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TCM Herbalist

Due to the growing interest in natural health and human longevity, the general public is exhibiting an increased awareness in natural and holistic medicine and, in particular, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In fact, many extended health benefits plans now recognize the legitimacy of these disciplines and not only refer their clients to, but also pay for the use of the services of qualified TCM practitioners.

Our program is designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge in order to increase their clientele, TCM practitioners from other provinces and countries who wish to further their studies in BC and individuals who are completely new to the field, but have a genuine interest in TCM herbs. Our Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist program is a unique three-year program that consists of courses in Chinese herbs, Chinese Massage, Qigong, Taiji, diet therapy and Western Medicine. It is a condensed version of the five-year programs offered in TCM universities in China.

Graduates of our program will be capable of writing the stringent Provincial licensing examinations and will be eligible to apply for membership in the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of BC. Program applicants are required to have a minimum of two years of university education or equivalent for admission.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

  • Health Clinic
  • Healing Centre
  • Wellness Centre

PROGRAM COURSES

Quarter 1

T100 - Principles of TCM

This course introduces basic theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that are essential to the study of all other subsequent TCM and acupuncture courses. This course covers history and development of TCM, basic theories of TCM (Yin Yang and Wu Xing), TCM physiology involving vital substances (such as essence, Qi, spirit, blood and body fluids) and Zangfu (internal organs), TCM etiology and pathogenesis, and general TCM principles of preventing and treating diseases.

A100 - Acupuncture Meridians and Pointology I

This is the first in a series of three courses that introduces the theories of acupuncture and moxibustion. Students will learn general composition, physiology and pathology and clinical application of Jingluo (channels and collaterals). Student will also study proportional body measurement methods, four-sea, root-branch, Qi collecting areas, special point groups, naming convention of acupuncture points, and detailed study of each Jingluo and the characteristics of its pertaining acupuncture points. In this course, Hand Taiyin Lung Channel, Hand Yangming Large Intestine Channel, and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points are introduced.

W100 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This is the first in a series of two courses which introduces the structure and function of the human body. Topics in this course include cellular and tissue structures, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, central and peripheral nervous systems, and sense organs.

Quarter 2

W120 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Building on the anatomical knowledge acquired in W110, students will study the functions and regulations of organ systems in this course.  Specific attention will be placed on the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.  The physiology of exercise and energy metabolism will also be discussed.  This is the second in a series of two courses which introduces the structure and function of the human body. Students will continue to learn topics in endocrine control, the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems, immune response, and reproduction.

T110 - TCM Diagnostic Methods

This course introduces four diagnostic methods commonly used in TCM. These include Wang Zhen (observing), Wen Zhen (inquiring), Wen Zhen (listening and smelling) and Qie Zhen (palpating). Students will study the techniques of collecting relevant information, analyzing the clinical importance of the information and why and how such pathophysiological changes occur.

T160 - Qi Gong & Tai Ji Quan

Rehabilitation is important to a patient's successful recovery. This course introduces TCM rehabilitation exercises, Qi Gong or Tai Ji Quan. Students will learn the basic set of movements or routines in Qi Gong or Tai Ji Quan. 

T170 - Chinese Pinyin

This course introduces how to read and write Standard Chinese Pinyin (a system of transcribing Standard Chinese using the Latin alphabet) and simple conversation in Chinese. The course content and vocabulary focus on TCM terminologies.

A220 - TCM and Acupuncture Safety

This course introduces safety issues involving TCM and acupuncture practice. This course covers topics in infection prevention and control, safe procedures and processes in acupuncture and herbs, clean needle techniques and risk management. Students will also study the bylaws and regulations of regulatory bodies.

Quarter 3

T120 - TCM Pattern Differentiation

This course introduces the principles of TCM pattern differentiations based on information collected from the TCM four diagnostic methods. These include eight principles (exterior-interior, excess-deficiency, heat-cold, Yin-Yang), pattern differentiation according to the pathogenic factors, pattern differentiation according to Qi, blood and body fluids, pattern differentiation according to Zangfu organs, pattern differentiation according to meridians, pattern differentiation according to the six channels (Taiyang, Yangming, Shaoyang, Taiyin, Shaoyin, and Jueyin), and pattern differentiation according to the four levels (Wei, Qi, Ying, Xue) and the three Jiao. Students will also learn differences and similarities among different pattern differentiation methods.

A120 - Acupuncture Meridians Pointology III

This is the last in a series of three courses, and students will continue to learn the detailed study of Jingluo (channels and collaterals) and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points. In this course, Hand Jueyin Pericardium Channel, Hand Shaoyang Sanjiao Channel, Foot Shaoyang Gallbladder Channel, Foot Jueyin Liver Channel, Ren (Conception) Mai, Du (Governing) Mai, and the characteristics of their pertaining acupuncture points are introduced. Students will also learn extraordinary meridians of Chong, Dai, Yin and Yang Wei and Yin and Yang Qiao and commonly used extra acupuncture points which do not have pertaining Jingluo.

W160 - Musculoskeletal Anatomy

This course introduces the skeletal and muscular structures of the human body. Of particular importance are the anatomical landmarks and terminologies used to describe the musculoskeletal system. In this course, actual hands-on palpation will be employed to identify anatomical structures and landmarks, and anatomically dangerous areas for needling are discussed.

Quarter 4

T200 - TCM Diagnosis

In this course, students by integrating the concepts and techniques studied in previous TCM courses will learn fundamentals of how to correctly devise TCM diagnosis. Students will practice identifying underlying TCM pattern(s), etiology, and pathogenesis involved in TCM diagnosis, drawing up general treatment plans and educating patients with concept of prevention, diet and exercise.

T260 - Patient Counselling

This course introduces the principles, techniques, and ethical considerations in patient counseling. Students will learn how to effectively communicate and counsel their patients, while maintaining professional and ethical relationships with patients.

H100 - TCM Herbology I

This is the first in a series of three courses which introduces the theories of TCM herbology. This course introduces safe herbal procedures and processes, the classification of TCM herbs, properties and functions of TCM herbs, interactions between herbs and other compounds, indications, contraindications and the general administration of herbs. Herbs in the categories of resolving the exterior, clearing heat, and purging are introduced. Identifying common TCM herbs is also required.

H110 - TCM Herbology II

This is the second in a series of three consecutive courses and continues with the detailed study of individual herbs including their properties, functions, indications, contraindications, interactions, and administration. Herbs in the categories of removing wind-dampness, transforming dampness, leaching out dampness, warming the interior, regulating Qi, reducing food stagnation, eliminating parasites, and stopping bleeding are introduced. Identifying common TCM herbs is also required.

H120 - TCM Herbology III

This is the last in a series of three courses and continues with the detailed study of individual herbs including their properties, functions, indications, contraindications, interactions, and administration. Herbs in the categories of promoting circulation of blood and transforming blood stagnation, transforming phlegm and stopping coughing, calming the spirit, pacifying liver and tranquilizing wind, opening the orifices, supplementing, stabilizing and binding, inducing vomiting and external use are introduced. Identifying common TCM herbs is also required.

T220 - Introduction to TCM Classics

This course introduces the four major TCM classics: Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic), Shang Han Lun (On Cold Damages), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions from the Golden Chamber) and Wen Bing Xue (Warm Disease Theories). Students will learn the history, basic concepts behind the four major classics and how these classics provide insight into TCM.

Quarter 5

H210 - Herbal Formulae II

This course is the second in a series of three courses and continues to provide students with a detailed study of classic TCM herbal formulae. Students will learn the origins, compositions, administration, actions, indications, detailed analysis, and applications of classical formulae. Formulae for resolving the exterior, harmonizing, clearing heat, purging, warming the interior, supplementing, calming the spirit, and opening the orifices are introduced.

C200 - Introduction to Clinical Practice

In this clinical training course, students will observe and learn general operation of the TCM clinic - general care of patients and clinical management. Students will learn maintenance of a safe work environment, emergency response, clinical protocols, professionalism, consultation and counseling skills, maintenance of a clinical record for a patient, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. In simulated clinical environment and under direct supervision of the supervising instructor, students will also work with peers to practice safety measures, patient assessment, TCM diagnosis, and acupuncture and/or TCM herbal treatment.

H260 - TCM Dietary Therapy

This is the first in a series of three courses that introduces general theories of TCM herbal formulae. In this course, students will study TCM herbal formulae classification, general treatment principles in TCM herbal formulae, the principles of organizing TCM herbal formulae and the administration of TCM herbal formulae.

H200 - Herbal Formulae I

This is the first in a series of three courses that introduces general theories of TCM herbal formulae. In this course, students will study TCM herbal formulae classification, general treatment principles in TCM herbal formulae, the principles of organizing TCM herbal formulae and the administration of TCM herbal formulae.

H220 - Herbal Formulae III

This course is the last in a series of three courses and continues to undertake a detailed study of classic TCM herbal formulae. Students will learn the origins, compositions, administration, actions, indications, detailed analysis, and applications of classical formulae. Formulae for stabilizing and binding, calming the spirit, opening the orifices, regulating Qi and blood, treating wind, treating dryness, removing dampness, removing phlegm, reducing food stagnation, eliminating parasites, inducing vomiting, and abscess are introduced

Quarter 6

W210 - Principles of Biomedical Science II

This course will examine the basic principles of biochemistry. Fundamentals of organic and cellular chemistry will be presented, focusing on chemical interactions within living cells that form the foundation of all life processes. Students will become familiar with structures, functions, and properties of various molecules important in the daily mechanism of the human body. These principles are important for understanding common health problems. This is the second in a series of three courses which introduces basic concepts of the biomedical sciences. This course introduces general principles and terminologies of pharmacology and pathology. Students will learn the common classification of drugs along with their uses and effects, the nature of diseases and their causes, processes, developments and consequences.

T280 - Practice Management and Regulations

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to establish and manage a proper clinical practice. The course introduces legal, ethical, and compliance regulations as prescribed by the CTCMA and the British Columbia Ministry of Health. Topics involving professional communication between healthcare professionals are also covered in this course.

W200 - Principles of Biomedical Science I

This is the first in a series of three courses which introduces basic concepts of the biomedical sciences. This course covers the biochemical structure and nutritive values of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals and describes mechanisms of hemostasis by metabolic reactions inside cells. Student will also learn microbiology as the study of microscopic organisms (unicellular, multi-cellular or acellular) and the human immune system that protect the body against foreign cells and microbes.

C250A - Supervised Clinical Practice 2A

In this clinical training course, students will begin to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under direct supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM and acupuncture treatment under direct supervision of the instructor.

Quarter 7

W220 - Principles of Biomedical Science III

This is the last in a series of three courses which introduces basic concepts of the biomedical sciences. In this course, students will continue to learn the nature of diseases and their causes, processes, developments and consequences, and commonly used drugs.

C250B - Supervised Clinical Practice 2B

In this clinical training course, students will continue to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under direct supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM and acupuncture treatment under direct supervision of the instructor.

H300 - TCM Internal Medicine

This course introduces internal diseases in TCM. In this course, students will learn common TCM internal diseases along with their causes, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, patterns and treatment using TCM herbal formulae. Treatment approaches focus on selecting TCM herbal formulae and their modifications according to clinical manifestations.

Quarter 8

W300 - Medical Tests and Diagnosis

In this course, students will learn how to identify the body of knowledge that deals with the various pathological manifestations (symptoms and signs) or data, how to look and compile them into syndromes and how to interpret them. Topics such as interpreting basic medical laboratory and imaging test results and understanding and applying basic techniques in medical examination are covered.

C300A - Supervised Clinical Practice 3A

In this clinical training course, students will continue to see patients and learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under direct supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM and acupuncture treatment under direct supervision of the instructor.

H320 - TCM Gynecology

This course introduces characteristics of TCM gynecological physiology, pathology, diseases and treatment. In this course, students will study common TCM gynecological conditions along with their causes, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, patterns and treatment using TCM herbal formulae. Treatment approaches focus on selecting TCM herbal formulae and their modifications according to clinical manifestations.

H330 - TCM Pediatric

This course introduces characteristics of TCM pediatric physiology, pathology, diseases and treatment. In this course, students will study common TCM pediatric conditions along with their causes, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, patterns and treatment using TCM herbal formulae. Treatment approaches focus on selecting TCM herbal formulae and their modifications according to clinical manifestations.

Quarter 9

C300B - Supervised Clinical Practice 3B

In this clinical training course, students will learn TCM diagnosis and treatment of patients under supervision of a clinic instructor. Students will observe, discuss and learn how to draw TCM diagnosis and to perform TCM herbal and/or acupuncture treatment under supervision of the instructor. Students along with peers and the instructor will discuss TCM diagnosis and treatment plan before and after each session.

H420 - TCM Herbal Case Studies

In this course, students will discuss TCM herbal clinical cases. Students will present their analysis, diagnosis and herbal prescriptions on cases, and these will be compared to the thoughts of peers and other TCM practitioners. Students will also learn how modern TCM herbal research and treatments work on TCM herbal and biomedical conditions.

H400 - TCM Therapeutics

This course introduces characteristics of TCM orthopedic conditions, traumatic injuries, and external conditions. In this course, students will study common TCM orthopedic conditions, traumatic injuries, and external conditions along with their causes, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, patterns and treatment using TCM herbal formulae. Treatment approaches focus on selecting TCM herbal formulae and their modifications according to clinical manifestations.

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