Middle Way Acupuncture Institute Course Descriptions 2016-17

OM 512 I-II   Qi Gong Practices   1.20 credits
Introduction to one of the primary energy development practices in Chinese culture. This course fosters the students’ strengthening of their own energy levels as well as increasing awareness of their own subtle energetic system. First semester introduces Five Animal Frolics, traditionally associated with the Five Elements, as well as other simple and effective methods of energy practices. Semesters two and three proceed with ongoing practice. Prerequisite: entry into the program

WS 525   Surface Anatomy   1 credit
This course provides students the opportunity to gain an understanding of human surface anatomy, and develop the ability to locate key structures of the body through palpation. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 514   Mindfulness Practice   1 credit
Introduction and development of attention to what is actually happening in the present moment. These awareness practices help development of observational skills needed in all aspects of acupuncture practice from diagnosis to needling technique. Ongoing practice and development continue throughout the program. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 516   Intro to 5 Element Acupuncture   1.20 credit
This introductory class provides an overview of the 5-Element System of Chinese medicine including the fundamentals of yin and yang, and the fundamentals of Qi or energy and how it moves through the body. It will equip you with an understanding of the meridians, the five elements, how to read energy in the body, and how to recognize the different 5 elements in yourself and others.Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 518   History of China   .65 credit
Brief introduction to the history of China with emphasis on the Warring States period when systems of acupuncture and philosophy were being developed. The course also details the historical development of acupuncture in Asia, neighboring countries and internationally. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 520   Food Therapy   1 credit
This course covers classification of common foods according to Chinese medical theory and develops a basic understanding of seasonal considerations from a five-element perspective. We will explore the energetics of common meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, and learn how to build basic food prescriptions for seasonal changes as well as for conditions involving hot/cold/damp/dry. Prerequisite: OM Intro to 5 Element Acupuncture; OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

OM 522   Chinese Philosophy: Taoism, Tao Te Ching, I Ching   1 credit
This course introduces one of the primary texts in Taoist philosophy with an emphasis on how the philosophy has impacted the development of Chinese Medicine, and also introduces one of the most ancient of Chinese texts, the I-Ching. This class continues the exploration of the underlying philosophies which are foundational to an understanding of Chinese symbolic thought and to the Chinese medical system. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 524   Introduction to Chinese for Acupuncturists   1 credit
In this course students take their first steps in learning the phonemes of Chinese. They will become aware of the several systems of transliteration of Chinese pronunciation into English. They will actually learn the pinyin system of transliteration.  Very basic grammar and the stroke order of character writing will be introduced.  The course will then concentrate on Chinese medicine terminology including the verbs describing treatment, diagnostic terms, words describing the body systems of Chinese medicine, the names of disease entities and titles and authors of classic medical texts. A brief discussion of words pertinent to Chinese herbal medicine, including herb names and preparation will end the course. As a course project students will translate a very brief section of a classic medical text using a Chinese-English dictionary and other resources provided. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 526   Introduction to Tuina   1.20 credit
Introduction to one of the most ancient of Chinese texts, the I-Ching. This class continues the exploration of the underlying philosophies which are foundational to an understanding of Chinese symbolic thought and to the Chinese medical system. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

OM 528   Introduction to Eight Principles   1.20 credits
This course provides an introduction to the foundational components of Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory: the nature, characteristics, principles, and relationships of Yin and Yang; the origin, classifications, characteristics, functions, and pathologies of Qi, Blood, Body Fluids, Essence, and Shen; the definitions, characteristics, and functions of the Eight Principles; the causes of disease, the “Six Stages” of the Shang Han Lun, the “Four Levels” of the Wen Bing; and the “Three Jiaos.” Prerequisite: OM 518 History of China; OM 522 Chinese Philosophy: Taoism, Tao Te Ching, I Ching

WS 527 I-II   Biomedicine-Systems Approach   6 credits
This course approaches specific body systems of Western medicine through 13 comprehensive modules. Epidemiology, signs and symptoms, pathology, and conventional treatment will be identified for the following systems: Cardiovascular, Respiratory/Lungs/ENT, Dermatology, Endocrine, Gynecology, Renal & Urology, Gastro-Intestinal, Neurology, Psychology, and will also encompass basic labs, addiction, and vaccines. Each module will also cover physical and clinical exam skills from a Western science perspective, including fundamental of laboratory test interpretation, basic imaging exams, and red flag diagnoses within each system. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 530 I-II   Five Element Theory   5.42 credits
This class continues the study of the traditional Five Element system of Chinese Medicine. Beginning with the Five Elements and Twelve Officials this class eventually expands to bring in various aspects, including the Worsley Tradition of Causative Factor (CF) as one way of looking at constitutional forces as the underlying source of disease. In addition, experiential exploration of the natural environment is utilized and developed, using the current season and our rural setting we explore the seasonal energetic process of life. This class builds upon the intellectual ideas presented in Philosophy classes, but is presented in the reality of the natural world. Prerequisite: OM 516 Intro to 5 Element Acupuncture

OM 532   Introduction to Needle Techniques   .33 credit
This course provides an introduction to essential information concerning correct needling techniques: needle angle, depth, and direction; guide tube needle insertion technique; techniques to obtain Qi; needle retention and withdrawal; positioning of the patient for acupuncture treatment; and contraindications to acupuncture. Students also locate selected acupoints and practice correct needle technique. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

OM 534 I-II   TCM Fundamentals   12 credits
This course, 12 weekends in all, covers zang-fu physiology and pathology, meridians and points, diagnostic rubrics, and basic history of Chinese medicine. The course also includes an introduction to the clinical skills of interviewing, pulse taking and tongue diagnosis. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

WS 527   Biochemistry   1.20 credits
This course builds on the foundations of chemistry, atoms and molecules. We transfer these concepts into organic molecules and their reactions at the molecular and cellular level. Concepts covered will be: acid/bases and buffers, solubilities, cell membranes, DNA, and structure of molecules. Prerequisite: entry into the program

WS 529   Microbiology   1.20 credits
In this course we will study the basic structures and evolution of Prokaryotic cells. This will lead us to understand bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents and antibiotics. We will apply these concepts to understand the basics of genetic engineering. The course finishes with a study of viruses, how they attack our cells and how our immune system “fights” back. Prerequisite: entry into the program

WS 531   Biophysics   .33 credit
This course will explore the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture and moxibustion and will encompass investigations of physical properties of points and channels, cellular effects of acupuncture, and physiologic effects will also be considered. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 634 I-III   Hunyaun TaiChi/Qigong System   1.80 credits
Mind-Body fusion methods are not normally a part of Western education.  Our Western system trains people to memorize and manipulate symbols and images, but rarely instructs people about how to have a distinct and felt sense of their internal energy and surface body in space (body memory). In year two we will explore our internal Qi flow using the Hunyaun System of meditative movements. Prerequisite: OM 512 I-II Qi Gong Practices

WS 633   Well-Woman Care   1 credit
This course will examine the normal physiology and pathology of fertility, pregnancy: antepartum period including fetal development, intrapartum/labor and delivery, and postpartum period, including newborn care, behavior, attachment and bonding, and lactation basics. An overview of diagnostic tests required during the prenatal and postpartum periods will familiarize students with maternity and newborn imaging, lab and blood tests. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 635   Ophthalmology   .50 credit
This course prepares acupuncture students with the anatomy, physiology, pathology, western medical diagnostics and treatment of specific eye disease and injury, and also provides guidelines for referral. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

OM 636   Differential Diag., Point Loc., Needling Practice   3.70 credits
This course is dedicated to the study of the TCM diagnostic patterns and acupoint locations specific to each of the Zang Fu. For each organ system students review the functions of that organ, interactively identify patterns and diagnose organ pathologies, locate the acupoints on the channel, and practice needling those acupoints. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles; OM 531 Introduction to Needle Techniques

WS 637   Pharmacology   1 credit
This class explores the importance of Western pharmaceuticals to many of their patients and pertains to the actions, therapeutic rationale, benefits, risks and potential interactions of pharmaceuticals. Students will learn terminology, and general mechanism for many prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and abused substances. Drug-drug and drug-herb interactions will also be addressed. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 639 I-II   Clinical Nutrients and Diet Therapies   1.50 credits
This course introduces acupuncture students to the most commonly used Western nutritional supplements as used for prevention and treatment of disease. Safety, dosage, efficacy and delivery systems of herbs, vitamins, and therapeutic foods are presented. This class also discusses the importance of nutrition/dietary interventions for prevention and treatment of diseases. Students will learn to do basic nutritional assessment for their patients. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 641   Gerontology   .33 credit
This course introduces the physical, mental and social aspects of treating older patients, and addresses specific challenges or special needs commonly seen in aging individuals. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 643   Immunology   1 credit
This course outlines the anatomy and physiology of the immune system: thymus, bone marrow, spleen, tonsils, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, adenoids, skin and liver; pathology: including autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, and immune deficiency; diagnostics and conventional treatment. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

OM 638   Spirit of the Points   .66 credit
In Five Element Acupuncture, each acupuncture point is seen to have a particular spirit associated with it. This course explores the spirit aspects of the major points used. Prerequisite: OM 530 I-II 5 Element Theory

WS 645   Musculoskeletal Anatomy   1 credit
This class will provide a regional approach to the anatomy of the upper and lower extremity, neck and trunk. Discussion will include bony structures, muscles, and ligaments, as well as the nervous and circulatory supply to these regions. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 640   Microsystems   .66 credit
This class will explore and identify the microsystems utilized in acupuncture and will include theory and point location of auricular, scalp, and Korean hand acupuncture. Prerequisite: OM 528 Intro to Eight Principles

OM 642   Sotai Therapy   1.20 credits
Sotai Therapy is a system of structural integration developed by Keizo Hashimoto M.D., whose philosophy on health is founded on regulating the four components of human life - breathing, movement, eating, and thinking. He held that health is a natural result of right living, and that its improvement and maintenance is the responsibility of each individual. To this end, he advocated a unique form of exercise for restoring the structural integrity of the body which introduces movements from the extremities to the spine to facilitate a functional balance. Stephen Brown comes annually to teach this class. Prerequisite: OM 528 Intro to Eight Principles

OM 644   Eight Extras Theory   1 credit
This course is a two day introduction to the eight extra meridian system. It will serve as a general overview of the vessels and the points involved. Prerequisite: OM 528 Intro to Eight Principles

OM 646   Hara Diagnosis   .50 credit
In Japanese Acupuncture the condition of areas of the abdomen reflect the internal conditions of the organs. This course explains these conditions using various palpation methods and gives students an opportunity to practice them. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

OM 648   Manaka Ion Pumping Cords   1.20 credits
Dr. Manaka was a Japanese physician who invented various methods that are used to augment the healing process. This class provides an introduction to one such device, the ion pumping cords. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

OM 650 I-II   Advanced Acupuncture Techniques   .83 credit
This course includes the Five Element Acupuncture blocks to treatment, including specific conditions that may interfere with the patient’s ability to heal, and addresses how to appropriately assess and clear the “blocks.” Students will also be introduced to theory, point location and practice of Korean four needle technique. Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals

WS 647   First Aid/CPR   .33 credit
This class provides the student with the necessary prerequisites to perform basic first aid techniques for non-emergent injuries as well as pre-first responder arrival life saving skills essential for true emergency situations. Students will be trained in the following techniques: CPR, introduction to AED’s, diabetic emergencies, seizures and airway management, and recognition of need for initiation of the emergency medical system. Prerequisite: entry into the program

WS 649   Rheumatology/Pain/Inflammation   .50 credit
This course provides a foundation for understanding diagnostics and therapy for rheumatic diseases that affect and involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, and heritable connective tissue disorders. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

OM 652   Meridian Therapy   1.70 credits
A palpation-based approach to acupuncture using subtle needling techniques, taught by Stephen Brown, translator of Shudo Denmai’s classic, Japanese Classical Acupuncture: Introduction to Meridian Therapy. Prerequisite: OM 528 Introduction to Eight Principles

 

COM 650   Introduction to Nonviolent Communication   .33 credit
This course provides an introduction to the basic tenets of Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg and gives students the opportunity to put these principles into practice. Prerequisite: entry into the program

OM 756 I-III   Acupuncture Therapeutics   4 credits
This class introduces Chinese medicine treatment approaches for commonly presented symptoms and diseases, defined both in western biomedical terms and traditional Chinese terms. A goal of the course is to provide students with resources to investigate differential diagnoses and treatment or referral choices for other conditions they may encounter in practice. These two teaching methods will enable them to respond confidently to a wide variety of clinical problems. The course will be taught in six sections covering conditions for which acupuncture has relevance, in the following categories:  respiratory, cardio-vascular and neurological, obstetric and gynecological; digestive; dermatological; urinary and male reproductive. Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals

OM 758   I-II Acupuncture Orthopedics   4.80 credits
This course, 4 weekends in all, covers musculoskeletal disorders starting with the sole of the foot and ending with the fingers. We go over causes, symptoms and suggested treatments for each disorder, integrating Chinese medical and biomedical understanding. AcuOrtho I begins in the second semester of the second year, and AcuOrtho classes II-IV begin in the first semester of the third year. Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM FundamentalS; OM 532 Intro to Needle Techniques

OM 760   Intro to Student Clinic   1.20 credits
This course provides acupuncture diagnostic, point location, and treatment review. A clinic entry exam is issued during the class, in which students are required to pass before starting clinic internship. Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals

WS 751   Eastern Psychology   1 credit
This course discusses Eastern theories of self, mind and nature and provides the foundation necessary to understand Eastern approaches to psychology and spirituality. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 753   Oncology   1 credit
This course provides an introductory overview of the terminology and classification of cancer and the principle issues in its treatment. Commonly available anti-cancer drugs will be reviewed with emphasis on mode of action, dose intensity and chemotherapy regimens. The range of side effects of cancer treatments will be studied in detail. Quality of life issues in terms of overall assessment and result interpretation will also be discussed. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

COM 750   Communication and Counseling   2 credits
In this course, we will explore ways of expanding our skills in communication, listening and counseling. The class will be highly experiential, with both guided exercises and paired and group work around themes and skills. This will be augmented with some theory and supportive research. As much as possible we will work with material arising directly from students' clinical and personal experience, as well as with situations likely to be encountered in their professional careers.

OM 764 I-II   Applied Channel Therapy   1.80 credits
Course based on the book, Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi and translated by instructor. Jason Robertson demonstrates how a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between organ and channel theory can lead to more precise diagnoses and better clinical results. Prerequisite: OM 534 I-II TCM Fundamentals


WS 755 I-II   Integrative Medicine   1 credit
Students learn the basics of how conventional medicine or mainstream medical therapies can work with complementary and alternative medicine in approaching disease, illness and injury. The emphasis of this class is healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle, emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, and making use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. Research and scientific evidence on the safety and effectiveness of integrative medicine will also be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 757 I-II   Kinesiology   1 credit
A study of the functional organization of the human myofascial system. In this course we will review all of the major muscle groups and fascial lines and their relationships to joint actions throughout the body. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

BUS 722 I-II   Practice Management 1   1.66 credits
This course covers the essentials of opening and managing an acupuncture practice, including setting up a practice, leasing business space and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: student clinic internship

BUS 723   Practice Management 2   2 credits
This course trains students to effectively utilize Practice Management and Online Billing Software in their East Asian Medical Practice by taking an in-depth look at Client Tracker, Office Ally, and OneHealthPort, and how these programs may be used to track and manage their Client’s Health and Billing Information. In addition, we will briefly talk about EMRs and clear up any potential confusion as to how EMRs/EHRs currently relate to the EAM field. Prerequisite: student clinic internship

WS 759   Ethics in Medicine   .33 credit
This class examines current codes of ethics pertaining to acupuncture practice management and the dynamics of patient practitioner interaction; analysis of the applicable state laws and NCCAOM code of ethics; development of safety and boundary protocols; overview of complaint and disciplinary process. The class will also cover cultural awareness and sensitivities in treating various cultures. Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework

OM 766   Adjuvant Tech for East Asian Medical Treatment   .83 credit
Adjuvant Techniques for East Asian Medical Treatment includes an introduction to important complimentary techniques in the East Asian Medical Clinic, including Cupping, Gua Sha, Plum Blossom Needle, Intradermal acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, and Moxibustion techniques not covered elsewhere.  Additional needling techniques and micro-systems such as Scalp Acupuncture are also taught.  Course time involves lecture, demonstration, as well as lab time for students to practice these techniques. Prerequisite: OM 760 Intro to Student Clinic

WS 761   The Science of Meditation   1 credit
This course will present current scientific research that explains how meditation works, the physiological benefits, the current trend and popularity of meditation, and how it is more widely accepted and recommended by the western medical community. Students will also gain practical experience and practice with different meditation techniques. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework

WS 763   Botany   1 credit
This course introduces students to eight of the world’s most common plant families. The course will cover the patterns method of plant identification, in addition to the medicinal properties of the plants. Prerequisite: completion of 525-531 biomedicine coursework or permission of instructor

WS 765   Scientific and Clinical Research   1 credit
This course introduces the burgeoning field of acupuncture research. Topics include the tiers of data collection: anecdotes, case studies, case series, randomized control trials, meta-analyses; STRICTA guidelines (standards for reporting interventions in clinical trials of acupuncture), and SAR (Society for Acupuncture Research). Students will learn to critically appraise published case studies or scientific research and prepare a short paper reviewing either an acupuncture research study or an acupuncture case report. Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework

WS 767   Acupuncture and Public Health   1 credit
This course provides a broad introduction to public health concepts including: public health history, public health practice & infrastructure, law & government in public health, advocacy and policy, with an emphasis on how acupuncture is currently utilized in the public health setting, more specifically in regards to chemical dependency. Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework

WS 769   Acupuncture and Global Health   1 credit
This course will explore the factors that explain the unequal distribution of health and disease in the world. The course will begin with an introduction to the language of global health: the burden of disease, epidemiology, cost-effectiveness, and health systems. The course will also outline the use of acupuncture internationally, and the various relief organizations that exist and respond globally to disaster. Prerequisite: completion of 631-649 biomedicine coursework

OM 768   Acupuncture Test Preparation   4 credits
Overview of testing procedure and steps to professional licensure; review of acupuncture theory and foundation, point location, diagnostics, point prescriptions, advanced techniques; assessment of knowledge base through practice examinations; identification of areas warranting further analysis; assistance with developing individualized studying and test taking strategies designed for successful outcome. Prerequisite: completion of all acupuncture coursework

WS 771   Biomedicine Test Preparation   1 credit
Overview of biomedicine topics: history taking, pain patterns, vital signs; anatomy and physiology of the organ systems; physical examination and abnormal findings; imaging and diagnostic tests; organ pathology; laboratory tests and screening examinations; pharmacology, nutrition and supplements; safety and practice management; administration and assessment through practice exams. Prerequisite: completion of all biomedicine coursework

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321 West Washington St. #334 -- Mt. Vernon, WA, 98273

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