Joanna Zhao, L.Ac.Department Chair
|Beginning Clinical Theater||MCL 100||1.5||48|
|Clinical Theater||MCL 200||1.5||48|
|Clinical Rounds||MCL 300||4.5||144|
|Clinical Internship Rounds||MCL 400||9.0||288|
|Clinical Internship||MCL 600||12||384|
|Clinical Integrative Theater||MCL 650||1.5||48|
Beginning Clinical Theater
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.
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 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
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 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
Clinical Integrative Theater
A member of the Western faculty and the TCM faculty will supervise up to nine interns. In rotating groups of three, interns will perform the history and relevant examination of a patient from both Western and Eastern perspectives, and develop an assessment and plan from each perspective. The diagnosis and the plan will be evaluated and discussed. A second group of students will perform the Eastern treatment and carry out and make appropriate recommendations for the Western treatment with the exclusion of administering medications.
Prerequisite:MCL 400, Clinical Internship Rounds
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.
|Sports Medicine Clinical Rounds||MCL 300||1.5||48|
|Sports Medicine Clinical Internship||MCL 600||1.5||48|
|Five Element Clinical Rounds||MCL 300||1.5||48|
|Five Element Clinical Internship Rounds||MCL 400||3.0||96|
|Five Element Clinical Internship||MCL 600||1.5||48|
|Medical Qigong Clinical Internship Rounds||MCL 400||2.25||72|
|TCM Tuina Massage Clinical Internship Rounds||MCL 400||1.5||48|
|TCM Tuina Massage Clinical Internship||MCL 600||1.5||48|
Sports Medicine Clinical Rounds
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.