This is a residential course that provides hands-on experience in doing a nutritionally focused physical exam. Assessment is critical to good care. Use of a nutrition based physical provides yet another assessment tool for the astute clinician, providing objective methods to assess nutrient insufficiencies and excesses of macronutrients, micronutrients, and fluid status. Students will practice taking vital signs and anthropometrics and will examine eyes, skin, nails, hair, and demeanor to look for signs of nutritional status and hydration.
This course supports critical analysis of a wide range of integrative health studies. It provides future integrative health professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate research design and basic statistics. Students develop skills in searching databases as well as critical appraisal of clinical and epidemiological research. Students will find and evaluate published information on health topics then summarize and share their findings.
This course continues the work in YOGA 645 Mentored Yoga Therapy Student Clinic II
The purpose of a practicum is to give students practical field experience in an off-campus organization, agency, or community setting. It is designed primarily to focus on the delivery of nutrition-related services to support health promotion, education, and other nutritional services to a group. Students apply all of their learning to become a healing presence in the community. In this first half of practicum, students identify an appropriate site, assess the needs of the target population, and develop nutrition education materials and lesson plans. Students will build their confidence and proficiency in order to practice nutrition and integrative health effectively and competently in the community.
This course is the second half of practicum experience. Students continue to work at an off-campus site delivering nutrition-related services to support health promotion, education, and other nutritional services to a group. Students apply all of their learning to become a healing presence in the community. Students evaluate their program and participant outcomes and detail their findings in a comprehensive report and reflection paper. Students will build their confidence and proficiency in order to practice nutrition and integrative health effectively and competently in the community.
This course teaches students the signs and symptoms of medical and mental health emergencies or situations, within the scope of practice of an acupuncture practitioner. The emphasis is on recognizing situations that necessitate referral of a patient to a Western Medicine practitioner, emergency department or urgent care facility. Training in blood borne pathogens, clean needle technique and relevant safety practices are included. This course also addresses safety issues with special populations and provides a beginning framework for understanding pharmacological and nutritional supplement safety issues.
This course deepens students understanding of the integration of acupuncture and Oriental medicine with allopathic medicine as introduced in prior course work. Students will be introduced to common diseases and treatment strategies, learn how to assess and treat common diseases from a Chinese medical perspective and learn when and how to collaborate and refer to allied wellness practitioners as well as allopathic providers. The focus of this semester will be the clinical application of treatment strategies. This course lays the foundation for later specialty electives. Students may use the Natural Care Center student clinic as a lab to apply the material taught in this course.
This final course in the practice management series will focus on business planning, including budgeting, billing, and tax preparation; use of electronic health records or practice management software; and participation in health insurance networks. The course will also discuss risk management, including recordkeeping, insurance, forms and policies, and legal requirements.
This course introduces an integrative bioscience perspective of acupuncture and expands the framework for communication with patients and medical practitioners. Students will develop a basic mechanistic understanding of acupuncture`s effects on physiological and pathophysiological processes. In addition, students will build skills in finding, appraising and interpreting clinical acupuncture research.
This series of classes focuses on the integration of the Five Element theory with classical herbal medicine. Each of the Elements are explored in depth in both theory and practical applications of herbal strategies. Patterns of Disharmony are correlated with the Elements. Signature herbs and formulas are presented for each Element. Earth and Wood are covered in this section. There is a Pulse & tongue practicum teaching a pulse system that evaluates both static and dynamic qualities. Diagnosis of the zang-fu and the substances (qi, xue and jin-ye) are made clear and students will begin to integrate pulse finding into herbal treatment strategies. An overview of tongue diagnosis and its integration into herbal medicine will be presented. Students will have an opportunity to observe multiple tongue conditions in light of their corresponding diagnosis.