Specialties

The program offers dual specialties in Internal and Physical Medicine. The specialty courses aim to advance the clinical competencies and collaborative capacities of doctoral students. With integrative and comprehensive knowledge and skills of AOM and biomedicine, doctoral students will establish multiple clinical modalities through an array of case-based and disease-focused class sessions. Faculty members include renowned scholars, experienced clinicians, and experts in their fields of instruction.

Physical Medicine

Physical Medicine specialty provides four areas of the Physical Medicine Specialty that provides focus with interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to enhance the clinical competencies of doctoral students and to increase interdisciplinary communication and cooperation with other healthcare providers.

The faculty consists of experienced clinicians in the fields of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, chiropractic, orthopedic surgery, Tuina, and other experts whose knowledge and skills can enhance the clinical results of patient care.

DS110 Orthopedics
48 hours
This course covers the diagnosis, physical examination and treatment modalities for pain management in musculoskeletal disorders.

DS120 Sports Medicine
48 hours
This course covers the diagnosis, physical examination and treatment modalities for pain management in soft tissue and sports injuries.

DS130 Rehabilitation
48 hours
In this course, the practice of rehabilitation will be discussed with the purpose to restore some or all of the patient’s physical, sensory, and mental capabilities that were lost due to injury, illness, or disease. Rehabilitation includes assisting the patient to compensate for deficits that cannot be reversed. Topics to be discussed will include types of injury, illness, or disease, including amputations, arthritis, cancer, cardiac disease, neurological problems, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries.

DS161 Acute Care
48 hours
The Acute Care is a branch of medicine where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery.

Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine specialty provides four areas of the Internal Medicine Specialty that provides focus with interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to enhance the clinical competencies of doctoral students and to increase interdisciplinary communication and cooperation with other healthcare providers.

The faculty consists of experienced clinicians in the fields of diagnostics, acupuncture, herbology, chiropractic, naturopathy, and other experts whose knowledge and skills can enhance the clinical results of patient care.

DS140 Cardiology
48 hours
In this course, pathology, OM and biomedical diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases will be addressed. Commonly treated conditions, such as congenital heart defects, cardiovascular diseases, and heart failure, will be discussed.

DS151 Immunology
48 hours
This course investigates the role of AOM in immunology and studies all aspects of the immune system such as the physiological functioning of the immune system in health and diseases states and malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders. The involvement of AOM interventions as a part of integrative medicine will be addressed.

DS170 Reproductive Medicine
48 hours
This course will address the prevention,
management of reproductive diseases. Class contents will focus on improving and/or maintaining the health of the reproductive system and fertility. Human reproduction, endocrinology, and perinatal issues will also be covered.

DS180 Oncology
48 hours
This class will discuss health issues that are concerned with any type and any stage of cancer, including OM and western medical diagnosis, OM and biomedical therapies, and AOM modalities surrounding cancer care. Current research literature involved AOM and successful cases of integrative medicine will be addressed.

Chinese Medical Classics

Chinese Medical Classics focuses on advanced knowledge and skills of the fundamentals and mechanisms of traditional Oriental medicine.

DC110 Chinese Medical Classics I
12 hours
Through investigation of classical texts from a variety of authors and time periods, doctoral students advance their knowledge of classical Oriental medical thoughts and are inspired to interpret the knowledge from the ancient context into modern clinical practice. Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon and Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders are the focus of this class, among other Oriental Medicine literature. The class contents put an emphasis on the modern applications of ancient literature in physical and internal medicine.

DC120 Chinese Medical Classics II
12 hours
Through investigation of classical texts from a variety of authors and time periods, doctoral students broaden their knowledge of classical Oriental medical thoughts and are inspired to apply this knowledge in the context of modern clinical practice. Synopsis of Golden Chamber and Discussion of Warm Diseases are the focus of this class, among other Oriental Medicine literature. The class contents put an accent on the modern applications of ancient literature in physical and internal medicine.

Professional Development

In accordance with the college’s mission, these courses are designed to cultivate the doctoral students as the future healers, teachers, and leaders in Oriental medicine. The theme of professional development is integrated throughout the curriculum.

DC210 Professional Development I
6 hours
This class will cover strategic planning and career development in the AOM industry and lay the foundation on which doctoral students will develop their ability in marketing and management for a successful practice.

DC220 Professional Development II
12 hours
In this class, community and cultural dynamics will be addressed to build the competencies of doctoral students in consultation and collaboration with other healthcare professionals and patients.

DC230 Professional Development III
6 hours

In this class, doctoral students will conduct professional medical presentation and peer-review commentary. This class is scheduled at the end of the first academic year, and doctoral students will create and present a poster to introduce their research project proposal.

DC240 Professional Development IV
6 hours
This class focuses on Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and the medical information evaluation. Students will learn the process of reviewing, appraising and applying the best available evidence to a clinical decision and acquire competency of evaluating medical research papers and apply the skills to capstone project writing, including recruitment, assessment, and analysis of the information released in medical literature.

DC250 Professional Development V
12 hours
This class will familiarize doctoral students with business operations of private practice. Insurance billing procedures, including commercial, workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, will be covered. Medical and legal issues will be addressed in this class as well.

DC260 Professional Development VI
6 hours
As the summation of the series of Professional Development, this class will require doctoral students to create and present their final work of capstone projects.

System-Based Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

System-based AOM is a series of coursework covers different AOM treatment modalities derived from the macro- and micro-system theories. Advanced AOM knowledge and skills that have been clinically proved effective, simple, and fast-working will be discussed.

DC310 Master Tung’s Acupuncture
12 hours
Characterized by its unique channel system, needling techniques, bleeding therapy and distal points, Master Tung’s acupuncture is a family lineage of Chinese medicine that has survived into the present day and expanded the traditional acupuncture knowledge in many aspects. This class will present an overview of Master Tung’s acupuncture and demonstrate advanced hands-on skills. Class contents emphasize the clinical applications in physical and internal medicine.

DC321 Scalp Acupuncture
12 hours
Scalp acupuncture is a specialized micro-system acupuncture technique, which places very short and fine needles on the scalp to achieve desired therapeutic effects on different parts of the body. This technique has been recognized as an effective tool to manage a variety of medical conditions, including physical and internal medicine.

DC350 Constitutional Medicine
12 hours
Balancing the constitutional energy traits is one major core concept in traditional Korean medicine, which highlights individualized therapeutic modalities based on Sasang, a typology of personal temperament and nature. This course will address the differentiation of constitutional energy traits for disease prevention and treatment. Clinical techniques and dietary regimens for different body types will be covered as well.

DC361 SaAm Acupuncture
12 hours
This class will explore the theory and clinical applications of SaAm acupuncture, a Korean acupuncture method that treats illnesses by tracing the fundamental causes of physical and psychological diseases and uses acupoints at the ends of limbs which are selected after examining the whole body and its current status.

DC370 I-Ching and Eight Trigrams
12 hours
The I-Ching and Eight Trigrams illustrate the energy fields in which Yin and Yang interact. Generations of AOM practitioners have applied the insights of this ancient wisdom to diagnosis and treatment. Core concepts of the I-Ching and Eight Trigramsincluding correlation of Five Elements, the timing of treatment, and harmony of Heaven and Human cosmoses will be explored. The class will touch base with acupuncture techniques rooted from I-Ching philosophy and the Eight Trigrams theory.

Biological Bases Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Biological bases of AOM are coursework to study the biological perspectives of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the light of modern biomedical knowledge. Different biomedical theories explaining the work of acupuncture and Oriental medicine that are accepted by the majority of medical professionals, along with indications and contraindications, will be discussed.

DC380 Biological Bases of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine
12 hours
This class will investigate the latest findings in biological mechanisms, human chemical reactions, and modern clinical applications of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Doctoral students will be familiarized with various theories in biomedicine that explain the effectiveness of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

DC390 Herb-drug Interactions
12 hours
This class provides advanced knowledge in the interactions between Chinese herbs and Western pharmaceuticals to ensure the safe and effective practice of Chinese herbal medicine in contemporary clinical settings. Compatibility and possible adverse interactions between herbs and prescription drugs and the proper conjunction with Western herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and minerals are covered.

Capstone Project

This course is designed to take doctoral students through the necessary steps to create and complete a clinical research project in one year. The final course product can be further developed and expanded for future publications.

DC510 Capstone Project I
12 hours
The first part of a series of research classes, this class focuses on literature review. The class content aims to train doctoral students to critically evaluate and synthesize the research information the gather from current literature related to Oriental medicine. A distinction of substantive findings and theoretical and methodological contributions will follow.

DC520 Capstone Project II
12 hours
The second part of a series of research classes, this class focuses on research design. As a “blueprint” for the Capstone Project, this class guides doctoral students in the research orientation, data collection, and research methods. A distinction of interventions, outcomes, variables and measurement tools in a research project will also be addressed.

DC530 Capstone Project III
12 hours
The third part of a series of research classes, this class focuses on evidence-based medicine (EBM). Doctoral students will be trained to apply the best available evidence to clinical decision making through scientific and systematic data collection. Associated with research design, the source type and other factors such as statistical validity, clinical relevance, and peer-review acceptance are also covered in this class. Doctoral students will be able to complete their proposals for the Capstone Project.

DC540 Capstone Project IV
12 hours
The fourth part of a series of research classes, this class focuses on data analysis and discussion. Doctoral students will be trained to apply qualitative and quantitative methods to a research project, examine the findings, and integrate practical information into clinical practice. This class aids doctoral students to complete their capstone projects.