CURRICULUM & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM)
Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc)

 

CURRICULUM & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE DOCTOR OF ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE (DACM) AND DOCTOR OF ACUPUNCTURE (DAc) PROGRAMS

 

DACM & DAc CURRICULUM

All courses are 2 credits and 30 hour.

*Pending Requisite Approval* 

SEMESTER 1

PD 7101 Doctoral Education & Integrative Medicine
PD 7102 Medical Research Methods
PD 7301 Systems Based Medicine and Patient Care

Semester 1 Total: 6 Credits 90 Hours

SEMESTER 2 

PD 7103 Clinical Diagnosis in Integrative Patient Care 1
PD 7203 Interprofessional Collaboration 1
PD 7201 Practice Based Learning and Professional Development
PD 7402 Research in Clinical Practice: Evidence Based Medicine

Semester 2 Total: 8 Credits, 120 Hours

SEMESTER 3 

PD 7202 Clinical Diagnosis in Integrative Patient Care 2
PD 7303 Interprofessional Collaboration 2
PD 7401 Nourishing Life: Wellness and Public Health

Semester 3 Total: 6 Credits, 90 Hours

DACM & DAc COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PD 7101 DOCTORAL EDUCATION & INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
2 Credits 30 hour
Provides an overview of the process and the values that inform professional education at the doctoral level. This course addresses fundamentals of medical informatics, the concepts of systems-based medicine and integrative medicine are introduced. The professional commitment to lifelong learning and to practice based learning is explored through self-assessment and dialogue. Reflective writing, goal setting, and the development of practices to foster self-awareness and resilience are explored. Students begin the process of developing sites for inter-professional collaboration and clinical learning.

This course must be completed prior to or concurrently with any other course in the transitional professional doctorate program.

PD 7102 MEDICAL RESEARCH METHODS
2 Credits 30 Hours
Medical Research Methods describes the methods and results of various types of study design from observational to experimental. The hierarchy of evidence, the concept and principles of evidence-based medicine and evidence informed practice are explored. The assessment of clinical trials and the challenges in evaluating acupuncture and East Asian medical practices are examined.

PD 7301 SYSTEMS BASED MEDICINE AND PATIENT CARE
2 Credits 30 Hours
Systems Based Practice (SBP) recognizes that the impacts of the changing health care marketplace require clinicians to be familiar with complex health systems. This course explores healthcare systems from a U.S. perspective with an emphasis on understanding its impacts on patient care and the role of the role of the AOM professional in relation to prevailing healthcare systems.

 

PD 7103 CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS IN INTEGRATIVE PATIENT CARE 1
2 Credits 30 Hours
One of two courses that presents the clinical application and selection of appropriate biomedical assessment methods. The courses describe the relevant laws and regulations, including scope of practice, that may govern or limit conducting diagnostic studies. Students develop the ability to assess the clinical indications, risks, and benefits for diagnostic procedures. Understand the principles and applications of equipment utilized for diagnostic imaging, laboratory, and other relevant diagnostic tools and to assess written diagnostic reports, including the range of values that distinguish normal from abnormal findings, as relevant to patient care and communication with other health care providers. Appropriate and effecting communication with other health care providers regarding the results of diagnostic studies is stressed.

PD 7203 INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION 1
2 Credit 30 Hours
The core of this course is the experience of clinical observation of a licensed biomedical professional e.g. M.D, N.P., P.A. or Nurse Clinician for a thirty-hour period. Reflective writing will be used to support ongoing individual and professional development. The student will prepare standard patient narratives and participate in peer discussions during the period of clinical observation. Reflective writing will be used to support ongoing individual and professional development.

PD 7201 PRACTICE BASED LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT    
2 Credits 30 Hours
Practice based learning (PBL) is a critical aspect of a clinician’s professional development. In this course students will develop the ability to identify sources of ongoing professional development, education, and research, both classical and contemporary. Students will develop the capacity to engage emerging technology systems for information access and management. Students will develop the life-long skills of assessing professional development needs, and using available professional development resources to respond to changes in the local, state, regional, and national health care environment.

PD 7402 RESEARCH IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
2 Credits 30 Hours
Evidence based medicine (EBM) is an integrative perspective that considers the best available evidence, the experience of the clinician and the values of the patient to determine the approach to care that is likely to produce the best clinical outcome. This course supports the student in building the skills necessary to evaluate and apply the evidence base to solving clinical problems through the medium of the Critically Appraised Topic and the evaluation of case reports, randomized control trials (RCT), systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. The use of inferential statistics and the role of measures of probability and variance are discussed.

PD 7202 CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS IN INTEGRATIVE PATIENT CARE 2
2 Credits 30 Hours
One of two courses that presents the clinical application and selection of appropriate biomedical assessment methods. The courses describe the relevant laws and regulations, including scope of practice, that may govern or limit conducting diagnostic studies. Students develop the ability to assess the clinical indications, risks, and benefits for diagnostic procedures. Understand the principles and applications of equipment utilized for diagnostic imaging, laboratory, and other relevant diagnostic tools and to assess written diagnostic reports, including the range of values that distinguish normal from abnormal findings, as relevant to patient care and communication with other health care providers. Appropriate and effecting communication with other health care providers regarding the results of diagnostic studies is stressed.

PD 7303 INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION 2
2 Credit 30 Hours
The core of this course is the experience of clinical observation of either a licensed biomedical professional e.g. M.D, N.P., P.A. or Nurse Clinician or a complementary or allied healthcare provider such as an OT, PT, Midwife, Naturopath, or Chiropractor for a thirty-hour period. Reflective writing will be used to support ongoing individual and professional development. The student will prepare standard patient narratives and participate in peer discussions during the period of clinical observation.

PD 7401 NOURISHING LIFE: WELLNESS AND PUBLIC HEALTH
2 Credits 30 Hours
Yang sheng or nourishing life is an ancient idea in Chinese medicine. The biomedical practice of public health emerged in the West in the 18th century. Both traditions seek to promote health and both seek to increase a healthy lifespan. This course explores the core ideas of public health and nourishing life seeking contrasts and similarities. The student will gain an appreciation of the U.S. public health system and the ways in which nourishing life has been a feature of both ancient and modern life in China. The emergence of individualized practices such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, diet and exercise as public health interventions will be explored.