ACUP – Acupuncture
Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points I
Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and practice, students learn methods of locating acupuncture points in relation to anatomical landmarks and body measurements. Students also learn the concept of meridians, channels and collaterals, and acupuncture point energetics.
Prerequisites: HLSC 104.
Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points II
Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and practice, students learn the surface anatomy of the regular meridians and collaterals of the lower extremities, pelvis and lumbar region. This includes learning the location of acupuncture points on these meridians, as well as their divergent channels, internal pathways, and extra points. Students also learn the concept of cyclical flow in the meridians and acupoint energetics. This course is a continuation of Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points I.
Prerequisites: ACUP 101.
Diagnostics in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Students diagnose disorders according to the principles of TCM. Patient assessment skills used in modern Traditional Chinese Medicine, including the "Four Methods of Diagnosis", are explained and practiced.
Introduction to Qi Gong and Tui Na
Qi Gong and its value in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine is discussed and students are introduced to basic methods of Qi Gong which includes the traditional methods of moving and tonifying Qi. Students also become familiar with basic principles of Tui Na, a style of Chinese manipulations using non-invasive techniques for therapeutic and relaxation purposes.
This course provides an introduction to both bio-medical and Traditional Chinese medical (TCM) terminology. Topics in this course include an introduction to the use of terminology related to health, organ systems, environmental influences, and disease.
Clinical Observation I
As the first session of clinical observation, students have the opportunity to witness all facets of patient care, diagnosis and treatment providing the link between theoretical studies and practical clinical application. Students become familiar with all aspects of clinic operation, procedures and patient visits.
Prerequisites: ACUP 104.
Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points III
Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and practice students learn the surface anatomy of the regular meridians and collaterals of the upper extremities, thorax, and head/neck regions. This includes learning the location of acupuncture points on these meridians, as well as their divergent channels, internal pathways, and extra points. Students also learn the concept of cyclical flow in the meridians, and acupoint energetics. This course builds on skills acquired in Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points I.
Prerequisites: ACUP 101.
Diagnostics in Traditional Chinese Medicine II
Students examine the physical, anatomical and energetic aspects of meridian-based physical assessment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Students learn the therapeutic use of the tendino-muscular pathways and the divergent or distinct channels. Students also develop their palpation skills and explore its importance in clinical practice.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics I
Students explore various conditions that may appear as a result of dysfunction of the digestive system and how these conditions are assessed, diagnosed and treated using the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system.
Clinical Observation and Practice I
This second clinical observation course builds upon the skills learned in Clinical Observation l. Students gradually become more involved with the patient intake process and other clinic procedures.
Prerequisites: ACUP 108.
Introduction to Research Methodology
This course examines the basic concepts and methodologies that are used in modern acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine research. Specific difficulties in applying a commonly used research format for evidence-based practices to the complex, unique practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine are discussed.
Qi Gong and Tui na II
In this course, students build on foundational concepts, and practice more advanced techniques of Qi Gong as preparation for self discipline and mind cultivation. Tui na and Oriental body work are also covered in detail. The application of specific Tui na techniques in a wide variety of pathological conditions is explored and students learn when these techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine are integrated in the practice of acupuncture.
Prerequisites: ACUP 105.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostics Lab
The distinct diagnostic methods used to assess patterns of disharmony in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) require practical skills that can only be obtained through practice. During this course, students practice and apply the procedures involved in the Four Pillars of diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. These competencies provide the framework for 'soft skills' employed during patient intake and interview, as well as critical thinking as it relates to interpretation of clinical data.
Prerequisites: ACUP 104.
Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Students study the history and evolution of Eastern philosophical ideas which shaped health practices and Traditional medicine in China over the course of some 3000 years. This course introduces fundamental concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as: the vital substances of the body, five phase theory, external and internal causes of disease, as well as the zang-fu organ system and the meridian-collateral system.
Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine II
Students focus on assessment and description of pathology based on diverse diagnostic systems that are typical to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Students learn how to differentiate disease patterns by studying theories of Zang Fu organs, Qi, blood and body fluids, eight principles, the six stages and four levels of disease, and San Jiao.
Prerequisites: ACUP 117.
Introduction to Medical Microbiology
In this course, students learn the basic principles of medical microbiology and the pathogenesis of infectious disease and of clinically important microbial pathogens including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Students learn how microorganisms function in disease. A brief history of microbiology, epidemiology, body defence mechanisms and aseptic techniques are also discussed.
Prerequisites: Biology 30.
Extra Meridians & Microsystems
This course introduces the eight extra meridians theory and acupuncture points. The application of the theory in the clinic is discussed.
Therapeutic Principles of Acupuncture, Point Selection and Combination
Students explore the theoretical and practical principles that are used to formulate an acupuncture point prescription. The meaning of acupuncture point energetics and the synergy between specific points are explained. This course also covers how the acupuncturist can adjust and customize basic point combinations to the patient's actual signs, symptoms, and conditions. The therapeutic principles and mechanism of acupuncture from both the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and conventional medicine perspectives are discussed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics II
Students explore the various conditions that may appear as a result of dysfunction of the respiratory, cardiovascular systems, as well as psychological disorders. The course also covers how these conditions are assessed, diagnosed and treated according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Traditional Chinese Medicine Modalities I
Students are introduced to the various techniques used in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture such as needling, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha and explains appropriate therapeutic use of these techniques in clinical practice. The techniques of needle stimulation, such as tonification and sedation techniques, and safety and routine practices are also covered.
Prerequisites: ACUP 101.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition, Lifestyle and Zhong Yao
Topics in this course include the history of Chinese nutrition, basic principles of nutrition from a Chinese energetic perspective, the use of specific foods for therapeutic purposes and the role that nutrition and lifestyle play in the overall maintenance of health in an individual. A generalized overview of the energetic properties of Chinese herbs is also discussed including an introduction to Chinese herbology.
Clinical Observation and Practice II
The course focuses on all facets of patient care related to noninvasive techniques and therapeutic modalities. Professional behavior, attitudes, patient management and communication are discussed. Foundational principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and universal safety and hygiene precautions used in the treatment of patients are applied.
Prerequisites: ACUP 113.
Students examine the pathological conditions which may affect the various systems of the body. Assessment and therapeutic principles are outlined for the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and urogenital systems. With an understanding of the disease process, western assessment and therapeutic models, students develop communication, team work and referral skills necessary when collaborating with other health care professionals.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Modalities II
Students further expand their skills and knowledge of acupuncture techniques. More specialized techniques, such as electro acupuncture and bleeding, as well as less commonly used techniques, like plum blossom needling, are explained, demonstrated and practiced in class.
Prerequisites: ACUP 101.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics III
Students explore various pathological conditions that may occur in gynecology and obstetrics based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Students learn to do assessment, diagnosis and form appropriate treatment strategies for these conditions according to the theory of TCM.
Traditional Chinese Medicine External Therapeutics I
Students study musculoskeletal disorders including muscle pain, joint and bone pain resulting from arthritis, injuries and other reasons. For each disorder, etiology, diagnosis and treatment according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are discussed. The concepts of Bi Syndrome and Wei Syndrome, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment are also covered.
Clinical Case Studies I
This course is the first in a series of courses focusing on relevant clinical situations from a TCM perspective. Students present cases from their clinical experience and discuss them with the class and instructor. Students must systematically organize clinical intake data into a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment strategy.
In this first internship, students conduct an assessment and formulate an accurate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis in collaboration with a supervisor. Students develop and implement treatment plans using a variety of clinical techniques. Students develop skills in the following areas: appropriate communication with patients, professional behaviour, and proper documentation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine External Therapeutics II
The second course of External Therapeutics focuses on the use of TCM for neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, and proctological, dermatological disorders including hemorrhoids, urticaria, acne, dermatitis, eczema. Disorders of the mouth, eye, ear, nose and throat such as tinnitus, deafness, otitis media, tonsillitis, laryngitis, myopia and toothache are also covered. For each disorder, definition, etiology, pathology, diagnosis, differentiation and treatment according to TCM are discussed.
Professional Ethics and Acupuncture Regulations
In this course, students gain knowledge and an appreciation of issues related to standards of practice, professional code of ethics, professional boundaries, as well as matters of jurisprudence in the regulation of acupuncture in Alberta. A variety of complex clinical situations are explored such as conflicts of interest, boundary crossings, and privacy legislation. Students also learn how acupuncturists are regulated in Canada and, more specifically, in Alberta.
Clinical Case Studies II
This is the second in a series of courses focusing on relevant clinical presentations. Students present cases from their clinical experience and discuss them with the class and instructor.
Prerequisites: ACUP 214.
Building on the first internship, students continue to make appropriate assessments and proceed with an accurate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis with the assistance of the supervisor(s), ensuring appropriate patient charting and contributing actively to the treatment of patients, using appropriate clinical techniques. Students gradually take more initiative in the complete treatment of the patient.
Prerequisites: ACUP 215.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics IV
Students explore urogenital disorders, reproductive system disorders, endocrine disorders, auto-immune disorders, infectious diseases, and pediatric disorders . Students learn appropriate assessment diagnosis and treatment strategies for these disorders according to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
During the third internship, students become more independent in the clinical practice of acupuncture. Students are responsible for developing short-term and long-term treatment plans, preparing case studies and investigating advanced topics.
Prerequisites: ACUP 220.
This is the final clinical phase of internship where the senior intern applies the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knowledge and skills necessary to work independently and successfully in an acupuncture clinic.
Prerequisites: ACUP 303.
Practice Management and Professional Entry Requirements
Students prepare for the business-related aspects of the acupuncture profession. Topics covered include areas such as the planning, start-up and operating of a clinic, communication skills with third parties and other health care providers, Workers' Compensation Board policies and charting, reporting, and billing issues.
Acupuncture Safety Course (Clean Needle Technique)
This course prepares students to practice acupuncture safely based on Alberta and international standards. It covers information and practice on hygiene, infection prevention, and risk management in an acupuncture clinic.
Herbology for Acupuncturists
This course covers the fundamental principles of Chinese herbology including the system of qualification and classification of medicinal substances unique to Chinese medicine. This system is juxtaposed to basic plant pharmacology and modern pharmaceutical compounds derived from Chinese herbs. The course provides an overview of Chinese herbal formulas commonly prescribed to patients who visit an acupuncture clinic. The information is presented at an introductory level providing practical information that is essential to an acupuncturist.
Prerequisites: ACUP 119.
In this course, students learn a brief history of pharmacology, drug classifications and the foundation of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles. Examples from specific drug classes are used to illustrate how the principles involved in pharmacotherapeutics need to be included in professional practice. Brief scenarios are used to integrate pharmacology with the clinical setting. Safe, evidence-based practice, indications for use, therapeutic and adverse effects, assessment and patient/client education are emphasized. Drug-herbal interaction, political, legal, ethical, social and economic factors are discussed with regards to medications and health.