Academic Calendar

ACUP – Acupuncture

ACUP 101
Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points I
3 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

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.

ACUP 103
Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points II
3 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

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.

ACUP 104
Diagnostics in Traditional Chinese Medicine
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

ACUP 105
Introduction to Qi Gong and Tui Na
1 Credit          Weekly (1-1-0)

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.

ACUP 106
Medical Terminology
1 Credit          Weekly (1-0-0)

Topics in this course include an introduction to the use of words and word parts as they relate to different structures of the human body and selected major body systems.

ACUP 108
Clinical Observation I
1 Credit          Total (0-0-30)

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.

ACUP 110
Meridian Systems and Acupuncture Points III
3 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

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.

ACUP 111
Diagnostics in Traditional Chinese Medicine II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-1-0)

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.

Prerequisites: HLSC 104, ACUP 104 and ACUP 101.

ACUP 112
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics I
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101 ACUP 104 and ACUP 119.

ACUP 113
Clinical Observation and Practice I
1 Credit          Total (0-0-60)

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.

ACUP 114
Introduction to Research Methodology
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

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.

ACUP 115
Qi Gong and Tui na II
2 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

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.

ACUP 116
Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostics Lab
1 Credit          Weekly (1-1-0)

The distinct diagnostic methods used to diagnose patterns of disharmony in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) require 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. With basic competency in these skill sets, students are able to make correct conclusions and interpretations of the clinical data they have gathered.

Prerequisites: ACUP 104.

ACUP 117
Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
4 Credits          Weekly (4-0-0)

Students study the Eastern philosophical ideas and thought processes that form the unique basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), explore the causes of disease and examine the theory, the role and functions of the Zang Fu and Jing-Luo systems.

ACUP 119
Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

ACUP 124
Introduction to Medical Microbiology
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

ACUP 201
Extra Meridians & Microsystems
2 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

This course introduces the eight extra meridians theory and acupuncture points. The application of the theory in the clinic is discussed.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 103 and ACUP 110.

ACUP 203
Therapeutic Principles of Acupuncture, Point Selection and Combination
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 119, ACUP 104.

ACUP 204
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics II
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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).

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 104 and ACUP 119.

ACUP 205
Traditional Chinese Medicine Modalities I
1 Credit          Weekly (1-1-0)

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.

ACUP 206
Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition, Lifestyle and Zhong Yao
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 103, ACUP 104, ACUP 110, ACUP 119 and ACUP 201.

ACUP 208
Clinical Observation and Practice II
2 Credits          Total (0-0-120)

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.

ACUP 209
Internal Medicine
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: HLSC 104, MTST 126.

ACUP 210
Traditional Chinese Medicine Modalities II
3 Credits          Weekly (2-1-0)

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.

ACUP 211
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics III
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 104 and ACUP 119.

ACUP 213
Traditional Chinese Medicine External Therapeutics I
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 104 and ACUP 119.

ACUP 214
Clinical Case Studies I
1 Credit          Weekly (1-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 104, ACUP 119.

ACUP 215
Internship I
1 Credit          Total (0-0-60)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 103, ACUP 110, ACUP 205, ACUP 208 and ACUP 210.

ACUP 216
Traditional Chinese Medicine External Therapeutics II
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 104 AND ACUP 119.

ACUP 218
Professional Ethics and Acupuncture Regulations
1 Credit          Weekly (1-0-0)

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.

ACUP 219
Clinical Case Studies II
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

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.

ACUP 220
Internship II
2 Credits          Total (0-0-140)

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.

ACUP 221
Traditional Chinese Medicine Internal Therapeutics IV
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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).

Prerequisites: ACUP 101, ACUP 104 and ACUP 119.

ACUP 303
Internship III
2 Credits          Total (0-0-140)

During the third internship, students become more independent as they make appropriate assessments and accurate Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) diagnoses. Students take more initiative in the complete treatment of the patient. More difficult cases and advanced treatment  techniques are practiced under supervision.

Prerequisites: ACUP 220.

ACUP 304
Internship IV
2 Credits          Total (0-0-80)

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.

ACUP 305
Practice Management and Professional Entry Requirements
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

ACUP 311
Acupuncture Safety Course (Clean Needle Technique)
1 Credit          Weekly (1-0-0)

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.

ACUP 312
Herbology for Acupuncturists
2 Credits          Weekly (2-0-0)

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.

ACUP 320
Pharmacological Therapy
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

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.

Prerequisites: ACUP 124, MTST 126.