Doctor of TCM & TCM Practitioner Program (5yrs & 4yrs)

Curriculum and Course Information

Year One: September Intake

*please note, January Intake completes the same courses, but in a different order

The focus of year one will be on the orientation into the paradigm of Chinese medicine. Following the introduction of fundamental theories and concepts the student will gradually be introduced to diagnosis, disease and treatment principles. The practical training will be focused on Taiji Quan. The study of the Chinese language is used to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts and to prepare the student for independent research of TCM manuscripts still in their language of origin, as well as preparation for possible further studies in China for those students who choose to do so.

Year one of the program is a particularly significant phase of the program in that students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse levels of knowledge will establish in themselves not only the actual detailed knowledge of TCM, but also a solid conceptualization of the medicine as a whole. In general, this involves a transition from the romantic view of TCM to the realism of the medicine as a science in its own right. With the study of western science initiated in tandem with that of TCM, students will begin to foster the integrated medicine approach advocated within the TCM profession today.

 

YEAR 1
TERM 1 – FALL
Course Title Credits
ACU102 Chinese Acupuncture I – Meridians 4
BMS197 Western Anatomy & Physiology I 4.5
CS109 Medical Mandarin I 3
CS157 Communications/Ethics/Body Landmarks 1.5
PC106 Taiji Quan 2
TCM101 Foundations of TCM 7
TCM103 Chinese Nutrition – Nourishing Life Principles 3
TCM104 Introduction to Chinese Herbology 1
  Total Credits, Year 1 Term 1 26

YEAR 1
TERM 2 – WINTER
Course Title Credits
ACU161 Chinese Acupuncture II – Acupoints 7
ACU164 Acupuncture Lab I 2
BMS198 Western Anatomy & Physiology II 4.5
CS159 Medical Mandarin II 3
CS167 Communication Skills I 2
TCM151 Diagnostics of TCM 7
  Total Credits, Year 1 Term 2 25.5

YEAR ONE TOTAL CREDITS 51.5
YEAR ONE TOTAL HOURS 772.5

Year Two

The focus of year one will be on the orientation into the paradigm of Chinese medicine. Following the introduction of fundamental theories and concepts the student will gradually be introduced to diagnosis, disease and treatment principles. The practical training will be focused on Taiji Quan. The study of the Chinese language is used to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts and to prepare the student for independent research of TCM manuscripts still in their language of origin, as well as preparation for possible further studies in China for those students who choose to do so.

Year one of the program is a particularly significant phase of the program in that students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse levels of knowledge will establish in themselves not only the actual detailed knowledge of TCM, but also a solid conceptualization of the medicine as a whole. In general, this involves a transition from the romantic view of TCM to the realism of the medicine as a science in its own right. With the study of western science initiated in tandem with that of TCM, students will begin to foster the integrated medicine approach advocated within the TCM profession today.

YEAR 2
TERM 3 – FALL
Course Title Credits
ACU201 Acumoxa Techniques 4
ACU240 Acupuncture Lab II 1
BMS200 Musculoskeletal Anatomy Review & Lab 3
BMS297 Western Pathology I 2
CP225 Clinical Observation I 1
CS205 Interview Skills 3
CS227 Professional Relationships 0.5
PC208 Dao Yin 2
TCM203 Chinese Herbology 8
TCM204 Chinese Medicine History 2
TCM292 Psychiatry of TCM I 2
TCM256 Tui Na Therapeutics 3
  Total Credits, Year 2 Term 3 31.5

YEAR 2
TERM 4 – WINTER
Course Title Credits
ACU241 Acupuncture Lab III 2
ACU251 Acumoxa Therapeutics I 6.5
BMS287 Microbiology & Immunology 2
BMS298 Western Pathology II 2
BMS299 Orthopedic Pathology 3
CP220 Tui Na Clinic I 2
CP255 Clinical Observation II 3
CS267 Communication Skills II 2
TCM253 Chinese Herbal Formulas 7
  Total Credits, Year 2 Term 4 29.5
  YEAR TOTAL CREDITS 61
  YEAR TOTAL HOURS 915

Year Three

The focus in this year is to systematically examine all patterns of disharmony and their manifestations as illness. This study encompasses etiology, symptomology, differential diagnosis, principles of treatment, and appropriate therapy. All therapeutic methods in terms of acumoxa, medicinal formulas, Tui Na massage and qi-gong will be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials.

Year 3 begins the integration phase of the program. Students will re-examine all previously learned knowledge and develop the ability to integrate this knowledge into a coherent understanding of disease and its treatment. At KCCIHS, all students will develop the ability to accurately formulate a TCM differential diagnosis, which we consider to be paramount to all other skills. Effective treatment is the natural progression of an accurate diagnosis.

YEAR 3
TERM 5 – FALL
Course Title Credits
ACU301 Acumoxa Therapeutics II 7
ACU340 Acupuncture Lab IV 1
BMS397 Western Pathology III 2
CP305 Clinical Observation III 3
CP320 Tui Na Clinic II 2
PC308 Nei Gong 2
TCM302 Chinese Patent Formulas 2
TCM303 Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Internal Medicine 8
TCM323 Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Pediatrics 2
  Total Credits, Year 3 Term 5 29

YEAR 3
TERM 6 – WINTER
Course Title Credits
ACU304 TCM Classics I: Theory Comparison 2
ACU341 Acupuncture Lab V 2
ACU359 TCM Classics II: Huangdi Neijing 3
BMS347 Western Diagnostics & Lab Tests 2
BMS398 Western Pathology IV 3
CP355 Clinical Observation IV 4
PD307 Research Skills & Paper Preparation 1
TCM352 Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: External Medicine 4
TCM353 Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Gynecology 5
TCM354 TCM Case Studies I 1
TCM392 Psychiatry of TCM II 2
  Total Credits, Year 3 Term 6 29
  YEAR TOTAL CREDITS 58
  YEAR TOTAL HOURS 870

Year Four

The focus of this last year of study is on the integration of learned knowledge and skills into the clinical setting. A greater practical and seminar component within the program will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice. 

Year 4 continues the integration phase of the program; however, the focus will shift from the theoretical understanding of disease and treatment to the practical application of this knowledge in the clinical setting. Students will explore all relevant aspects of patient-practitioner interaction as well as of running a professional practice. At this point in the program, students are well prepared to integrate all learned knowledge with acquired practical skills and make the transition to independent (supervised) practice seem effortless.

YEAR 4
TERM 7 – FALL
Course Title Credits
ACU440 Acupuncture Lab VI 1
BMS427   4
CP402 TCM Case Studies II 2
CP405 Supervised Clinical Practice 9
CS405 Applied Communication 1
CS417 Professional Ethics II 2
PD403 Business Management 3
PD404 Jurisprudence 1
TCM406 TCM Orthopedics 1
TCM437   4
  Total Credits, Year 4 Term 7 28

YEAR 4
TERM 8 – WINTER
Course Title Credits
PD451 Research Paper 4
CP455 Clinical Practicum Placement 28.5
  Total Credits, Year 4 Term 8 32.5
  YEAR TOTAL CREDITS 60.5
  YEAR TOTAL HOURS 907.5

Year Five (Doctor of Chinese Medicine only)

The focus of the last year of study is to direct students’ study in advanced fields of knowledge and research within the paradigm of Chinese medicine. Study will include more advanced classical TCM writings, as well as the modern evolution of the tradition of Chinese medicine as it continues to integrate with the knowledge of modern science.
Year 5 is a year of gaining expertise. During this phase of the program, students will investigate, to a much greater depth, a variety of clinically relevant aspects of TCM. Just as the tradition of Chinese medicine has evolved to integrate with western medicine over the past several decades, so will our students develop the expertise necessary to carry on this tradition in an integrated medicine system.

YEAR 5
TERM 9 – SUMMER
Course Titles Credits
ACU504 Advanced Acumoxa Clinical Therapeutics I 4
ACU502 Chinese Acupuncture III – Advanced Meridians 6
ACU550 Acupuncture Lab VII 2
CP505 Advanced Clinical Practicum Placement I 5
TCM501 TCM Classics III: Herbal 5
TCM503 Food Therapy & Nutrition for Practitioners of TCM 3
  Total Credits, Year 5 Term 9 25

YEAR 5
TERM 10 – FALL
Course Titles Credits
ACU554 Advanced Acumoxa Clinical Therapeutics II 4
CP555 Advanced Clinical Practicum Placement II- DTCM 10
IM552 Naturopathic Perspective: Modern Diseases 4
TCM551 TCM Classics IV: Herbal 5
  Total Credits, Year 5 Term 10 23
  YEAR TOTAL CREDITS 48
  YEAR TOTAL HOURS 720

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

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