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This course provides students with a general study of human biology and is designed as an introduction to the health care sciences, explaining biological concepts and processes and emphasizing the classification of living things, their unit structures, metabolism, response and reproduction systems. Topics covered include cellular structure and function, human organization, homeostasis, mitosis and meiosis, evolution, and the classification of organisms.   

Chemistry & Biochemistry 

The first half of the course covers the principles of inorganic chemistry and application to various facets of life with emphasis on chemical properties of elements.  The second half of the course introduces organic chemistry along with structure and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids and their relationship to nutritional science as well as their clinical aspects as essential nutrients to preserve health.


Basic introduction to the principles of general physics.   Principles of classical and quantum physics are introduced.  This course examines general mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, relativity and various technical concepts.


Course covers various psychopathological conditions, basic techniques of assessment and treatment methods focusing on their clinical implications and applications for the Licensed Acupuncturist.  In addition, this class will emphasize on the patient-practitioner relationship and counseling skills so students can examine themselves and their biases in order to gain a greater understanding of who we are as healthcare providers in relation to our patients.

Nutrition & Vitamins

This course is an introduction to the study of nutrients and vitamins essential to human life and well-being.  Topics will focus on the essential elements of nutritional physiology, the roles of vitamins and minerals in health maintenance and as therapeutic supplements, and the use of food as medicine.  Students will learn to identify the functions, properties, human requirements, and food sources of essential nutrients and examine the ethics involved in making nutrition recommendations which affect the welfare of individuals, family, and society as a whole. Additionally, the course will explore tools such as the RDA, Food Pyramid and Exchange lists and their role in selecting a nutritionally adequate diet.

Anatomy & Physiology

The four-part Anatomy & Physiology series provides a survey of the normal structure and functions of the human body.
Part I covers the introduction to body organization, anatomical terminology, basic chemistry and biochemistry, basic cytology and cellular metabolism, as well as embryology and an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and integumentary systems.
Part II covers the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the cardiovascular system, respiratory, and digestive systems. Students will be able to identify the anatomical structures of each system and how the system overall works.
Part III covers the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the sensory organs, circulatory systems, blood and lymph, genitourinary and reproductive systems.
Part IV covers the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the nervous system and endocrine system. Students will be able to identify structures of the nervous system and how the system overall works.


This three part course will explore the pathogenesis of diseases from a microscopic and macroscopic level. Major consideration is given to systemic pathology, surveying the principal disorders of each organ system.
Part I. Introduction to the study of general pathology including cellular dynamics, inflammation and repair, environmental and genetic disorders, hemodynamic and hematological disorders, immunopathology and neoplasia. This course also covers microbiology including communicable and infectious diseases such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasite.
Part II. Continuation of BS311 with emphasis on systematic pathology including respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, genitourinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Part III. Continuation of BS312 with emphasis on systematic pathology, including musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous hematopoietic and lymphatic systems. Disorders of the sensory organs.