COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine

CERTIFICATE IN CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CHP 515 CLINICAL SKILLS & OBSERVATION I (14 CLOCK HOURS)
This is the herbal students’ first phase of clinical education. Students will be introduced to “slow diagnosis” consisting of pattern identification, differential diagnosis, and treatment strategies as a class and within small groups as they pertain to Chinese herbology. Guidelines for behavior, safety issues, and ethical communication in clinical setting are introduced. Students will begin Herb Dispensary Practicum and learn how to make and use herbal decoctions, powders/pills and various topical applications of herbs.

CHP 525 CLINICAL SKILLS & OBSERVATION II (14 CLOCK HOURS)
Students will continue to utilize “slow diagnosis” to practice
the clinical application of herbal medicine and transition into
more independent small group or partner work. Students
will practice TCM intakes, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. The students will also learn how to set up a dispensary and how to utilize the dispensary during their clinical internships. Students will be prepared for their first clinical internship via a clinical orientation workshop that includes discussion of privacy policies and blood-borne pathogens.

CHP 535 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP I (32 CLOCK HOURS)
This first clinical internship begins the patient care and treatment phase of the students’ clinical education. Students will formulate herbal recommendations and perform acupuncture under the direct supervision of a licensed oriental medicine practitioner. Students will apply the skills of “slow diagnosis” that they learned in Clinical
Observation I and II to form assessments, diagnoses, treatment principles, and actual treatments. Students will also integrate their knowledge of Kampo, Chinese dietary therapy, and herbal preparations as needed.

CHP 545 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP II (64 CLOCK HOURS)
During this continued clinical phase of learning, students continue to assume patient care and treatment responsibilities under supervision. Students will continue to apply and hone the skills of “slow diagnosis” to form assessments, diagnoses, treatment principles, and actual treatments. Students will also integrate their knowledge of Kampo, Chinese dietary therapy, and herbal preparations as needed. Added technical responsibilities are expected of the student as well as practice management and patient
recruitment.

CHP 555 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP III (64 CLOCK HOURS)
During this continued clinical phase of learning, students continue to assume patient care and treatment responsibilities under supervision. Students are now responsible for more complete patient care under supervision. Greater competence is expected in terms of
actual treatment, diagnosis, and formula recommendation.

CHP 565 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP IV (32 CLOCK HOURS)
This is the student’s final clinical internship. Students
will continue to assume patient care and treatment
responsibilities under supervision. Students will learn to
work toward independence as practitioners and effectively
formulate herbal recommendations using multiple schools
of thought. By the end of term, students will be expected
to perform an assessment and formulate a treatment plan
for returning patients within thirty minutes. Until students
have graduated and gained licensure, they continue to work
under the direct supervision of faculty.

 

 

 

 CHP 610 MATERIA MEDICA I (80 CLOCK HOURS)

This course traces the history of Chinese herbal medicine
with a focus on the individual herbs and dui yaos from the
following categories: Herbs that release the exterior, clear
heat, drain downward, dry dampness, dispel wind-damp,
clear both phlegm-heat and phlegm-cold and stop cough.
Chinese language pronunciation will be introduced and
the principles of Chinese dietary therapy will be presented
with a focus on the classification of foods according to their
energetic nature and therapeutic usage.

CHP 611 CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE I (CLOCK HOURS 20)
This course series traces the history of Chinese Herbal
Medicine from pre-Han shamanic practices through 2,000
years of development up through the Qin dynasty and to
21st-centuryy practices. Focus will be on important historical
doctors, the development of foundational theories, and
major theoretical currents. In this course, students will be
introduced to the formula families that release the exterior, clear heat and drain damp, and harmonize.

CHP 620 MATERIA MEDICA II (64 CLOCK HOURS)
This course traces the history of Chinese herbal medicine
with a focus on the individual herbs and dui yaos from the
following categories: regulate the qi, regulate blood, warm,
tonify, stabilize and bind, calm the spirit, open orifices, expel parasites and use for external applications. Students will
review the pharmacology/toxicology of commonly used
medicinals.

 

CHP 621 CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE II (CLOCK HOURS 16)
This course series traces the history of Chinese Herbal Medicine from pre-Han shamanic practices through 2,000 years of development up through the Qin dynasty and to 21st century practices. Focus will be on important historical doctors, the development of foundational theories, and major theoretical currents. In this course, students will
continue their study of constitutional formula families.

CHP 630 FORMULAS I (40 CLOCK HOURS)
Students will be introduced to Chinese formula theory and practice in general, and will learn the specific formulas that release the exterior, clear heat, drain down, and harmonize. Students will continue to learn the art of modifying formulas.

CHP 631 CLINICAL CHINESE MEDICINE I (CLOCK HOURS 16)
This course is meant to reinforce current chinese medical
diagnosis, pathology and internal medicine of common pathologies.

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CHP 640 FORMULAS II (66 CLOCK HOURS)
Students will continue to learn the formulas from the
following categories: Tonify qi/blood/yin/yang, stabilize and
bind, calm the spirit, open orifices, regulate qi and blood,
and expel wind and dryness. Students will continue to learn
the art of modifying formulas.

CHP 641 CLINICAL CHINESE MEDICINE II (23.5 CLOCK HOURS)
Students will continue in-depth review of pathology and internal medicine covering topics such as fertility, hematology, proctology, eye disease, and diseases of the ears, nose and throat. Wai Ke patterns will be presented and discussed.

CHP 650 FORMULAS III (60 CLOCK HOURS)
Students will learn formulas that regulate blood, expel wind, treat dryness, expel dampness, transform phlegm, reduce food stagnation, expel parasites and reduce abscesses. Continued emphasis on accurate diagnosis and formulas modification.

 

CHP 651 CLINICAL CHINESE MEDICINE III (16 CLOCK HOURS)
This course is meant to reinforce current Chinese medical
diagnosis, pathology and internal medicine of common
pathologies. The pathology part of the course will cover the
diagnosis and treatment of cough, pediatrics, bi syndrome,
gynecology, and fertility. Students will also be introduced to
GMP standards and granule dosing.

 

CHP 661 CLINICAL CHINESE MEDICINE IV (48.5 CLOCK HOURS)
Students will continue in-depth review of pathology and
internal medicine covering topics such as dermatology and
oncology. Treatment of shen disorders are reviewed from
several treatment perspectives.