Acupuncture Courses

Below is a list of Acupuncture courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Meridians and Points (ACU101/102)

This is a comprehensive survey of all meridian-based acupuncture points, extraordinary points and meridians of the human body including anatomical locations and an introduction to energetic properties. Attention is given to each of the 12 primary meridians, the 8 extraordinary meridians, the collaterals and all acupuncture points. Students learn the numerical nomenclature of points as well as their Pinyin names, pronunciations and English translations. This course contains both theoretical and practical content. This course is best suited for students in the first two semesters of studies. Some students find that it is helpful to first complete OM121 Medical Mandarin and BMS103 Surface Anatomy, but these are not prerequisites. 

Prerequisites: – –    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Energetics of Acupoints (ACU111/112)

This is in-depth study of the energetic and therapeutic properties of all acupuncture points of the 12 primary meridians, the Governing and Conception vessels, and the extraordinary points. Students learn the therapeutic functions of the acupoints and simple and elaborate acupoint combinations. This course builds on the introduction to the meanings of acupuncture point names provided in ACU101/102 and further explores the naming of the points, in many cases revealing both the therapeutic values of points and their locations. Point categories are covered in detail as are microsystems of the body, including the ear. Forbidden and cautionary points are also discussed.

Prerequisites: ACU101/102, OM101/102    Semester: Winter, Summer    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Techniques and Therapeutics (ACU113/114)

Students are introduced to the theory and practice of acupuncture therapy and its related disciplines. This course provides a solid foundation in needling technique, and related skills of moxibustion, cupping, electric stimulation, seven star needle and gua sha. Special attention is paid to aseptic procedures. The course also introduces students to acupuncture micro-systems including ear and scalp. The majority of class time is dedicated to the practice of techniques to help students develop practical skills and gain experience.

Prerequisites: ACU101/102, OM101/102, valid CTCMA Student Registration    Semester: Fall, Winter, Summer    Fee: $20    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Internal Medicine (ACU211/212)

Students gain a thorough understanding of the complexity of pathogenesis and the treatment of TCM internal syndromes including etiology, pathology, syndrome differentiation and treatment using acupuncture and moxibustion. The first part of this course explores the 5 internal pathogenic factors, the 6 channels (as detailed in the Shang Han Lun) and 4 levels of pathogenic invasion (as detailed in the Wen Bing Xue), the state of Qi and Blood, pathologies of Zang Fu organs, therapeutic principles and methods and includes and introduction to the Jing Gui Yao Lue. The second part of this course covers the following TCM diseases: common cold, cough, asthma and wheezing, spontaneous and night sweating, palpitations, chest Bi, syncope, apoplexy, convulsions, headache, dizziness and vertigo, insomnia, mania and other psychiatric conditions, epilepsy, stomachache, vomiting, regurgitation, hiccup, dysphagia, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, parasites, abdominal pain, hypochondrium pain, jaundice, abdominal masses, tympanites and ascites, bleeding, edema, stranguria, urinary difficulties, lumbago, diabetes, Bi syndrome, atrophy, fever due to internal injury and consumptive disease. Additional components include basic geriatric conditions and addictions.

Prerequisites: ACU111/112, BMS201/202 and OM201/202    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Gynecology (ACU321)

Gynecology is the field of medicine that deals with specific women’s health issues, primarily those related to reproductive organs. This course applies the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to the field of gynecology. Students gain knowledge of physical and pathological features of women and learn to diagnose based on syndrome patterns to and create appropriate treatment procedures for diseases and conditions related to menstruation, leucorrhea, pregnancy and labour. Twenty-five diseases are thoroughly discussed leaving students confident in the treatment of gynecological conditions with basic acupoint prescriptions and their relevant modifications.

Prerequisites: ACU111/112, BMS201/202 and OM201/202    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Orthopedics and Traumatology (ACU322)

By applying the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to the study of orthopedics and sports therapy, this class introduces the topic of Motor Points and use of Acupuncture for injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Students are taught to assess patients using the sports medical model and to treat patients using Motor Point techniques as well as basic TCM Acupuncture treatment protocols for common injuries.

Prerequisites: ACU113/114 and BMS103, valid CTCMA Student Registration    Semester: Fall, Winter    Fee: $15    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Dermatology and External Medicine (ACU323)

This course applies the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to the study of dermatology and other disorders of the external body. Through studying 16 diseases, students gain skills in diagnosis, syndrome differentiation and treatment using acupuncture and moxibustion for a variety of diseases and conditions such as carbuncles and furuncles, goiter, hemorrhoids, scrofula, herpes zoster and warts.

Prerequisites: ACU111/112, BMS201/202 and OM201/202    Semester: Fall, Summer    Credits: 1.5    Hours: 22.5

Pediatrics (ACU324)

This course applies the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to the field of pediatrics. Students learn to differentiate syndromes based on patterns of signs and symptoms, and to create appropriate treatment procedures using acupuncture and moxibustion for a dozen different diseases and conditions such as common cold and cough, asthma, diarrhea, constipation, urinary disorders, and fevers and convulsions. Students learn diagnostic skills by applying them directly to infants and children who are brought in from time to time.

Prerequisites: ACU111/112, BMS201/202 and OM201/202    Semester: Winter, Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Ophthalmology and Ears, Nose, Throat (ACU325)

This course applies the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to the study of disorders of the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and throat. Students learn to differentiate syndromes based on patterns of signs and symptoms, and to create appropriate treatment procedures using acupuncture and moxibustion for diseases and conditions such as blindness, cataracts, conjunctivitis, deafness, tinnitus, vertigo, epistaxis and sore throat.

Prerequisites: ACU111/112, BMS201/202 and OM201/202    Semester: Fall, Winter    Credits: 1.5    Hours: 22.5

Advanced Orthopedics and Traumatology (ACU332)

Building on concepts offered in ACU322, this class deeply explores the treatment of common musculoskeletal pathologies and introduces a template for all treatment protocols. In addition to applying motor points, students apply classical theories and points to the treatment of injuries, and practice advanced techniques such as cupping, electro-stimulation, and moxibustion. Class assignments include reports on common pathologies and in-class treatments each day.

Prerequisites: ACU322, valid CTCMA Student Registration    Semester: Summer    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture (ACU351)

This course is an experiential and cognitive exploration of Dynamic Interactive Acu-Bodywork (DIA), developed over a twenty year period at the Victoria Pain Clinic by author, physician and acupuncturist Dr. Michael Greenwood. Through a combination of cognitive and practical coursework, participants acquire and learn the basic philosophy and techniques of DIA, including meditative techniques, breathwork, acupuncture/acupressure protocols and the importance of intention and context. A primary goal of this course is to inspire students to think of acupuncture as a tool for transformation, through an exploration of 5-elements, psychology, French Energetics and Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture. The healing techniques applied in this course can lead participants to have profound and potentially challenging healing experiences. Dr Greenwood is the author of Braving the Void, Paradox and Healing and The Unbroken Field.

Prerequisites: ACU113/114, valid CTCMA Student Registration    Semester: Various    Fee: $15    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Advanced Acupuncture and Addictions (ACU521)

This course builds upon the learning outcomes of ACU113/114 and involves significant practical work. Coursework focuses on the use and application of advanced acupuncture techniques, as well the exploration of various microsystems, acupuncture treatment plans and protocols.

Prerequisites: ACU113/114, valid and current CTCMA Student Registration, 80 program credits or permission from the dean    Semester: Winter    Fee: $15    Credits: 3    Hours: 45