Oriental Medicine Department


The Department of Oriental Medicine is comprised of 20 courses, or 55 units, which provides acupuncture students a thorough grounding in the history, concepts, and clinical applications of Oriental medicine. This department is one of four that comprises the Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM) program.

Years 1 and 2, the Oriental Medicine Department begins with an investigation of the concepts and theories of traditional medicine, including its relationship to the Eastern philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. An understanding of the fundamental principles of qi, yin and yang develops as students become aware of  the intricate relationship between natural phenomena, health and illness. As students progress through their Oriental medical studies, emphasis is placed on the diagnosis of diseases through a comprehensive study of pathology and internal medicine as well as a development of the primary diagnostic techniques of tongue and pulse examination.

In years 3 and 4 of the Oriental Medicine Department, students study contemporary research as it pertains to the integration of Eastern and Western medicine; they also become trained in tai chi movement techniques and medical qi gong.  Additional courses focus on the in depth treatment of the wide array of medical conditions seen by acupuncturists, from common, acute conditions to chronic, life threatening illnesses. Students conclude their journey through acupuncture school with a series of Case Management and Review courses, which fosters clinical collaboration and discussion between students and faculty.

TitleCourse Descriptions
Philosophy of OMThis introductory course explores the theories and thought processes that form the origin and developmental roots of Oriental medical concepts.
Fundamentals of OMThis introductory course provides the foundation for the study and understanding of Oriental medicine.
Chinese Medical LanguageThis course introduces students to the basic Chinese terminology and characters useful in understanding traditional Asian medicine.
Zang Fu Syndromes IThe first of this two-course series familiarizes students with simple pathology identification and differentiation according to the model of TCM internal medicine.
Zang Fu Syndromes IIThe second in this two course series continues to explore the diagnostic skills and knowledge for identifying complex pathological patterns of TCM internal medicine. Students gain an understanding of the complex patterns in diagnosis.
Oriental DiagnosisAn introduction to the basic skills and theories of TCM diagnosis, using the four pillars of diagnosis: observation, auscultation, olfaction, inquiry, palpation, and pulse and tongue examinations.
Introduction to OM ResearchStudents are introduced to the basic components and approaches of research in medicine and science. The course focuses on the skills and knowledge required to be an informed consumer of published medical research as it can inform TCM clinical practice.
Tai Chi I - Yang Style
Tai Chi I - Chen Style
Tai Chi I - Sun Style
These practical courses provides a basic introduction to the theory and benefits of Yang style tai chi chuan, Chen style, and Sun style. Students will learn and practice with an emphasis on the proper breathing techniques and body movements.
Medical Qi Gong IThis practical course teaches the fundamentals of qi gong, with an emphasis on its myriad medical uses.
Chinese Internal Medicine IThe first of four courses in Chinese internal medicine. These classes present an overview of the pathology, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of specific syndromes of the internal organ systems.
Chinese Internal Medicine IIThis course covers specific syndromes of the upper body, including but not limited to respiratory issues, headaches, wind stroke, dizziness, palpitations, and multiple sclerosis.
Chinese Internal Medicine IIIThis continuation of Internal Medicine II covers specific syndromes of the digestive system, including, but not limited to constipation, diarrhea, IBS, diabetes, and vomiting/nausea.
Chinese Internal Medicine IVChinese Internal Medicine IV covers specific syndromes of the Lungs, including but not limited to asthma, influenza, allergic rhinitis, coughing, and breathlessness.
TCM PediatricsThis course presents an overview of TCM pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of selected common pediatric diseases.
TCM GynecologyStudents will learn to diagnose, differentiate and develop treatment plans for general gynecological disorders and to use correct treatment strategies to treat a range of gynecological disorders.
TCM DermatologyAn overview of the pathology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders with an emphasis on psoriasis, acne, alopecia, eczema, warts, fungus infection, urticaria, zoster virus and dry skin.
OM & Chemical DependencyStudents will receive an overview of addiction treatment approaches in the modern medical care setting, and protocols utilizing acupuncture and herbal medicine for the management of substance abuse including underlying emotional and psychological issues.
Principles of TreatmentThis course explores the development and relationship among treatment principles and how they drive the process of acupuncture and herbal prescriptions.
Case Management and ReviewThis advanced series provides upper level students the opportunity to meet and discuss patient cases with fellow clinical interns and faculty with an emphasis on diagnosis and integrated analysis of clinical experiences and outcomes.

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