Career Development and TCM Energetics

Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
Professional EthicsFCD 300 115
Career Development I, II & IIIFCD 500 | X10 | E10 460
Community OutreachFCD 9000.57.5
Marketing and ManagementFCD X10 230
Qigong IFEB 100 115
TCM QigongFEB 140 115
Wild Goose QigongFEB 150 115
Qigong StretchFEB 160115
Qigong IIFEB 300115
Taijiquan IFEB 500 115
Taijiquan IIFEB 700 115

Professional Ethics

FCD 300
1 Units 15 Hours

This course covers the universal medical ethics required of a primary health care 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 FCL 400 Clinical Internship Rounds

Career Development I, II & III

FCD 500 | X10 | E10
4 Units 60 Hours

The primary focus of our program is ensuring your are honing the knowledge of the theory and practice of Chinese medicine and become a confident and competent practitioner. In the western world environment it is also required from practitioner to be familiar with post-graduation options and learn to develop entrepreneurial skills. This three course sequence is designed to introduce students how to apply their trade into the business world.
The first course will inform students to the various options of employment in the field of acupuncture and oriental medicine. Students will also learn the steps necessary for creating a successful practice. Topics covered will include: niche, brand, positioning, competitor analysis, market share, and marketing tactics.
The second course provides students with the information you need to apply your acupuncture training skills in a business-like manner in a variety of clinical settings. The emphasis is on a practical application of the business and professional skills and information necessary to provide acupuncture health care to an ever-growing population of patients.
In the third course students will be taught how to prepare a strong business plan. They will also learn the business and financial obligation aspects of running an acupuncture practice.
Upon completion of this course sequence students will have a clearer understanding of what they envision their acupuncture practice will look like: who they want to serve, how they will help them, how they will attract and communicate with clients, and what marketing tactics they will want to use. Students will also understand the synergistic nature of the professional, ethical, financial and marketing skills necessary to run a primary health care practice in the USA in the 21st century. Students will write their preliminary marketing plan and present their plan in class.

Prerequisite:
Career Development I: FCD 300 Professional Ethics | Career Development II: FCD 500 Career Development I | Career Development III: FCD X10 Career Development II

Community Outreach

FCD 900
0.5 Units 7.5 Hours

Acupuncturists, as part of the health care delivery system, should engage in providing information about Chinese medicine to members of their community. Students will either participate in periodic health fairs organized by the university or create their own opportunity by partnering with local agencies, organizations, and schools to raise public awareness on traditional Chinese medicine and providing presentations on health topics of their choosing, lead classes in Qigong or Taiji. Participation in health fair provided by university provide interns with the opportunity to promote their practice by handing out business cards to prospective patients.
By completing this course students will gain firsthand experience in self marketing and trade promotion to the general public which will be very valuable for them upon graduation.

Prerequisite:
Completion of 4th term courses.

Marketing and Management

FCD X10
2 Units 30 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 set up, run and maintain a viable practice and will understand the inner workings of an acupuncture office. 

Prerequisite:
FCD 500, Professional Ethics

Qigong I

FEB 100
1 Units 15 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 fundamentals 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

FEB 140
1 Units 15 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 ago. 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

FEB 150
1 Units 15 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

FEB 160
1 Units 15 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

FEB 300
1 Units 15 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:
FEB 100, Qigong I

Taijiquan I

FEB 500
1 Units 15 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

FEB 700
1 Units 15 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:
FEB500 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 IFEL 310230
Medical Qigong IIFEL 320230
Medical Qigong IIIFEL 330230
Medical Qigong IVFEL 340230
Yin Tuina IFEL 491115

Medical Qigong I

FEL 310
2 Units 30 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:
None

Medical Qigong II

FEL 320
2 Units 30 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:
FEL 310 Medical Qigong I

Medical Qigong III

FEL 330
2 Units 30 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:
FEL 320, Medical Qigong II

Medical Qigong IV

FEL 340
2 Units 30 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:
FEL 330, Medical Qigong III

Yin Tuina I

FEL 491
1 Units 15 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, Zang Fu, 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