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Curriculum: Acupuncture Diploma Program
(2200 hours of training)

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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)
Lifestyle 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 wellbeing.

Ethics & Jurisprudence  (24 Hours)

This course will focus on professional issues pertaining to acupuncture treatment, including medical, legal and ethical issues, future trends and record keeping.

External Techniques: Auricular acupuncture, Electro-acupuncture, Plum Blossom, Gua-sha, Cupping and Moxibustion (60 Hours)
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 electro-acupuncture.

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)
Students 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)

Anatomy is 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)

Pathology is 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.

Introduction to 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 hours)

This 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 Hours)
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 assurance.

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.

Tai Chi (40 hours)
An internal Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance.

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.

Traditional Chinese 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 hours)
This course 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 relationships.

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 (100 Hours)
Tuina – an excellent Chinese manual therapy, which uses the TCM theory of the flow of Qi through the channels as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina establishes a harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. Tuina's simplicity and focus is on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment.

It is used to treat conditions that in western medicine ordinarily would require a physiotherapist, a chiropractor and an osteopath.

Tuina may be applied to treat many disorders from soft tissue injuries to many other kinds of ailments such as rheumatic pain, tiredness, lack of energy and any symptoms caused by stress or emotional problems. Tuina not only works on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of vital life energy in the body.

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)

As part 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.

Among other 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 examination)


The Shiatsu School of Canada reserves the right to make changes to any course, program, fee, policy or procedure with respect to availability, delivery mode, schedules, or course requirements described in this calendar, at any time, without further notice.

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