Curriculum

All students follow the same course of study. Students who make satisfactory progress automatically move from semester to semester.

Area of Study Hours Credits
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 1275 85
Herbology 465 31
Western Medicine 540 36
Business 105 7
Clinical Training 870 29*
TOTAL 3255 188

1 clock hour = 50 minutes
15 didactic hours = 1 credit
*30 Clinic hours = 1 Credit

Numbering System
ex. OPP 101
Three-letter prefix = abbreviated course name
First number = level of difficulty
Middle number = type of course – didactic (0) or clinic (1)
Last number = number in a course series

Courses by Semester
Prerequisites for courses are listed in course descriptions. Courses in a series must be taken in order.

CHT 101 Chinese Herbal Terminology 15 hours (1 credit)

Students will learn Chinese medical terms relevant to the study of herbal medicine. Emphasis will be placed on correct spelling and pronunciation of Pinyin.

ETH 101 Ethics in Medicine 15 hours (1 credit)

Students will learn the ethical aspects of practicing acupuncture and herbal prescribing as set forth in Florida Statutes Chapters 456 & 457 and the practical application of ethical and legal responsibilities as they relate to treating with acupuncture and herbs.

 

MER 101 Channel Theory and Point Location I 45 hours (3 credits)

The first 15 hours of this course is dedicated to an in-depth study of channel theory. Topics covered include six-channel theory, the flow of qi through the channels, internal and external pathways, connecting and divergent meridians, and other channel relationships. Study of acupuncture points will include location, functions, indications, and categories of points such as the five Shu points, Xi-cleft, Yuan-source, Luo- connecting, Entry-Exit points. This course covers the following meridians: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach and Spleen.

OEE 101 Oriental Energy Exercises I 30 hours (2 credits)

Internal Qigong (energy cultivation) exercises are introduced as tools for maintaining wellness and healing. The classes will be a series of exercises, which enable the student to experience the nature of Qi and increase awareness through breathing, alignment and movement practices.

OPP 101 Oriental Physiology and Pathology I 75 hours (5 credits)

This course covers the general theory of physiology: Yin Yang, Five Element, Qi, Blood and body fluids, and the functions of internal organs (Zang Fu). Internal, external and miscellaneous causes of disease are examined and diagnostic methods introduced. Causes of disease during the prenatal period, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood are presented. Stressors that are common in our time are investigated, including environmental toxicity, physical and emotional trauma.

 

WAP 101 Western Anatomy and Physiology I 60 hours (4 credits)

This course examines human anatomy and physiology in depth. Special attention is given to surface anatomy. Muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems from the Western model are covered.

WMT 101 Medical Terminology – 15 hours (1 credit)

A study of Western medical terminology and nomenclature including major prefixes, roots and suffixes.

OMA 101 Oriental Medical Assessment I 45 hours (3 credits)
In this course, students practice opening and developing their senses. Acute observation skills are fundamental for in-depth diagnosis and patient management. Looking, listening, touching, and smelling are oriented towards illuminating the complexities of the human body.

OPP 102 Oriental Physiology and Pathology II (prerequisite: OPP 101) 75 Hours (5 Credits)
Continuation of OPP 101. Pathology is viewed in the context of the major theories of the Eight Principles, Qi, Blood and body fluids, Shang Han Lun (Six Stage), Warm Disease (Four Level), and Zang Fu.

MER 102 ChannelTheory and Point Location II (Prerequisite MER 101) 45 hours (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of MER 101 and continues the study of the twelve primary channels including internal and external pathways, connecting and divergent meridians, and location, functions, indications, and categories of points such as the five shu points, Xi-cleft, Yuan-source, Luo-connecting, Entry-Exit points for the following meridians: Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium and San Jiao.

HER 101 Chinese Herbs I 60 hours (4 credits)
A detailed study of over 150 Chinese herbs, including Latin and Pinyin names, category, properties, channels entered, functions, indications, contraindications, and dosage. Principles of herbal combination will be introduced. Relevant pharmaceutical information, including herb-drug interactions, will be covered.

WAP 102 Western Anatomy and Physiology II (Prerequisite WAP 101) 60 hours (4 credits)
This is a continuation of WAP 101. Genital, Urinary, Endocrine and Nervous Systems are covered.

OEE 102 Oriental Energy Exercises II (Prerequisite OEE 101) 30 hours (2 credits)
Continuation of OEE 101: Deepening of the Oriental Energy Exercises experience.

OBS 111 Clinical Observation I (Prerequisites: OPP 101, MER 101) 15 hours (.5 credits)
Students will observe methods of case-taking, diagnosis and treatment procedures. This course will give the beginning student exposure to the clinical practice of Chinese medicine. Emphasis will be placed on the observational assessment skills being taught in OMA 101. Approximately half the hours will be done in the Student Clinic (Internship), and half will be done in External clinics approved by the College (Externship).

OMA 102 Oriental Medical Assessment II (Prerequisite OMA 101) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of OMA 101. This course will cover the diagnostic significance of the signs that are observed, using the skills taught in OMA 101.

CCP 101 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® I 30 hours (2 credits)
Students will learn to correctly locate the principal and complementary positions; use the correct pressure to access the Qi, Blood and Organ depths; and recognize the sensations of the different qualities found on the pulse. They will also learn the history behind the development of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis. Hands-on practice with feedback from the instructor is integrated into the class.

MER 103 Meridian Theory and Point Location III (Prerequisite MER 102) 45 hours (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of MER 102. It will complete the study of the twelve primary channels, covering Liver and Gall Bladder, and will explore the point location and channel theory of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians including the pathology of the Conception and Governing Vessels. Location, function and indications for important Extraordinary Points will be covered, as well as the physiology and pathology of the Muscle and Cutaneous Regions of the twelve primary channels.

ATT 101 Acupuncture Theory and Technique I 30 hours (2 credits)
This course covers theoretical and practical aspects of acupuncture point selection and application of non-invasive techniques for clinical efficacy. Theories of acupuncture point selection will include Channel Theory, back-Shu and front-Mu, source and connecting points, among others. The course will provide hands-on training in cupping, Gua-Sha, moibustion, and basic needling techniques. Treatment precautions, handling of needling reactions, and safety issues are emphasized.

HER 102 Chinese Herbs II (Prerequisite HER 101) 75 hours (5 credits)
Continuation of the detailed study of over 150 additional Chinese herbs, including Latin and pinyin names, category, properties, channels entered, functions, indications, contraindications, and dosage. Principles of herbal combination will be introduced. Relevant pharmaceutical information, including herb-drug interactions will be covered.

WBC 101 Biochemistry (Prerequisites:  WAP 101, 102, and WMT 101) 15 hours (1 credit)
This course on the chemistry of life will introduce the Western biochemical approach to energy (thermodynamics; steady state), balance (homeostasis), unfolding (development; aging), creation (reproduction; genetics), and change (evolution; speciation). It is intended to provide the student with the most fundamental and important concepts upon which Western medicine is based.

WCN 101 Clean Needle Technique 15 hours (1 credit)
Universal Precautions, including HIV/AIDS, HBV and clean needle technique as set forth in the NCCAOM guidelines for Clean Needle Technique.

OEE 103 Oriental Energy Exercises III (Prerequisite OEE 102) 30 hours (2 credits)
Continuation of OEE 102: Continued deepening of Oriental Energy Exercises.

OBS 112 Clinical Observation II (Prerequisite OBS 111) 35 hours (1.16 credits)
Continuation of OBS 111. Approximately half the hours are Internship and half are Externship.

CDM 301 COM Diagnosis and Management (Prerequisite OPP 101, MER 101) 30 hours (2 credits)
This is the first of two Contemporary Oriental Medicine [COM] survey courses outlining and introducing a step-by-step process in ‘how to think’ in Chinese medicine. The object is to arrive at the diagnosis of an individual and his Chinese medical conditions, and to formulate a logical Management-Formulation [strategy] and Management-Implementation [tactics] plan based on this diagnostic process.

This process includes the integration of signs, [pulse (CCPD), tongue, color, etc.] with a detailed current ‘Complaints and Review of Symptoms’ and away from sterile protocols. It above all transmits the importance of this process in the development of the foundation of all healing, the therapeutic relationship. Our philosophy is that we are here to serve.

This survey course will also introduce the concepts, and procedures that augment and expand the traditional formats of Chinese medicine beyond the Eight Principles, Six Divisions, Solid-Hollow [Zang-Fu] with an emphasis on physiology beyond catch names [attacking, rebelling, overacting etc.]. Birth History, Blocks [Stability, Trauma and Shock, Pain, Lifestyle, Structure, etc.] and some of Dr. Hammer’s numerous articles and books will be discussed, in the context of an ever and rapidly changing environment and culture, the reason for the term ‘Contemporary’.

OMA 203 Oriental Medical Assessment III (Prerequisite OMA 102) 30 hours (2 credits)

This course is a continuation of OMA 102, and integrates Oriental Medical assessment into the patient intake. The focus is on using the senses to guide the questioning during the patient intake. The secondary skill will be accurate documentation of signs and symptoms during the patient intake. This course highlights the information from both a COM and TCM perspective.

CCP 202 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® II (Prerequisite CCP 101) 30 hours (2 credit)
Students will learn a methodology for interpreting a pulse according to the Broad, Closer and Closest focus. They will break down the pulse according to substances, activity and stability while taking into consideration the paradoxical qualities associated with age, sex, weight and size; mental-emotional state; etiology (lifestyle vs. constitution); other signs and symptoms; prognosis and prevention.

OIM 201 Oriental Internal Medicine I (Prerequisites: OMA 102, MER 103, HER 102) 60 hours (4 credits)
The first course in a sequence focusing on diagnosis and treatment strategies by disease entities. This course focuses on epidemic, respiratory and infectious diseases, and disorders of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. The etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of each condition will be covered. Selection of acupuncture points and modified herbal formulas to meet the needs of the individual will be emphasized. 30 hours will be dedicated to herbal medicine.

CMM 101 Communication in Therapeutic Relationships 30 hours (2 credits) Students will learn basic principles and skills of communications, including the ability to state problems and desired therapeutic outcomes clearly and realistically and establish therapeutic relationships. Additional topics include building rapport, listening with the third ear, and dialogue. Ethical considerations, such as recognizing and respecting values and boundaries, will be emphasized.

ATT 202 Acupuncture Theory and Techniques II (Prerequisite ATT 101) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of the study of theoretical and practical aspects of acupuncture point selection and application of acupuncture needling techniques for clinical efficacy including bleeding, Moxibustion and cupping techniques.

HER 203 Chinese Herbal Formulas I (Prerequisite HER 102) 60 hours (4 credits)
A thorough study of over 75 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulas and experience formulas from eminent modern physicians, including Dr. John H.F. Shen. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principles of herbal formulation. Course material is designed to help students address commonly encountered clinical situations.

HDP 101 Herbal Dispensary (Prerequisite HER 102) 15 hours (1 credit)
Students will learn to prepare and dispense the various preparations of herbs which are used in the clinic, including bulk herbs, powders, dried decoctions, tea pills, liniments, plasters and poultices.

OBS 113 Clinical Observation III (Prerequisite OBS 112) 50 hours (1.66 credits)
Continuation of OBS 111 and 112. Approximately half the hours are Internship and half are Externship.

CDM 302 COM Diagnosis and Management II (Prerequisite OPP 102, CDM 301) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course is a continuation of CDM 301 concerned with ‘how to think’ in Chinese medicine and introducing the systematic methodology of acquisition with an emphasis on ‘awareness’, ‘seeing with the third eye’, and ‘hearing with the third ear’. We continue to develop the methodology of assessment with emphasis on detailed diagnosis in order to ensure an accurate understanding of the individual and their Chinese Medical conditions.

Emphasis is placed on the ‘therapeutic relationship’.  Concepts of ‘Ecology’, ‘Terrain, Stress, Root and Vulnerability’ explain Chinese Medicine’s ability to address the ‘terrain’ that distinguishes it from modern medicine. The philosophy that everything that is ‘classical’ was once ‘original’ leads us to embrace new observations and new ideas. The medicine is ancient, but not out-dated.

CCP 303 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® III (Prerequisite CCP 202) 30 hours (2 credits)

Students will continue to access depths, positions, and pulse qualities. They will take an in-depth pulse (including principal and complementary positions) and compare their findings with the instructor’s while getting hands-on feedback. They will continue using the methodology for interpretation of the pulses from volunteers.

OIM 302 Oriental Internal Medicine II (Prerequisite OIM 201, HER 203) 60 hours (4 credits)
The second in a five-course sequence, this course covers diagnosis and treatment principles of gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, and musculoskeletal diseases. The etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of each condition will be covered. Selection of acupuncture points and modified herbal formulas to meet the needs of the individual will be emphasized. 30 hours of the course will be dedicated to herbal medicine.

ATT 203 Acupuncture Theory and Technique III (Prerequisite ATT 202) 45 hours (3 credits)
This course covers advanced theoretical and practical aspects of acupuncture point selection and application of acupuncture needling techniques. It includes extraordinary vessels, blocks and divergent channels. Micro systems such as auricular acupuncture and scalp acupuncture will be covered. The course will include training in advanced needling, electroacupuncture, and seven-star needling.

HER 304 Chinese Herbal Formulas II (Prerequisite HER 203) 45 hours (3 credits)
A thorough study of over 75 additional Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulas and experience formulas from eminent modern physicians, including Dr. John H.F. Shen. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principles of herbal formulation. Course material is designed to help students address commonly encountered clinical situations. Principles of modification of formulas will be introduced. Relevant pharmaceutical information, including herb-drug interactions will be covered.

WPE 201 Western Physical Exam I (Prerequisite WMT 101, WAP 101, 102) 45 hours (3 credit)
Western physical exam techniques for assessing function and pathology, including vital signs, heart and lung sounds, orthopedic and neurological exams. Relevant biological, chemical and physical principles are discussed.

OBW 201 Oriental Bodywork (Prerequisites: MER 101, 102, 103) 45 hours (3 credits) This course covers instruction in basic manual therapy techniques of Oriental Bodywork. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of different modalities of touch therapy and they will learn the interview, assessment, traditional treatment protocol and application of OBW to meridians and tissues.

OBS 114 Clinical Observation IV (Prerequisite OBS 113) 50 hours (1.66 credits)
The final course in the sequence of Clinical Observation. Approximately half the hours are Internship and half are Externship. All Observation hours and requirements are completed by the end of Semester 5.

CDM 303 COM Diagnosis and Management III (Prerequisite MER 103, CDM 302) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course emphasizes and continues to instruct by demonstration of the systematic acquisition of the patient’s complaints, current and history, and a Review of Systems, their complete medical history in the framework of Chinese medical terminology and concept.  This is the art and science of the ‘Intake’ that is referred to as ‘Asking, Looking and Listening’.  It includes penetrating questions of their existence, their personal experience of their life, asked sensitively at the acceptable moment.

Awareness in Chinese medicine is the refined capacity for the penetrating diagnosis of a specific individual.  ‘Listening and Looking’ for gestures and expressions that convey a message beyond verbal expression is the art in the art/science we call Chinese medicine. Everything that follows is predicated on the refinement of the senses in a seamless continuum with intuition.

CCP 304 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® IV (Prerequisite CCP 303) 30 hours (2 credits)

Using cases from the student clinic, students will integrate and prioritize the information derived from the pulse and history in order to help develop a diagnosis, management and treatment plan.

OIM 303 Oriental Internal Medicine III (Prerequisite OIM 302, HER 304) 60 hours (4 credits)
Third in a five-course sequence, this course covers mental-emotional problems, cardiovascular disease, physical and emotional trauma and diabetes.. The etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of each condition will be covered. Selection of acupuncture points and modified herbal formulas to meet the needs of the individual will be emphasized. 30 hours are dedicated to herbal medicine.

OFT 301 Oriental Food Therapy (Prerequisite OPP 102) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course reviews the fundamental aspects of nutrition and food therapy in Chinese medicine. Diagnostic patterns and recommended food therapy treatments are discussed. Therapeutic use of the five flavors, seasonal considerations, and elemental patterns are reviewed, along with diets appropriate for common Contemporary Oriental Medicine disharmonies.

OHP 101 Oriental History and Philosophy 30 hours (2 credits)
This survey course examines the historical development of medical concepts and theory in ancient and modern China, using anthropological, historical, and philological methods. Primary sources (in translation) are emphasized, including the Nei Jing, Nan Jing, Dao De Jing, and Yi Jing. Fifteen hours are devoted to the historical development of herbal medicine, particularly through the examination of seminal texts such as the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, Shang Han Lun, Pi Wei Lun, and texts from the Wen Bing school.

WDP 301 Western Diagnostics & Pathology (Prerequisites: WMT 101, WBC 101, WAP 102) 45 hours (3 credits)
This course presents Western differential diagnosis and pathology of the most common problems for which patients seek medical attention. Pathology of disease will include pathoanatomy and pathophysiology. Communication with Western medical practitioners and criteria for making referrals are emphasized. Western pharmacology will be introduced. Relevant chemical, biological, and physical principles and terminology will be discussed.

WPY 301 Western Abnormal Psychology 30 hours (2 credits)
The main part of the course will cover the most common personality disorders including etiology from a developmental perspective, symptomology, differentiation, and basic treatment approaches. It will then briefly address some of the major psychoses that might be encountered in practice and appropriate referrals. Students will be expected to end with a basic understanding of Western abnormal psychology, and how it can inform the practice of Oriental medicine.

SUP 211 Clinical Supervision I 90 hours (3 credits)
Prerequisites: All Semester 1-5 courses, passing score on Clinic Entrance Exam, Clinic Skills Checklist, and current CPR/First Aid Certification.
In this course students begin their clinical practice with direct supervision. A supervisor gives feedback and assistance during intake, diagnosis, and treatment. This course emphasizes pulse taking, other assessment skills, diagnosis, point location, and treatment techniques. Students research the patient’s condition in preparation for treatment and present their findings to the supervisor. Students will choose one patient they have been working with to develop and submit an intake and Symptom-Condition Chart as directed and evaluated by the Clinic Director or designee.

CDM 304 COM Diagnosis and Management IV (Prerequisite CDM 303) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course continues to instruct the systematic acquisition of the patient’s complaints, current and history, and a Review of Systems, their complete medical history, in the framework of Chinese medical terminology and concept.  The viability of any diagnostic system depends on the accuracy and amount of information gathered in the acquisition phase. Students will interview each other and demonstrate their findings to the class, with commentary from the instructor and from the other students.

CCP 305 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® V (Prerequisite: CCP 304) 15 hours (1 credit)

This course will continue to use pulse cases from the student clinic in the same manner as CCP 304. Students will also compare and contrast Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis with other pulse systems according to terminology, location of positions, depths, and qualities (in terms of sensation and interpretation).

OIM 304 Oriental Internal Medicine IV (Prerequisite: OIM 303) 60 hours (4 credits)
The fourth course in a five-course sequence, it will focus on dermatology, neurology, pediatrics and support for patients undergoing treatment for oncological disorders. The etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of each condition will be covered. Selection of acupuncture points and modified herbal formulas to meet the needs of the individual will be emphasized. 30 hours are devoted to herbal medicine.

ADJ 201 Introduction to Adjunctive Therapies 30 hours (2 credits)
This course introduces the student to the therapeutic modalities covered under Chapter 457 of the Florida Statutes. This class is an introduction, not a training in these adjunctive therapies.

WDP 302 Western Diagnostics & Pathology II (Prerequisite: WDP 301) 30 hours (2 credits)
This is a continuation of WDP 301. Two hours of medical errors and three hours of HIV/AIDS instruction are included in this course.

PMG 201 Practice Management 30 hours (2 credits)
This course will cover practice set-up (incorporation, partnerships, sole proprietor, etc.), organizational skills, insurance, office management, record keeping, billing procedures, and other related topics. Practice-building skills, such as public speaking, referrals, and promotional techniques will be addressed.

WNT 201 Nutrition and Dietary Therapy (Prerequisite : WDP 301) 30 hours (2 credits)
A study of the practical aspects of Western nutrition, recent scientific research in nutrition and its relationship to human health and pathology. Relevant chemical, biological, and physical principles and terminology will be discussed.

SUP 212 Clinical Supervision II (Prerequisite: SUP 211) 110 hours (3.66 credits)
Continuation of SUP 211. In this course the student prepares for clinical independence while continuing to have direct supervision and assistance. The emphasis is on diagnosis and the development of clinical skills and techniques. Students will further develop the study of the patient selected in SUP 211 by submitting an updated intake and Diagnostic Catalogue as directed and evaluated by the Clinic Director or designee.

CCP 306 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® VI (Prerequisite: CCP 305) 15 hours (1 credit)
This course will continue to use pulse cases from the student clinic in the same manner as CCP 305. Students will also compare and contrast Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis with other pulse systems according to terminology, location of positions, depths, and qualities (in terms of sensation and interpretation).

CDM 305 COM Diagnosis & Management V – Oriental Psychology 45 hours (3 credits)
This course involves the varied Chinese medical concepts of the mind and spirit, including those discussed in Dragon Rises-Red Bird Flies, and the basic precepts of the therapeutic relationship, particularly as it applies to the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

CDM 306 COM Diagnosis & Management VI (Prerequisite: CDM 304)  60 hours (4 credits)
Emphasis is placed on learning to use the entire COM system of diagnostic analysis, COM theoretical concepts for interpretation of symptoms and signs, thoroughness and precision of data collection.   The quality of the data collected during the interview and pulse taking is evaluated and data collection skills are refined.  In this first case study, the student is assisted in the critical analysis of the data and application of COM diagnostic logic to the case.   The final step is the development of a logical argument to support the diagnosis of the root condition as well as a comprehensive management plan.

OIM 305 Oriental Internal Medicine V (Prerequisite: OIM 304) 30 hours (2 credits)
The last course in a five-course sequence, this one will focus on gynecological disorders. The etiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of each condition will be covered. Selection of acupuncture points and modified herbal formulas to meet the needs of the individual will be emphasized. 15 hours will be dedicated to herbal medicine.

WLI 301 Western Laboratory Testing and Imaging (Prerequisite: WDP 302) 30 hours (2 credits)
This course exposes the student to the use of laboratory tests and imaging findings in the practice of Oriental medicine. The ordering and use of lab tests and imaging studies as well as appropriate referrals are stressed.

WPH 301 Pharmacology (Prerequisites: WAP 101, 102, WDP 301, WBC 101) 45 hours (3 credits)
A survey of Western pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on classification, major actions and side effects of commonly prescribed medications; and the effects of such medications on Oriental diagnosis and treatment.

INT 311 Clinical Internship I (Prerequisite: SUP 212) 120 hours (4 credits)
During this phase, students begin to treat patients without direct supervision. Supervisors are available for consultation and feedback. Intakes and treatment plans continue to be reviewed and approved by supervisor.

CCP 307 Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis® VII (Prerequisite CCP 306) 15 hours (1 credit)
This course will give an overall review of the material taught in the previous CCP course series. It affords students the opportunity to ask questions regarding pulse diagnosis in relation to their clinic cases.

CDM 307 COM Diagnosis & Management VII (Prerequisite: CDM 306) 30 hours (2 credits)
The student will develop a case study independently but with access to assistance as needed.  The skills, knowledge of COM concepts and the ability to effectively apply them are further developed through this process.  Emphasis in this second case study class is on the demonstration of the skill acquired in CDM 306.  A follow up plan is formulated to follow the patient’s progress as the management plan is implemented in clinic.

WEV 301 Environmental Medicine (Prerequisites: WDP 301 and 302) 45 hours (3 credits)
This course examines the effects of chemicals and other toxins on health, including the proliferation of pollutants and their disease-causing effects, specifically the effects of chemicals and toxins commonly used in daily life. The course also discusses the environmental factors in infectious and parasitic diseases.

BDR 302 Board Review – Biomedicine15 hours (1 credit) This course is designed as a comprehensive review for the NCCAOM board examination in Biomedicine.  This course will prepare students for the licensing exam by reviewing relevant material in Biomedicine via NCCAOM material, practice tests, and course work.

BDR 301 Board Review – Acupuncture 15 hours (1 credit)
This course is designed as a comprehensive review for the NCCAOM board examination in Oriental Medicine.  This course will prepare students for the licensing exam by reviewing relevant material in Oriental Medicine via NCCAOM material, practice tests, and course work.  Acupuncture point locations, indications, and Oriental medicine foundations will be covered.

BDR 303 Board Review – Herbology 15 hours (1 credit)
This course is designed as a comprehensive review for the NCCAOM board examination in Chinese Herbology.  This course will prepare students for the licensing exam by reviewing relevant material in Chinese Herbology via NCCAOM material, practice tests, and course work.

INT 312 Clinical Internship II (Prerequisite: INT 311) 180 hours (6 credits)
Continuation of INT 311. Interns continue practical experience in the clinic with a wide range of Oriental therapeutic modalities including Oriental bodywork at progressive levels of responsibility under supervision by faculty members. Case findings and treatment progress notes are presented and discussed.

WHR 201 Western Herbology 30 hours (2 credits)
In this course students will review the use of Western herbs within the Oriental medical model. Students will read and evaluate current scientific studies in Western herbal medicine. Discussion of relevant biological, physical, and chemical principles and terminology is included.

WMR 301 Introduction to Medical Research 30 hours (2 credits)
Students learn techniques for examining medical research, and develop working familiarity with the literature available in the field. Students learn to utilize diverse resources, including traditional reference works, published studies, personal communication, and internet resources. Coursework focuses on developing a substantial research project to be archived in the school library.

LAW 201 Florida Laws and Rules 30 hours (2 credits)
Students will learn legal guidelines by which to practice acupuncture and the ethical, legal, and practical aspects of acupuncture practice as set forth in Florida Statutes Chapters 456 & 457.

INT 313 Clinical Internship III (Prerequisite: INT 312) 220 hours (7.33 credits)
Continuation of INT 312.