Electives Department


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, and Tai Chi?… Emperor’s College is the only college in the region to teach all three styles–Yang, Chen and Sun.

TitleCourse Descriptions
Art 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.
Intro 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.
Hara DiagnosisThis class focuses on the treatment of patients utilizing abdominal diagnosis based on the teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto.
Advanced 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.
Meridians 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.
Japanese AcupunctureThis intermediate level course furthers students skills in Japanese-style diagnostic theory, hands-on needling techniques and moxibustion use.
Shiatsu IThis is an introductory course for Anma/Shiatsu massage.
AcupressureThis 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.
Medical 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.
Jade 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.
Flying Phoenix Qi GongFlying Phoenix Qi Gong is an extraordinary medical chi kung (qigong) system that promotes healing and rejuvenation, bolsters immunity- thereby extending longevity, and ultimately imparts profound healing ability in the practitioner.
Korean Six EnergiesKorean Six Energies is the practice of Sa Am Acupuncture, a unique Korean style traditional acupuncture.
Four 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.
Korean AcupunctureKorean Acupuncture and Practice is based on understanding the constitutional energy traits of the patient which are considered as a main element in Sa Am and the basic Four Constitutions.
Korean Hand AcupunctureThis course will delve into the Korean DASARI hand acupuncture system developed by Jae Hoon Kim. Students will learn to diagnose and treat patients based on this renowned microsystem.
Advanced 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.
Korean Five ElementsBased upon the 17th century protocol created by the Sa Am Korean Monk's insights on the Nan Jing (Book of Difficulties), the Korean Five Elements class will demonstrate the use of the antique points in this tradition
Esoteric 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.
Adv. Clinical NutritionThis course presents advanced concepts and applications of Western clinical nutrition for the practicing acupuncturist.
East/West NutritionThis class will introduce students to the basic philosophies of nutrition around the globe. The course will introduce students to a variety of dietary traditions including Unani, Tibetan, Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western.
Traditional Herbal PreparationsIn each class, students will learn how to make a different form of medicine with a combination of ancient ways and modern labor-saving equipment.
Plant 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.
East/West Spices and PlantsThis course will cover herbs and spices used all along the Silk Road; From Europe through Asia. Students will learn the therapeutic properties of herbs and spices commonly used both in cooking and for medicinal purposes in various cultural traditions.
Jin Gui Yao LueJin Kui Yao Lue was a classic in traditional Chinese medicine. It mainly discussed the disease mechanisms, pattern identifications and treatment principles of formula of 44 miscellaneous diseases.
Advanced 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.
Chinese 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.
Five Elements*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.
Eight Extra Ordinary VesselsThe course is a comprehensive study of the eight extraordinary channels. The history, theory, pathways, points, and clinical applications are presented. Emphasis is placed on clinical applications.
Advanced 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.
Tai 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.
Tai 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.
Tai Chi II – Sun Style This course expands the knowledge and skills of Tai Chi I- Sun Style presenting advanced movements and theory.
Yang Style Tai Chi Sword*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.
Advanced Anatomy & Physiology*This course offers a broad-spectrum study of human anatomy and physiology to serve as a review for second, third and fourth year students.
Anatomical PalpationThis Palpation course provides students with the opportunity to palpate and identify the bone and muscle landmarks relevant to both Points courses and clinical practice.
Adv. Anatomical PalpationThis palpation course provides students with the opportunity to palpate and identify the bone, muscle, nerve and vasculature landmarks relevant to both Points courses and clinical practice.
Ayurvedic NutritionIn this module students will be introduced to Ayurveda – the sience and art of conscious living. Students will learn about general concepts of Ahaara Dravyas (diet substances) in structuring a diet.
OM 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.
OM Studies*This course will focus on individual learning styles and techniques to improve the study skills of students at all levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Patient Interview Skills*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.
Mind Body AcupunctureThis class focuses on using all aspects of the human experience- physical, emotional, behavioral, cultural, sensorial, mental- in order to achieve long-lasting balance on all levels.

 *Denotes classes that will not be taught in the current year.

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