TCM Clinical Medicine

Joanna Zhao, L.Ac.

Department Chair
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
TCM Traumatology and OrthopedicsMCM 410348

TCM Traumatology and Orthopedics

MCM 410
3 Units 48 Hours

This course covers the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases of the musculo-skeletal system in accordance with both TCM and Western medicine. Emphasis is placed on the differentiation of bone and soft tissue injuries related to common sports and industrial injuries. You will learn to treat patients with acupuncture and herbs, perform essential orthopedic tests to evaluate the outcome of treatments, recognize red flags in orthopedics, and make appropriate referrals. You will learn how to competently instruct patients in the proper rehabilitation and the prevention of sports and industrial injuries.

MAC 220/MAC 230, Meridians and Acupuncture Points I/Lab; MAC 320/MAC 330, Meridians and Acupuncture Points II/Lab


The following electives expand on the core TCM Clinical Medicine curriculum, offering you advanced expertise in specialties of TCM clinical medicine. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Elective Courses]
Advanced TCM Trauma and OrthopedicsMEL 700232

Advanced TCM Trauma and Orthopedics

MEL 700
2 Units 32 Hours

This course covers the etiology, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis and treatment for traumatic injuries of the skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles from an integrative approach. You will learn how to review X-rays, perform specific orthopedic tests for common musculoskeletal injuries, and make proper referrals when necessary. Herbal formulas for poultices, plasters and compresses will be taught in addition to acupuncture treatment modalities.

MCM 410, TCM Traumatology and Orthopedics