Complementary Studies

Christine Klein, L.Ac.

Department Chair
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
Career DevelopmentMCD 301116
Professional EthicsMCD 420116
Career Development FairMCD 5000.254
Marketing & ManagementMCD 7011.7528
Qigong IMEB 100116
TCM QigongMEB 140116
Wild Goose QigongMEB 150116
Qigong StretchMEB 160116
Qigong IIMEB 200116
Taijiquan IMEB 450116
Taijiquan IIMEB 550116

Career Development

MCD 301
1 Units 16 Hours

This course provides students with the steps necessary to create a successful practice. Topics covered will include: the legal requirements of starting a practice, setting up a practice space, creating a financial budget, managing an office, medical billing, patient management, and practice marketing. Upon completion of this course, students will have a clearer understanding of what is involved in starting and maintaining a successful practice.

Prerequisite:
Co-requisite: Completion of 2nd semester

Professional Ethics

MCD 420
1 Units 16 Hours

This course covers the universal medical ethics required of a primary healthcare practitioner, emphasizing professional responsibility and the study of laws which regulate TCM practices in California and the U.S. Upon completion of this course, students will be thoroughly aware of the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of treating patients.

Prerequisite:
Prior completion of or concurrent enrollment in MCL 400 Clinical Internship Rounds

Career Development Fair

MCD 500
0.25 Units 4 Hours

Five Branches University hosts or participates in periodic health fairs for the public to raise awareness of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Supervised Clinical Interns provide mini-treatments or give lectures to participants. Types of treatments include community style acupuncture, tongue and pulse diagnosis, Tuina massage, cupping, and gua sha. Advanced students are encouraged to give short presentations on health topics of their choosing, or lead classes on preparing Chinese herbal prescriptions, and practicing Qigong or Taijiquan. Our Career Development Fairs provide interns with the opportunity to promote their practice by handing out business cards to prospective patients and by demonstrating their knowledge and mastery of TCM. In a four-hour period, interns are able to treat a wide variety of patients in a short period of time, providing excellent clinical experience.

Prerequisite:
Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MCL 400, Clinical Internship Rounds

Marketing & Management

MCD 701
1.75 Units 28 Hours

This course provides students with the information they need to apply their acupuncture training skills in a business- like manner, in a variety of clinical settings. The emphasis is on the practical application of the business and professional skills necessary to provide acupuncture health care to an ever-growing population of patients. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the synergistic nature of the professional, ethical, financial, and marketing skills necessary to run a primary health care practice in the U.S. in the 21st century. They will know how to setup, run and maintain a viable practice and will understand the inner workings of an acupuncture office.

Prerequisite:
MCD 420, Professional Ethics

Qigong I

MEB 100
1 Units 16 Hours

Qigong, or vital energy skills are the ancient Chinese methods of cultivating and using the vital energy in the body, representing the Chinese philosophy of the exercise-health connection. Qigong is now successfully used in China for treating chronic diseases. In this practical introductory course, students learn to experience various Qigong exercises in an atmosphere of personal experimentation, with emphasis on the fundaments of “reading” and “feeling” the Qi. This course will enable students to become familiar with the theory, form and potential health benefits of Chinese therapeutic energetics.

Prerequisite:
None

TCM Qigong

MEB 140
1 Units 16 Hours

Qigong is a system of exercises that cultivates life force energy and is at least as old as the I Ching (Book of Changes), one of the first Chinese recordings of Qi, dating from 3000 years old. Qigong studies the relationship of the three natural energies of the universe, Tian (Heaven), Di (Earth), and Ren (Man). The practice of Qigong can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual in nature. TCM Qigong teaches medical aspects of this exercise by integrating physical postures, breathing techniques, and mental intentions. TCM Qigong practice can reduce stress, increase stamina, strengthen and balance internal organ systems, and enhance the immune system. This course will provide students with foundational skills in improving health for both practitioner and patient through TCM Qigong.

Prerequisite:
None

Wild Goose Qigong

MEB 150
1 Units 16 Hours

Originating over 1000 years ago from the Daoist Kunlin School, this once secretly passed down, classic set of movements is one of China’s most respected Qigong styles. Dayan (Wild Goose) style imitates the movements of wild geese with dynamic and static postures, combining strength and stretching. This easy to learn yet elegant form opens channels and points, expels toxins from the tissues, and draws in healthy air to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the sequence of the first 64 movements and postures of Dayan Qigong.

Prerequisite:
None

Qigong Stretch

MEB 160
1 Units 16 Hours

Qigong Stretch utilizes the posture, breath, and mental intentions found in the disciplines of Qigong to gently extend the body’s joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles to provide elasticity and fluidity of movement. With proper stretching the body opens up and the vital energy moves freely, alleviating pain caused from stagnation and tonifying the body by allowing energy to properly nourish deficiencies. Qigong Stretch is a great way to relieve stress. This course provides students with the understanding of the fundamentals of Qigong Stretch and its therapeutic application for both practitioner and patient.

Prerequisite:
None

Qigong II

MEB 200
1 Units 16 Hours

In this course, students continue to explore the sensation of Qi flowing through their bodies, utilizing exercises to cultivate their Qi and increase their awareness of the dynamic state of their own body, in response to changes in the environment. Completion of this course serves as one of the prerequisites for the Qigong Teacher Training Certificate.

Prerequisite:
MEB 100, Qigong I

Taijiquan I

MEB 450
1 Units 16 Hours

Taijiquan is recognized as one of the fundamentals of good health. This course is a natural extension of the Qigong courses and introduces students to more advanced exercises and sets for health enhancement. This course is aimed at teaching exercises the student can master, and that are safe for a wide spectrum of conditions.

Prerequisite:
None

Taijiquan II

MEB 550
1 Units 16 Hours

This course is a continuation of the Taijiquan I course. In this energetic medicine course, the students learn through demonstration and practice of advanced Taijiquan forms to become more aware of energy pathways and flow. The emphasis of this course is on teaching the student exercises they can master, and are safe for a wide spectrum of conditions.

Prerequisite:
MEB 450 Taijiquan I

 

Electives

Medical Qigong electives may be taken in the Department of Complementary Studies while also completing the requirements for the 200 hour Medical Qigong Practitioner (MQP) certificate program. For detailed information about the MQP certificate please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Elective Courses]
Medical Qigong IMEL 310232
Medical Qigong IIMEL 320232
Medical Qigong IIIMEL 330232
Medical Qigong IVMEL 340232
Yin Tuina IMEL 491116

Medical Qigong I

MEL 310
2 Units 32 Hours
In Medical Qigong I, you are led through a progressive series of Qigong (Vital Energy Skills) meditations and exercises. You will learn basic applications of Medical Qigong (purging excess conditions, tonifying deficiencies, dispersing stagnations and regulating Qi, blood and body fluid), and how and when to apply them in clinic. You will be introduced to energetic psychology, discharging toxic emotions, and will learn how to handle the emotional discharges and toxic energetic releases coming from your patients.
Prerequisite:
MCT100, TCM Foundations; MAC 110, Channel Theory

Medical Qigong II

MEL 320
2 Units 32 Hours
In Medical Qigong II, you are led through a progressive series of advanced Shengong (Spirit Skill) meditations and exercises, specifically used for developing advanced intuitive diagnostic skills. You will learn how to establish proper energetic boundaries, and neutralize psycho/emotional interactions such as projection, transference, and counter-transference. Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to participate in the Medical Qigong clinical training and assist the instructor with performing treatment protocols.
Prerequisite:
MEL 310, Medical Qigong I

Medical Qigong III

MEL 330
2 Units 32 Hours
In Medical Qigong III, you will be provided with an overview of the esoteric principles and foundational structures that govern Traditional Chinese Medical Qigong. Course content includes: the study of the Three Outer Forces and their influence on the human body, energy, food and diet, the body’s energetic internal structures, Advanced Shengong Cultivation Methods, the Eight Supernatural Powers, how to rectify Qi deviations, among other topics.
Prerequisite:
MEL 320, Medical Qigong II

Medical Qigong IV

MEL 340
2 Units 32 Hours
In Medical Qigong IV, you are introduced to advanced Medical Qigong theories and their clinical application. Upon completion of this course, you will be ready to practice on your own, utilizing Medical Qigong treatment protocols in combination with other TCM modalities, empowering your patients to use modified Qigong prescriptions to suit their personal needs.
Prerequisite:
MEL 330, Medical Qigong III

Yin Tuina I

MEL 491
1 Units 16 Hours

This course explores the methods of TCM diagnosis and treatment using the ancient art of Yin Tuina. Diagnostic methods include the TCM standards of Ba Gong, Six Evils, Zangfu, Wen Bing and San Jiao. A combination of lecture and hands-on practice, this course will deepen your understanding and confidence in diagnosis through palpation of energetic patterns, both healthy and aberrant. Lectures will allude to the classics and key cornerstone quotes.

Prerequisite:
Completion of first semester