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Program Learning Outcomes

Master of Acupuncture

  1. It is expected that each student conducts themselves in a professional, mature, and respectful manner, both on and off campus.
  2. They must exhibit a deep understanding of ethical standards and must pledge to the NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics.
  3. Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
  4. Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
  5. Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  6. Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  7. Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
  8. Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
  9. Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.
  10. Assess patients’ general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
  11. Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
  12. Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, or relaxation techniques.
  13. Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
  14. Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients’ anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibution, electricity, guasha, or bleeding.
  15. Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.
  16. Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, or nutritional supplements.

Master of Oriental Medicine

In addition to the above mentioned sixteen learning outcomes, students graduating from the Masters of Oriental Medicine program must also demonstrate the following:

  1. Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions.
  2. Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
  3. Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, or vapor coolants.
  4. Treat medical conditions using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, or tuina.