The Clinical Practice Curriculum is the cumulation of the program and is designed in integrate and apply all aspects of the program to enable interns to deliver effective patient care.
The internship enables interns demonstrate a thorough understanding of clinical diagnosis and treatment skills and are expected to perform “solo practice” and assume primary responsibility for treating patients.
Clinic Orientation & Preparation
An orientation to the acupuncture clinic for entering interns. All aspects of clinic procedures including professional dress code, equipment safety code, patient practitioner relationship, proper medical charting format, traditional Chinese medical therapies, clean needle technique protocol and prevention of infection from bloodborne pathogens are presented. Students will practice and role play intake of patient proper handling of equipments and treatment of patients.
Supervised training in the herbal pharmacy where interns prepare herbal prescriptions for patients. Various forms of herbal medication including raw herb decoction, capsule/pill formulations as well as powder extracts are used and interns will learn to select, weigh, and compounding herbal prescriptions.
Interns at this level are assistants who observe treatment procedures, discuss reasoning and begin to formulate their own opinions, in writing, assistants describe and evaluate treatment rationales and do a medical literature search. First Level Interns are expected to assist upper level interns chart acupuncture points, perform moxibustion, cupping, massage and all non-invasive therapies within the scope of practice.
Supervised Assisted Practice
After completing Level I Observation and successfully passing of the Level I exit examination, students may register for the Clinic Level II Assisted Practice. The clinical Level II training consists of 320 hours and includes a minimum of 350 patient treatments during Levels II & III. Level II Interns are expected to practice acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, along with other healing therapies within the scope of the acupuncture license. The internship is done under close guidance and supervision. Students are regularly evaluated as to their abilities to treat patients. Toward the end of this level, emphasis is shifted toward the intern’s defense of their independently derived treatment decisions.
Supervised Solo Practice
After completing Level II Assisted Practice and successfully passing of the Level III exit examination, students may register for the Clinic Level III Solo Practice. The clinical Level III training consists of 440 hours and includes a minimum of 350 patient treatments during Levels II & III: This is the last level of internship before graduation where Senior interns demonstrate a thorough understanding of clinical diagnosis and treatment skills and are expected to perform “solo practice” and assume primary responsibility for treating patients. Interns at this level have less supervision of their activities but must obtain the supervisor’s approval of all treatment decisions. By the end of this course, an intern must have performed at least 350 treatments in order to graduate.