daily lives and in a clinical setting.
EL255Jade Woman Qi Gong 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.
EL311Four Needle TechniqueThis 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.
EL317Advanced MoxibustionIn this course, students will delve into the clinical practice of moxibustion, learning different moxibustion techniques and examining methods of moxibustion use in a clinical setting.
EL501Esoteric AcupunctureEsoteric 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.
EL535Plant Medicines of the WestThis 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.
EL550Advanced PharmacopeiaThis review course provides an in-depth study of the functions, indications and clinical applications of single herbs, with a particular emphasis on the 250 "A" herbs emphasized by the California Acupuncture Board as important to the practice of Oriental medicine.
EL602Chinese Medical ClassicsThis 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.
EL651Five ElementsThis 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.
EL710Advanced DiagnosisThis 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.
EL730Tai Chi II-Yang StyleBuilding 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.
EL731Tai Chi II – Chen Style 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.
EL732Tai Chi II – Sun Style This course expands the knowledge and skills of Tai Chi I- Sun Style presenting advanced movements and theory.
EL735Yang Style Tai Chi SwordThis 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.
EL811Advanced Anatomy & PhysiologyThis course offers a broad-spectrum study of human anatomy and physiology to serve as a review for second, third and fourth year students.
EL860OM Study Skills IThis course is designed to strengthen each student’s study skills so that they feel confident and successful in all future classes in the master’s program.
EL861OM StudiesThis course will focus on individual learning styles and techniques to improve the study skills of students at all levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced.
EL865Patient Interview SkillsStudents 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.




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