Acupuncture Technique (100 Hours)
Advanced Acupuncture Technique (20 Hours)
Acupuncture is an ancient method of treating disease through the use of
needles inserted into particular points accompanied by specific
manipulations. This course will introduce the different kinds of needles,
methods and techniques used in clinic, as well as any contraindications, and
management of accidents. Workshops will involve needling of the body,
including the scalp, feet and hands.
Biomedical Pharmacology (40 Hours)
This course introduces the basic classifications of prescription drugs and
potential side effects. Vitamins, herbs and supplements that are commonly
taken will be discussed. Potential medication, herb and nutritional
supplement interactions, contraindications and side effects and how to
access this information will be introduced.
Clean Needle Technique (20 Hours)
This course of study aids the student in understanding the transmission of
disease and how to protect themselves and their patients. Clean needle
practice, theory and technique, proper handling and disposal of needles and
the proper sterilization of all materials used in practice are outlined.
The course will consist of lectures and hands-on workshops designed to give
the student plenty of practice in maintaining the "clean field"
and needling protocol.
Clinical Acupuncture Practicum (560 hours; 500 hours on-site,
20 hours off-site & 40 observation hours)
The emphasis of this final year of the diploma program is in Clinical
Practicum. This is where the student applies all the information gathered
over the past two years. Treatments will be conducted in a supervised
clinical setting. The SSC has 30 years experience in teaching
Oriental medicine and along with that a thriving student clinic clientele.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of ailments.
Eastern Nutrition -
Prevention, Diet, Lifestyle (40 hours)
changes will be discussed with focus on basic Chinese dietary principles so
as to be able to advise patients on their best course of diet according to
patterns, seasons, age, and more. Students will also learn about various
other lifestyle changes and prevention of diseases, for optimal health and
Ethics & Jurisprudence (24 Hours)
This course will focus on professional issues pertaining to acupuncture
treatment, including medical, legal and ethical issues, future trends and
External Techniques: Auricular acupuncture,
Electro-acupuncture, Plum Blossom, Gua-sha, Cupping and Moxibustion
This course of study allows the student the opportunity to explore the
fundamentals of; Ear acupuncture, this therapy was recorded in the book Neijing (500-300
B.C.). In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ear is not considered to
be a separate organ, but closely connected with the channels, collaterals
and Zhang-Fu organ systems. This course will introduce the anatomical
terminology of the auricular surface and will demonstrate how ear
acupuncture can be used in the treatment of disease; Gua-sha, an exterior release method using a Chinese
porcelain spoon; Cupping, a therapy whereby a heated glass jar is
attached, by suction, to the skin surface relieving local congestion; and
Moxibustion, a treatment using a dried herb known as Artemisia Vulgaris,
that is lit and applied to the skin for the prevention and treatment of
disease. Other techniques studied in this course are plum blossoming and
First Aid and CPR (16 hours)
Required to graduate from all Acupuncture Diploma Programs. To be completed
outside of school hours.
Functional Anatomy (60 hours)
will gain the ability to use and communicate with anatomical language;
identify the action, function, origin, insertion, and general innervation
of palpable muscle groups; locate and palpate major muscle groups; describe
muscular contribution to movement, and the functional limitations posed by
articular structures; demonstrate ROM of major muscle groups.
Human Anatomy (60 Hours)
the study of the structure and composition of cells, tissues and organs.
Topics include the study of the systems of the body: skeletal, articular,
muscular, lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary,
endocrine and reproductive. The organization of the body systems and co-ordination
of their functions are also discussed.
Human Pathology and Symptomology (60 Hours)
the study of how the body reacts to injury and the causes and processes of
disease. Students learn about the processes of tissue repair; infectious
diseases; and pathologies of the bone, muscle, and the major
systems-respiratory, circulatory, nervous, gastrointestinal, reproductive,
immunological and hormonal.
Human Physiology (60 Hours)
Physiology is the study of the functioning of the human body. Cellular
metabolism, thermo-regulation, bone-growth, muscle function, lymph flow,
blood function, respiration, digestion, waste elimination, hormonal
influences, reproduction, and nerve function are the main topics.
* Please note: If you
have completed equivalent training in human anatomy and physiology, you can
fast-track your studies.
Acupuncture Points (160 hours)
This course of study outlines the most important points that are located
along the major meridians. The most commonly used methods of locating
the points will be discussed using anatomical landmarks, proportional
measurements, and finger and thumb measurements. Differential
functions and clinical significance of each point compared to other points
on the same or different meridians will be outlined, plus point pairing and
combining. This will be conducted through demonstrations and hands-on
sessions in class.
Introduction to Herbal Theory (20 hours)
The TCM Herbal Medicine Theory course begins with basic
foundation theories of the energetic properties, channel trophisms, tastes,
actions and categories of Chinese medicinal herbs employed therapeutically.
Students will be introduced to detailed analysis of the different types of
herb classes, categories and sub-categories of Traditional Chinese medicinal
herbs and their relation to their primary therapeutic action. The Herbal
Theory course will provide students with the opportunity to explore various
clinical applications, indications and contraindications through the
continuous study of Chinese medicinal herbs.
The Jing-Luo (Meridians and Collaterals) System (60
course of study presents the complex network of meridians and collaterals
that integrate the body's energy and functions into a unified
organism. It outlines the formation, function and clinical
significance of channel theory, the distribution and pathology of 12
primary channels, the muscle regions and cutaneous regions, plus a summary
of research concerning the channels.
Medical Qi-Gong (40 Hours)
The word Qigong means the practice of
"working" with one’s "life force". It is a meditative
practice which uses slow and graceful movements and controlled breathing
techniques to promote the circulation of Qi within the body, and enhances
the overall health. Students will learn basic movements to practice on a
daily basis to promote and maintain their health and assist them in strengthening
their Qi in daily interactions with clients.
Practice Management and Communication Skills (60
The focus of the course is to help build and manage a successful practice.
Topics include patient/practitioner communication skills, managing
difficult patient situations, scope of practice, making appropriate
referrals, insurance issues, resume writing, risk management and quality
Professional Counselling (20 hours)
This course will focus on developing a therapeutic
approach to aid in guidance. In addition to learning
theory, a great portion of this class will be spent in a practical setting.
Chi (40 hours)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Case Study (40 hours)
Students will be exposed to a variety of case studies in preparation for
final exams and regulatory college exams.
Medicine Diagnosis (200 hours)
TCM is the oldest existing medicine and doctors of the time, not having the
modern diagnostic tools available today, formulated their own
procedure consisting of four diagnostic methods, namely inspection,
auscultation/olfaction, inquiry and palpation. This course is
designed to expose the student to all of these standard TCM components of
diagnosis through didactic study, practical application and slide
presentations. Proper clinical intake procedures will be discussed
and there will be hands-on practicum sessions with the various pulse
patterns and tongue pictures.
Also, distinguishing Syndromes according to the Zang-Fu organs is an
important component of TCM. However complex or diversified the
disease may be, it is attributed to the dysfunction of one or more of the
Zang-Fu organs. This course of study reviews and expands on the
various important diagnostic and therapeutic frameworks in TCM through
class lectures and case studies. The Zang-Fu organs will be covered,
as well as the Extraordinary Organs, syndromes according to Qi, Blood and
Body Fluids, the differentiation of syndromes according to the 4-Levels,
6-Stages and Three Burners, and the Eight Principles of TCM.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory (100
will introduce the historical and philosophical contexts, upon which
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based. Topics will include the
concepts and physiology of Qi (a central theme in Chinese medical theory),
Blood and Body Fluids, Essence, Shen and Mingmen, Yin and Yang and the Five
Elements. The etiology and pathology, according to TCM will be
outlined and physiology and functions of the Zhang-Fu Organs and their
The Treatment of Disease (200 hours)
This course of study will focus on the most commonly seen diseases in
internal medicine, including gynecology, dermatology and common complaints
seen in clinical practice. The student will learn how to identify and
treat them using the ancient theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Instruction will consist of lectures, case studies and a wealth of
knowledge from the instructor's own clinical experience.
Tuina will be
learned and practiced, with a special emphasis on the practical aspect. The
student will learn how to treat various pathologies by using individually
formulated protocols containing a variety of techniques.
Western Medical Assessment (40 Hours)
of their diagnostic training, students will learn to obtain information on
biomedical diagnostic data, medical and health history, measure vital signs
and conduct relevant physical examination.
things, the students will learn about medical orthopedic assessment,
interpretation of results of medical imaging and medical laboratory tests,
and western medical information and examination (recognize conditions that
require urgent medical treatment, and assist or direct patient
appropriately, obtain information on biomedical diagnostic data, medical
and health history, measure vital signs, conduct relevant physical