TCM Herbalist Program

Becoming a Chinese Medicine Herbalist

Year One: September Intake

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

The focus of Year 1 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 and Counselling Skills and the necessary aspects of clinical anatomy. 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 1 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 the second year is to introduce the more technical elements of Chinese medicine, including Chinese medicinal substances and Chinese medicinal formulas. Students will continue their study of Counselling Skills and begin their study of Qi Gong (understanding and training qi). In this year, students will be introduced to the classical view of mental and emotional disharmony patterns and their absolute importance to a wide variety of illnesses. The study of business management and ethics will assist students in developing the professional skills and attitudes necessary for independent practice.

If the study of the foundations of TCM in Year 1 is likened to the roots, trunk and main branches of a tree, then study in Year 2 may be likened to the small branches and leaves. Students will assimilate a vast amount of detailed knowledge in the relevant fields of TCM. This knowledge is often experienced as somewhat overwhelming at the time; however, it will as serve as the “fuel for the fire” as it is constantly reexamined during the integration phase in the following years of study.

YEAR 2
TERM 3 – FALL
Course Title Credits
BMS200 Musculoskeletal Anatomy Review & Lab 3
BMS297 Western Pathology I 2
CP225 Clinical Observation I 1
CS205 Interview Skills 3
CS417 Professional Ethics II 2
CS227 Professional Relationships 0.5
PD403 Business Management 3
PD404 Jurisprudence 1
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 32.5

YEAR 2
TERM 4 – WINTER
Course Title Credits
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
PD307 Research Skills & Paper Preparation 1
  Total Credits, Year 2 Term 4 22
  YEAR TOTAL CREDITS 54.5
  YEAR TOTAL HOURS 817.5

Year Three

The focus in this final 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 medicinal formulas, Tui Na massage and Qi Gong will be discussed. This year draws heavily on the previous years’ materials.

Year 3 is 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
BMS397 Western Pathology III 2
BMS427   4
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 25

YEAR 3
TERM 6 – WINTER
Course Title Credits
BMS347 Western Diagnostics & Lab Tests 2
BMS398 Western Pathology IV 3
CP355 Clinical Observation IV 3
TCM352 Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: External Medicine 4
TCM353 Chinese Herbal Therapeutics: Gynecology 5
TCM354 TCM Case Studies I 1
  Total Credits, Year 3 Term 6 18

YEAR 3
TERM 7 – SUMMER
Course Title Credits
CP375 Clinical Practicum Placement – TCMH 15
PD451 Research Paper 4
  Total Credits, Year 4 Term 7 19

YEAR TOTAL CREDITS 62
YEAR TOTAL HOURS 930
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS 168
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 2520

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

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