Semester One

101: Muscular-Skeletal Problems

  • An overview of the fundamentals of treating Muscular-Skeletal Problems. Spine Basics. Bone Health
  • Neck problems including traumatic injuries and osteoarthritis. Neck Burners and Stingers. Cervical Spondylosis
  • Lower back pain caused by overexertion and traumatic injuries. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Lumbar Spine Herniated Disc
  • Knee including the ligament: Arthritis of the Knee
  • Shoulder problems caused by trauma and sports: Kyphosis of the upper spine
  • Problems with the hips
  • Gouty and rheumatoid arthritis: the causes and treatment
  • Radiculitis and treatment of nerve impingement: Sciatica

102: Hormones and Their Effects on the Body

  • Menopause/post-menopause and how to treat the discomfort. Perimenopause, including the well-known symptoms of this hormonal transitionary time
  • Andropause and erectile disorder
  • Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Premenstrual syndrome and how to minimize and treat this uncomfortable problem
  • Thyroid issues including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • Problems of the adrenal glands
  • Female and Male Fertility

103: Imbalances and Illness of the Organs

This course is an advanced survey course that looks a various organ systems in health and disease. The disease states can be seen as an imbalance of energetic forces that are often attributable to diet, nutrition, weight-gain and other modifiable factors. The emphasis in this course will be on understanding the underlying principles of these illness and evaluation various approaches to prevention. While the course may not include every disease category it is meant to be instructive and provide generally applicable approaches to a wide variety of organ system illnesses.


  • Heart Disease: Prevention is the Best Medicine
  • Digestive Issues
  • The Aging Brain
  • Liver Diseases
  • Lungs, pneumonia, asthma and COPD
  • Kidney and Prostate
  • Sensory Organs

Semester Two

201: Zhang/Fu and Five Elements of the Five Conditions

  • The Eight Conditions – Yin/Yang, Interior/Exterior, Hot /Cold and deficiency and excess
  • Five Elements
  • Etiology according to TCM
  • Zang-Fu Syndromes
  • Diagnostic methods of TCM – Inspection and palpation, root and branch
  • Zheng and Xie Qi and resistance to disease
  • Treatment of the patient from a seasonal or a personal characteristic of the patient

202: Infectious Diseases

  • An overview of various infectious diseases and the body defenses; As these defense mechanisms weaken it allows the infective agents to enter and multiply
  • Viral Diseases – The nature of viral types and life cycle; Disease manifestations caused by viral infections and beyond to prions diseases
  • Bacterial Infections – Bacterial classes and categories; How antibiotics, herbal and pharmaceuticals are used
  • Fungal Diseases – The nature, growth and treatment of fungal diseases
  • Pulmonary infections – Types and nature of respiratory infections
  • Infections of the skin –  As the largest organ and the separation between inside and outside, the skin is subject to many types and stages of infections
  • Parasites – Worms, amoebas, and flagellates of the intestinal tract

203: Western Herbs and Food Allergies

  • Saw Palmetto, St Johns Wort and Ginkgo
  • Ginseng, Echinacea and Kava
  • Garlic, Valerian, and Androdraphis
  • English Ivy, Peppermint and Ginger
  • Soy and Chamomile
  • Adverse Reactions to Foods: IgE mediated
  • Adverse reactions to Foods: Cell mediated and mixed
  • Non-Immune Mediated (Primary Food Intolerance)

Semester Three

301: Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements

  • The mind/body interface – The brain and its influences
  • Neurotransmitters – Acetylcholine to Z-peptides
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Psychoses and schizophrenia
  • The autistic spectrum disorders
  • The third brain – The influence of our gut and micro-organisms on thought and behavior
  • Psychological evolution as a biological imperative—evolve or perish

302: Mind-Body and Psychology Problems, The Electro-Magnetic Laser Body and How It Effects Your Practice

  • Theories of Chi                                                                           
  • Nature of Blood Circulation
  • Raising Chi: for practitioner & patient
  • Laser light and emotional center. EM energy and Chi Gong; Applications: i.e. Discouragement, shock, sexual harassment, loss of libido.
  • Chi and breath; Chi and depression
  • Massage techniques; Addressing patients with appropriate customized approaches; Patient’s contribution & cooperation; Breathing during treatment; Home practice

303: Practice Management and Running a Business for Practitioners

  • Most important registrations that you need to get!
  • How to get into Insurance Networks
  • The best ways to get referrals from MDs & Chiros
  • Benefits and liabilities in being a Sole Proprietor
  • How to market a new medical practice
  • CPT codes and ICD 10 codes you must understand
  • Be a Great Acupuncturist Blogger

Examination & Dissertation

EXAM 980: Comprehensive Examination

Taken following the completion and 75% passing of the three semester and prior to undertaking the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Program

The activities associated with the dissertation are broken into 3 segments:

  • RES 985: Dissertation Proposal (4 credits)
    This program element guides students through the formal research proposal process for their dissertations, including the development of the research methodology, data gathering device, and data analysis techniques.
  • RES 990: Dissertation Project (8 credits)
    The dissertation will demonstrate mastery of the topic and an original contribution to the field. The project may take any of several forms, depending on the topic. This may be quantitative or qualitative research, literature review and meta analysis, participatory action research, or a major project demonstrating excellence.
  • EXM 995: Oral Defense of Dissertation (2 credits)
    This examination is an oral defense of the doctoral dissertation by the student conducted by the doctoral committee following the reading of the dissertation manuscript.

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