Doctoral Program - Course Description

 

DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

AC700 Advanced Acupuncture Theory & Therapy 4 Units
This course focuses on a study of Master Tong’s Acupuncture Theory and Needling Techniques. An introduction of Master Tong’s background, a comprehensive Master Tong’s acupuncture theory, special acupuncture point locations and indications, diagnostic methods, needling techniques and clinical application will be covered.

AC710 Special Acupuncture Theory & Therapy 4 Units
This course focuses on a study of various acupuncture theory and therapy currently practiced in main stream acupuncture society today. Studies may include but not limited to; Saam Acupuncture, Korean Hand Acupuncture, Bo (Abdominal) Acupuncture, Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture and Ear Acupuncture.  An introduction, background and a comprehensive acupuncture theory, special acupuncture point locations and indications, diagnostic methods, needling techniques and clinical application will be covered.

BM700 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 4 Units
This is a multidisciplinary course which includes biochemical, genetic, molecular biological and immunological aspects of the potential pathogens within the host environment. Mechanisms and processes of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasites pathogenicity; microbial transmission; host-parasite interaction; uses of and resistance to antimicrobial agents; public health and the control of infectious diseases are covered. Basic immunology, which includes natural immunity, acquired immunity, antigen recognition, cell-mediated immune responses, humoral immune responses, immunologic tolerance and autoimmunity, hypersensitivity diseases, immune response in tumors and transplants, congenital and acquired immunodeficiency are covered.

BM710 Biomedical Assessment & Diagnosis 4 Units
This course discusses various biomedical procedures used in diagnosing the different types of diseases. Clinical applications of various diagnostic imaging (X-ray, MRI, CAT scan, PET, etc.) that helps in diagnosing diseases especially chest, abdomen and joint diseases are introduced. Laboratory tests (stool, urine and blood tests; CBC; basal metabolic tests, etc.) interpretation is covered. The course also covers the normal ECG, and its variations in different heart diseases.

CD700 Clinical Research Design 4 Units
This course covers an overview of the basic research strategies, methods, and goals of clinical research. Topics include study design, data analysis and interpretation, and determination of appropriate methodologies to answer different research questions. Participants will learn about bias and confounding in observational research, the clinical value of diagnostic tests, the use of cross-sectional, case-control and cohort study designs, and various statistical modeling used in clinical research. This course also include Evidence-based medicine (EBM), which is designed to make students to apply more uniformly the standards of evidence gained from the scientific method to certain aspects of integrative medical practice. Specifically, EBM course seeks to assess the quality of evidence relevant to the risks and benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medical treatments, help students to search the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.

CT700 Advanced Practice Management 4 Units
This course helps doctoral students enhance clinical practice through the understanding of healthcare systems and the effective use of insurance billing and record keeping skills for practice management. Enhancing management skills, communications with the insurance company, relationships with the patients, and record keeping and marketing methods will be covered. This course also includes general concepts and requirements of the learning portfolio. It introduces doctoral students to the development of the portfolio with artifacts/student work/reflection earned from didactic training.

OM700 Classical Internal Medicine A 4 Units
This course covers the fundamental theory and practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as provided in the Huang Di Nei Jing. Diagnosis and treatment methods as provided in the Huang Di Nei Jing are also covered.

OM701 Classical Internal Medicine B 4 Units
This course covers the fundamental theory and practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as provided in the Huang Di Nei Jing. Diagnosis and treatment methods as provided in the Huang Di Nei Jing are also covered.

OM710 Classical Formulas 4 Units
This course covers the fundamental theory and practice of herbal formulas as presented in various classical text, include but not limited to, Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet), Shang Han Lun (Discussion of Cold-Induced Disorders, Qian Jin Yao Fang (Essential Formulas for Emergencies [Worth] a Thousand Pieces of Gold), Dongui Bogam (Mirror of Eastern Medicine), Wen Bing (Systematic Differentiation of Warm Disease).

OM720 Logics of Oriental Medicine 4 Units
This course covers the historical development of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout different region and different era in Asian society. Fundamental theories and logics behind various schools of thoughts, include but not limited to, Wen Bu(Gently Tonify)溫補學派, Jin Yuan Si Zi金元四子學派, Shang Han傷寒學派, Wen Bing溫病學派, Jing Fang 經方學派.

OM730 Advanced Oriental Medicine Diagnosis 4 Units 
This course covers different aspect of diagnostic methods and fundamental treatment principle base on various schools of thought, include but not limited to, Wen Bu(Gently Tonify)溫補學派。Jin Yuan Si Zi金元四子學派, Shang Han傷寒學派, Wen Bing溫病學派  in Oriental Medicine.

IM700 Integrative Geriatrics 4 Units
This course focuses on intervention with elderly patients at micro and macro levels. Major areas of discussion include advocacy and empowerment, long term care, geriatric assessment, coping with age-related changes, advance directives, guardianship, adult protective services, conflict resolution, and care giving. It also addresses the medical conditions that are most common, most serious, or most troublesome to older adults. Critical information about cancers, coronary artery diseases, and other common diseases, as well as the geriatric syndromes such as dementia, delirium, and falls are presented. The course introduces a comprehensive AOM treatment for commonly encountered senile diseases and therapies such as herbal therapy, acupuncture, moxibustion, Qigong, massage, diet therapy, etc., in addition to procedures to live a healthy long life.

IM710 Integrative Gynecology 4 Units
This course is designed to provide deep understanding and advanced knowledge of gynecological problems from both Biomedical and AOM perspectives. Integrative approaches for infertility, pre and post menopause, osteoporosis, as well as breast cancer, uterine cancer will be emphasized.

IM720 Integrative Pediatrics 4 Units
This course is designed to prepare the doctoral students to perform AOM diagnosis and treatment of commonly encountered pediatric diseases. Etiology, pathology, diagnostic assessment skills, and therapeutic approaches from both Biomedical and AOM point of view will be discussed.

IM740 Integrative Neurology 4 Units
This course provides the doctoral students with an in-depth understanding of integrated pathophysiology, neurological evaluation and assessment. Disorder of motor system, sensation, cranial nerves, autonomic function, Raynaud’s disease, and Alzheimer will be discussed in this course. Correlation with the theories of the AOM and its clinical applications is addressed.

IM750 Integrative Physiology 4 Units
The course consists of two parts. The first part provides an understanding of the physiological balance and homeostasis of the Oriental Medicine theories in health and illness. In addition, the course will explain the role of the main organs in the balance mechanism and its relation to the modern concepts. The second part provides a comprehensive study of the Oriental Medicine theories in the vitality of the five organs and its relation to the modern concepts of endocrine system. Furthermore, the role of the endocrine system in maintaining homeostasis and the relationship of the nervous system to the endocrine system will be discussed

PD710 Professional Development 4 Units
This course helps doctoral students to gain competencies for effective teaching in both classroom and clinical settings and competencies for effective professional development as a practitioner, teacher, and leader. Doctoral students will gain knowledge and skills in teaching and evaluating learners. Doctoral students will learn how to develop a teaching session and how to assess students and provide feedback. Doctoral students will be asked to prepare lecture for presentation in class. This course also will help students cultivate collaborative and leadership skills. Doctoral students will read and discuss significant texts in the area of leadership as well as develop a personal philosophy of leadership and increasing professional effectiveness for working in the field of healthcare, teaching within a college, and collaborating with other healthcare providers.

PM700 Advanced Pain Management 4 Units
This course is designed to introduce the doctoral students with adequate pain management of patients, which include patho-physiology of pain, influencing factors, assessment of techniques, and interventions, both western and oriental medicine point of view. Evidence based acupuncture needling mechanism will be addressed to help students build up strong scientific background for acupuncture treatment for pain management. The medical conditions which is most commonly associated with pain and their treatment with AOM modalities including acupuncture treatment, acupressure, qigong, herbs and dietary supplements will be addressed.

CL810 Collaboration with Other Healthcare Providers 100 Hours
Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 16 units of didactic courses.
Doctoral students are required to be licensed or certified to practice prior to clerkship training. Minimum TOEFL and TSE scores, if applicable. This phase of clinical clerkship training provides doctoral students with the opportunity to collaborate, consultant, and interact with other healthcare providers, such as MD, DO, DC, PTD for clinical case management. Doctoral students are required to demonstrate competencies of biomedical knowledge and skills for clinical intervention. Integrative approach of both biomedical and AOM patient assessment skills and treatment procedures are developed through critical thinking and problem solving. Doctoral students must also show their ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with other healthcare providers for patient care.

CL830 Clinic Supervision and Teaching Practice 100 Hours
Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 16 units of didactic courses.
Doctoral students are required to be licensed or certified to practice prior to clerkship training. Minimum TOEFL and TSE scores, if applicable. This phase of clinical clerkship training provides doctoral students with opportunity for assuming in-depth professional responsibilities and demonstrating professional role modeling. Doctoral students will be engaged in supervising MS level’s interns in clinics, and in teaching MS level courses in classes.

CL840 Specialty Development 300 Hours
Prerequisites: Completion of 24 units of didactic courses and relevant specialty courses. Doctoral students are required to be licensed or certified to practice prior to clerkship training. Minimum TOEFL and TSE scores, if applicable. The SBU doctoral program offers three choices of specialty: Pain Management, AOM Geriatrics and AOM Rehabilitation Doctoral students will learn and practice the knowledge and skills that are necessary for a clinical concentration. Each student is required to select at least one specialty and will be provided with a solid foundation throughout the specialty training to establish a strong connection in the specialized area.

1) Pain Management:
This specialty is designed to enable students to demonstrate and apply advanced and in-depth knowledge and skills to manage a variety of pain related conditions. Students are required to complete PM700 Advanced Pain Management, AC 700 Advanced Acupuncture Theory and Therapy or AC 710 Special Acupuncture Theory and Therapy to prepare for gaining advanced knowledge of pain related subjects prior to starting clinical training for this specialty.

2) AOM Geriatrics
This specialty provides the students with a specialized clinical training in AOM assessment, diagnosing and treating injuries related to geriatric conditions. Students are required to complete IM 700 Integrative Geriatrics, AC 700 Advanced Acupuncture Theory and Therapy or AC 710 Special Acupuncture Theory and Therapy to prepare for gaining adequate knowledge and mastering necessary skills prior to starting the clinical training.

3) AOM Rehabilitation
This specialty provides the students with a specialized clinical training in AOM assessment, diagnosing and treating injuries related to neurological debilitations. Students are required to complete IM 740 Integrative Neurology, AC 700 Advanced Acupuncture Theory and Therapy or AC 710 Special Acupuncture Theory and Therapy to prepare for gaining adequate knowledge and mastering necessary skills prior to starting the clinical training.

CL850 Clinical Research Project 160 Hours
Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 24 units of didactic courses and CD700 Clinical Research Design; Doctoral students are required to be licensed or certified to practice prior to clerkship training. Minimum TOEFL and TSE scores, if applicable. This is the final phase of the program. Students are required to meet with doctoral research coordinator and research advisor to propose the topic with a brief statement for clinical research project prior to starting this component. Doctoral students must show their ability to read and understand scholarly research and to use it to support their own ideas and opinions.

Students must demonstrate an integration of the knowledge and skills required in the doctoral curriculum by successfully completing clinical research project. This project must demonstrate critical thinking skills and writing skills as a professional in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The format of individual clinical project must follow academic form and style standards suitable for peer-reviewed professional publications. In order to successfully complete this component students are required to present the results in a defense presentation and to publish in a professional journal, either in-house or external and to be approved by the Doctoral Research Committee.