Transitional DACM Curriculum

The transitional DACM program provides additional knowledge beyond the first professional masters degree (MSTCM). Designed with a 43% on-line component, the transitional DACM allows practitioners who have graduated and are in the field practicing complete part of their program at home.

The remaining curriculum is delivered in a convenient modular format, allowing students to complete their coursework while maintaining their practice or employment outside CIIS.

Course Format # of Semesters
Weekend Module and Online 2

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Transitional DACM Program Learning Outcomes

Patient Care Competencies

  • Articulate the significance of biomedical knowledge to inform acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the significance of routine laboratory and imaging reports.
  • Demonstrate the ability to review biomedical chart notes and relate this data to Chinese medicine patient care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage patient care.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and professional judgment in patient care.

Systems-Based Medicine Competencies

  • Demonstrate the ability to educate other health care professions regarding the appropriate use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
  • Articulate the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare practitioners.
  • Articulate a definition of systems-based medicine.
  • Describe how healthcare is impacted by the context of where and how care is provided.
  • Articulate the role of evidence-based medicine and evidence-informed practice in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide patient care in a collaborative setting.

Professional Development Competencies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of state legal requirements and scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to self-assess and make changes to improve professional and clinical outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and evaluate research information, and relate this information to clinical practice.

Transitional DACM Course Descriptions

Transitional DACM Course Descriptions

ACMT 7142 Literature Research (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course introduces techniques for assessing research literature, as well as teaching the basic concepts of research methodology. The course provides students basic skills for accessing research literature, including Boolean research tools and citation database. Students will conduct literature searches and develop bibliographies related to research topics.

ACMT 7632 Herbal Comparison and Syndrome-Based Herbal Study (3 Units) PF Grade Option

This course describes Chinese herbs in the context of comparative functions and herb combining. Groups of related herbs are discussed, relating function and nature in the context of indications and expected clinical outcomes. The characteristics of common pairs of herbs (dui yao) are also examined. This course enhances the student's knowledge of the Chinese materia medica and herbal formulas in the context of zang fu organ pattern differentiation.

ACMT 7633 TCM Classics: Jin Gui Yao Lue (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course covers the formulas presented in the Han Dynasty classic Jin Gui Yao Lue. Known in English as the Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber, this text was compiled by Zhang Zhongjing during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 ACE). Formulas are differentiated based on content, indications and treatment principles.

ACMT 7637 TCM Orthopedics and Rheumatology (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course is an introduction to the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and rheumatologic conditions. Students will learn to assess, evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries and rheumatologic conditions based on channel theory and acupuncture principles. The course will cover specific needling techniques, point combinations, channel palpation, basic orthopedic assessment and herbal formulas.

ACMT 8133 TCM Oncology (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course presents the etiology and pathology of selected cancers from both Chinese medicine and biomedical perspectives. Students will be introduced to the principles of biomedical oncology, and Chinese medical modalities (acupuncture, herbs, diet and qi gong) to support patients undergoing conventional cancer care. The ethics pertaining to treating cancer patients will be discussed. Utilizing case studies student will become more confident treating patients with cancer in the clinical setting.

ACMT 8222 Laboratory Diagnosis and Medical Imaging (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course provides an introduction to the interpretation and limitations of biomedical laboratory diagnostic studies and medical imaging. Laboratory findings are reviewed in the context of practice as a licensed acupuncturist.

ACMT 8235 Systems-Based and Integrative Medicine (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course covers the management of health care systems, diversity issues, population-based assessment and care, and differentiating healthcare systems such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine, biomedicine, naturopathy and indigenous medical systems. Students learn about participating on interdisciplinary teams.

ACMT 8312 Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research I (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course is designed to help the students develop advanced skills in analyzing cases. The students are expected to access traditional and contemporary literature in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as biomedical research, including research on epidemiology and treatment in order to analyze cases they are seeing in the clinic. The students will be required to write high quality case studies, and to do a formal presentation to their classmates regarding findings and recommendations.

ACMT 8313 Advanced Case Analysis and Clinical Research II (2 Units) PF Grade Option

This course is designed to help the students develop advanced skills in analyzing cases. The students are expected to access traditional and contemporary literature in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as biomedical research, including research on epidemiology and treatment, in order to analyze cases they are seeing in the clinic. The students will be required to write high quality case studies, and to do a formal presentation to their classmates regarding findings and recommendations.

ACMT 8352 Clinical Case Analysis Final Project (2 Units) PF Grade Option

The clinical case analysis project must demonstrate critical thinking and a synthesis of the skill and knowledge learned in the program. The course provides support for clinical case selection, review and critical appraisal of relevant literature, and case analysis writing. The clinical case analysis paper will be of a quality to meet academic form and style standards suitable for peer-reviewed professional publications.

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