TCM Clinical Training

Joanna Zhao, L.Ac.

Department Chair
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
Beginning Clinical TheaterMCL 1001.548
Clinical TheaterMCL 2001.548
Clinical RoundsMCL 3004.5144
Clinical Internship RoundsMCL 4009.0288
Clinical InternshipMCL 60012384

Beginning Clinical Theater

MCL 100
1.5 Units 48 Hours

In Beginning Clinical Theater, newly enrolled students receive a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the clinic’s protocols on patient care, safety, herb formula preparation and patient records. This is the student’s first opportunity to see how TCM theory and practice are combined. In each class, scheduled patients are interviewed, diagnosed and treated by faculty, as students observe. Following each patient’s intake, diagnosis and treatment, a general forum-discussion of the patient’s case is conducted. Students begin learning professional conduct within this clinical setting: how to take a patient’s medical history, and how to create and maintain patient records. Students observe all aspects of treating patients as a TCM professional, including diagnostic data gathering, syndrome identification, treatment planning, herb prescription formulation, and acupuncture needling techniques. Students also participate in the preparation of herbal formulas.

Prerequisite:
None

Clinical Theater

MCL 200
1.5 Units 48 Hours

This class is a continuation of Beginning Clinical Theater. Conducted in a classroom setting, students have the opportunity to see how TCM theory and practice are combined. In each class, scheduled patients are interviewed, diagnosed and treated by faculty as students observe. Following each patient’s intake, diagnosis and treatment, a general forum-discussion of the patient’s case is conducted. Students begin learning professional conduct within this clinical setting: how to take a patient’s medical history, and how to create and maintain patient records. Students observe all aspects of treating patients as a TCM professional, including diagnostic data gathering, syndrome identification, treatment planning, herb prescription formulation, and acupuncture needling techniques. Students also participate in the preparation of herbal formulas.

Prerequisite:
MCL 100, Beginning Clinical Theater

Clinical Rounds

MCL 300
4.5 Units 144 Hours

Clinical Rounds provides students with experience in observing and assisting licensed faculty practitioners in interviewing, diagnosing and treating patients. In Rounds, four to five students follow a practitioner, treating patients in the school’s teaching clinic. Students participate in taking and recording a patient’s history and exam. Students take the patient’s pulses and observe the patient’s tongue to understand the instructor’s diagnosis, choice of acupuncture treatment and herbal prescription. This close assistantship is invaluable in the study of TCM. Students will learn how to fill an herbal prescription from the clinic’s pharmacy and give patients instructions regarding its preparation and use. Students are evaluated on their knowledge and their developing patient skills.

Prerequisite:
MCL 200, Clinical Theater

Clinical Internship Rounds

MCL 400
9.0 Units 288 Hours

In Clinical Internship Rounds, students advance to hands-on treatments in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of a licensed practitioner. A small, intimate group of students attend to the patient’s intake and treatment with constant monitoring by a licensed faculty supervisor, who develops a diagnosis and treatment strategy. Students will learn to treat patients with a variety of TCM modalities, and prepare formulas or prescribe patent herbs, under the direct supervision of a licensed faculty supervisor. Clinical Internship Rounds is designed to provide a setting for students to develop comprehensive clinical skills in preparation for Internship.

Prerequisite:
MCL 300, Clinical Rounds; CNT: Clean Needle Technique; CPR/First Aid; Concurrent enrollment in MRA 300, Cumulative Review I

Clinical Internship

MCL 600
12 Units 384 Hours

Clinical training at Five Branches University culminates with Clinical Internship. Clinical Internship is designed to simulate an actual clinical environment, in which students diagnose, treat and develop long-range treatment goals and plans for their patients. Interns work independently under a licensed clinical faculty supervisor who is there to answer questions and provide recommendations and support as needed. Clinical Internship imparts the ultimate clinical educational condition for students, in which autonomy with patients is supported by the guidance and wisdom of experienced licensed faculty members. Students will be able, upon licensure, to treat patients unsupervised with confidence and expertise.

Prerequisite:
MCL 400, Clinical Internship Rounds; Concurrent enrollment in MRA 500, Cumulative Review II

 

Electives

The following electives may be taken as part of MTCM clinical training, while also completing the requirements for each certificate program. For detailed information about these certificates please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

 

Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Elective Courses]
Sports Medicine Clinical RoundsMCL 3001.548
Sports Medicine Clinical InternshipMCL 6001.548
Five Element Clinical RoundsMCL 3001.548
Five Element Clinical Internship RoundsMCL 4003.096
Five Element Clinical InternshipMCL 6001.548
Medical Qigong Clinical Internship RoundsMCL 4002.2572
TCM Tuina Massage Clinical Internship RoundsMCL 4001.548
TCM Tuina Massage Clinical InternshipMCL 6001.548

Sports Medicine Clinical Rounds

MCL 300
1.5 Units 48 Hours

In this specialized clinical training course, you will observe senior practitioners in clinic as they apply acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, and Tuina massage to a broad spectrum of patients with sports injury-related conditions.

Prerequisite:
Prerequisites: MCL 200, Clinical Theater; MRA 300, Cumulative Review I

Sports Medicine Clinical Internship

MCL 600
1.5 Units 48 Hours

In this final stage of clinical training, you will gain the skills to diagnose and treat patients, applying classical and specialized acupuncture and herbal formula treatment plans for a variety of sports injuries, utilizing Western medical examination and diagnostic techniques when appropriate.

Prerequisite:
MCL 300, Sports Medicine Clinical Rounds; MCM 410, Traumatology and Orthopedics; MWM 520, Western Physical Examination/Lab

Five Element Clinical Rounds

MCL 300
1.5 Units 48 Hours

In this clinical training course, you will observe senior practitioners in clinic as they apply Five Element theory, energetics, and point selection to a broad spectrum of patients, gaining an understanding of the principles of Five Element Acupuncture as applied in a clinical setting.

Prerequisite:
MEL 315, Five Element Theory I

Five Element Clinical Internship Rounds

MCL 400
3.0 Units 96 Hours

In Clinical Internship Rounds, you will diagnose and treat patients in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of a senior practitioner. You will learn to treat patients with a variety of conditions using Five Element theory, energetics, and point selection.

Prerequisite:
MCL 300, Five Element Clinical Rounds; MEL 420, Five Element Theory II

Five Element Clinical Internship

MCL 600
1.5 Units 48 Hours

In this final stage of clinical training, you will be assigned your own patients and conduct intake, diagnosis and treatment under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor.

Prerequisite:
MCL 400, Five Element Clinical Internship Rounds

Medical Qigong Clinical Internship Rounds

MCL 400
2.25 Units 72 Hours

Conducted in a small class setting, Clinical Internship Rounds provides you with exposure and first-hand experience with Medical Qigong diagnosis and treatment. In this hands-on clinical training course you will learn and experience the different aspects of energetic dysfunction and symptom manifestation. Through the careful guidance of the instructor, you will assist in all phases of diagnosis and treatment.

Prerequisite:
MEL 310, Medical Qigong I; MEL 320, Medical Qigong II; CNT, Clean Needle Tecnhnique, CFA, CPR/First Aid

TCM Tuina Massage Clinical Internship Rounds

MCL 400
1.5 Units 48 Hours

In this specialized clinical training course, you will practice a broad spectrum of applications of Tuina massage with patients in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of a senior practitioner.

Prerequisite:
MAC 350, TCM Tuina Massage I

TCM Tuina Massage Clinical Internship

MCL 600
1.5 Units 48 Hours

A continuation of the theoretical and practical aspects of Tuina massage, this clinical training course provides you with the opportunity to work with your own patients, practicing what you have learned in class and observed in clinic, under the direct supervision of a senior practitioner.

Prerequisite:
MCL 400, TCM Tuina Clinical Internship Rounds

 

 

Clinical Training in Asia

Students may choose to complete up to 25% of their clinical training in the affiliated hospitals of our five sister colleges in China, Taiwan and Korea. For further details, please refer to Study in Asia.