Master's Program Curriculum Overview

Our Master of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM) program offers a unique and comprehensive curriculum that combines 2385 hours of rigorous classroom teaching and 990 hours of clinical experience with a rich 38-generation family heritage of Qi cultivation and development.

Year One: A Fundamental Year – Discover the Medicine

Fundamental principles and theories of all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture and Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia are introduced. You will learn basic biomedical sciences such as Biology, Biochemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Western Medical Terminology.  Qi Cultivation courses such as Self-Healing Gigong and Harmony Tai Chi will build the foundation for your practice.  In the first year after the first herbology courses, you begin observation and service in the Community Clinic Herbal Dispensary.  The First Comprehensive Examination, taken at the end of the first year, serves as a benchmark tool to assess academic progress in the curriculum.

Year Two: An Accumulation Year – Observe the Medicine

The second year’s classroom experience continues with an in­depth understanding of the practice of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and biomedical sciences such as clinical nutrition, pathophysiology and psychology of patient care. TCM diagnosis, basic needling techniques, and herbal formulations are taught and practiced. Students will also learn Tuina, the Chinese equivalent of physical therapy, along with concepts and practices in both TCM and Western nutrition.  Qi Cultivation courses continue with more advanced classes in Gigong and Harmony Tai Chi. Through the various Clinical Theater courses, students observe licensed faculty/practitioners manage real­life clinical patients with the various modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Year Three:  A Transitional Year – Apply the Medicine

You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of both TCM and Western clinical sciences through a series of didactic courses that focus on the clinical aspects of the medicine.  Courses will include TCM Internal Medicine, Western Clinical Medicine and other clinically­oriented courses to prepare you for your clinical internship. You will continue to observe and assist clinical interns in the care and management of patients. Students will also have the opportunity to observe clinicians at work in various off­site clinical externship programs affiliated with Yo San University.  Advanced Qi Cultivation classes provide you with the opportunity to deepen your practice.

Year Four:  The Clinic Internship – Become the Medicine

Upon passing the Pre­Clinical examination, usually toward the end of the third year, and fulfilling all the required coursework, you will embark on the final stage of the program: Clinical Internship. The clinical program at Yo San University comprises three levels of internship training, with increasing levels of direct participation and responsibilities for patient care and management, under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty.  Intern activities include assessment and examination of patients, formulation of diagnosis and treatment plan, and the implementation of treatment with TCM modalities. You will be guided to develop and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and responsibility until such standards become a fundamental characteristic.

You will complete 840 hours of supervised clinical internship with a minimum of 350 patient treatments. Clinical Internship begins once you have passed the specified prerequisites courses, and must be completed prior to graduation. Yo San University also offers several off­site clinical training opportunities at various multidisciplinary medical facilities including training sites at Venice Family Clinic, Integrative Chronic Pain Clinic at the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, Being Alive in Los Angeles, and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  We also offer you the opportunity to study in Chengdu, China with Chinese doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

Classroom experience at this stage will be focused on clinical case studies and integrative approaches to TCM, as well as the ethical, legal, business and management aspects of setting up and maintaining a successful acupuncture practice.

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