Expand your horizons! This one-year eye-opening Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Assistant Certificate program will guide you to a rewarding career in the field of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through one’s skin at strategic points on the body. As a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain in Canada. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management. The increase in popularity can be attributed in part to its effectiveness for pain relief and in part to the fact that scientific studies have begun to prove its efficacy.
In recent years, the demand for knowledgable acupuncture assistants has been doubled every year. Wish the possibility of becoming an acupuncturist, the future for acupuncture assistants is very promising.
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Program Length: one year
The Human Body I (4hrs/week 64 hours)
- This course presents an introductory study of normal structures and functions of the human body. It includes a general introduction and organization of the body, anatomical terms, and begins to describe the upper body and the organs and structures within and how they play a role in health.
- Topics include:
- Organization of systems
- Anatomical Terminology
- Upper Body anatomy and physiology (heart, lungs, esophagus
The Human Body II (4hrs/week 64 hours)
- This course continues the study of what a healthy human body looks and functions. The emphasis for the latter half will be placed on the lower body and abdomen and their organs including the kidneys, liver, and intestines. Students will also learn more about the connections that coordinate the entire body to form a healthy and functioning individual.
- Topics include:
- Abdominal Anatomy and Physiology (Liver, Pancreas, Stomach, GB, Intestines, Kidney,
- Reproductive system)
- Systemic systems (endocrine, nervous, vasculature)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Theories and Development (4hrs/week 2 terms 128 hours)
- Yin Yang Theory
- Qi, Blood, Body Fluids
- 5 Elements
- Zang Fu organ system
- Introduction to Diagnosis (tongue, pulse, face, questioning)
- Channel & point introduction
Understanding Microbes (2hrs/week 32 hours)
Students will get a look at the principles of public health and how that relates to microbes. Giving students a chance to learn general concepts of microbes, their metabolism, growth, and development to better understand typical methods of cleaning.
Basic Biochemistry (2hrs/week 32 hours)
This course is all about what makes life tick. Students will examine the basics of biomolecules, including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, DNA, and more to understand their role in all life processes.
Mechanism of Disease (2hrs/week 32 hours)
This course will be focused on the pathologic basis of diseases in Western medicine.
This includes infections, heart disease, Lung diseases, head and neck dysfunction, digestive issues, urinary pathology, simple skin diseases, and muscular problems.
Discover Moxibustion (2hrs/week 32 hours)
Students will develop classroom and hands-on skills to safely and effectively light, manipulate, and extinguish moxa for a combination of direct, indirect and mild techniques.
Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of moxibustion application.
Cupping Therapy (2hrs/week 32 hours)
Students will learn classroom and hands-on skills to safely use multiple forms of cupping including fire, fire-throwing, pump, and silicone cups. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of cupping application.
Clinic Safety (3 hrs)
In this course, students will learn the modern standardized clean needle techniques to safely remove needles from a patient. The techniques emphasized will be the standards developed in both North America & China.
Clinic Management (6 hrs)
This course will discuss what is necessary to operate an acupuncture clinic including cleaning requirements, supply management, business licensing, file management, and the importance of insurance.
Business Basics (6 hrs)
- English Second Language (ESL) Courses
- Basic Reading and Writing
- TCM specific terms and concepts
- Western Medical Terminology
- Basics on writing articles and research papers