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Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM)

(Austin and San Antonio Campuses)

Curriculum

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (First Professional Degree)

Texas Health and Science University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) to award the degree of Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Students must complete the coursework and required internship for this degree within 15 trimesters.

 

1st Trimester

Course Codes Course Name Semester Credits Contact Hours
A-4101 Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine 460
A-4102 Chinese Terminology and Phonetics 230
A-4103 Meridian Theory 230
W-4101 Anatomy and Physiology I 345
A-4104 Introduction to Point Location 115
A-4105 Point Location – Green 345
Total First Trimester 15225

 

2nd Trimester

Course CodesCourse Name Semester Credits Contact Hours
W-4103 Introduction to TCM Diagnosis 460
W-4102 Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History 230
H-4102 Point Location – Yellow 460
H-4101 Anatomy and Physiology II 230
A-4108 Introduction to TCM Herbology 115
A-4107 TCM Herbology – Yellow 230
A-4106 TCM Diagnosis I 230
Total Second Trimester 17255

 

3rd Trimester

Course CodesCourse Name Semester Credits Contact Hours
A-4109 Qi Exercise 115
A-4110 Special Acupuncture Techniques 230
A-4111 Five Element Theory and Application 115
A-4112 CPR and Other Emergency Techniques 115
C-4101 Clinic Observation – Black 390
E-4101 Medical Ethics 115
H-4103 TCM Herbology – Green 345
A-4113 Point Location – Red 115
A-4114 TCM Diagnosis II 230
Total Third Trimester 15270

 

4th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
W-4201Surface Anatomy230
A-4201Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application345
C-4201Clinic Observation – White390
E -4201Marketing and Office Management345
A -4202Practical Training in Diagnosis230
H -4201TCM Herbology – Red345
Total Fourth Trimester16285

 

5th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
E -5202Counseling and Communications230
E -5203Business Planning and Entrepreneurship230
H -5202Introduction to TCM Prescriptionology115
A -5203Treatment Modality of Acupuncture I345
C -5202Clinic Internship I4120
H -5203TCM Prescriptionology – Orange230
A -5204Scalp and Ear Acupuncture230
Total Fifth Trimester16300

 

6th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
W -5202Biomedical Pathophysiology345
H -5204TCM Prescriptionology – Blue230
A -5205Treatment Modality of Acupuncture II345
C -5203Clinic Internship II4120
W -5203Biomedical Diagnosis and Laboratory Tests345
Total Sixth Trimester15285

 

7th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
W -5301Biomedical Microbiology345
A -5301Tui Na230
W -5302Diet and Nutrition115
W -5303Case Management and Referral230
H -5301TCM Prescriptionology – Purple345
C -5301Clinic Internship III4120
Total Seventh Trimester15285

 

8th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
H -6302Classics I: Shang Han Lun230
W -6304Biomedical Pharmacology345
H -6303Clinical Patent Herbs115
H -6304Practical Training in Herbal Formulation115
H -6305Internal Medicine – Herbology345
A -6302Licensure Examination Preparation: Foundations of TCM230
C -6302Clinic Internship IV4120
Total Eighth Trimester16300

 

9th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
H -6306TCM Gynecology230
W -6305Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine230
H -6307Classics II: Golden Chamber115
A -6303Licensure Examination Preparation: Acupuncture and Point Location230
H -6308Licensure Examination Preparation: Herbology345
W-6306Biomedical Toxicology230
C-6303Clinic Internship V4120
Total Ninth Trimester16300

 

10th Trimester

Course CodesCourse NameSemester CreditsContact Hours
W-6401Biomedicine Review345
W-6402Hygiene, Public Health and Epidemiology 115
H-6401Classics IV: Wen Bing Lun115
H-6402Classics III: Four Streams of Scholars (Jin Yuan Dynasty)115
C-6401Clinic Internship VI4120
W-6403Biomedical Research Design and Scientific Method230
Total Tenth Trimester12240
TOTAL2745

Elective Courses

Students are also encouraged to take one or more concentration courses which are specialties within Traditional Chinese Medicine.

ElectivesCourse NamesSemester CreditsContact Hours
O-0001Tai Chi: 108 Wu Tai Chi Chuan 1115
O-0002Tai Chi: 108 Wu Tai Chi Chuan 2115
O-0003TCM Pediatrics230
O-0004TCM Neurology230
O-0005TCM Dermatology230
O-0006TCM Facial Rejuvenation115
O-0007TCM for Side Effects of Western Medicine230
O-0008TCM Sports Medicine230
O-0009TCM Geriatrics115
O-00010TCM for Modern Conditions230
O-00011Fluid Physiology and Pathology230

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, year in the program, and course sequence.

Maximum Academic Course Load

Students enrolled in this program may not register for more than 21 credits in any given trimester.  Any exceptions must be submitted by the student to the Department Director, Academic Dean, and Senior Administrator for approval.

Second Year Comprehensive Examination

At the end of their second year of study or sixth consecutive trimester of enrollment, all MSAOM students are required to take a written exam.  The academic department uses the exam results to assess students’ readiness for the national certification exams and to assess the Satisfactory Academic Progress of second year students.  Refusal to take and/or failure on the exam may hinder the continued enrollment of the student in the program.  Students will have two (2) chances to take and pass the Second Year Exam.  The fee for the Second Year Comprehensive Exam is $50.00.

Graduation Requirements

The MSAOM is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  All candidates for graduation from the master’s degree program must complete their studies within 15 attempted trimesters, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to graduation from the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program:

Acupuncture and related didactic studies49 credits
Biomedical didactic studies (western medical science)34 credits
Herbal didactic studies32 credits
Clinical training30 credits
Ethics, Business and Communications didactic studies 8 credits
Total153 credits

This is the suggested course of study.  However, unless a prerequisite course is specified, a student may take several courses in a different order.

If you have any question about our MSAOM program, please contact our Admissions Office at (512) 448-9999 or admissions@thsu.edu