Acupuncture Department | Acupuncture Training


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).

TitleCourse Descriptions
Meridians IAn introduction to the classification, nomenclature and distribution of the channels and acupuncture point locations.
Meridians IIA continuation of Meridians I, students will additionally learn the proper methods of identifying and locating acupuncture points.
Acupuncture EnergeticsThis course presents a study of the meridian energetics
Acupuncture AnatomyA study of the acupoints with an emphasis on their anatomical locations.
Acupuncture TherapeuticsAn in-depth discussion of the traditional functions, major laws and principles, and the cautions and contraindications of the major acupuncture points.
Tui NaTui na, or medical massage, is a pillar of traditional Asian medicine and refers to a wide range of massage and hand manipulation techniques.
Acupuncture Techniques ITechniques I focuses on the various methods and theories of acupuncture needling, gua sha, moxabustion and cupping techniques.
Acupuncture Techniques IIA continuation of Techniques II, students will additionally learn proper needling depths and angles, manipulation techniques, and safe needling practices.
Advanced Acupuncture Techniques A continuation of Techniques II, students will additionally learn advanced needling techniques, as well as other protocols used during acupuncture treatments.
Clinical Point SelectionThis advanced course reviews the various acupuncture point prescriptions used for specific pathologies. Students will gain the ability to independently develop a point prescription treatment plan.
MicrosystemsThis practical course presents an overview of the microsystems within the human body. Students will have the opportunity to practice locating and needling the microsystem points in class.
Secondary VesselsThis 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.
Acupuncture OrthopedicsStudents will learn to diagnose musculoskeletal complaints and treat them using acupuncture, manual therapies, exercise and herbal interventions.

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