課程Q&A

Q1.     與浙江之雙學位 – 學費如何? 如何進行? 課程差別是甚麼? 參與此課程之資格如何?

A:

1) 學費:比一般碩士多USD10,000.-,同時到浙江大學上課之食宿,飛機票,交通自付。

2) 課程:和一般針炙及東方醫學碩士課程相同,由於這兩個學校上的課程類似,差別在於雙碩士生第一年要到浙江大學兩週,第二年浙江大學要派代表到THSU指導論文,第三年,也就是最後一年學生要到浙江大學實習一個月,同時雙碩士生要完成一研究計畫並至浙江大學報告論文內容。

3) 資格:(1) 中國與台灣國籍以外的學生,即持有其他外國護照者

(2) 身心健康

(3) THSU之學生

 Q2.    要問診350個病人,請問這些病人來源如何? 如果是外面的病人,他們自願被學生問診嗎? 收費是否比正常低?

A:

本校有教學診所,收費比一般診所便宜,因此還是有很多民眾選擇至教學診所看病。美國針炙並不便宜, 一次約 70 ~ 100元美金不等,但給學生治療只收25元美金,並且全程有老師指導,所以民眾都會讓學生問診。

職涯發展

Q1. 畢業後還需要再另外考中醫師執照才能執業嗎?

A: 是的。需參加國家針灸師資格考試委員會(NCCAOM, National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)舉辦的針灸師考試,NCCAOM考試合格證書系列專業水準證書。持有NCCAOM考試合格證書者,要想取得行醫權利,必須向所在州政府衛生局及執照頒發管理局提出申請,取得針灸執照與居留權或工作證許可者(必須符合美國移民署規定),方能註冊行醫,

Q2. 在美國合格的中醫師,是否可以回台自行開業呢?

A:依據台灣的法律規定是不行的,不只美國的針灸師,中國完成學業的中醫師也不能回台灣開業,即便是美國西醫,也不能回台灣開業,這個法令是保障就讀台灣學校的中醫師,世界各國都有相關類似的法規,保障當地醫事人員,這點是合理且可理解的。因為各國的所需課程、教育時數、教學方式都不相同,要審查當地的學校教學內容情況,比較簡單也容易掌握,相較於國內,國外的學校就難清楚了解細節。所以會用高標準來審核外國的學歷,甚至禁止外國畢業的學生回本國開業,這原則付諸四海皆準,醫療行業更甚其他行業。

德州健康與科學大學的課程嚴謹扎實,師資設備在美數一數二,畢業學生的水準也是頂尖,但是其他美國中醫學校,有些教學程度低落,課程設計有問題,如果全部開放美國中醫畢業生回台,是不公平也不安全的。台灣礙於法規限制,不管在任何其他國家取得的證照都不承認。一律需通過台灣中醫高考才能在台灣中醫診所工作。

Q3.     為什麼中醫師在美會被稱為『針灸師』,而不是『中醫師』呢?

A:  這個問題可以分兩部份來說,第一部分是「為什麼被稱為針灸師」。目前中醫藥在美國僅針灸是以州法律形式,列為一種醫療方式。中草藥暫隸屬於針灸之下。在美國儘管各州對針灸立法不盡相同,但總體來說,針灸已經逐漸被美國衛生行政部門所接受,並批准為公眾的合法的醫療保健方法。因為法律是以針灸(Acupuncture)立法,所以依此管道取得職照的人,在法律上稱為針灸師(Acupuncturist)。至於中草藥部分,美國食品和藥物管理局(Food and Drug Administration)將中草藥列入食品類,不需要醫師開處方籤。但近年來,美國人越來越能接受中藥,也開始相信中藥的療效,現在針灸師也常常幫病人抓藥、配藥,所以配製中草藥也是一門重要的課程。這也是為什麼德州健康與科學大學比其他學校更看重中藥學的原因

第二個問題是「為什麼不叫中醫師」。在台灣能被稱為醫師(DOCTOR)的只有醫師、中醫師、牙醫師,也只有這三個行業的人,可以自行做評估、診斷及治療。而其他醫療從事人員,像是:物理治療師、職能治療師、放射師等,不能自行診斷疾病及治療,『必須』遵從醫生囑咐。因為訓練課程內容、職場法律責任不一樣,所以一般人稱他們為『醫師(DOCTOR)』。在美國也是一樣的情況,針灸師比較像是治療師(therapist),並不稱為醫師(DOCTOR)而是稱為 Practitioner,中文翻譯成醫生。

Q4.     為什麼要在美國從事中醫?

A:     整體上來說,中國市場大,民眾對中醫接受度高,但一般來說,中醫師在中國的薪水不算高,每天的看診量卻十分龐大。台灣的中醫師薪水雖高,但一天的看診量也是很可觀的,而且台灣市場趨於飽和,短短的一條街上,就有四家中醫診所,十分競爭。因美國的醫療文化,為了提供良好的醫療品質給顧客,醫生一天內的看診數大約十至二十人,但是收入卻等於甚至高於台灣跟中國。而且,現今美國人對中醫接受度提升,市場只會越來越大。

Q5.     沒醫學背景就直接來學中醫,我可以跟上進度嗎?

A:     『可以!因為中醫就是生活!』,德州健康與科學大學的朱老師,同時他也是本校的畢業生表示:「『西醫看病、中醫看人』,中醫多了人跟人之間相處的柔性跟感性,即便你沒有醫學背景,但擁有不同的人生經歷,反倒是學習中醫的一大本錢。反而有些人西醫學得太多,想法太過理性、太拘泥,導致無法有所突破。」

Q6.     留學生未來就業情況為何?

A:畢業後的就業問題,最重要的就是取得證照(license)。制度上來說,美國跟台灣、中國最大的不同是在於,美國的中醫學生可以在畢業前就取得證照,而且考照時間自由,只要準備好了,隨時都可以參加考試。這對留學生而言,畢業後不必把心力放在考照,可以全心全力找適合自己的工作,是一個很大的幫助。一般來說,留學生畢業後有幾條路可以選擇:(1)受雇於中醫診所。(2)跟西醫師、整脊師(chiropractic)、物理治療師(physical therapy)合作。(3)自己獨立開業(必須符合美國移民署的規定)。

在美國的3 億人口,西醫大概有 1百萬人,然而有職照的針灸師人數還不到3萬人。美國總統歐巴馬已公布於2014年起把中醫針灸列入全民健保中,中醫師市場需求將持續提升,蔚為一片藍海!

Q7.     留在Texas就業之機會高嗎? 還是要在各州投履歷?                                          

A:     機會很高, 因為德州中醫師尚不多, 市場大, 故機會大.

美國德州健康與科學大學課程規劃

Q1. 詳細的課程內容及學分?

A:

第一學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
A-1001 Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine 中醫基礎理論 4/60
A-1002
Chinese Terminology and Phonetics 中文語音詞彙 2/30
A-1003
Meridian Theory 經絡學 2/30
W-1001
Anatomy and Physiology I 解剖與生理 I 3/45
A-1004
Introduction to Point Location 俞穴定位導論 1/15
A-1005
Point Location – Green俞穴定位 I 3/45
Total 15/225
第二學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
A-1006
Introduction to TCM Diagnosis 中醫診斷與導論 4/60
W-1002 Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History 生物醫學詞彙與西醫發展簡史 2/30
A-1007
Point Location Yellow俞穴定位 II 4/60
W-1003 Anatomy and Physiology II 解剖與生理 II 2/30
H-1001 Introduction to TCM Herbology 中藥學導論 1/15
H-1002 TCM Herbology – Yellow 中藥學 I 2/30
A-1008 TCM Diagnosis I 中醫診斷學 I 2/30
Total 17/255
第三學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
A-1009 Qi Gong: Ba Duan Jin ( Eight Pieces of Silk) 氣功 : 八段錦 1/15
A-1010 Special Acupuncture Techniques 特殊針炙技巧 2/30
A-1011 Five Element Theory and Application 五行理論與應用 1/15
A-1012 CPR and Other Emergency Techniques 心肺復甦術與急救技巧 1/15
C-1001 Clinic Observation Black臨床見習I 3/90
E-1001 Medical Ethics 醫學倫理 1/15
H-1003 TCM Herbology – Green 中藥學 II 3/45
A-1013 Point Location Red俞穴定位 III 1/15
A-1014 TCM Diagnosis II 中醫診斷學II 2/30
Total 15/270
第四學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
W-2001 Surface Anatomy 表體解剖剖學 2/30
A-2001 Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application 俞穴學 3/45
C-2001 Clinic Observation White臨床見習 II 3/90
E-2001 Marketing and Office Management 行銷與管理 3/45
A-2001 Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application 俞穴學 4/60
A-2002 Practical Training in Diagnosis 診斷實習訓練 2/30
H-2001 TCM Herbology – Red 中醫學 III 3/45
Total 16/285
第五學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
E-2002 Counseling & Communications 諮商與溝通 2/30
E-2003 Business Planning and Entrepreneurship 商業計畫與創業 2/30
H-2002 Introduction to TCM Prescriptionology 方濟學導論 1/15
A-2003 Treatment Modality of Acupuncture I 針炙治療學 I 3/45
C-2002 Clinic Internship I 臨床實習 I 4/120
H-2003 TCM Prescriptionology – Orange 方濟學 II 2/30
A-2004  Scalp and Ear Acupuncture 頭皮針與耳針 2/30
Total 16/300
第六學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
W-2002 Biomedical Pathophysiology 病理學 3/45
H-2004 TCM Prescriptionology – Blue 方濟學II 2/30
A-2005 Treatment Modality of Acupuncture II 針炙治療學 II 3/45
W-3001 Biomedical Microbiology 微生物學 3/45
C-2003 Clinic Internship II 臨床實習II 4/120
W-2003 Biomedical Diagnosis and Laboratory Tests 生醫診斷與實驗室檢測 3/45
Total 15/285
第七學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
W-3001 Biomedical Microbiology 微生物學 3/45
A-3001 Tui Na 推拿 2/30
W-3002 Diet and Nutrition飲食與營養 1/15
W-3003 Case Management and Referral 個案管理與轉診 2/30
H-3001 TCM Prescriptionology – Purple 方濟學III 3/45
C-3001 Clinic Internship III 臨床實習 III 4/120
Total 18/330
第八學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
H-2003 Classics I: Shang Han Lun 傷寒論 2/30
W-3004 Biomedical Pharmacology 西醫藥劑學 3/45
H-3003 Clinical Patent Herbs 中成藥 1/15
H-3004 Practical Training in Herbal Formulation 方劑訓練 1/15
H-3005 Internal Medicine – Herbology 中醫內科學 3/45
A-3002 Licensure Examination Preparation: Foundations of TCM 執照考試複習: 中醫基礎理論 2/30
C-3002 Clinic Internship IV 臨床實習 IV 4/120
Total 16/300
第九學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
H-3006 TCM Gynecology 中醫婦科學 2/30
H-3005 Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine 臨床科學與臨床醫學 2/30
H-3007 Classics II: Golden Chamber 金匱要略 1/15
A-3003 Licensure Examination Preparation: Acupuncture and Point Location 執照考試複習 : 針炙與俞穴 2/30
H-3008 Licensure Examination Preparation: Herbology 中藥課程總複習 3/45
W-3003 Biomedical Toxicology 生醫毒理學 2/30
3207-C Clinic Internship V 臨床實習 V 4/120
Total 16/300
第十學期 課程名稱 學分/小時
W-4002 Hygiene, Public Health and Epidemiology 公共衛生與流行病學 1/1W-
H-4001 Classics IV: Wen Bing Lun 溫病論 1/15
H-4002 Classics III: Four Streams of Scholars (Jin-Yuan Dynasty) 金元四大家 1/15
C-4001 Clinic Internship VI 臨床實習 VI 4/120
W-4003 Biomedical Research Design and Scientific Method 西醫研究與科學方法 2/30
Total 12/240
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十學期總和 153/2,745

Q2.     除了針灸的課程,美國德州健康與科學大學教授中醫藥的課程情況為何?

A:     我們學校特別著重中醫教學,尤其是經典課程,如傷寒,溫病、金匱,金元四大家,內婦科等之教學,為美國其他中醫學校所不具,而且學校另出書傷寒,金匱著作為學生專用之工具書。

台灣中醫以開中藥為主,因針灸費用低,比較不願學習針灸;美國是以針灸為主,中藥在美國屬於保健品,針灸費用高,中醫較有意願學習針灸技術,並與中藥一起使用治療。

眾所皆知,針灸療效顯著,但慢性病與中藥結合則如虎添翼,本院也非常加強在中藥及方劑方面的學習,因此在中草藥的課程,有510小時之多。

中醫在中國各中醫藥院校必須就讀長達五年之久,但除掉共同科目以外,其專業科目計算總時數,不如本院的2745小時,並僅於三年半時間即可修畢,其中尚包括西醫課程。本院學生畢業前看診過350位 的病人次,而且每次診治都是針藥同用,使學生在針灸及中藥兩方面臨床根基堅實。

Q3.     美國德州健康與科學大學內的課程,是否內含黃帝內經、難經、中藥炮製的內容?

A:     美國德州健康與科學大學的八段錦、太極二十四式、太極四十八式三門課程,已包括了難經、黃帝內經、中藥炮製,此非獨立的科目,但皆囊括在我校的課程設計中。

美國德州健康與科學大學師資陣容

本院師資優越,共有16位,小班制教學,師生比1:15,不同課程由不同老師授課,西醫博士教授西醫課程,中醫則有中醫博士,又分列針炙專科及中醫專業,臨床也將中醫針炙科,分門別類以專業教師委任。所有教學授課一概以英語授課。

請參考本校網站教職員介紹:

thsu.edu/faculty

美國中醫證照

我校彙整現有中文資料,內容將會隨著美國國家針灸師資格考試委員會 (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM)的規定而異動,故仍以美國國家針灸師資格考試委員會的官方網站所公布的資訊為主,歡迎登入查詢。

Q1.     美國針灸執照師考試制度為何?

A:     美國針灸系統主分加州與49州兩個系統,彼此互不相容,而本校的課程以囊括加州考試的課程要求標準,所以若要跨到加州系統服務,只要申請考試即可,無需再重新上課補學分。

(1)加州針灸執照考試:

在加州政府衛生局領導下進行。考試合格者,可以得到加州衛生局及執照頒發管理局頒發的加州針灸師執照,行醫範圍只在加州內。

(2)國家針灸師資格考試委員會(NCCAOM)舉辦的針灸師考試:

NCCAOM考試主要分為四大類:中醫基礎學(包含中醫基礎學,中醫診斷學),中醫穴位學,中醫草藥學(包含中草藥學,方劑學),生物醫學(包含解剖,生理,西醫診斷,藥物學,營養學等等)等四科目。每次考完一個科別,NCCAOM會發給證明文件,證明該生已通過考試,具備此項知識。

再依據各州醫學委員會(Medical Board)的規定,向各州的醫學委員會申請執業證明。以德州為例:德州醫學委員會規定,申請針灸師的執照必須遞交通過NCCAOM考試證明,四個科別都需具備,以及美國認證中醫學院的畢業證書,潔針技術證書等等,才能符合申請資格。有些州規定考生只需通過中醫基礎學,中醫穴位學,生物醫學等三科即可,不需要通過中醫草藥學。相較於其他州,德州門檻較高,算是對中醫師的總量管制,對於考試在行的亞洲學生,在德州行醫是一大利多。

Q2.     針灸執照考試內容為何?

A:        獲得針灸執照必須同時通過NCCAOM認證考試和潔針考試(Clean Needle Technique)。

(1)NCCAOM針灸考試

目前NCCAOM考試分成四大科別,每科100題,考試時間約為3小時,考生必須答對70%以上的題目才能取得該科認證。所有考試為電腦考試,考生可以自行上網預約考試時間及考場,考完立即知道考試結果,若考生正確答題率沒有高於70%,則視同考試失敗,必須重新預約考試。

A.中醫基礎學:包含中醫基礎學,中醫診斷學,五行理論等等

B.中醫穴位學:包含穴位定位,中醫特殊針灸法(拔罐,刮痧,放血,艾灸等),臨床配穴等

C.中醫草藥學:中醫草藥學,中醫方劑學,加減方的應用等

D.生物醫學:包含醫學倫理,解剖生理學,西醫診斷學,藥物學,毒物學,微生物學等等

考試可以任選英文、中文或韓文進行。若用非英文進行考試,尚需考托福。近年來,為了提高針灸師的整體素質,不斷有些州相繼要求只有用英文進行考試者方可申請執照,有鑑於此,本校全部課程都以英文授課,幫助國際學生正容易通過考試。

(2) 潔針考試

首先必需閱讀《針灸師潔針技術》(Clean Needle Technique - Manual for Acupuncturists),然後參加一個為期半天的潔針理論課程和訓練。考試先完成20題選擇題(理論部分),通過理論考試後,再考實踐操作,在考官面前完成無菌條件下的扎針過程。兩項均通過即可獲得潔針證書。

通過針灸考試和潔針考試後,即可按照前述美國針灸執照的規定向所在州政府醫學委員會申請針灸執照,開業行醫。

Q3.     請問貴校的考照率高嗎?如果我英文不好,考過的機會高嗎?

A:

德州健康與科學大學的學生,考照率在全美名列前茅,因為我們師資優良,學生優秀,學校除了開設國考複習課程,幫助學生掌握考試重點,還有課後輔導制度,讓高年級學生可以教導低年級學生的課業,課後輔導為免費課程,有需要的學生可以向學校申請。

本校課程全英文授課,課程的期中期末考也是英文考卷,難易程度等同國考,如果學生能順利完成學校的課程,通過期中期末考試,那考過國考是輕而易舉的事,而英文程度自然會在這三年的課程中,成長不少,所以只要就讀我們學校,對於證照考試無須擔心。

美國中醫快速入門

為何不到中國學中醫,而到美國德州學中醫?

  1. 台灣及中國中醫師薪水不如美國。
  2. 美國德州僅需3年即可畢業,並取得碩士學位。
  3. 美國中醫潛在市場最大,發展前景看好。
  4. 德州中醫執照可在美國共43州使用(包括紐約州,但不包括加州) 。
國家 台灣學士班中醫 台灣學士後中醫 中國學士班

中醫

美國德州
就學時間 7年 5年 5年 3.3年
學歷 學士 學士 學士 碩士
取得當地執照規定 在醫療機構工作滿2年後,方可取得執照 在醫療機構工作滿2年後,方可取得執照 在醫療機構工作滿2年後,方可取得執照 畢業即可取得執照, 獨立開業
年薪 (台幣) 約120萬 約120萬 約36萬 平均144萬(註1)
中醫師人數 約6,000人 約6,000人 約30萬人 約1,600人
中醫師與

人口比

約1: 3,800 約1: 3,800 約1:4,550 約1:13,032

 

註1:依據以下網頁http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Acupuncturist/Salary所述,全美國中醫師平均年薪4.8 萬美金。實際執業所得視各州以及個人經營狀況而有所不同。

如何申請美國德州中醫執照?

如何申請就讀美國德州中醫? 詳見 THSU官方網站www.thsu.edu (註2)

註2:美國德州第一所中醫學校Texas Health and Science University (THSU) ,其畢業生超過90%以上,可於畢業前通過NCCAOM考試。畢業後,可選擇獨當一面,自行開業。

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留學相關花費

Q1. 除了學費之外,是否還需要另外支付實習費用等? 住宿、伙食要如何安排?

A:

  1. 針炙與東方醫學碩士 : 3年4個月學費約為美金58,350元,已包含實習費用。個人生活費(食衣住行)在德州一個月約美金1100元,至於住宿,屆時去德州後,學校會有諮詢服務人員協助學生是要租學校附近的公寓還是臨近大學的宿舍。
  2. 工商管理碩士:16個月學費約為美金17,280(雜費另計)
  3. 健康(醫療)管理碩士: 20個月學費約21,600(雜費另計)

Q2.     學費含不含書本費?每學期要花多少美金買指定用書?學校會幫我們訂購嗎?

A:     學雜費不含書本費,學校診所附設書店,可以買到所需用書,每本書價格不同,約30美元至130美元之間。

獎學金申請

Q1.     可否申請獎學金?條件與金額?如何申請?

A:     可申請獎學金,必須依據您的國籍、學歷及成績而定;除了我們本校Lisa lin基金會的獎學金之外,另還有如下多項獎學金可供申請:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Scholarships
  • General Scholarships and Funding Information
  • Specific Scholarships

有任何問題都可以詢問招生人員

為什麼選擇美國德州健康與科學大學?

  • 全美唯一擁有中醫學位與管理碩士學位之大學,彈性課程讓學生能在3年4個月取得中醫與MBA雙碩士
  • 全美唯一教導中醫經典課程(傷寒論、溫病論、金匱要略、金元四大家)的中醫學院。
  • 全美唯一可以申請中醫學士,畢業後可以申請碩士學位,完成後可以進一步申請博士,一條龍的課程,5年8個月可完成學、碩、博學位,不浪費時間
  • 師資優,小班制教學1:15,學費合理。
  • 擁有學生實習診所,針灸問病臨床實習課程居全美之冠。病人量穩定,學生畢業前至少看350 病人。
  • 英語授課,有利海外學生在英語系國家職業
  • 美國德州高等教育部及台灣教育部都認可。在德州考取執照後,可在美國任何一州申請執照。

德州中醫學校學費比較

德州健康與科學大學 德州學校1 德州學校2
學費 $58,350 $65,200 $69,745
學分/學時 153/2,745 200/2,898 163/2,895
年限 3年4個月 4年 超過4年
入學要求
  1. 60個大學學分(海外學歷需評估)
  2. TOEFL=61
  1. 90個大學學分
    (海外學歷需評估)
  2. TOEFL=87(22=聽力,26=口說,24=寫作)
  1. 120個大學學分
    (海外學歷需評估)
  2. TOEFL=61
學制 一年三學期 一年四學期 一年三學期

姊妹校

締結年度 姊妹校
2003
美和科技大學
2007 新疆醫科大學
2010
輔仁大學
浙江中醫藥大學
2011
環球科技大學
江西中醫藥大學
2013
銘傳大學
澎湖科技大學
2015
大葉大學
亞洲大學
華夏科技大學
2017
醒吾科技大学

 

國際學生Q&A

★入學申請問題

Q1.     申請入學的審核條件為何?錄取的機率是如何呢?一定可前往就讀嗎?

A:     為培養華人子弟中醫及針灸之專業技能,只要您符合以下入學條件,備齊所有申請文件,即可順利錄取。

入學條件( (針炙與東方醫學學士與碩士):

  1. 不限年齡,不限科系,兩年大學(60學分修畢)。
  2. 新托福 61分以上(舊托福500分),無需GRE, GMAT, MCAT。

若大學為醫護相關科系,可依據情況抵免學分。

Q2.     時間最晚(台灣)何時寄資料過去,才能來得及開學日?

A:     我校每年有三季招生,分別是一、五、九月開學,建議申請文件可依據個人預計入學月份,往前推算二個月寄出,取得I-20後,就可和美國在台協會預約,進行學生簽證的申請。例如:預計2017年9月入學,則資料需於2017年6月底前寄出審查,以預留更充裕的時間,作後續的準備工作。

Q3. 150美元申請費與200美元成績單及相關資料評估費的用途?

A:學歷及成績單證明需經過全美針灸中醫學院鑒定委員會 (The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine , ACAOM,美國聯邦教育部認可的針灸中醫學院鑑定審核認證機構)檢定審查,核定可抵免的學分數與認證學歷,故需給付200美元評估費,而150美元主要是針對國外學生入學申請,學校教務行政單位處理相關的作業及國際快遞等費用。

Q4. 若申請所需的文件,有些在台灣有些在美國,是否可以分開寄?還是一定要一起寄過去?

A:申請費及成績評估費可先匯款,保存銀行匯款收據。而入學相關文件的部分,可以依個人的情況分開寄繳,建議越早寄完越好。

Q5. 成績單要回溯到多久之前?若是在美國取得碩士學位,是否還需要在台灣所取得學士學位的成績單?

A:本校入學標準之一,乃至少具備大學兩年學歷(修滿60學分以上),故成績單需回溯到大學,而大學成績單是必備的申請文件,成績評估亦是必經的流程。至於碩士成績單非必要,除非有些學分要轉入,才需附上。

Q6.     推薦信撰寫人是否有身分要求?

A:     推薦信主要的作用是增加學校對申請人的瞭解,不論是從學習或工作能力等面向介紹申請人的情況。一般來說,只要非家庭成員寫的即可,建議申請人讓瞭解自己的人寫比較好,例如:老師、上級長官、同事或同學等。

優秀校友

畢業10年以上:

  • 學生F在德州南部墨西哥邊境城市McAllen有診所,一年收入可達到20萬以上,主要客群是墨西哥人,他們十分喜歡自然療法跟相信針灸,並且十分能接受中草藥
  • 學生J在佛羅里達東邊的渡假勝地Destin開業,一天16的病人,一次收費120元,必須提前2個月預約,在當地頗負盛名,地方雜誌還曾專訪過他

畢業5年以上:

  • 學生P在Austin開業,專制不孕症,月經不調,針灸美容等婦女相關疾病,成為Austin詢問度最高的婦科針灸師,多次受邀演講,年收入15以上

近期畢業學生:

  • 學生B在Dallas找到工作,不僅順利辦到工作簽證與綠卡,針灸穩定且輕鬆的工作型態,讓他常常與未婚妻去旅遊度假,羨煞了不少在美從事其他行業的留學生
  • 學生S在Dallas幫老中醫師工作,每周80幾個病人,收費80元左右,網路好評如潮,病人需要提早預約,剛畢業就有如此好的成績,連她自己都很驚訝,十分感謝學校對她的栽培

Administration and Staff

Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, L.Ac., E.M.B.A.

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
E.M.B.A., Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China
Ming Chuan University, Taiwan

President Lin, along with her husband Paul Lin, are the founders of Texas Health and Science University, in 1990 – the first acupuncture school in Texas.  After graduating from Taiwan’s Ming Chuan University, majoring in accounting and statistics, Ms. Lin studied traditional Chinese medicine with Dr. P. R. Sun, a renowned doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan.  Ms. Lin has distinguished herself as a pioneer in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by her successful efforts to pass acupuncture legislation in the State of Texas; in her position as the first Chair of the Education Committee of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners; and in her work to set high standards for the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout the United States. In 1993, then-governor Ann Richards appointed Lisa Lin to serve on the newly established first Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, on which she served until 1999.  Ms. Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine in Texas for more than 30 years.  She is the President of the Texas Association of Acupuncturists since 1999.

Paul C. K. Lin, L.Ac., M.A.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FACILITIES, AND OPERATIONS
M.A., Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
B.A., Taiwan National University, Taiwan

Mr. Lin, along with his wife President Lisa Lin are the proud founders of Texas Health and Science University, established in 1990. Mr. Lin received his early education in Taiwan where he served as a fellow of the Research Institute of Acupuncture at China Academy, Taipei, and as an instructor and fellow of research at the Chinese Culture University. He traveled to the United States through a teacher exchange program and lectured at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Following the historic trip to China in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, which introduced acupuncture to the American audience, Mr. Lin was able to apply his knowledge through clinical practice in the United States and ultimately led him to pursue the establishment of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a professional career path in the U.S. Mr. Lin has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Texas since 1974, and was a pioneer in the successful efforts to pass acupuncture practice legislation in the State of Texas. He was the founding Academic Dean of Texas Health and Science University and served in that position until 2005. He currently serves as Director of Development, Facilities, and Operations.

Ronald W. Meyer, CPA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
B.B.A., Accounting, University of Texas at San Antonio

Mr. Meyer, a native of San Antonio, is a Certified Public Accountant who passed all four parts of the CPA examination on his first attempt in 1991. He joined a local public accounting firm the following summer. He is a member of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a frequent speaker for such groups as the Austin Young Lawyers Association, Southwest Region of the National Society of Professional Engineers, South Texas Youth Soccer Association, Texas Association of Builders, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is the founder and Managing Member of Ronald W. Meyer, P.L.L.C., based in Austin, Texas. His areas of responsibility include preparation or review for individual, corporate, partnership, estate, trust, homeowner association, and non-profit organization tax returns.

Marty Calliham, L.Ac., M.S.O.M., LMT

PLACEMENT DIRECTOR/DEAN OF STUDENTS/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DAOM
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.A., Music, Milton College, Milton, Wisconsin

Ms. Calliham has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999, working in a variety of practice settings including her own clinics as entrepreneur, in chiropractic offices, and in an athletic club.  She has worked in the administration of THSU for six years, assisting the school in accreditation and re-accreditation processes, as Dean of Students, school representative to annual meetings, and in support of legislative initiatives. Ms. Calliham is proud to support student success at THSU.

Wai Lan Kuo, M.S.Ed

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR
M.S.Ed., Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S., English, Tamkang University,Taiwan

Ms. Kuo has 25 years professional experience in industry in the fields of material planning and customer service.  She joined THSU in 2005 and brought her wealth of customer service experience to the school’s administrative offices.  She served as College Registrar/Administrator since 2005 and assisted the school in the accreditation and re-accreditation processes of Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).  Ms. Kuo manages the administrative main offices and services.

Maoyi Cai, M.D., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM)

ACADEMIC DEAN/BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE DIRECTOR (Austin Campus)
M.D., Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), U.S.A.
Medical Council of Canada (MCC), Canada
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
B.M.Sc, Clinical Sciences, Fu Dan University (formerly Shanghai Medical
University, China)

Dr. Cai’s professional career in biomedical sciences spans nearly 30 years, and includes distinguished service in China, Canada, and the United States. After completing his Bachelor of Medicine degree he practiced as a physician in the Shanghai Medical University Hospital before migrating to North America. Dr. Cai has served as a board member of the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta, Canada, and also as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has taught a variety of biomedical science courses at colleges and universities in New Mexico and Texas. He is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has advised the committee on the construction of the national board examination. He has served as Academic Dean at Texas Health and Science University since 2008.

Roberto Guerrero, Lic.Ac., M.S.A.O.M.

ACADEMIC DEAN/DEAN OF STUDENTS (San Antonio Campus)
D.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas in San Antonio
A.A., San Antonio College

Mr. Guerrero, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, is Owner of Alamo Acucare, a practice located in San Antonio, Texas, which specializes in pain management, chronic conditions, martial arts, and sport related injuries. He received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, now known as Texas Health and Science University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. He is also Senior Instructor at the Mu Sool Won of San Antonio, Martial Arts Center. His love and involvement in the martial arts was the main catalyst for his initial interest, and later pursuit, of a career in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He holds a Third degree black belt in Ku Sool Won, and is a Fifth Degree candidate in Mu Sool Won, a Traditional Korean Martial Art. Mr. Guerrero joined the faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2014.

Erin Wallace, B.S.W.

REGISTRAR (Austin and San Antonio Campus)/ADMINISTRATOR
B.S.W., Texas Tech University

Ms. Wallace has worked in higher education for more than two and a half years, holding several positions within the Information Technology Division at Texas Tech University. She spent her time in college volunteering in nursing facilities, in animal shelters, and in a free clinic. Her degree in social work has helped cultivate a passion for working with people to help them feel successful in their personal endeavors.

Kanok Li, M.S.A.O.M.

MARKETING & ADMISSIONS OFFICER (Austin and San Antonio Campus)
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Li holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, in addition to his MSAOM from THSU.  Fluent in three languages, and active in the greater Austin community, he is a valuable resource in building bridges between THSU and a broadly diversified public; his TCM education and training permits him to explain the programs of study from the perspective of a student and alumnus.

Ryan Haecker, MLIS, MRes

LIBRARIAN
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin
M.Res., Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
B.A., History and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Ryan Haecker studied library and information science at the University of Texas at Austin and philosophical theology at the University of Nottingham in England. He has recently returned to THSU from an overseas research project at Cambridge University. Mr. Haecker has previously worked as the librarian of THSU as well as several other libraries and archives around the world. He is eager to return to rejoin the Texas Health and Science University community.

Jessica C. Tsing, M. Ac.

ACCOUNTANT (Austin and San Antonio)
M.SA., Accounting, University of Texas at Dallas
B.S., Accounting and Finance, University of Texas at Dallas

Ms. Tsing has held a previous position as a senior audit assurance for RSM LLP in the Dallas office. Throughout her audit career, she worked in several industries such as not-for-profit, commercial, and SEC clients. During her 5-year program at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she received her B.S. in Accounting and Finance and her M.S. in Accounting, she was a Peer Advisor for University housing and held the position as the Multicultural and Diversity Chair for Student Union Activities and Advisory Board for the school. Ms. Tsing began working for Texas Health and Science University in Summer of 2016 and will begin her studies in Acupuncture at the THSU San Antonio Branch.

Antonio Holloway, MBA

FINANCIAL AID OFFICER
M.B.A. Healthcare Management, Our Lady of The Lake-San Antonio, Texas
B.B.A.  Finance, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas

Antonio’s professional career spans over twenty-five years in Title IV financial aid administration, and includes experience working with for-profit and private not-for profit institutions.  He is very active in training provided by National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and has served before on committees with both organizations.  He is also a member of Delta Mu Delta and Kappa Gamma Pi honor societies.

Angel K. Hakeym, MHA, MPA

ADMISSIONS RECRUITER / ADMINISTRATOR (San Antonio)
M.H.A., Healthcare Administration, University Maryland University College
M.P.A., Public Administration, Bowie State University
B.B.A., Business Administration and Human Resource,  University Maryland University College

Ms. Hakeym has been working in Admissions and in the Education sector for over 10 years in Europe and in the USA. She has a strong background in Human Resource Management and has worked as a Human Resource Supervisor for 6.5 years. She believes in Education and likes to help people with their Education Goals.  Ms. Hakeym has recently applied for a doctorate in management.

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STEP 1:

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The THSU School code: 031795-00

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THSU should receive the results of your application within two to three business days after it has been processed. If you do not receive a response from the U.S. Department of Education within two weeks of submitting your FAFSA, you should contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center for assistance.  THSU cannot move forward without the FAFSA being completed.

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Once THSU receives your FAFSA results, and no corrections are needed, you will need to sign the Authorization Statement authorizing THSU to deduct tuition, fees, and other charges from your Title IV financial aid.

STEP 4:

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Click on the link below to complete the requirements.  Your financial aid file is not complete until you have completed the requirements.

  • Online Entrance Counseling: http://studentloans.gov
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    • Print a copy of the confirmation for your records (and as a back-up should we not receive the confirmation).
    • We will not request loan funds until the entrance counseling is confirmed.
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    • Print a copy of the confirmation for your records (and as a back-up should we not receive the confirmation).
    • We will not request loan funds until the entrance counseling is confirmed.

We welcome current and prospective students to the office of financial aid services at Texas Health and Science University (THSU). Our mission is to help students find federal and institutional financial aid they need in order to facilitate their learning experience at THSU.

THSU is approved to participate in the Federal Title IV programs available through the United States Department of Education, which include:  William D. Ford Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, William D. Ford Federal PLUS Loans for undergraduate and graduate students, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, and Federal Work Study.   We encourage all students to investigate many sources to fund their education.

As a current student seeking information about your specific financial aid needs and concerns, please visit our office or give us a call. We are happy to review your file with you and explain the options you have and any steps you may need to take.

If you need assistance with any of the forms on this site please contact our office at (512)444-8082.

Austin Student Intern Acupuncture Clinic

Clinic Hours

Day Availability
Monday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM;  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and by appointment other times

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Acupuncture Courses

A-1001   Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This course includes a brief introduction to the historical background and evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This course mainly introduces the theories of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, Zang Fu, Qi, Blood, Body Fluid, Etiology, Pathogenesis, and General Rules of Prevention and Treatment.

4 credits:  Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1002   Chinese Terminology and Phonetics

This course is an introduction to the Chinese characters and Pinyin words necessary to understand the curriculum, to assure correct pronunciation, and to enable the study of the existing body of Traditional Chinese Medicine literature and available texts.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1003   Meridian Theory

This course covers the basic concept of the meridians, with a focus on the 12 regular meridians and the eight extra meridians.  It will also cover the 12 divergent meridians, 12 muscle regions, 12 cutaneous regions and 15 collaterals.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1004   Introduction to Point Location

This is an introductory course in which students will learn the concept, classification and measurement methods of acupoints. Students will also learn the basic concepts of specific acupoints.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1005   Point Location – Green

This course is the first of a three-trimester study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This first trimester will focus on the Lung meridian of hand Taiyin, Large Intestine meridian of hand Yangming, Stomach meridian of foot Yangming, Spleen meridian of foot Taiyin, Heart meridian of hand Shaoyin and Small Intestine meridian of hand Taiyang.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

 

A-1006   Introduction to TCM Diagnosis

This course introduces the classic methods of diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry and palpation. This course also emphasis how to combine the Four Diagnostic Methods to obtain a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the condition of disease.

4 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1007   Point Location – Yellow

This course continues the study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This course will focus on the Urinary Bladder meridian of foot Taiyang, Kidney meridian of foot Shaoyin, Pericardium meridian of hand Jueyin, San Jiao meridian of hand Shaoyang, Gallbladder meridian of foot Shaoyang and Liver meridian of foot Jueyin.

4 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

 

A-1008   TCM Diagnosis I 

This course continues the discussion of the classical methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and focuses on differentiation according to the Eight Principles, Qi, Blood, Phlegm, Stagnation, and the theory of Zang Fu.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006.

 

A-1009   Qi Exercise

This course includes an introduction to the philosophy and principles of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and application of the relationship of Qi Exercise to health, wellbeing, meditation, self-awareness, relaxation, balance and harmony. Basic Qi Gong and Tai Chi patterns and techniques will be taught.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1010   Special Acupuncture Techniques

These techniques include such needling methods as the filiform needle, cutaneous needle, electrical stimulation, moxibustion, and other methods.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001.

 

A-1011    Five Element Theory and Application

This is an in-depth discussion of the theory of the Five Elements and their application in diagnosis and treatment. Students will associate points on the channels that correspond to specific elements.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None

 

A-1012   CPR and Other Emergency Techniques

Part I (classes 1, 2 and 3) cover the management of emergency situations specific to an acupuncture practice.  Part II (classes 4 and 5) are taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor and will cover the management of heart and breathing emergencies, along with instruction in first aid.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1013   Point Location – Red

Students determine the location of acupuncture points (numbering about 365 major points and 50 extra points) using anatomical landmarks and the proportional body measurement system. Subject matter addressed in this course includes the following channels: Ren, Du, and Extraordinary Points.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1004.

 

A-1014   TCM Diagnosis II 

This course continues the discussion of the different systems by which TCM differentiates syndromes, with an emphasis on etiology, the eight principles and theory of Zang Fu.  Also includes the theories of wei qi, ying xue, meridians and collaterals, san jiao and six meridians.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006, A-1008.

 

A-2001   Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application

Focusing on the indications and energetics of the 12 regular meridians, the course also covers the application of points in the treatment of disease. An in-depth discussion of energetic points includes Five Shu, Yuan, Luo, Xi, Shu, Mu, the Eights (confluent and influential), 13 Ghost and emergency aid points applied in the treatment of disease according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1013, A-1014.

 

A-2002   Practical Training in Diagnosis 

Students will further refine their pulse and tongue diagnosis skills under the assistance and guidance of the instructor.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1006, A-1008, A-1014.

 

 

Herbology

 

H-1001   Introduction to TCM Herbology

This is an introductory course to TCM herbology.  Students will learn the basic herbal theories and build up solid foundations for the three specific herbology courses.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1001.

 

H-1002   TCM Herbology – Yellow

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of release exterior, clear heat, and drain downward are discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 

H-1003   TCM Herbology – Green

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of drain dampness, dispel wind-dampness, transform phlegm, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi and regulate blood.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 

H-2001   TCM Herbology – Red

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contra-indications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs to be discussed are from the functional categories of warm interior, tonify, stabilize and bind, calm the spirit, open orifices, extinguish wind, and expel parasites.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 

 

Biomedical Sciences (Western Medical Science)

 

W-1001   Anatomy and Physiology I

Students study the structures and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  cellular, tissue, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None.

 

W-1002   Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History

This survey course introduces the historical development of medicine in the West, to familiarize students with the systems of medicine practiced by M.D.’s, D.C.’s, and D.O.’s. Emphasis will be placed on teaching students the use and meaning of terminology and technical vocabularies necessary for professional, inter-disciplinary communications.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

W-1003   Anatomy and Physiology II

Students study the structure and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  W-1001.

 

W-2001   Surface Anatomy

This biomedical anatomy course focuses on the superficial features of the body, such as tendons and muscles and bony landmarks, with a view to the identification and use of anatomical landmarks as aids in locating underlying tissues and organs.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001.

 

 

Clinical Training

 

C-1001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – Black

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients in a clinic theater setting. This provides students with a clinical context that balances the intensely didactic and theory-oriented first and second year programs.

3 credits, Prerequisite: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003.

 

C-2001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – White

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients with complex conditions in a clinical theater setting.  Students will prepare to pass the five-part examination required for promotion to clinic internship.  Students will register for and take the Clean Needle Technique course if they have not already done so.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003.

 

 

Ethics, Business and Communications

 

E-1001    Medical Ethics

This course focuses on the scope of practice of Texas-licensed acupuncturists, with students familiarized with, and discussing, the laws and regulations of the State of Texas regarding the practice of acupuncture, record keeping, and confidentiality requirements.  Students will also discuss various ethical dilemmas encountered by practitioners.

1 credit, Prerequisites:  None.

 

E-2001    Marketing and Office Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of medical office duties that are commonly performed by the administrator or owner of a small clinic.  These duties include such marketing duties as building one’s brand, be it the practitioner himself, or the clinic he wishes to develop, professional networking, internet and social media marketing, and building loyalty and retention within a target market. Also included are office management tasks, such as office communication, medical reception tasks, document production, medical office accounting, billing procedures, appointment scheduling, medical records management, and insurance claims processing. There is a brief introduction to International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD-10) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, bookkeeping and accounting practices.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None

Study At THSU and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University

Texas Health and Science University is very proud to be the first University in the United States to be able to offer full dual degree programs at the Master level. Because our MSAOM curriculum is very similar to those used in China, THSU was selected by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University as a partner school in 2011.

Students interested in the Dual Degree program must first be accepted by THSU before enrolling in the dual degree program.  The dual degree program is being administered jointly by THSU and the International Education College (IEC) at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Zhejiang, China.  Students who are interested in the Dual Degree may enroll at Texas Health and Science University in any trimester, and enroll at Zhejiang to start in the fall trimester.

During their first program year, dual-degree students in the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program will go to China for two weeks to observe and study Tui Na. They will then return to THSU and complete the trimester normally. During the second year of the program, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University will send an instructor to THSU to teach and advise the dual-degree students.

Students will progress through the THSU MSAOM program, complete all required coursework and clinic internship components, and upon graduation from THSU, defend a thesis and a complete a one-month internship at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University Hospital. If successful, the student will receive a Medical Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Tui Na from Zhejiang, upon completion of all required elements.

Non-Chinese citizens, of good moral character and in good health, may apply to this program.  The cost is $10,000, not including transportation, room and board, instructional materials, and health insurance, in addition to the standard tuition at THSU.  Other required items include a resume’, application form, notarized copy of the highest academic degree certificate or graduation diploma, and transcript or pre-graduation certificate, 5 two-inch photos, recommendation letters from two professors, and a research plan.  The IEC will finalize the enrolled students by evaluating the application documents and Physical Examination Form for Foreigners document.  The Admission Notice and Visa Application for Study in China (JW202 Form) will be sent to the applicants enrolled by IEC.  Applicants apply for X visa with admission notice and JW202 form at the Chinese embassy or consulate in the home country.

A Rose by Any Other Name

By Founder Lisa P.H. Lin, LAc, EMBA

 

Red_Rose_Stock“What’s in a name?” Rather more than Shakespeare’s Juliet would imagine; indeed, more things than are dreamt of in her philosophy, to invoke Hamlet.  Confucius teaches us the importance of names. One of the central tenets of his teachings is zhèng ming, the “rectification of names.” He says: “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.” Consequently, the naming or renaming of a thing is a grave and serious matter, and not one to be undertaken lightly or for trivial reasons.

To rename traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as “Oriental medicine,” “Asian medicine” or any other term is to obscure the richness, depth and unity of humanity’s first and oldest continuously practiced system of health care. Our profession is traditional, it is Chinese, and it is medicine, What other name should it have but “Traditional Chinese Medicine?”

When I first came to the United States, I was surprised to find Chinese restaurants everywhere. While the food was, by and large, similar to what I was accustomed to eating in my native land, there were many compromises made to Western tastes. Sometimes, a dish was sweetened a little more than it would be if prepared for Chinese customers or certain pungent ingredients were omitted or reduced, to better accommodate the Western diner’s palate.

Looking over a menu one day, I came across a dish I had never heard of before. Even its name seemed foreign to me. Thinking that perhaps this was some rare regional delicacy, I ordered a plate, from curiosity if nothing else. From the first bite, it was obvious to me that this was not Chinese. The choice of vegetables was odd, and the meat did not pair well with the sauce. In fact, it tasted distinctly American to me. When I finished eating, I asked to speak to the manager, to see what I could learn about this strange dish.

The manager, a Chinese man, was glad to explain it to me. There have been Chinese restaurants in America for a long time, he said, serving authentic Chinese food to an exclusively Chinese clientele. In the late 19th century, it seems there was a sudden interest in Chinese cuisine here in the States. Restaurant owners, good businessmen that they were, knew that they would have to adapt to their new customers’ tastes to take advantage of this trend. Their cooks, using Chinese ingredients and techniques, produced a dish that was “Chinese” enough for an American, but too American to be Chinese. The result was “chop suey,” a purely American form of Chinese cuisine, appearing on menus alongside more traditional dishes. It was not the real thing, but was close enough to satisfy the inexperienced and unlearned.

In Asia, one encounters a number of systems of healing based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. One does not, however, encounter “Oriental medicine” or any similar term used anywhere in Asia. Simply put, there is no such thing as “Oriental medicine” outside of the West. These terms are, in fact, little more than a Westernized abstraction, a sort of intellectual short-hand, to refer to the varieties of healing arts and sciences developed, primarily in East Asia, from the foundations established by the great scholars and practitioners of the Chinese medical tradition.

This is not to deny that syncretic or eclectic practices, based however tenuously on TCM, have developed here in the West. One may apply any label one chooses, without doing harm, to these truncated, reductionist, and ersatz versions. Possessing no content or character that is not borrowed from elsewhere, they lack the unity and coherence of TCM; they are the “chop suey” version, as it were.

Disregarding these later and lesser imitators, and returning to the authentic, we find that throughout Asia, practitioners pride themselves on their solid foundation within the classical texts of TCM, and openly acknowledge their intellectual debt. As an example, the Japanese refer to the practice of herbal medicine as kampo, or “the Chinese method.” Korean acupuncturists, with their highly-developed systems of hand acupuncture, always take care to ground their variations in practice solidly in the canonical texts of TCM. For centuries, nothing was so highly-prized among Asian practitioners as the Yellow Emperor’s Canon, the foundational text for TCM or the Shang Han Lun, the primary clinical text. This is not ethnocentric puffery; it is a simple statement of fact. TCM is the first, oldest and most widely-practiced system of health and healing in the world. Although a citizen of the modern world, it is still Chinese and traditional in its origin.

Consider a mountain spring, a small, cool trickle of the purest water. Although the flow is apparently limited, we can see that a short distance from the spring, there flows a small stream, which itself feeds into a river, which, as it descends down the mountainside, empties into a deep lake. From the source, everything downstream draws its essence and even its existence. The character of the spring determines the qualities of the river and the lake. The river is an expansion and increase in the force of the qualities of the spring; the river quantifies, as it were, the qualities of the spring. These two elements, quality and quantity, find integration and reconciliation in the wholeness of the lake, which contains the qualities of the spring and the quantities of the river, without loss or diminution of either. The lake does not suggest the river, nor does the river suggest the spring, but the spring contains and directs the river and the lake.

TCM is an integrated, living body of knowledge, flowing without cease from its pure sources, through its active channels, to the depths of its integration. Even as the spring does not dry up, the river does not cease its mighty flow, nor does the lake ever overflow its banks; perfect harmony, perfect concord, perfect order. This is the essence of the intellectual tradition of TCM; nothing comes later that was not there at the beginning, and nothing from the beginning is lost at the end.

With the passage of time, and with greater exposure to the authentic theories and practice of TCM, we can safely predict that “Oriental medicine” and kindred terms will go the way of chop suey, and will be remembered as purely Western creations, an amusing footnote in the great history of the world’s most ancient form of medicine.

Why Traditional Chinese Medicine?

whytcmpageartTo invoke a biological metaphor, think of the two main modalities of TCM as if they were parts of the body. Acupuncture corresponds to the hands, as it treats conditions close-up, when the patient is “at hand,” as it were. Herbology, by contrast, corresponds to the feet, as the use of herbs is more “mobile,” allowing the portable practice of TCM; one can use herbs anywhere. The use of these two components, like the use of the hands and the feet, depends entirely on the proper functioning of the nervous system. From the base of the spine to the top of the skull, there is an elaborate network of nerves and synapses connecting all parts of the body. At the lower section of the spine, in the lumbar region, there are connections to the kidneys, bladder, and other lower abdominal organs. These organs, in the TCM system, correspond to the San Jiao, the upper, middle and lower “burners,” and, in the Wen bing xue, the transformations of Water and Fire are discussed as they relate to human disease.

In the Western view, the San Jiao (Water and Fire) corresponds to the functioning to the human endocrine and lymphatic systems, that is, to biological functions relating to fluid circulation and metabolism, thus showing once more that TCM proceeds by way of metaphor to describe and address the same conditions as Western medical science. The difference in underlying metaphysical assumptions and methods does not preclude their arriving at similar conclusions; TCM bears testimony to the truth of Western medical science, even as Western medical science bears testimony to the truth of TCM. Moving upward, we come next to the thoracic vertebrae, located in close proximity to the central organs (Heart, Lungs, Liver, etc.). These same organs, in their TCM presentation, are studied in and explained by, the scholarship of the Jin and Yuan Dynasty, commonly referred to as the Four Streams of Scholars. These scholars, and their works, address the relationship between the main organs of the body and the Five Elements of TCM. These scholars not only laid the foundations for much of the zhang fu diagnosis and treatments so common to TCM, but in fact elaborated once and for all the entire system. An understanding of even the most basic elements of TCM ( the concepts of zhang fu and Five Elements) is impossible without reference to these canonical works.

Proceeding further up the spine, we come to the cervical vertebrae and the skull. These sections correspond to the Shang han lun and the Jin kui yao lue, which are devoted to understanding and integrating the various aspects of TCM theories and practices. Paradoxical as it may sound, this integrative function precedes in time that which it integrates; Shang han lun and Jin kui yao lue were written before the other works referenced, and indeed the classics, on this model, are arranged in order of age, with the oldest works at the top and the most recent at the bottom of the spine. This apparent paradox is resolved by remembering that all subsequent scholars to the original canonical authors understood themselves to be developing or elaborating more completely the fundamental insights of the original master authors. The intellectual development of TCM is in this sense evolutionary, not revolutionary. This tri-partite division of the canonical texts of TCM represents the fullness of the tradition, encompassing the principles of Mastery (Shang han lun, Jin kui yao lue), Function (Jin and Yuan Dynasty scholarship), and Integration (Wen bing xue).

Using this model, we see that the proper functioning of any set of organs or systems, the treatment of which would be performed by the hands (acupuncture) or the feet (herbology) is a function of the proper order and arrangement of the various “spinal” elements of the tradition. Even as the hand cannot work, nor the foot move, if one of the vertebrae should be damaged, or the impulse from the brain be blocked, so, too, can acupuncture and herbology not achieve their results unless their practice is directly informed by, and integrated into the function of, the brain and the entire spinal column.

If I might be permitted to expand just a bit more on this theme, I have observed that the poorest “Oriental medicine” schools go only to the hands and the feet, providing a sort of “paint-by-numbers” approach to the practice of acupuncture and herbology. It is as if they attempt to derive hands and feet, acupuncture and herbs, from nothing, connected to nothing; theirs is an “amputated” and mutilated sort of practice. We may safely dismiss schools of this character from our consideration, as they practice a very hit and miss style, with poor integration of the elements of the discipline, achieving success as often by luck as by skill.

Slightly better are those schools and programs that provide some exposure to the lower two sections of our model’s spine; not nearly so superficial as the first category, they do provide some introduction to the basic elements of the theory behind the appropriate use of acupuncture and herbology; in this respect, they are somewhat better than the others. For them, the hands and feet are connected to the spinal column, but this column is separated from the skull and the brain. That is, they lack the principles of mastery. It is as if they were attempting to give life to a headless being; in principle, it could be done, but the result is wholly unsatisfactory, and the being in any event would not be considered “alive.” These schools are the vast majority here in the West, I fear, and theirs is a headless, mindless discipline in many ways.The best schools, into which category our school has always strived to belong, provide a complete and intact nervous system, corresponding to the proper functioning of the brain and its chemistry, to invoke once more the Western bio-medical model, fully integrating all aspects of TCM, with a view to the healthy and proper function of all the parts of the body in our model. Hands and feet are connected through the appropriate intermediaries, to the brain, and the whole functions as one. “Sanas,” the Latin term for health, can also be rendered as “wholeness,” and this idea has always informed all medical traditions, even the Western.

When a TCM practitioner speaks of “integrative medicine,” the simple inclusion of traditional Chinese theories and practices into the panoply of health care options is not what is meant. Rather, integrative medicine, as understood and practiced by TCM, is not only the expansion of the universe of medical practices, but also the integration of all aspects of all healing arts in the body of each patient. This sought-after physical unity is itself the biological expression of the fundamental ontological insight of the Chinese phenomenological system; this is the Five Elements as they really are, in the fullness of their being, and not, as is so often the case in the West, as a quaint piece of colorful medical folklore.

Consider a pure mountain spring, a small, cool trickle of the purest water. Though the flow is apparently limited, we can see that, a short distance from the spring, there flows a small stream, which itself feeds into a river, which, as it descends down the mountainside, empties into a deep lake.

The sight of the spring would not, in itself, suggest the strength of the river, nor the depth and breadth of the lake downstream; and yet, we find in the lake nothing which was not in the river, and we find in the river nothing which is not from the spring. This is case with the intellectual development of TCM: the spring of the Shang han lun cuts the channel for, and itself gives rise to, the river of the Jin and Yuan scholarship, which, as a mighty torrent of thought, issues finally in the wholeness of the Wen bing xue.

From the source, everything downstream draws its essence and even its existence; the character of the spring determines the qualities of the river and the lake. The river is an expansion and increase in the force of the qualities of the spring; the river quantifies, as it were, the qualities of the spring. These two elements, quality and quantity, find integration and reconciliation in the wholeness of the lake, which contains the qualities of the spring and the quantities of the river, without loss or diminution of either.Spring, river, and lake correspond, therefore, to the principles of Mastery, Function, and Integration, mentioned in our biological model.

The lake does not suggest the river, nor does the river suggest the spring, but the spring contains and directs the river and the lake. Knowing the canonical texts of TCM provides one with an integrated, living body of knowledge, flowing without cease from its pure sources, through its active channels, to the depths of its integration. And even as the spring does not dry up, the river does not cease its mighty flow, nor does the lake ever overflow; perfect harmony, perfect concord, perfect order.

I close with a simple story, a parable drawn from real life. When I first came to the United States, I was surprised to find Chinese restaurants everywhere I went. And while the food was, by and large, similar to what I was accustomed to eating in my native land, there were many compromises made to Western taste. Sometimes, a dish was sweetened a little more than it would be if prepared for Chinese customers, or certain pungent ingredients were omitted or reduced, to better accommodate the Western diner’s palate.

Looking over a menu one day, I came across a dish I had never heard of before; even its name seemed foreign to me. Thinking that perhaps this was some rare regional delicacy, I ordered a plate, from curiosity if nothing else. What I got, served over white rice, consisted of small pieces of stir-fried meat and vegetables in a soy-based sauce. From the first bite, it was obvious to me that this was not Chinese at all: the choice of vegetables was odd, and the meat did not pair well with the sauce. In fact, it tasted distinctly American to me.

When I finished eating, I asked to speak to the manager, to see what I could learn about this strange dish. The manager, a Chinese man, was glad to explain it to me. There had been Chinese restaurants in America for a long time, he said, serving authentic Chinese food to an exclusively Chinese clientele. In the late 19th century, it seems there was a sudden interest in Chinese cuisine here in the States. Restaurant owners, good businessmen that they were, knew that they would have to adapt to their new customers’ tastes to take advantage of this trend.And so, their cooks, using Chinese ingredients and techniques, produced a dish that was “Chinese” enough for an American, but too American to be Chinese.

The result was “chop suey,” a purely American form of Chinese cuisine appearing on menus alongside more traditional dishes. It was not the real thing, but was close enough to satisfy the inexperienced.While this state of affairs continued for quite some time, with Western diners rarely venturing deeper into the menu, one would be hard pressed today to find any reputable Chinese restaurant attempting to present chop suey as authentic Chinese cuisine. Indeed, the dish is becoming a rarity. The reason is simple: with the passage of time, more and more Americans have come to be exposed to authentic Chinese cuisine, and, having once tasted the real thing, cannot be satisfied by any ersatz dishes.

This is, in many cases, what has happened to acupuncture and TCM studies in the West. In far too many cases, what is being taught bears only a tangential relationship to that upon which it claims to be based. With a sprinkling of Chinese terms and concepts, used, like the soy sauce in chop suey, to give the effect of authenticity without the substance, “Oriental medicine” is a wholly unsatisfactory substitute for TCM. We are confident that, with the passage of time, more and more Westerners will come to realize that “Oriental medicine,” like chop suey, is a wholly unsatisfactory accommodation to the limitations of many Westerners. With greater exposure to the authentic theories and practice of TCM, we can safely predict that Oriental medicine will go the way of chop suey, and will be remembered as a purely Western creation, an amusing footnote in the great history of the world’s most ancient form of medicine.

Paul C.K. Lin, M.A.; Lic.Ac. (TX)
Co-Founder,
Texas Health and Science University, formerly Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Philosophy

philosphypage_artA famous Chinese scholar once observed that a translation is like the back of a piece of embroidery: the threads and colors are there, but the image itself is not. An excellent illustration of this is the Western translation of the practices and intellectual traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), commonly known as “Oriental medicine”. In Asia, one encounters a number of systems of healing based on the principles of TCM. One does not, however, encounter “Oriental medicine” anywhere in Asia. Simply put, there is no such thing as “Oriental medicine” per se. The term is, in fact, little more than a Westernized abstraction, a sort of intellectual short-hand to refer to the varieties of healing arts and sciences developed in Asia from the foundations established by the great scholars and thinkers of Chinese medicine.

Throughout Asia, practitioners pride themselves on their solid foundation within the classical texts of TCM and openly acknowledge their intellectual debt. As an example, the Japanese refer to the practice of herbal medicine as kampo, or “the Chinese method.” Korean acupuncturists, with their highly developed systems of hand acupuncture, always take care to ground their variations in practice solidly in the canonical texts of TCM. For centuries, nothing was so highly prized among Asian practitioners as the Yellow Emperor’s Canon, the foundational text for TCM, or the Shang Han Lun, the primary clinical text. Both of these classical Chinese medical texts are still sought after and in daily use throughout Asia.

Not only in China, but also in Japan, Korea, and elsewhere in Asia, some variation or derivative of TCM is practiced. The curriculum for practitioners has always required study of Huang ti nei ching su wen (Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine), the Shang han lun (Discussion of cold induced diseases), the Jin kui yao lue (Golden Chamber) and the Wen bing xue (Discussion of Febrile Diseases). In China, where the study and practice of TCM has been brought to a very high level of perfection and completion, Ph.D. candidates devote years to these studies and the leading scholars, instructors, and practitioners are never without well-thumbed copies of these canonical medical texts. Even students in the most humble of acupuncture and TCM training programs in China must devote a number of years to these classical texts.

This is why in founding the Texas Health and Science University, formerly known as Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first school of its kind in the state, we not only included “Traditional Chinese Medicine” in our name, but we also made TCM the very substance of our curriculum. We modeled our curriculum on the programs of study used in the best schools of TCM in China, with great emphasis on the study of the canonical texts of TCM as the key to understanding the proper use of acupuncture and herbs. It seemed obvious to us that there was no other way to teach acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine except by giving our students a thorough grounding in the classics.

Paul C.K. Lin, M.A.; Lic.Ac. (TX)
Co-Founder,
Texas Health and Science University

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Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, L.Ac., E.M.B.A.

MBA Instructor

E.M.B.A., Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (China)

Ming Chuan University (Taiwan)

President Lin, along with her husband Paul Lin, are the founders of Texas Health and Science University, in 1990 – the first acupuncture school in Texas.  After graduating from Taiwan’s Ming Chuan University, majoring in accounting and statistics, Ms. Lin studied traditional Chinese medicine with Dr. P. R. Sun, a renowned doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan.  Ms. Lin has distinguished herself as a pioneer in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by her successful efforts to pass acupuncture legislation in the State of Texas; in her position as the first Chair of the Education Committee of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners; and in her work to set high standards for the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout the United States. In 1993, then-governor Ann Richards appointed Lisa Lin to serve on the newly established first Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, on which she served until 1999.  Ms. Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine in Texas for more than 30 years.  She is the President of the Texas Association of Acupuncturists since 1999.

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David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D.

MBA Instructor

Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
B.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology/Management, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Teaching Specialization:  Strategy, Management, Business Statistics, Organizational Behavior and Organizational Development

Dr. Vequist is Associate Professor of Management of University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.  He worked as project manager for Ernst & Young in the areas of competency modeling, organizational development, and customer relations manager.  He also served as Director of Human Resources, Planning and Systems for Methodist Healthcare System.  Dr. Vequist’s research interests include training technologies, management of technology, business strategy, project management, competency modeling, data warehousing, knowledge management, organization behavior and effectiveness, and quality improvement.

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Ramey Ko, J.D.

MBA Instructor

J.D. with Honors, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL
B.A. in History, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Teaching Specialization: Business Law

Dr. Ko is a lecturer and practicing lawyer in the areas of immigration, small business, criminal, and commercial litigation. He works extensively in the Asian American community in Austin and serves on numerous boards, including the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Ko has served as commissioner for the City of Austin Public Safety Commission, associate judge for Austin Municipal Court, legal intern for the U.S. Department of State and for Senator Tom Harkin, and law school exam instructor for Kaplan, Inc. His skills and broad practical experience make him a welcome faculty member at Texas Health and Science University.

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MBA Instructor

Sc.D. in Health Services Research, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
MHA in Health Systems Management, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
BBA in Business Administration, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

Teaching Specialization:  Business Administration in Healthcare

Dr. Preston brings his extensive experience to the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management program at THSU.  He has served as Chief Executive Officer for Oncologics, a company of eight radiation and oncology clinics, and GMG Management Group, in which he was responsible for business units under a holding company including primary care clinics, outpatient surgery center, physical therapy, occupational medicine, radiology and urgent care.  He was CEO and Founder of Synergist Research, where he serviced co-owned research centers as well as contract research functions to various start-up pharmaceutical companies.  From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Preston served as Vice President for Academics, Research and Assessment at Texas Health and Science University.  He has served as Professor at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and is currently Professor at Texas A&M University where he teaches graduate-level business and management students and conducts research in the areas of epidemiology, statistics, healthcare policy, health insurance systems, and healthcare management.

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MBA Instructor

MBA Metropolitan State University
M.A. in Strategic Studies, Army War College
M.S. in Accounting, Liberty University

Mr. Dan Puhl has worked in not for profit, for profit, and federal government positions for 25 years, culminating as a Plant Manager for Sodexho Marriott Services. After completing his MBA, he continued accounting studies and passed all four sections of the CPA examination on the first attempt in 2002. He worked as financial controller for small businesses until being called to Active Duty to command the mobilization and demobilization activities at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin for two years. After returning to Minnesota, he managed Fairview Health Services $2 billion annual cash flow and $1.6 billion of investments until being selected as Chief Financial Officer for the 2008 Republican National Convention. Following the Convention, he started Cardinals FEC Compliance Services, PLC to provide contribution processing, recordkeeping, and FEC reporting for federal committees. In 2011, he accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Republican National Committee. In 2012, he resumed his work with Cardinals FEC Compliance Services as they added national, state, PAC, and candidate client committees. Dan holds master’s degrees in Business from Metropolitan State University, and Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.

Wei Li, Ph.D.

MBA Instructor

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa
M.A., Management Science, University of Iowa
B.S., Wireless Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Post and Telecom

Dr. Li brings extensive experience in the fields of communication technology and computer science to the THSU College of Business Sciences. With professional experience that includes engineering and design at Texas Instruments and Intel Corporation, Dr. Li bridges the gap between engineering and management sciences through his leadership and management experience within these firms.

Antonio Holloway, MBA

MBA Instructor
Financial Aid Officer

M.B.A. Healthcare Management, Our Lady of The Lake – San Antonio, Texas
B.B.A. Finance, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas

Mr. Holloway’s professional career spans over twenty-five years in Title IV financial aid administration, and includes experience working with for-profit and private not-for profit institutions. He is very active in training provided by National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and has served before on committees with both organizations. He is also a member of Delta Mu Delta and Kappa Gamma Pi honor societies.

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奧斯丁市長宣布一月三十號為林曹平惠日

德州健康與科學大學(Texas Health and Science University)的創辦人兼校長Lisa Lin(林曹平惠),因對德州針灸界盡心盡力,日前德州奧斯丁市長Steve Adler將一月三十號訂為Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin Day (林曹平惠日),並發布通知。 於1984年,林曹平惠女士向德州醫務署提出抗議,她認為德州醫務署對於針灸之醫療行為對待不公,有違背憲法之慮,因此向當時的總檢察長(Attorney General)Jim Mattox提出訴訟,總檢察長在審查此案件後,對德州醫務署做出違憲之判決,總檢察長認為德州醫務署對於針灸醫療行為規範中,有四條違背憲法之精神,因此判決林曹平惠女士勝訴,這是德州針灸界的一大勝利。(詳情請見Attorney General Opinion No. JM-125)不僅如此,這條法案判決更幫助了美國其他14州的針灸立法獨立,許多州都引用此法案作為辯護,讓針灸行為不需在醫師的監督下執行,更尊重針灸師的專業與權力。 有鑑於此,林曹平惠女士與她先生Paul Lin在1990年創辦了德州中醫學院(Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine),此為德州健康與科學大學前身,此校區坐落在德州首府奧斯丁市,這一步也為德州的針灸界撒下種子,培育許多優秀人才,使針灸在德州日漸茁壯。水到渠成,在1993年五月十八號的上午11點,德州立法院(Texas State Legislature)正式立法通過Senate Bill 1062,成立德州針灸署,審核並發放針灸師執照,針灸師正式合法職業,此舉不但讓德州從針灸沙漠變綠洲,也讓德州的居民可以接受合法的針灸師治療,讓醫療品質更有保障。 在立法通過的隔年(1994)一月二十二號,因同時也是林曹平惠女士的生日,德州針灸署特別選定此日舉行德州史上第一次針灸署會議,當時的德州州長Ann Richard更任命林曹平惠女士為德州針灸署教育委員會主席,此舉也證明林曹平惠女士為德州針灸界的貢獻與付出得到肯定。 最令人感到興奮的是,今年2017年的一月三十號,有鑑於林曹平惠女士在針灸界的功績與奉獻,奧斯丁市長特別頒布命令,將此日訂定為Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin [...]

William D. Ford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

William D. Ford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans are low-interest student loans available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time.

Repayment Begins 6 months after you:

·         GRADUATE,

·         LEAVE THE UNIVERSITY, OR

·         DROP BELOW HALF-TIME ENROLLMENT

Interest Rate Interest Rates fixed 7-1-16 to 6-30-17

·         SUBSIDIZED DIRECT LOANS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS HAVE A FIXED INTEREST RATE:

o    JULY 1, 2016-JUNE 30, 2017 – INTEREST RATE IS FIXED AT 3.76%

·         UNSUBSIDIZED DIRECT LOANS FOR UNDERGRADUATE

o    JULY 1, 2016-JUNE 30, 2017 – INTEREST RATE IS FIXED AT 3.76%

UNSUBSIDIZED DIRECT FOR GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS:

o    JULY 1, 2016-JUNE 30, 2017 – INTEREST RATE IS FIXED AT 5.31%.

Interest Direct Stafford Loan:  The federal government pays the interest that accrues on the Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan until you enter repayment.  Repayment begins 6 months after you cease being at least a half-time student.
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford and Plus Loans:  The borrower is responsible for interest that accrues from the date the loan is disbursed. You may defer payment of this interest until you enter repayment. Interest continues to accrue and is capitalized when you enter repayment.
Fee/Rebate Fee: 1.069% is deducted from the Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans proceeds.
Completion Requirements ·         ACCEPT THE LOAN

·         COMPLETE A MASTER PROMISSORY NOTE (MPN).

·         COMPLETE STUDENT LOAN ENTRANCE COUNSELING.

Credit Worthiness No collateral, credit check, cosigner, or endorser required. (Must not have a defaulted loan or an overpayment on a federal
Direct Loan Debt Information available from: National Student Loan Data System
Annual Loan Limit* Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Additional Unsubsidized
Dependent Undergraduates Whose Parents Accepted for PLUS
1st year: $3,500 / $2,000 N/A
2nd year: $4,500 / $2,000 N/A
3rd and 4th year: $5,500 / $2,000 N/A
Dependent Undergraduates Whose Parents not Accepted for PLUS
1st year: $3,500 / $2,000 $4,000
2nd year: $4,500 / $2,000 $4,000
3rd and 4th year: $5.500 / $2,000 $5,000
Independent Undergraduates
1st year: $3,500 / $2,000 $4,000.00
2nd year: $4,500 / $2,000
3rd and 4th years: $5,500 / $2,000 $5,000
Graduate and Professional Students
Per year: $20,500

*Annual loan limits cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance minus other financial aid.

**All annual loan limits for undergraduates are subject to proration during the student’s last semester before graduation.

In addition to annual loan limits, the Direct Loan program has aggregate or lifetime limits.

Aggregate Limits Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized
Dependent Undergraduates $31,000 (no more than $23,000 may be subsidized)
Dependent Undergraduates
whose parent is not eligible to
borrow a Direct Parent PLUS Loan
AND
Independent Undergraduates
$57,500 (no more than $23,000 may be subsidized)
Graduate and Professional Students $138,500 (no more than $65,500 may be subsidized)

Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

William D. Ford Federal PLUS Loan for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The William D. Ford Federal Direct PLUS Loan is a federal loan that allows the parents undergraduate and graduate student to borrow funds to help meet educational expenses.

  • LIKE DIRECT SUBSIDIZED AND UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES THE FUNDS.
  • UNLIKE DIRECT SUBSIDIZED AND UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS, YOUR PLUS LOAN ELIGIBILITY IS BASED ON YOUR (THE PARENT AND/OR ENDORSER CREDIT.

Note: In order to be eligible for the PLUS loan, you should have already accepted any Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans offered to you for the year. The Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans offer a better interest rate and repayment provisions.

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  • REPAYMENT BEGINS WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE LOAN IS FULLY DISBURSED. THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD FOR DIRECT PLUS LOANS.
  • WHILE YOU ARE ENROLLED IN SCHOOL ON AT LEAST A HALF-TIME BASIS, YOUR PARENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN IN-SCHOOL DEFERMENT THAT ALLOWS YOU TO POSTPONE PAYMENTS ON YOUR DIRECT PLUS LOAN UNTIL YOU GRADUATE OR DROP BELOW HALF-TIME.
  • At THSU ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ENROLL FOR 17 CREDIT HOURS EACH TRI-SEMESTER.  ANY CREDIT HOURS BELOW 12 CREDITS, WILL BE CONSIDERED LESS THAN HALF-TIME.
  • INTEREST WILL CONTINUE TO ACCRUE WHILE THE LOAN IS IN DEFERMENT.
Interest Rate 6.31 fixed. (7-1-16 to 6-30-17)
Interest This loan is unsubsidized. The borrower is responsible for all interest that accrues. Interest will be capitalized.
Fee/Rebate Fee: The U.S. Department of Education charges a loan fee of 4.276% of the principal amount of each Direct PLUS Loan. This fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement.
Grace Period None
Completion Requirements PLUS loan borrowers must:

  • ACCEPT THE LOAN
  • COMPLETE THE PLUS MASTER PROMISSORY NOTE (MPN)
  • COMPLETE STUDENT LOAN ENTRANCE COUNSELING FOR PARENT BORROWER.

 

Credit Worthiness The borrower or endorser must not have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done).
Annual Loan Limit Up to the Cost of Attendance, minus other financial aid and resources.

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Accreditations

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program of Texas Health and Science University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434, fax 952/657-7068.

The Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of the Texas Health and Science University has been admitted to Pre-Accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (“ACAOM”) and is in the process of seeking accreditation.  ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award master’s and bachelor’s degrees, and certificates. ACICS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Texas Health and Science University has demonstrated that it meets the standards set forth in the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and qualifies for an exemption pursuant to Subchapter G, Chapter 61, Texas Education Code and as defined in Chapter 7.3 of Board rules. Texas Health and Science University is authorized to conduct courses, grant degrees, grant credit toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic terms in the State of Texas. Authority for this exemption will continue as long as the institution maintains its accreditation status with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and standards acceptable to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

 

Anatomy Resources

Auriculo 3D

Auricola 3D Auriculo 3D desktop software helps you master this powerful therapy—without paging through dozens of books or consulting confusing charts. There are over 300 recognized auriculotherapy points on the ear, and thousands of combinations to treat nearly any problem imaginable. Designed for both clinical use and personal study, Auriculo 3D puts all this information at your fingertips with the click of a mouse. Pictures are two-dimensional. Ears are not. With over 300 auricular points, sometimes a flat, two-dimensional picture simply isn’t enough to see EXACTLY where to locate the point you need. Is it on the surface or under that flap? Is it on the surface that’s facing toward me, or the one that’s facing away? Guessing won’t do it; you need to be sure. That’s why we developed Auriculo 3D. Our advanced 3-D ear model lets you rotate, zoom, and move the ear so you can see exactly where the points are located. Whether hidden or open, you’ll confidently locate any point in seconds.

 

Health Line Body Maps

Zygote Body renders manipulable 3D anatomical models of the human body. Several layers from muscle tissues down to blood vessels could be made transparent to allow better study of individual body parts.  Most of the body parts were labeled and searchable.

BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.

Using detailed 3-D models of body parts-including muscles, veins, bones, and organs-Body Maps offers a new way to visualize and manage your health. See how the coronary artery delivers blood to the heart, and learn how plaque build-up on artery walls leads to heart disease. Locate the exact location of a pulled muscle or broken bone, and find information on how to prevent injuries. View a cross-section of the human brain, and learn which areas control certain emotions and body functions.

By offering rich, detailed anatomical images alongside links to relevant and useful health information, BodyMaps allows you to leam about your body and your health in a personalized and revolutionary new way.

Interactive Body

The Interactive Body has students place bones, muscles, and organs in their proper place using a simple drag and drop interface. Along with the “jigsaw” style activity of the Interactive Body the BBC offers fact files about each part of the body.

 

 

 

 

ESkeleton

eSkeletons provides an interactive environment in which to examine and learn about skeletal anatomy. The purpose of this site is to enable you to view the bones of both human and non-human primates and to gather information about them from our osteology database.

 

 

 

 

 

Anatomy Arcade

Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games, interactives and videos.

 

 

 

 

 

Inner Body

Inner Body: Explore the human body like never before! With hundreds of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of objects in the body, InnerBody.com will help you discover what you want to know about human anatomy, right here at your fingertips. Join the millions of students, patients  and inquisitive visitors – start your anatomy exploration by clicking on any of the systems above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build a Body

Build-A-Body is a drag and drop game where players are tasked with assembling an organ system from a set of organs. Players may then attempt case studies where a functional problem with a system must be linked to the organ affected. Learn about the body’s systems with this drag and drop game. Choose organs from the organ tray, and place them in their correct position within the body to create organ systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penn Medical Animations

Medical Animation Library: The University of Pennsylvania Health System provides nearly 200 video animations and explanations of injuries, diseases, and body systems. The animations, like this one of a balloon angioplasty, are concise which makes them good for general reference purposes.

 

 

Get Body Smart

Get Body Smart: GetBodySmart represents my attempt to create a fully animated and interactive eBook about human anatomy and physiology. The contents and design of this long-term project are based on my 21 years of teaching this material at the university level.

 

 

 

BioDigital

BioDigital Human™ has been hailed as “Google Maps meets the human body” and provides a glimpse into the future of medical education. At the tips of your fingers, on a sleek user interface, BioDigital Human™ is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive web-based platform.

 

 

 

Human Anatomy for Physical Therapists:

Have you ever been curious about what the body is made of, how it works, and what each part does? Then you’ve probably had an interest in anatomy. Your body has several important systems, all working in tandem with each other. Here, we’ll examine these systems and how they work.

Kids’ Guide to Human Body Systems

The human body isn’t just one big system, it is actually made up of many different separate systems, all working together to make sure that you, as a whole, function correctly. Each system has special parts and functions that it has to perform in order to keep you healthy and well. If any of the separate systems stops working or doesn’t work like it should, the whole body will suffer. Learning about different body systems will help you know what you need to do to stay healthy and strong.

Learn Chinese

Learn Chinese

The General Shu-Ping Tsao Library hosts a large collection of online programs to train students to learn the Chinese language. The Chinese language learning programs are hosted on every computer work station in the library. Open the folder “Learn Chinese” to begin.

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The following links may also direct you to Chinese language learning programs:

Chinese-English Dictionary: http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php

Yellow Bridge Chinese-English Dictionary: http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/chinese-dictionary.php

Yabla Chinese Dictionary: https://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-english-pinyin-dictionary.php

Chinese Etymology: http://www.chineseetymology.org/CharacterEtymology.aspx

Skritter: http://www.skritter.com/

Chinese Tools: http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn

Chinese Bay: http://chinesebay.com/

Clear Chinese: http://www.clearchinese.com/learn-chinese

Clavisinica: http://www.clavisinica.com/

Lang Lang Chinese: http://www.langlangchinese.com/en/

Learn Chinese: http://www.youtube.com/show/learnchinese/videos

Learn Chineez: http://www.learnchineseez.com/

Learning Chinese Online: http://learningchineseonline.net/

Quick Mandarin: http://www.quickmandarin.com/chinesecharacter/

Learn Chinese: http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/

Zhwongwen: http://www.zhongwen.com/

Watch to Learn Chinese: http://watchtolearnchinese.com/

Memrise – Chinese Courses – Video and Audio

Memrise – Chinese Main Learning Site – http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/chinese/

Memrise – Learn Basic Chinese: http://www.memrise.com/course/749/learn-basic-chinese-read-a-menu/

Memrise – Common Chinese Verbs:  http://www.memrise.com/course/52047/100-most-common-chinese-verbs/

Memrise – 20,000 Chinese Sentences:  http://www.memrise.com/course/96169/20000-chinese-sentences/

Memrise – Chinese Family:  http://www.memrise.com/course/496771/chinese-mandarin-beginner-video-lessons/14/

Memrise – Chinese Dynasties:  http://www.memrise.com/course/93532/a-lesson-chinese-dynasties/

Memrise – Chinese Numbers:  http://www.memrise.com/course/50888/mandarin-numbers-3/

Memrise – Chinese Provinces:  http://www.memrise.com/course/63503/chinese-provinces-3/

Memrise – Chinese Animals:  http://www.memrise.com/course/1074/animals-in-chinese

Memrise – History of Religion and Philosophy in China:  http://www.memrise.com/course/61810/chinese-historyphilosophy-and-religion-part-1

Memrise – Chinese Made Easy:  http://www.memrise.com/course/618/chinese-made-easier/

Local Libraries

TexShare Library Card

How to Acquire a TexShare Library Card

TexShare

A TexShare CARD provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across the state.

Overview of TexShare Library Program

Find a TexShare Library

How to Apply for a TexShare Library Card

Application Form for a TexShare Library Card

Austin Public Library Card

How to Acquire an Austin Public Library Borrowers Card

Adult Resident and Non-Resident Library Cards are issued to applicants 18 and older. To apply for a new or replacement Adult Resident or Non-Resident Library Card, the person whose name is on the account must complete and sign an Adult Library Card Application and present it in person at the circulation desk of any Austin Public Library location along with a valid/acceptable photo ID and proof of current residence address in their name.

  • Adult Resident cards issued/renewed are good for 2 years.
  • $120 Yearly Non-Resident cards issued/renewed are good for 1 year from the date paid.
  • $35 Quarterly Non-Resident cards issued/renewed are good for 3 months from the date paid.

To renew an expired Adult card, the person whose name is on the account must go to an Austin Public Library location and present the card, a valid/acceptable photo ID and proof of current residence address in their name. Non-residents will be required to pay a non-resident fee in order to renew their card.

  • Adults renewing/replacing their library card, will need to pay all fines owed on the account.

Adult Library Card Application Requirements

  • First and Last Name as they appear on the photo ID
  • Current Residence Address
  • Birth Date
  • Signature
  • Valid/Acceptable Photo ID Number

Manchaca Road Branch Library

Manchaca Road Branch Library

5500 Manchaca Rd.

512-974-8700

Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm

Friday – Closed

Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Sunday – 2pm – 6pm

The Manchaca Road Branch was originally built in 1974, not as a neighborhood branch, but as a city-owned regional branch for South Austin and Southwest Travis County. The Branch’s “regional identity” was eventually dropped in the late 1980s as the Austin Public Library moved towards equalizing services among all branches. Since then, the Branch has expanded and deepened its role within the South Austin community.

Fill Out the Adult Library Card Application.

Bus Directions

Travel South on Bus 3 Burnet/Manchaca-SB
Depart from Stop #732 at 3906 Manchaca and Prather (In front of the Austin Senior Activity Center)
Arrive at Stop # 739 at 5322 Manchaca and Inverness
Estimated Travel Time: 5 Minutes
Cost: $1.00

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San Antonio Public Library

How to get a San Antonio Public Library card?

The San Antonio Public Library Card is your free all access pass to millions of books, DVDs, music downloads and more.

The San Antonio Public Library Card is free for:

  • All Bexar County residents
  • All individuals that own a business or property in Bexar County
  • All City of San Antonio Employees

Getting your library card in person:

  • Stop by any San Antonio Public Library Location.
  • You need a photo ID and proof of current address – like your driver’s license.
  • If your photo ID does not include your current address, you can use something like a utility bill if it includes your current address.
  • Children under 18 may be issued cards if accompanied by a parent or guardian with a photo ID and proof of current address.
  • For those owning a business or property in Bexar County, a property tax record, an Assumed Name Certificate of Registration or a Sales Tax Permit may be used.
  • San Antonio City employees should present their city badge or a current paycheck stub.
  • For those unable to provide proof of current address, please contact your nearest San Antonio Public Library location for other available options.

Pre-register for your library card online:

  • To begin immediately using some of our services, fill out the online registration form.
  • Then stop by any San Antonio Public Library location within 30 days, present your photo ID and proof of current address and pick up your library card.

A San Antonio Public Library card allows you to do more than just borrow books and other materials. From your home computer you can use your card to access the Library’s online resources, find magazine articles, research your family tree and even download free digital media – like audiobooks and music.

Inter Library Loan

Request Books from the University of Incarnate Word

Incarnate Word

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Write the Librarian to request an item:
library@thsu.edu

Library Staff

Ryan Haecker, MLIS, MRes

Librarian
Master of Science in Library and Information Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Research in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham

Mr. Ryan Haecker studied library and information science at the University of Texas at Austin and philosophical theology at the University of Nottingham in England. He has recently returned to THSU from an overseas research project at Cambridge University. Mr. Haecker has previously worked as the librarian of THSU as well as several other libraries and archives around the world. He is eager to return to rejoin the Texas Health and Science University community.

Free Info Sources

The General Shu-Ping Tsao Library welcomes students to browse and download E-Book from these open-access digital collections.

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Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of E-Books”.  It was founded in 1971 and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of March 2013, Project Gut   enberg claimed over 42,000 items in its collection.

Internet Archive Logo

The Internet Archive allows users to browse and read over 5 million books and items from over 1,500-curated collections. You will find a wide range of literature, historical texts and research materials; and wonderful thematic collections like Children’s Classics, Cookbooks and Genealogy. These curated collections have come from over 900 content providers including libraries such as the Boston Public Library, the Library of Congress and the Lancaster County’s Historical Society. These collections were digitized from various mediatypes including microfilm and microfiche, journals and serial publications, and a wide variety of archival material. Significant contributions have come from partners in North America (American and Canadian Libraries), Europe and Asia, representing more than 184 languages.

Wikibooks

Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone, including you, can edit right now by clicking on the edit link that appears near the top of each Wikibooks page. Contributors maintain the property rights to their contributions, while the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License and the GNU Free Documentation License makes sure that the submitted version and its derivative works will always remain freely distributable and reproducible.

Open Library Logo

Open Library is an online project intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”.  Its book information is collected from the Library of Congress, other libraries, and Amazon.com, as well as from user contributions through a Wikipedia style interface. If books are available in digital form, a button labelled “Read” appears next to its catalog listing. Links to where books can be purchased or borrowed are also provided.  Open Library has 6 million authors and 20 million books, and about one million public domain books available as digitized books. Tens of thousands of modern books were made available from 150 libraries and publishers for digital lending.

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The Online Books Page is a website of the University of Pennsylvania that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

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Google Play is a digital distribution platform for online electronics and digital media store, operated by Google.  The service allows users to browse and download music, magazines, books, movies, and television programs.  Google Play Books carries over 4 million titles.

Smash Words

Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks.  We make it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world, to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers.

Good Reads Logo

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.

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Many Books allows users to browse through the most popular    titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free!

Free Books For Doctors

Free Books for Doctors Over the next years, many textbooks will be available online, free and in full-text. The unrestricted access to scientific knowledge will have a major impact on medical practice.

National Library of Medicine Bookshelf Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. Search, read, and discover.

Scholarly Journals

The General Shu-Ping Tsao Library holds the following volumes in its journal collection:

Acupuncture Alliance Forum

Print holdings: 1997-2005

Acupuncture Today

Print holdings: 2015-current/ Available Online

Advances in Mind Body Medicine

Online

Alternative & Complementary Therapies

Print holdings: 1994-2008

Alternative Medicine

Print holdings: 2005, 2006-current; 2002 available through AltHealthWatch

Alternatives Therapies in Health & Medicine

Print holdings:  1995-1996 & 2002-current; 1995-current available through AltHealth Watch

The American Acupuncturist

Online: 1994-current available through AltHealth Watch

American Family Physician

Print holdings: 2000-current

American Journal of Acupuncture

Print holdings: 1980-1998

American Journal of Chinese Medicine

Print holdings: 2002, 2005-2009

American Journal of Public Health

Print holdings: 2001; 1971-2008 available through PubMed

American Journal of Nursing

Print holdings: 2007-2009

American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Print holdings: 2000-2001

Austin Business Journal

Print holdings: 2013, 2015-current

California Journal of Oriental Medicine

Print holdings: 2002-2006; 1996-current available through AltHealth Watch

Campus Legal Advisor

Print holdings: 2015, 2016

Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

Print holdings: 2007-2016 / Available Online

Complementary Medicine International

Print holdings: 1996

Dynamic Chiropractic

Print holdings: 2011-2013 / Available Online

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Print holdings: 2000-2005; 1995-2003, 2007-current available through PubMed

The Environment Magazine

Print holdings: 2001

Family Practice Management

Print holdings: 2001-2015

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 

Print holdings: 2000

HealthCare Quality

Print holdings: 2006, 2007

Healthkeepers

Print holdings: 2007

Healthy & Natural

Print holdings: 2000, 2001

Herbal Companion

Print holdings: 2003-2012

Herbs for Health

Print holdings: 2003-2008

Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal

Print holdings: 2003-current / Available Online

International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture

Print holdings: 1995-current

JNAAOM (Journal of National Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine)

Print holdings: 1994, 1996

Journal of Acupuncture and Meredian Studies

Print holdings: 2010-current

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Print holdings: 2005-2014; 1998-current available through AltHealth Watch

Journal of Dietary Supplements

Print holdings: 2008

Journal of the American Medical Association

Print holdings: 2004-current

Journal of Herbal Phamacotherapy

Print holdings: 2001, 2004-2007

Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional & Medical Foods

Print holdings: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004

Journal of Pharmacopuncture

Print holdings: 2012-current

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Print holdings: 2003-2005, 2008-2009

Life Extension

Print holdings: 2007-2009; 1995-current available through AltHealth Watch

Medical Acupuncture

Print holdings: 2010, 2014-2016

Medsim

Print holdings: 2012, 2015

Meridians

Print holdings: 1993-2003, 2014-2016; 1993-2003 available through AltHealth Watch

Natural Health

Print holdings: 1993-1995, 1998-2001; 2002-current available through AltHealth Watch

Natural Practitioner

Print holdings: 2013-current

NEJM Journal Watch

Print holdings: 2011-2013, 2016

New Age

Print holdings: 2000-2001

The New England Journal of Medicine

Print holdings: 2007-current

New England Journal of TCM

Print holdings: 2005; 2004-2005 available through AltHealth Watch

NIH Medline Plus

Print holdings: 2006-2007, 2011-current

North American Journal of Oriental Medicine

Print holdings: 2001-2007

Nursing

Print holdings: 2007-2009

Nutraceuticals World

Print holdings: 2009-current

Organic Style

Print holdings: 2002-2003; 2002-2005 available through AltHealth Watch

Oriental Medicine 

Print holdings: 1992-1995, 2003-2006; 1992-1998 available through AltHealth Watch

Today’s Campus

Print holdings: 2013

To Your Health

Print holdings: 2008-2011

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients

Print holdings: 2000-current; 1990-current available through AltHealth Watch

UB (University Business)

Print holdings: 2015-current

Vegetarian Times

Print holdings: 2000, 2002; 1996-current available through AltHealth Watch

Whole Health

Print holdings: 2008-2009

World Education of Chinese Medicine

Print holdings: 2008-2010

World Journal of Acupuncture

Print holdings: 2006

Subject Guide

Acufinder Learning and Resource Center
Articles about a wide range of acupuncture-related topics, including legislation, herb lists, and an events calendar.

Blue Poppy TCMinfoline
Research tool from Blue Poppy Enterprises, publisher of TCM books and seller of TCM supplies.  Blue Poppy also offers continuing education resources.

Chinese Medicine Times 

A free ejournal published three time a year, the Chinese Medicine Times is also a source of online seminars, acupuncture supplies, and a book shop.

TCM Student
Online resource for news, editorials, and information for both TCM students and practitioners.

Herbal & Dietary Supplement Resources

Acupuncture Media from the Handbook of Oriental Medicine
The New Revised 4th edition (2014 version) includes comprehensive analysis of every aspect of TCM in preparation for the California State Board and NCCAOM exams. New individual herb charts include color photos beside a listing of their nature and functions.  More detailed explorations of the formula section include 83 new CA board formula charts as well as a chart of 160 new NCCAOM formulas. Unique charts synthesizing vital information streamline the study experience.

 Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. The site includes health information and links to related databases.

American Botanical Council Online
Sponsored by the American Botanical Council (ABC), the site includes links to herbal information and educational resources.

Dietary Supplements – USFDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
An overview of the FDA’s oversight efforts, including links to adverse effects and warnings. The page also provides links for consumer education and general information.

Institute for Nutraceutical Advancement

An international, sponsor-supported project designed to select, validate and publish scientific methods for use in analyzing raw botanical materials. Also includes information for consumers.

Medicinal Herb Garden – University of Washington
A resource for herbalists, medics, and botanists containing images and corresponding MEDLINE citations and entries to the Plants for a Future database.

Sloan-Kettering: About Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products
Evidence-based information for health professionals and consumers on the therapeutic uses and effects of herbal medicines and dietary supplements. Maintained by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the site emphasizes cancer therapies.

Professional Organizations

American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)

AAAOM is a professional organization active in public outreach, advocacy, education, and legislative issues related to acupuncture and oriental medicine.

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

The AHPA promotes the ethical commerce of herbs and herbal products, and is an advocate for related research, legislation, and education.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
The National Institutes of Health’s NCCAM explores complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of scientific practices, trains CAM researchers, and disseminates information.

The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC)
The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) is a multidisciplinary, collaborative not-for-profit charitable organization created to improve patient care. This mission is accomplished through fostering mutual respect and understanding between various disciplines and emerging fields, mainly through interprofessional education, engagement in key policy initiatives, and the promotion of whole-person research.

World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS)
WFCMS is a global organization that advocates academic development, policy, and standardization.

Regulation & Ethics

Model Code of Ethical Practice for Practitioners

From Acupuncture Today.

Texas Medical Board – Acupuncturists

Contains licensing information, application forms, continuing education for professionals, and information on the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners.

World Health Organization Traditional Medicine Strategy

The WHO works to include traditional medicine into national health care systems, to promote professional standards and guidelines, and as an information resource.

Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Manual 7th Edition

The Clean Needle Technique Manual summarizes important principles that govern safe practice suited to support the work done in introductory acupuncture technique courses in acupuncture colleges and the Clean Needle Technique course offered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM).

Research Methods

EndNote

EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Instructions for Downloading EndNote can be found here.

Tableau

Tableau is a Business Intelligence and Analytics software that is free and available for students for a one-year free trial.  It offers in-demand skills for scientist and marketers alike that need analytical skills to be competitive in today’s job market.  It is easy to use with Tableau’s drag-and-drop interface, you’ll analyze and present with ease.  It offers creative freedom so that you don’t get stuck in chart wizards. Unleash your creativity with beautiful visualizations. Read more and download the free one-year trial here.

Welcome to the THSU Database Page

Guide to Academic Research Online

Subscription Database

ABI/INFORM Research

This database delivers over 1,800 journals, with more than 1,200 available in full-text. It covers a variety of business-related subject areas including financial, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and more.

This database is accessible through your Orbund login.

Alt HealthWatch – EBSCO host

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

This database is accessible through your Orbund login.

Health Research Premium Collection

This database provides access to the latest medical information essential for medical students and researchers. Health Research Premium Collection offers a central access point to a variety of essential medical content.

This database is accessible through your Orbund login.

Medline with Full Text – EBSCO host

MEDLINE with Full Text provides the authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences found on MEDLINE, plus the database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE. Of those, nearly 1,450 have cover-to-cover indexing in MEDLINE. And of those, 558 are not found with full text in any version of Academic Search, Health Source or Biomedical Reference Collection.

This database is accessible through your Orbund login.

Free Databases

Academic Commons

Academic Commons is a freely accessible digital collection of research done at Columbia University or one of its affiliate institutions, including Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary. It is a place where Columbia-affiliated students, faculty, staff and anyone participating in Columbia events or groups can archive the digital results of their research or scholarly works and share them with the world at large. Academic Commons is one of a suite of services provided by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at Columbia University Libraries and Information Services.

AGRICOLA

Produced by the National Agricultural Library, this database includes journal articles, book chapters, reports and reprints. Useful for finding information on herbs and medicinal plants. Indexes HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed herbal journal.

BIOMED Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.

Biology Online

This is a completely open and editable dictionary which utilizes a WiKi concept, so that everybody can make a contribution. Biology-Online.org is run by enthusiasts from all around the world and visited by over 25,000 people every day.

CAM on PubMed

Preset subject search for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in PubMed.

Cochrane Journal Club

Cochrane Journal Club is a free, monthly publication that introduces a recent Cochrane review, together with relevant background information, a podcast explaining the key points of the review, discussion questions to help you to explore the review methods and findings in more detail, and downloadable PowerPoint slides containing key figures and tables.  You can even contact the review authors with your questions.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Online portal for the CDC, covering a wide range of health, safety, and environmental topics.

ChemIDplus Advanced

From the National Library of Medicine, a powerful database of thousands of chemicals, structures, and regulatory information.

China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database (Chinese & English)

  • Online publishing platform for achievements of CNKI project
  • The most comprehensive gateway of knowledge of China
  • Over ten service centers located in Beijing, North America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • A sales network composed of 13 agents and offices outside mainland China
  • Over 1,200 institutional customers from 38 countries and regions
  • Loyal subscribers ranging from top universities, research institutes, government think-tanks, enterprises, hospitals to public libraries

Chinese Medical Association (Chinese & English)

The Chinese Medical Association (CMA) is a non-profit registered academic and commonweal corporate body voluntarily formed by Chinese medical science and technology professionals, and an important social force in the development of medical science and technology in China. The CMA, established in 1915, now has 84 specialty societies under its umbrella, covering all medical fields. Missions of the CMA include uniting and organizing medical professionals, abiding by the National Constitution, laws and regulations of the State, and implementing the principle of science and technology work and healthcare work of the State.

Clinical Trials

Global registry of federally and privately funded clinical trials, made available by the National Institute for Health. Provides information about a trial’s purpose, sponsor, locations, and contact information.

Dietary Supplements Labels

Label information for thousands of dietary supplements, allowing comparison of ingredients across brands.  Also contains recall and FTC action information.

Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals Site was created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals on the Internet. It can be used to find free full-text journal articles and is especially useful for finding foreign language journals.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America’s largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals. Its advertising slogan – “Stand on the shoulders of giants” – is a nod to the scholars who have contributed to their fields over the centuries, providing the foundation for new intellectual achievements.

Go Pub Med

GoPubMed is a knowledge-based search engine for biomedical texts. The Gene Ontology (GO) andMedical Subject Headings (MeSH) serve as “Table of contents” in order to structure the millions of articles of the MEDLINE database. The search engine allows its users to find relevant search results significantly faster than Pubmed. MeshPubMed was at one point a separate project, but now the two have been merged.

Highwire Free Online Full-Text Articles

HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of 12/4/14, we are assisting in the online publication of 2,435,668 free full-text articles and 7,522,461 total articles. There are 37 sites with free trial periods, and 111 completely free sites. 288 sites have free back issues, and 1379 sites have pay per view!

Hub Med

HubMed is an alternative, third-party interface to PubMed, the database of biomedical literature produced by the National Library of Medicine. Features include relevance-ranked search results, web feeds of query updates, direct citation export, tagging and graphical display of related articles.

Index Copernicus (Polish)

Index Copernicus (IC) is an online database of user-contributed information, including scientist profiles, as well as of scientific institutions, publications and projects established in 1999 in Poland. The database has several productivity assessment tools which allow to track the impact of scientific works and publications, individual scientists, or research institutions. In addition to the productivity aspects, the Index Copernicus also offers the traditional abstracting and indexing of scientific publications. The database is operated byIndex Copernicus International, and is named after Nicolaus Copernicus, who argued for the modern Heliocentric model of the Solar System.

Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information

The Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information database provides free public access to over 298,000 full-text electronic documents of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature.

Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chinese & English)

Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences(CACMS), celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2006. Since day one ( May, 1981), IITCM has been the unique national institution of information on TCM in China, it is one of the 14 major operating components of the CACMS.

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)

Produced by NIH Office of Dietary Supplements in conjunction with the National Agricultural Library, IBIDS contains abstracts from consumer publications and international scientific journals on the general topic of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal and botanical items.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

The Journal of the American Medical Association is a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association. The journal was established in 1883, with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor. It publishes original research, reviews, commentaries, editorials, essays, medical news, correspondence, and ancillary content . The journal covers all aspects of the bio-medical sciences.

MEDLINEplus: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and geared toward consumers, this site includes general news and information, clinical trials and research, reference resources, directories, and multimedia content.

Mendeley

Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.

Medscape

Contains reviews, journal articles, and much more on clinic management, conferences, medical news, and expert commentary.

National Cancer Institute

Comprehensive cancer information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, including Complementary and Alternative Medicine treatment.

National Library of Medicine Catalog

The NLM Catalog provides access to NLM bibliographic data for journals, books, audiovisuals, computer software, electronic resources and other materials. Links to the library’s holdings in LocatorPlus, NLM’s online public access catalog, are also provided.

National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine (Chinese & English)

Institute responsible for research, experimental, and development issues of Chinese Medicine in the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 1963.   Contains helpful information for researching traditional Chinese Medicine.

PDF Search Engine

PDF Search Engine is a free search engine for searching PDF files hosted on internet websites.

PubMed

PubMed is a free database accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database as part of the Entrez system of information retrieval.

Science Direct – Medical Research Database

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. There are currently more than 11 million articles/chapters, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year. Elsevier has digitized as much of the pre 1995 journal owned-content as possible, bringing articles from as far back as 1823 (The Lancet) to the desktop. Never has in-depth literature searching been so comprehensive and easy to find.

SciELO (Spanish)

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is abibliographic database and a model for cooperative electronic publishing in developing countries originally from Brazil, supported by the Foundation for Research Support of theState of São Paulo (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP) and the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq), in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information.

Science.gov

Science.gov is a web portal and specialized search engine. Using federated search technology, Science.gov serves as a gateway to United States government scientific and technical information and research. Currently in its fifth generation, Science.gov provides a search of over 38 databases from 14 federal science agencies and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to 1,900+ scientific websites.

TCM Online (Chinese & English)

Traditional Chinese Medical Database System, a series of databases of traditional Chinese medicine, set up by the Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has some new functions available recently.

Toxicology Data Network (TOXLINE)

TOXLINE records provide bibliographic information covering the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals. It contains over 3 million bibliographic citations, most with abstracts and/or indexing terms and CAS Registry Numbers.

UIW PrimoSearch

THSU has an interlibrary loan agreement (ILL)with University of Incarnate Word. THSU students can search UIW’s library catalog and then request items directly from the UIW library by contacting the THSU librarian.

Wang Fang Database (Chinese & English)

Wanfang Data, an affiliate of the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology, provides access to a wide range of database resources, serving as a gateway to Chinese culture, medicine, business, science, engineering, etc.

World Wide Science

WorldWideScience.org is a global science search engine (Academic databases and se0arch engines) designed to accelerate scientific discovery and progress by accelerating the sharing of scientific knowledge. Through a multilateral partnership, WorldWideScience.org enables anyone with internet access to launch a single-query search of national scientific databases and portals in more than 70 countries, covering all of the world’s inhabited continents and over three-quarters of the world’s population. From a user’s perspective, WorldWideScience.org makes the databases act as if they were a unified whole.

Scholarships

This page is a listing of scholarships available to students studying acupuncture and other general scholarships available. This list is not exhaustive, but is updated regularly, so check back often.

Scholarships for Acupuncture Study

Nuherbs Co. Scholarship

Three scholarships available per year, award based upon GPA and application essay.

Trudy McAlister Foundation

Each college may submit a maximum of three applications per year. Applicants for scholarships will be required to fill out a formal application packet and provide school records, personal data, and letters of recommendation.

Charlotte McGuire Education Scholarship Programs – Undergraduate and Graduate Holistic Nursing Students Awards

What is Holistic Nursing? This scholarship program is specifically for current R.N.s who want to study complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as acupuncture.

Standard Process

Standard Process proudly supports many educational institutions. In addition to monetary support, we offer learning opportunities on campus, sponsor student activities, and invest in universities to enhance student experiences.

American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

The ABORM Annual Scholarship is awarded once annually to one individual in an accredited Acupuncture College in either the Masters Degree Program or the DAOM Program.  Individuals applying for the ABORM Annual Scholarship must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to apply, and must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from Faculty with their ABORM Annual Scholarship Application.

The ABORM Annual Scholarship amount is $1000.00, with the scholarship to be paid in full upon successful submission and acceptance for publication of an article in the Journal of Chinese Medicine (JCM).  Applications with topic proposals must be submitted to the ABORM by March 31st annually, and the winner will be notified by April 30th of that same year. The first completed draft of the proposed project must be submitted to the ABORM by September 30th of that same year for review and revision over a two-week period. Then the final draft of the proposed project must be submitted to both the ABORM and the Journal of Chinese Medicine (JCM) by November 15th of that same year.  Upon acceptance for publication of the scholarship project, the award funds will be dispensed immediately.

General Scholarships and Funding Information

Education of the Future – Preply.com

Educational platform Preply.com is the organizer of the essay competition „Education of the Future”.  The purpose of the essay competition “Education of the Future” is to raise awareness about online education among young people. The winner will receive a scholarship of $2000. The participants who will take 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded with the amount of $1000 and $500 respectively. The winners will be selected through an open voting on the website of educational platform Preply.

Tylenol Healthcare Scholarship

Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare.

Sharps Compliance, Inc.

Sharps’ essay contest is open to all students who have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in an accredited university in healthcare related studies.

Do Something

Earn easy scholarships through community service with dosomething.org.

College Scholarships .org

Comprehensive list of scholarships, grants and loans available. Searchable by area of study.

US Government Programs Benefiting Students

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College Funding Student Loan Center

Collegiate Funding helps recent college graduates and their parents consolidate student loan products and reduce monthly payments.

Financial Aid Resources Center

A comprehensive guide to financial aid and scholarships for college.

Scholarships for Specific Groups

College Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Women and Minorities

Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion.

GI Bill Express.com

Scholarships, Veterans employment, GI Bill information, Veteran jobs, Veterans benefits, transition assistance and more.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Provides college financial aid to Latino students, including Gates Millennium Scholars.

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VA Benefits

THSU is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

Veteran Services we can assist are:

  • The post 9/11 GI bill – Click Here for more details
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  • Reserve – Click Here for more details
  • Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program – Click Here for more details
  • National Call to Service Program – Click Here for more details
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program – Click Here for more details

In order to receive Veteran’s Benefits, the veteran must first establish his/her eligibility with the VA directly. Click Here to visit.  Once eligibility has been established, THSU will certifies the veteran’s enrollment.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the College’s standard used to define successful completion of coursework, for purposes of institutional assessment, and to determine eligibility for student financial aid.  Federal regulations require the College to establish, publish and apply standards to monitor student progress toward completion of their degree program. If the student fails to meet these standards, the student will be placed on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Academic Suspension, as defined below:

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and complete 67% of the credit hours for which they register and must graduate within 1.5 times the scheduled curriculum of six (6) semesters in the Bachelor of Science degree program or within 15 semesters in the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program.

Academic Warning: Students who fail to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above or do not complete 67% of the credit hours for which they registered at any time will be placed on Academic Warning by the Registrar, the Academic Dean, and/or the Dean of Students. The student and the Financial Aid Officer will be given written notice and the student will remain eligible for federal financial aid for that semester.  At the end of the semester the student’s academic progress will be evaluated to determine if the student has remedied the Academic Warning or if the student will be placed on Academic Probation.

Academic Probation: Students on Academic Warning who fail to maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 or do not complete 67% of the credit hours for which they registered are given written notice, placed on Academic Probation, and required to develop an Action Plan with the Academic Dean for remediation before being allowed to continue classes for the semester. The written notice of Academic Probation should be provided after the final grades for the semester are calculated.

Academic Suspension: Students on Academic Probation who fail to maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 or do not complete 67% of the credit hours for which they registered are suspended and must sit out the next two (2) semesters, and must appeal before being readmitted. These students are not eligible for federal financial aid and will have all awards suspended.

For additional information, please see the THSU Student Handbooks for Austin and San Antonio.

Calculating the Cost of a THSU Education in the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program

At THSU, our financial aid awarding process is based on the cost of attendance for 1 academic year or 2 consecutive trimesters, not calendar based years. There are three trimesters to a calendar year.  The standard student budget for the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is constructed using the Cost of Living index and the cost of tuition and fees is based on the total program amount divided by 10 trimesters, the normal time scheduled for program completion for students attending the program full-time. Full-time students in our graduate program normally enroll for 17-22 credit hours per semester.

The amounts listed below for everything other than tuition, books, and fees, are only a rough estimate and can vary widely depending on the particular needs of the individual student.  THSU is located on a main Capital Metro bus line, so public transportation from some locations may be an option.

Four Month Budget:

Tuition and Fees = $4,945

Books and Materials = $500

Room and Board = $4,244 (est.)

Transportation = $600

Personal Expenses = $1,720 (est.)

Total $12,009 / Trimester

Other special expenses can be added into the cost of attendance with documentation attached. Examples are: Extraordinary class supplies, disabilities, medical expenses, or child care costs.

Financial Aid at THSU – Frequently Asked Questions

How much financial aid is available to THSU students?

  • The amount of available financial aid a student may be eligible for depends on each student’s Cost of Attendance, as well as his/her enrollment status, year in school, and Expected Family Contribution.
    • The Cost of Attendance consists of the direct costs for a program, such as tuition and fees, as well as estimated living expenses for the period of enrollment/term.
    • A student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index number found on your processed FAFSA/Student Aid Report that is calculated by the government according to a formula established by law. This formula takes into account various factors such as income, assets, benefits received, family size, and number of family members in college. The EFC, despite its name, is not the amount of money a student will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of aid you will receive. It is a number that is used in the eligibility formula for how much aid a student can receive.
    • From this link you can view a chart explaining the financial aid programs offered by THSU, as well as the maximum amounts students may be eligible to receive.

What financial programs are available to THSU students?

COA – EFC = Financial Need

  • Example: If your COA is $10,000 and your EFC from the FAFSA is $2500, then your financial need is limited to $7,500.
  • For determining non-need-based aid amounts, such as Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Parent PLUS/Grad PLUS loans, any other financial aid you’ve already been awarded (Estimated Financial Assistance, or EFA), such as private scholarships or Federal Work-Study,  is subtracted from your Cost of Attendance. Non-need-based aid is NOT based on your EFC.

COA – EFA = Non-need-based aid eligibility

  • Example: If your COA is $10,000 and you’ve been awarded $3000 in need-based aid via Federal Work-Study, then you can receive up to $7,000 in non-need-based aid, such as by borrowing an Unsubsidized Direct Loan, subject to annual loan limits.

How much can I save on the MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program if I enroll after I complete the BS in Traditional Chinese Medicine program?

  • Enrollment in both the Bachelor’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine AND the Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs will result in a significant tuition savings compared with the cost of pursuing two degrees separately at another institution. As many as 65 of the credits earned in the Bachelor’s Degree program may be counted toward the Master’s Degree as well, resulting in a savings of almost 4 trimesters worth of tuition and feesa savings estimated at $19,200!
  • After earning your Bachelor’s degree, you can earn your Master’s degree with just 108 additional credits, saving you substantial time and money. You’ll strengthen your academic experience and boost your career advancement opportunities.

Does THSU offer any scholarships?

Can I request to borrow loan funds beyond the Cost of Attendance?

  • No. Federal guidelines restrict a student’s ability to receive more than the Cost of Attendance established by a school.  However, THSU will authorize a student to request a Professional Judgment on account of Special Circumstances – which is an increase to their individual COA budget for expenses not covered in the COA. Uncovered expenses include childcare expenses, vehicle repairs, medical and dental expenses not covered by the student’s health insurance plan, and a one-time only computer replacement.  Professional Judgment requests for an increase to an individual’s COA must be accompanied by the requisite receipts and documentation. Final decision-making authority rests with the THSU Financial Aid Office and the decision cannot be appealed to the Department of Education. Likewise, a request is not guaranteed to be granted, but will be considered when proper documentation has been submitted.
  • For further information about requesting a Professional Judgment, please contact the THSU Financial Aid Office.

Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Acupuncture Courses

A-1001   Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This course includes a brief introduction to the historical background and evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This course mainly introduces the theories of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, Zang Fu, Qi, Blood, Body Fluid, Etiology, Pathogenesis, and General Rules of Prevention and Treatment.

4 credits:  Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1002   Chinese Terminology and Phonetics

This course is an introduction to the Chinese characters and Pinyin words necessary to understand the curriculum, to assure correct pronunciation, and to enable the study of the existing body of Traditional Chinese Medicine literature and available texts.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1003   Meridian Theory

This course covers the basic concept of the meridians, with a focus on the 12 regular meridians and the eight extra meridians.  It will also cover the 12 divergent meridians, 12 muscle regions, 12 cutaneous regions and 15 collaterals.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1004   Introduction to Point Location

This is an introductory course in which students will learn the concept, classification and measurement methods of acupoints. Students will also learn the basic concepts of specific acupoints.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1005   Point Location – Green

This course is the first of a three-trimester study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This first trimester will focus on the Lung meridian of hand Taiyin, Large Intestine meridian of hand Yangming, Stomach meridian of foot Yangming, Spleen meridian of foot Taiyin, Heart meridian of hand Shaoyin and Small Intestine meridian of hand Taiyang.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

 

A-1006   Introduction to TCM Diagnosis

This course introduces the classic methods of diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry and palpation. This course also emphasis how to combine the Four Diagnostic Methods to obtain a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the condition of disease.

4 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1007   Point Location – Yellow

This course continues the study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This course will focus on the Urinary Bladder meridian of foot Taiyang, Kidney meridian of foot Shaoyin, Pericardium meridian of hand Jueyin, San Jiao meridian of hand Shaoyang, Gallbladder meridian of foot Shaoyang and Liver meridian of foot Jueyin.

4 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

 

A-1008   TCM Diagnosis I 

This course continues the discussion of the classical methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and focuses on differentiation according to the Eight Principles, Qi, Blood, Phlegm, Stagnation, and the theory of Zang Fu.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006.

 

A-1009   Qi Exercise

This course includes an introduction to the philosophy and principles of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and application of the relationship of Qi Exercise to health, wellbeing, meditation, self-awareness, relaxation, balance and harmony. Basic Qi Gong and Tai Chi patterns and techniques will be taught.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1010   Special Acupuncture Techniques

These techniques include such needling methods as the filiform needle, cutaneous needle, electrical stimulation, moxibustion, and other methods.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001.

 

A-1011    Five Element Theory and Application

This is an in-depth discussion of the theory of the Five Elements and their application in diagnosis and treatment. Students will associate points on the channels that correspond to specific elements.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None

 

A-1012   CPR and Other Emergency Techniques

Part I (classes 1, 2 and 3) cover the management of emergency situations specific to an acupuncture practice.  Part II (classes 4 and 5) are taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor and will cover the management of heart and breathing emergencies, along with instruction in first aid.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

A-1013   Point Location – Red

Students determine the location of acupuncture points (numbering about 365 major points and 50 extra points) using anatomical landmarks and the proportional body measurement system. Subject matter addressed in this course includes the following channels: Ren, Du, and Extraordinary Points.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1004.

 

A-1014 TCM Diagnosis II 

This course continues the discussion of the different systems by which TCM differentiates syndromes, with an emphasis on etiology, the eight principles and theory of Zang Fu.  Also includes the theories of wei qi, ying xue, meridians and collaterals, san jiao and six meridians.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006, A-1008.

 

A-2001   Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application

Focusing on the indications and energetics of the 12 regular meridians, the course also covers the application of points in the treatment of disease. An in-depth discussion of energetic points includes Five Shu, Yuan, Luo, Xi, Shu, Mu, the Eights (confluent and influential), 13 Ghost and emergency aid points applied in the treatment of disease according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1013, A-1014.

 

A-2002   Practical Training in Diagnosis 

Students will further refine their pulse and tongue diagnosis skills under the assistance and guidance of the instructor.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1006, A-1008, A-1014.

 

A-2003   Treatment Modality of Acupuncture I

This is a discussion of and approach to each internal disease from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, with emphasis on acupuncture treatment. The course involves in-depth discussion of etiology, pathogenesis, and differentiation of syndromes, diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1013, A-1014, A-2001.

 

A-2004   Scalp and Ear Acupuncture

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, scalp acupuncture techniques are most effective for treating afflictions such as stroke, movement hindrance and certain neurological problems. Point measurement and location, and needle stimulation skills will be introduced. Students will also study the physical surface of the ear to locate acupuncture points on the various auricular surfaces. The physiological links between the points and the internal organs will be presented. Ear acupuncture in the treatment of alcoholism, drug abuse and weight loss will be discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1003.

 

A-2005   Treatment Modality of Acupuncture II

This is a continuation of the discussion of each internal disease from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, with emphasis on acupuncture treatment. The course involves in-depth discussion of etiology, pathogenesis, and differentiation of syndromes, diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-2003.

 

A-3001   Tui Na

This class covers traditional methods of Oriental manual therapy and the use of this therapy in accordance with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Channel palpation, body mechanics, indications and contraindications for Tui Na techniques are also covered.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1003.

 

A-3002   Licensure Examination Preparation: Foundations of TCM

This course prepares the student for success on the Foundations of Oriental Medicine certification examination by rigorously reviewing and testing the student’s knowledge base of TCM principles, modes of diagnosis, and treatment strategies. The student will identify areas of weakness in order to more efficiently conduct their exam preparation, and will learn effective test-taking strategies utilizing critical thinking skills. This course focuses on the specific areas of study recommended in the NCCAOM candidate handbook.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-2003, A-2005.

 

A-3003   Licensure Examination Preparation: Acupuncture and Point Location

Students will review the entire program of acupuncture studies, focusing on the specific areas of study recommended in the national exam preparation handbook for the Acupuncture and Point Location module.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-2003, A-2005.

 

Biomedical Sciences (Western Medical Science)

 

W-1001   Anatomy and Physiology I

Students study the structures and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  cellular, tissue, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None.

 

W-1002   Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History

This survey course introduces the historical development of medicine in the West, to familiarize students with the systems of medicine practiced by M.D.’s, D.C.’s, and D.O.’s. Emphasis will be placed on teaching students the use and meaning of terminology and technical vocabularies necessary for professional, inter-disciplinary communications.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

W-1003   Anatomy and Physiology II

Students study the structure and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  W-1001.

 

W-2001   Surface Anatomy

This biomedical anatomy course focuses on the superficial features of the body, such as tendons and muscles and bony landmarks, with a view to the identification and use of anatomical landmarks as aids in locating underlying tissues and organs.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001.

 

W-2002   Biomedical Pathophysiology

This course covers the pathological conditions that may affect the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal, neurological, and other systems of the body. Understanding such disease processes helps the practitioner to work more effectively with patients and other health care professionals.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001, W-1002, W-1003.

 

W-2003  Biomedical Diagnostics and Laboratory Tests

This course covers basic history taking and physical examination techniques. In addition, this course develops an understanding of the use of laboratory test data (whether done previously for a given patient or ordered specifically for the current course of treatment) as an aid in developing an appropriate plan of treatment.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001, W-1002, W-1003.

 

W-3001   Biomedical Microbiology

Students will explore the classification of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms, their physiological and biochemical features, the microorganisms that cause human diseases and the spoilage of food, and the ecological significance of bacteria in the cycle of matter.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-1003.

 

W-3002   Diet and Nutrition

Students study the principles of nutrition and diet as understood in the West, as well as the use of vitamins, minerals and other supplements as part of a course of treatment.  The importance of various components of Chinese foods and herb-combination cooking are also discussed.

1 credits, Prerequisites: None

 

W-3003   Case Management and Referral

This course covers the ways in which students will meet the challenges and accountabilities of case management and referral in the 21st century practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine within the modern health care system. Students will become familiar with effective methods for planning a course of treatment, evaluating outcomes, identifying the need for referral, the process of making successful referrals, and how to do effective case closures. Associated ethical and legal issues will also be explored.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1002.

 

W-3004   Biomedical Pharmacology

This course introduces students to the classifications of prescription medications, covers some common medications that patients may be taking, and the physiological mechanisms and actions of those medications.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-2002, W-2003.

 

W-3005   Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine

This course is a review of internal medicine, pharmacology, neurology, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, radiology, nutrition, dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases. This course also surveys the clinical practices of specialists in various Western medical fields to familiarize students with the treatment modes of other health care practitioners.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1003, W-2002, W-2003, W-3004.

 

W-3006   Biomedical Toxicology

This course investigates the disciplines of toxicology and pharmacology. The course explores toxicity mechanisms and the tissues affected by different classes of naturally occurring toxins. Herbs with known toxicity will be classified and their mechanisms of toxicity discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-3004, H-1001, H-1002, H-1003, H-2001.

 

W-4001   Biomedicine Review

This course is a comprehensive review of all previous biomedical courses taken at THSU, with a view to ensuring full grasp of the fundamental principles of biomedicine and their application to the successful practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine within a modern integrated health care system, and to prepare students more fully for their licensing and certification exams.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  W-3004.

 

W-4002   Hygiene, Public Health and Epidemiology

Students study public health issues, the formulation of laws regarding health, and the agencies established to provide disease-free food and water, adequate sanitation systems, prevention and control of epidemic and endemic diseases, and the delivery of health care to the disadvantaged.

1 credit, Prerequisites: W-1002.

 

W-4003   Biomedical Research Design and Scientific Methods

This is an introduction to the statistical methods used in biomedical research.  Students will learn the mathematical basis for modern research in biomedicine and acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Oriental medicine.  The course teaches the methods necessary to analyze research data with a special focus on the interpretation of results and the clinical application of data.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1002.

 

Clinical Training

 

C-1001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – Black

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients in a clinic theater setting. This provides students with a clinical context that balances the intensely didactic and theory-oriented first and second year programs.

3 credits, Prerequisite: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003.

 

C-2001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – White

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients with complex conditions in a clinical theater setting.  Students will prepare to pass the five-part examination required for promotion to clinic internship.  Students will register for and take the Clean Needle Technique course if they have not already done so.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003.

 

C-2002, C-2003   Clinic Internship I, Clinic Internship II

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students begin needling and applying other TCM treatment modalities to patients. The three emphases of Clinic Internship are: (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a responsible treatment plan, and (3) the practical application of basic treatment skills and techniques. Students will further develop their diagnostic skills and gain experience in syndrome identification and formula application. Students will discuss cases with classmates and with the instructor. Students will be assigned a clinic schedule in accordance with their classroom schedules.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.

240 Clinic contact hours/8 credits, Prerequisites:  C-1001, C-2001, CNT, Promotion Exam to Internship

 

C-3001, C-3002   Clinic Internship III, Clinic Internship IV

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students begin needling and applying other TCM treatment modalities to patients. The three emphases of Clinic Internship are: (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a responsible treatment plan, and (3) the practical application of basic treatment skills and techniques. Students will further develop their diagnostic skills and gain experience in syndrome identification and formula application. Students will discuss cases with classmates and with the instructor. Students will be assigned a clinic schedule in accordance with their classroom schedules.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.

240 Clinic contact hours/8 credits, Prerequisites:  C-2002, C-2003, CNT*

 

C-3003, C-3004   Clinic Internship V, Clinic Internship VI

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students apply acupuncture, herbs, and other TCM treatment modalities to patients. The three emphases of Clinic Internship are: (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a responsible treatment plan, and (3) the practical application of basic treatment skills and techniques. Students will further develop their diagnostic skills and gain experience in syndrome identification and formula application. Students may be asked to mentor a junior intern.  Students will discuss cases with classmates and with the instructor.  Students will be assigned a clinic schedule in accordance with their classroom schedules.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.

240 Clinic contact hours/8 credits, Prerequisites:  C-3001, C-3002, CNT*

 

CNT

The Clean Needle Technique class is offered through CCAOM and made available to our students at various times. The Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course is a one-day program that includes a lecture, a demonstration, and written and practical examinations. The content of the CNT course provides a uniform standard of practice for acupuncture in the United States and is required before students may enroll in clinic internship.

 

Ethics, Business and Communications

 

E-1001    Medical Ethics

This course focuses on the scope of practice of Texas-licensed acupuncturists, with students familiarized with, and discussing, the laws and regulations of the State of Texas regarding the practice of acupuncture, record keeping, and confidentiality requirements.  Students will also discuss various ethical dilemmas encountered by practitioners.

1 credit, Prerequisites:  None.

 

E-2001            Marketing and Office Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of medical office duties that are commonly performed by the administrator or owner of a small clinic.  These duties include such marketing duties as building one’s brand, be it the practitioner himself, or the clinic he wishes to develop, professional networking, internet and social media marketing, and building loyalty and retention within a target market. Also included are office management tasks, such as office communication, medical reception tasks, document production, medical office accounting, billing procedures, appointment scheduling, medical records management, and insurance claims processing. There is a brief introduction to International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD-10) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, bookkeeping and accounting practices.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None

 

E-2002    Counseling and Communications

This course will help the student develop communication and counseling skills to maximize the therapeutic effect of acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments. The student will learn basic principles of counseling and communication through a process that will include discussion and role playing with a special emphasis on the development of the acupuncturist-patient relationship.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  None.

 

E-2003    Business Planning and Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on the management of a small health clinic and includes the preparation of a business plan.  Information on economics, planning, controlling finances, record keeping, legal compliance, and patient relations will be discussed in detail.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 

Herbology

 

H-1001   Introduction to TCM Herbology

This is an introductory course to TCM herbology.  Students will learn the basic herbal theories and build up solid foundations for the three specific herbology courses.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1001.

 

H-1002   TCM Herbology – Yellow

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of release exterior, clear heat, and drain downward are discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 

H-1003   TCM Herbology – Green

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of drain dampness, dispel wind-dampness, transform phlegm, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi and regulate blood.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 

H-2001   TCM Herbology – Red

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contra-indications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs to be discussed are from the functional categories of warm interior, tonify, stabilize and bind, calm the spirit, open orifices, extinguish wind, and expel parasites.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 

H-2002   Introduction to TCM Prescriptionology

This is an introductory course to TCM prescriptionology.  Students will learn the basic prescription theories and build up solid foundations for the three specific prescriptionology courses.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1014, H-1001, H-1002, H-1003, H-2001.

 

H-2003   TCM Prescriptionology – Orange

This course continues the study of the major formulas, including the herbal components, significance, explanation, indication, and clinical use.  The course addresses herbs and herbal formulas according to the following functional categories: release exterior, drain downward, and harmonize.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

H-2004   TCM Prescriptionology – Blue

This course studies the major formulas, including the herbal components, significance, explanation, indication, and clinical use.  This course addresses herbs and herbal formulas according to the following functional categories: clear heat, dispel summer-heat, warm interior cold, release exterior-interior excess, tonify, and stabilize and bind.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

H-3001   TCM Prescriptionology – Purple

This course builds upon the introductory course in Prescriptionology and presents major formulas in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including the herbal components, significance, explanation, indication and clinical use. This course covers selected herbal formula according to the treatment principles of calm the spirit, open the sensory orifices, regulate qi, invigorate the blood, stop bleeding, expel wind, treat dryness, expel dampness, dispel phlegm, reduce food stagnation, expel parasites, and treat abscesses and sores.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

H-3002   Classics I: Shang Han Lun

The Treatise on Febrile Disease Caused by Cold, written by Dr. Zhang Zhongjing (150 A.D. – 219 A.D.) is considered one of the classic medical texts in the field of Chinese medicine.  This text is remarkable for the detail in which febrile disease is discussed and the elegance of its formulas, many of which are in wide use today for a variety of diseases.  This text richly illustrates the flexibility of herbal therapy to address individual variations of disease, and when studied can offer much guidance in the use of formulas and how to modify them to suit an individual patient.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

H-3003   Clinical Patent Herbs

This is a practical course in which the most commonly used herbal formulas in patent form are presented. The students will learn how to use and combine herbal patent medicines according to the differentiation of syndromes. Students learn methods of herbal formulation, preparation and application, as well as modification and preservation.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-1001, H-1002, H-1003, H-2001.

 

H-3004   Practical Training in Herbal Formulation

This course is an in-depth study in the practical formulation of herbs.  Students will be involved in the formulation of herbal treatments for patients’ ailments under the guidance of the instructor.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2003, H-2004, H-3001.

 

H-3005   Internal Medicine – Herbology

This course will introduce students to TCM internal medicine.  Using the fundamental knowledge of TCM, students will gain a systematic knowledge of disease, its development, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.  The treatment modality we will use to address these diseases in this class is herbology.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-2003, H-2004, H-3001.

 

H-3006   TCM Gynecology

This course explores the application of TCM herbal methodologies to gynecological issues and disorders, including menstruation, leukorrhea, pregnancy and post-partum disorders, and menopause.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2003, H-2004, H-3001.

 

H-3007   Classics II: The Golden Chamber

This course introduces the student to the great classic of herbal therapy by Dr. Zhang Zhongjing, The Jin Kui Yao Lueh, or “A Glimpse of the Golden Chamber.”  Students will gain insight into the treatment of internal diseases with herbal therapy.  Various syndromes are described and many formulas discussed in this text are still used commonly today.  The basic concepts of diseases and treatments and Zhang’s great contributions after “Nei Jing” are discussed here.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

H-3008   Licensure Examination Preparation: Herbology

The entire study of Chinese herbology will be reviewed and discussed.  Specific study assignments will be oriented towards preparing the students to pass the national Chinese herbology certification examination.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  H-3005, H-3006.

 

H-4001   Classics IV: Wen Bing Lun

This course familiarizes students with the theories of the Warm Disease School developed as an independent diagnostic system in the Qing Dynasty.  The etiological and pathological principles of Warm Disease Theory (Febrile Disease due to heat or infection) will be addressed.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

H-4002   Classics III: Four Streams of Scholars (Jin-Yuan Dynasty)

This class addresses the four schools of 13th century Chinese medical thought: the Cooling School as taught by Liu, WanSu; the Purging School as taught by Zhang, CongZheng; the Nourishing Earth School as taught by Li, Dongyuan; and the Nourishing Yin School as taught by Zhu, Danxi. These schools continue to influence the TCM practice of acupuncture and herbology, making them an important component of a modern education in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 

Elective Courses

 Students are encouraged to take concentration courses in one or more specialties within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Courses may not be offered every trimester. Student recommendations for additional classes are always welcome.

 

O-0001   Tai Chi: 108 Wu Tai Chi Chuan 1

This course includes an introduction to the philosophy and principles of Tai Chi, and application of its relationship to health, wellbeing, meditation, self-awareness, relaxation, balance and harmony. Basic Tai Chi patterns and techniques will be taught.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

O-0002   Tai Chi: Wu Tai Chi Chuan 2

This class further develops the student’s grasp of Tai Chi techniques and is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the principles of Tai Chi within the larger context of cardiovascular fitness and health.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 

O-0003   TCM Pediatrics

This course will explore the principles, practice and clinical techniques involved in pediatric medicine, discussing the herbal prescriptions, dosaging, special acupuncture techniques, qi-gong massage (acupressure), dietary, and other treatments for many common childhood disorders.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0004   TCM Neurology

Neurology is one of the major parts of acupuncture science. This course provides the students with the basic and useful knowledge of neurology in medical Chinese such as basic diagnosis and treatment method for neuropathy. Students will also learn useful skills of clinical methods of neurology.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0005   TCM Dermatology

The students will learn the general introduction of TCM Dermatology, including TCM physiology, pathology, differentiation of syndromes, as well as the treatment of common skin diseases with acupuncture, herbs and other TCM modalities. Student learning outcomes will include a systematic knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, philosophies, and practices.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0006   TCM Facial Rejuvenation

This course is a study of the combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs and physical protocols (acupuncture, guasha, and acupressure) in response to the signs of aging, including TCM facial diagnosis and an introduction to traditional Chinese face reading.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1003, A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1010, A-1013, A-2001, and C-2002.

 

O-0007   TCM for Side Effects of Western Medicine

The course discusses treatment of common side effects associated with various medications. Students learn how to provide relief for these side effects without causing further complications.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0008   TCM Sports Medicine

This course covers the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques peculiar to treatment of trauma including prevention and treatment of various types of sports and athletic injuries, with thorough discussion of post-recovery conditioning and therapies.

2 credit, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0009   TCM Geriatrics

TCM Geriatrics is considered a sub-specialty of TCM internal medicine and gynecology that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health maintenance and disease or disability prevention and treatment in older adults through Chinese medical practices, such as acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapy. Longevity and improvement of quality of life in a TCM way will also be discussed in this course.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0010   TCM for Modern Conditions

This is a clinical course to introduce TCM treatment for some modern conditions such as: smoking, drug addiction and obesity.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 

O-0011   Fluid Physiology & Pathology

This course instructs students how to delve deeply into the principles, practice and clinical utility of fluid mechanics within the human body from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The course will also discuss in detail the herbal, acupuncture, and other treatments for such disorders.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001, A-1006, A-1008, and A-1014.

 

 

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Dual Degree Programs

THSU Dual Degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Business

Students at Texas Health and Science University have the option to combine their Master or Doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.  Courses are scheduled to allow exceptional students the opportunity to optimize their pursuit of excellence and future success while enrolled at THSU.

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Instruction in Traditional Chinese Medicine

San Antonio Campus

Continuing Acupuncture Education (CAE)

Spring 2017

Approved by TSBAE and NCAAOM

NOW ENROLLING!

DALLAS (English & 中文)

Date: February 25 & 26, 2017
Location: Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre – Galleria Area
5410 LBJ Freeway – Dallas, TX 75240

AUSTIN (English Only)

Date: March 11 & 12, 2017
Location: Texas Health and Science University
4005 Manchaca Road,
Austin, TX 78704
Tel (512) 444-8082
Fax (512) 444-6345

HOUSTON (English & 中文)

Date:  March 4 & 5, 2017
Location: International Trade Center
11110 Bellaire Blvd., #200 — Houston, TX 77072

To Register for the CAE

Download CAE Schedule
Step 1)  Fill out and return the registration form to the school via Email/ Mail/ Fax
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Email:  admissions@thsu.edu
Fax: (512) 444-6345
Address:  4005 Manchaca Road, Austin TX 78704

Step 2)  Pay for the Registration Fee

Payment Option:

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Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management Degree Program

(Austin Campus)

The THSU College of Business Sciences MBA in Healthcare Management program is an intensive 20 month residential full-time program with classes offered primarily during the evenings and weekends.  This program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate management studies to assist them in the business world with a particular focus on issues related to healthcare management. The emphasis of the program is to deliver contemporary best practices in healthcare management through the exploration of a variety of business-related disciplines. In order to finish the program on time, each 15-week trimester students will take 3 classes per week, earning three credit hours per course.  Exceptions to the curriculum schedule must be approved in advance by the MBA Program Director.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management program are as follows:

  • To provide the intensive training in healthcare business administration required for success in today’s global community as an international business leader, entrepreneur, manager, negotiator, vendor, or trader;
  • To equip graduates with the ability to plan, direct and coordinate strategic and operational activities as managers of healthcare companies and public or private-sector healthcare organizations;
  • To prepare graduates to communicate skillfully, effectively, and professionally with healthcare industry, business leaders, employees, colleagues, and the public;
  • To produce the confidence in graduates to find employment in the area of healthcare management, including the capability to establish and manage a successful clinic; and,
  • To provide the means whereby graduates may lead more financially productive lives and have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.

Admission Requirements

The THSU College of Business Sciences Admissions Committee seeks candidates who show a strong potential for success in today’s global business environment. Candidates who demonstrate analytical capabilities, leadership qualities, management potential, interpersonal and communication skills, and personal commitment and motivation are invited to apply.

To assess these characteristics, the committee will look to the following elements to help identify a candidate’s potential to succeed in the program:

  • Official transcript(s) indicating an earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
  • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher, or IELTS score of 6.0 or higher (required for international applicants if English is not the native language).
  • Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to the candidate’s interests and professional performance;
  • A self-evaluation essay limited to one page, single-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, in legible English and in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Note:  Personal interviews may be conducted at the request of the Admissions Committee after a complete application package is received.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One (1) official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of the equivalent of at least 60 semester credits at the undergraduate level; such transcript must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher or IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 22 semester hours of credit earned at another institution may be accepted as transfer credit and applied toward the graduate degree.  Transfer credits must be requested in writing within the first trimester of attendance. Transfer credit will be accepted and applied toward the graduate degree provided that:

  1. The credit was earned in graduate courses completed in residence at an accredited institution.
  2. The courses are at the appropriate level and applicable to the student’s degree program at THSU.

Transfer work will be accepted only if it bears a letter grade of “B” or higher, or a numerical equivalent.  A grade of “Credit,” “Pass,” “Satisfactory,” etc., is unacceptable.  Transfer work will not be accepted for graduate degree credit from another institution if such courses are designated as non- degree, background, preparatory, etc.  No credit will be awarded until an official transcript showing the course work to be transferred is on file.  The student may also be requested to provide a catalog from his or her prior school that gives course descriptions for any transfer work requested.

THSU transcripts will separate transfer course work from THSU course work.  Transfer work listed chronologically will be listed first and will show the number of hours transferred; no transfer GPA will be printed.  THSU course work listed chronologically will follow any transfer course work.  The transcript will show THSU hours attempted, THSU hours passed, THSU grade points and THSU GPA. Courses taken at other schools will not be included in the GPA at THSU.  THSU GPA will be the only GPA calculated. Courses taken to fulfill background requirements will be accepted only if such courses are of the same level as those specified on the official degree audit.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits you earn at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Concentration Courses

There is no elective concentration associated with this degree program.

Curriculum –

Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management Program

Trimester Course Name Semester Credits Clock Hours
First Trimester
MBA 5201 Business Communication 2 30
MBA 5302 Finance and Financial Reporting 3 45
MBA 5303 Human Resources Management 3 45
Second Trimester
MBA 5304 Information Technology 3 45
MBA 5305 International Business Trends 3 45
MBA 5306 Law, Ethics and Economics in Business 3 45
Third Trimester
MBA 5307 Leadership Fundamentals 3 45
MBA 5308 Management Accounting 3 45
MBA 5309 Managing People, Projects and Technology 3 45
Fourth Trimester
MBA 5310 Marketing and Decision Making 3 45
MBA 5311 Operations, Supply Chain Management and Quality 3 45
MBA 5312 Strategy and Environmental Scanning 3 45
Fifth Trimester
MBA 5313 Healthcare Finance 3 45
MBA 5314 Process Improvement in Healthcare 3 45
MBA 5315 Special Topics in Healthcare 3 45
MBA 5316 Practical Training Seminar 1 15
TOTAL 45 675

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, number of credit hours, and section number.

 

Graduation Requirements

Forty-five (45) credit hours completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are required to receive the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree.

Course Descriptions

 

The following business courses have been approved by the THSU College of Business Sciences faculty for the MBA in Healthcare Management program. It should be noted that not all courses described in this catalog are necessarily offered in any given academic trimester. Students should check the published course schedules to see the courses offered for a specific term.

 

MBA 5201       Business Communication                                                   2 credits (30 hours)

This course includes a brief introduction to the major forms of business communication including: interpersonal communication, communication to groups, presenting sales pitches, writing policies, requests for proposals, business emails, and personal branding (including building resumes and bios). This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5302       Finance and Financial Reporting                                        3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes a brief introduction to business finance methods, models and practices.  This includes the different types of financial reports and financial reporting best practices. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5303       Human Resources Management                                        3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to human resource management models and practices.  This includes all of the different human resources core areas including: recruitment, selection, training, performance management, employment law, HRIS systems, and compensation/benefits. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.  Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5304       Information Technology                                                      3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to the importance of information technologies in business.  This will include the various systems (and processes) and equipment used to automate work, track information about business practices, and assist in decision making. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5305       International Business Trends                                            3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to international business trends.  This will include the various drivers to globalization as well as the impacts of other countries’ economic, political, cultural, and legal environments on an organization’s operational and strategic alternatives and its managerial decisions. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5306       Law, Ethics and Economics in Business                           3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to trends and topics in legal, ethical and economic issues in business.  This will include the types of information and data that can be gathered by business leaders so that they can make sustainable & ethical decisions for business entities. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5307       Leadership Fundamentals                                                   3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to leadership and managerial decision making.  This will include the history of leadership research, the different types of leadership and leadership decision making models. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5308       Management Accounting                                                     3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to managerial accounting. This will include the understanding of financial statements and common accounting terms; as well as the ability to follow accounting standards and track, record and audit financial numbers. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5309       Managing People, Projects and Technology                    3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to managing people, projects and technology. This will include the basics of project management. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5310       Marketing and Decision Making                                         3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to marketing products and services. This will include exploring topics such as: integrated communications, marketing mix, consumer behavior, pricing, and market segmentation, targeting and positioning. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5311       Operations, Supply Chain Management and Quality       3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to production and operations management. This will include content on supply chain management, quality/process improvement models, and quantitative methods for management. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5312       Strategy and Environmental Scanning                              3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to strategy concepts and models. This will include learning more about environmental scanning and preparing to develop strategies (decision making). This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5313       Healthcare Finance                                                               3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to common healthcare financing models. This will include learning more about the costs, assets, liabilities and financial decision making in healthcare. This course will also include an introduction to healthcare financing methods and practices as well as the different types of reimbursements in healthcare, payment models, and the role of third party payers. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5314       Process Improvement in Healthcare                                  3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to best practices in process improvement in healthcare facilities. This will include learning more about quality models and theories and the ROI for healthcare stakeholders. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5315       Special Topics in Healthcare                                               3 credits (45 hours)

This course will include an introduction to a contemporary trend impacting healthcare. This will include learning more about the special topic area and preparing to develop strategies for healthcare facilities around the special topic area. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5316       Practical Training Seminar                                                    1 credit (15 hours)

This course prepares students to apply MBA course concepts, skills, and capabilities to actual job experiences. The student is required to obtain a position in their area of concentration and apply what they have learned to the actual job experience.

Prerequisite:  None.

Tuition and Fees

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

in Healthcare Management

Tuition

Item Amount
Tuition Per Credit Hour $480.00
Tuition Per Trimester $4,320.00
Total Tuition $21,600.00

One-Time Fees

Item Amount
US Student Application Fee $75.00
International Student Application Fee $150.00
International Student Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit (Applicable toward first trimester tuition) $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $75.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee Per Trimester $110.00
Textbooks, reference materials, and duplication costs (per course estimate) $100.00
Payment Plan Fee (Per Trimester) $25.00

The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class. The rest of the payments are due the first of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee4 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)5 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan6 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course7 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course8 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester. Does not apply to new students. After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President. Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late. Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester. Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts9 $15.00
Library Fees10 Variable
Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
10 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

Graduate Program Oversight Committee

It shall be the policy of the Texas Health and Science University that a shared governance committee comprised of administrative staff, faculty representatives, currently enrolled student representatives, and alumni employed in the field, shall meet at least twice each calendar year for the purpose of reviewing and recommending improvements to the University and graduate program of study.

The membership of the committee shall include a minimum of two (2) administrative staff representatives (the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students); two (2) representatives of the Faculty (one a full-time Core member and the other a part-time Adjunct member); at least two (2) currently enrolled students (the elected President of the Student Government Association and a representative of the new student Cohort) and two (2) alumni.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall serve as the facilitator of the committee, record its minutes, and submit its reports to the President.

The Spring Meeting convened in March or April shall have its agenda the review of the data and recommendations from the General Student Satisfaction Survey, the Annual Alumni Survey, and the Graduate Exit Survey.  The Annual Meeting convened in August shall have as its agenda the review of recommendations submitted by the Faculty, the Student Association, and the Administrative staff; the recommendations developed in the Annual Planning Retreat, and the update of the Campus Effectiveness Plan

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Master of Business Administration Degree Program

(Austin Campus)

The THSU College of Business Sciences MBA program is an intensive 16-month residential full-time program with classes offered primarily during the evenings and weekends.  This program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate management studies to assist them in the business world with a particular focus on issues related to organizational management. The emphasis of the program is to deliver contemporary best practices in management through the exploration of a variety of business-related disciplines. In order to finish the program on time, each 15-week trimester students will take 3 classes per week, earning three credit hours per course.  Exceptions to the curriculum schedule must be approved in advance by the MBA Program Director.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Master of Business Administration program are as follows:

  • To provide the intensive training in business administration required for success in today’s global community as an international business leader, entrepreneur, manager, negotiator, vendor, or trader;
  • To equip graduates with the ability to plan, direct and coordinate strategic and operational activities as managers of companies and public or private-sector organizations;
  • To prepare graduates to communicate skillfully, effectively, and professionally with industry, business leaders, employees, colleagues, and the public;
  • To produce the confidence in graduates to find employment in their areas of concentration, including the capability to establish and manage a successful business; and,
  • To provide the means whereby graduates may lead more financially productive lives and have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.

Admission Requirements

The THSU College of Business Sciences Admissions Committee seeks candidates who show a strong potential for success in today’s global business environment. Candidates who demonstrate analytical capabilities, leadership qualities, management potential, interpersonal and communication skills, and personal commitment and motivation are invited to apply.

To assess these characteristics, the committee will look to the following elements to help identify a candidate’s potential to succeed in the program:

  • Official transcript(s) indicating an earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education;
  • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher, or IELTS score of 5.0 or higher (required for international applicants if English is not the native language).
  • Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to the candidate’s interests and professional performance;
  • A self-evaluation essay limited to one page, single-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, in legible English and in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Note:  Personal interviews may be conducted at the request of the Admissions Committee after a complete application package is received.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One (1) official transcripts in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of the equivalent of at least 60 semester credits at the undergraduate level; such transcripts must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed. If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4.  Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher or IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 18 semester hours of credit earned at another institution may be accepted as transfer credit and applied toward the graduate degree.  Transfer credits must be requested in writing within the first trimester of attendance.  Transfer credit will be accepted and applied toward the graduate degree provided that:

  1. The credit was earned in graduate courses completed in residence at an accredited institution.
  2. The courses are at the appropriate level and applicable to the student’s degree program at THSU

Transfer work will be accepted only if it bears a letter grade of “B” or higher, or a numerical equivalent.  A grade of “Credit,” “Pass,” “Satisfactory,” etc., is unacceptable.  Transfer work will not be accepted for graduate degree credit from another institution if such courses are designated as non- degree, background, preparatory, etc.  No credit will be awarded until an official transcript showing the course work to be transferred is on file.  The student may also be requested to provide a catalog from his or her prior school that gives course descriptions for any transfer work requested.

THSU transcripts will separate transfer course work from THSU course work.  Transfer work listed chronologically will be listed first and will show the number of hours transferred; no transfer GPA will be printed.  THSU course work listed chronologically will follow any transfer course work.  The transcript will show THSU hours attempted, THSU hours passed, THSU grade points and THSU GPA. Courses taken at other schools will not be included in the GPA at THSU.  THSU GPA will be the only GPA calculated. Courses taken to fulfill background requirements will be accepted only if such courses are of the same level as those specified on the official degree audit.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits you earn at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Concentration Courses

There is no elective concentration associated with this degree program.

Curriculum – Master of Business Administration Program

Trimester Course Name Semester Credits Clock Hours
First Trimester
MBA 5201 Business Communication 2 30
MBA 5302 Finance and Financial Reporting 3 45
MBA 5303 Human Resources Management 3 45
Second Trimester
MBA 5304 Information Technology 3 45
MBA 5305 International Business Trends 3 45
MBA 5306 Law, Ethics and Economics in Business 3 45
Third Trimester
MBA 5307 Leadership Fundamentals 3 45
MBA 5308 Management Accounting 3 45
MBA 5309 Managing People, Projects and Technology 3 45
Fourth Trimester
MBA 5310 Marketing and Decision Making 3 45
MBA 5311 Operations, Supply Chain Management and Quality 3 45
MBA 5312 Strategy and Environmental Scanning 3 45
MBA 5316 Practical Training Seminar 1 15
TOTAL 36 540

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, number of credit hours, and section number.

Graduation Requirements

Thirty-six (36) credit hours completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are required to receive the Master of Business Administration degree.

Course Descriptions

The following business courses have been approved by the THSU College of Business Sciences faculty for the MBA program. It should be noted that not all courses described in this catalog are necessarily offered in any given academic trimester. Students should check the published course schedules to see the courses offered for a specific term.

MBA 5201       Business Communication                                                   2 credits (30 hours)

This course includes a brief introduction to the major forms of business communication including: interpersonal communication, communication to groups, presenting sales pitches, writing policies, requests for proposals, business emails, and personal branding (including building resumes and bios). This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5302       Finance and Financial Reporting                                        3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes a brief introduction to business finance methods, models and practices.  This includes the different types of financial reports and financial reporting best practices. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5303       Human Resources Management                                        3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to human resource management models and practices.  This includes all of the different human resources core areas including: recruitment, selection, training, performance management, employment law, HRIS systems, and compensation/benefits. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.  Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5304       Information Technology                                                      3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to the importance of information technologies in business.  This will include the various systems (and processes) and equipment used to automate work, track information about business practices, and assist in decision making. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5305       International Business Trends                                            3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to international business trends.  This will include the various drivers to globalization as well as the impacts of other countries’ economic, political, cultural, and legal environments on an organization’s operational and strategic alternatives and its managerial decisions. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5306       Law, Ethics and Economics in Business                           3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to trends and topics in legal, ethical and economic issues in business.  This will include the types of information and data that can be gathered by business leaders so that they can make sustainable & ethical decisions for business entities. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5307       Leadership Fundamentals                                                   3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to leadership and managerial decision making.  This will include the history of leadership research, the different types of leadership and leadership decision making models. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5308       Management Accounting                                                     3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to managerial accounting. This will include the understanding of financial statements and common accounting terms; as well as the ability to follow accounting standards and track, record and audit financial numbers. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5309       Managing People, Projects and Technology                    3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to managing people, projects and technology. This will include the basics of project management. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5310       Marketing and Decision Making                                         3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to marketing products and services. This will include exploring topics such as: integrated communications, marketing mix, consumer behavior, pricing, and market segmentation, targeting and positioning. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5311       Operations, Supply Chain Management and Quality       3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to production and operations management. This will include content on supply chain management, quality/process improvement models, and quantitative methods for management. This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

 

MBA 5312       Strategy and Environmental Scanning                              3 credits (45 hours)

This course includes an introduction to strategy concepts and models. This will include learning more about environmental scanning and preparing to develop strategies (decision making). This class is taught using a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, simulations and assessments.

Prerequisite:  None.

MBA 5316       Practical Training Seminar                                                    1 credit (15 hours)

This course prepares students to apply MBA course concepts, skills, and capabilities to actual job experiences. The student is required to obtain a position in their area of concentration and apply what they have learned to the actual job experience.

Prerequisite:  None.

Tuition and Fees

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Tuition

 

Tuition and Fees

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Item Amount
Tuition Per Credit Hour $480.00
Tuition Trimester(9 credits) $4,320.00
Total Tuition (4 trimesters) $17,280.00

One-Time Fees

Item Amount
US Student Application Fee $75.00
International Student Application Fee $150.00
International Student Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $75.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee Per Trimester $110.00
Textbooks, reference materials, and duplication costs (per course estimate) $100.00
Payment Plan Fee (Per Trimester) $25.00

The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class. The rest of the payments are due the first of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee4 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)5 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan6 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course7 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course8 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester. Does not apply to new students.
After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President. Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late.
Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester.
Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts9 $15.00
Library Fees10 Variable
Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
10 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

Graduate Program Oversight Committee

It shall be the policy of the Texas Health and Science University that a shared governance committee comprised of administrative staff, faculty representatives, currently enrolled student representatives, and alumni employed in the field, shall meet at least twice each calendar year for the purpose of reviewing and recommending improvements to the University and graduate program of study.

The membership of the committee shall include a minimum of two (2) administrative staff representatives (the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students); two (2) representatives of the Faculty (one a full-time Core member and the other a part-time Adjunct member); at least two (2) currently enrolled students (the elected President of the Student Government Association and a representative of the new student Cohort) and two (2) alumni.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall serve as the facilitator of the committee, record its minutes, and submit its reports to the President.

The Spring Meeting convened in March or April shall have its agenda the review of the data and recommendations from the General Student Satisfaction Survey, the Annual Alumni Survey, and the Graduate Exit Survey.  The Annual Meeting convened in August shall have as its agenda the review of recommendations submitted by the Faculty, the Student Association, and the Administrative staff; the recommendations developed in the Annual Planning Retreat, and the update of the Campus Effectiveness Plan.

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program

(Austin Campus)

 

Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Business Administration program at Texas Health and Science University is designed to provide students with an inclusive learning environment and to prepare students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in business and continue their business education at the graduate level. The emphasis of the program is to deliver contemporary best practices in management through the exploration of specific technical business-related disciplines. Exceptions to the curriculum schedule must be approved in advance by the Business Program Director.

Admission Requirements

The THSU College of Business Sciences Admissions Committee seeks candidates who show a strong potential for success in today’s global business environment. Candidates who demonstrate analytical capabilities, leadership qualities, management potential, interpersonal and communication skills, and personal commitment and motivation are invited to apply.

The University desires for standard admission those applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits (or equivalent quarter credits), applicable toward a baccalaureate degree, in general education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.  General education requirements are defined as those areas of learning that are the common experience of all educated persons, including subject matter from the humanities, mathematics and the sciences, and the social sciences.

Thirty-six (36) of the minimum 60 semester credits must be in these areas.  Note that courses within the area of concentration of the subject matter of the program shall not be considered general education courses. The remaining 24 credits can be in any other field of study as long as they are not remedial.

Subject Courses
Humanities Courses in fields such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communications, including rhetoric, composition, and speech; but excluding business communications, spelling, letter writing, and word study.
Mathematics and the Sciences Courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis, including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, and other advanced mathematics courses, but excluding business mathematics and basic computations.
Social Sciences Courses such as history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and general psychology, but excluding courses such as practical psychology, selling techniques and social or business behavior.
Other Courses Courses accepted in this category can be from any field as long as they are not remedial. They must equal 24 credits.

Note: Personal interviews may be conducted at the request of the Admissions Committee after a complete application package has been received. The applications for study in the BBA program are accepted year round. Complete details and an application packet are available from www.thsu.edu or the THSU Admissions Office: phone (512) 444-8082 or 1-800-252-5088; fax (512) 444-6345; admissions@thsu.edu.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

Candidates who seek admission to the THSU College of Business Sciences and the BBA program must send the following documentation to the Admissions Committee 21 days before the beginning of a new trimester:

  1.   A completed application form.
  2.   A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3.   Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4.   Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  5.   An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  6.   A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend Texas Health and Science University.
  7.   Telephone or personal interview with the Program Director or other official of the University.
  8.   Two letters of reference.
  9.   An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment and registration agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One (1) official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of the equivalent of at least 60 semester credits at the undergraduate level; such transcripts must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses for one (1) academic year.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 50 or higher or IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

(Note: Personal interviews may be conducted at the request of the Admissions Committee after a complete application package has been received.)

The applications for study in the BBA program are accepted year round. Complete details and an application packet are available from www.thsu.edu or the THSU Admissions Office: phone (512) 444-8082 or 1-800-252-5088; fax 512-444-6345; admissions@thsu.edu.

Transfer of Credit

Texas Health and Science University’s bachelor degree is an upper-division program which requires a minimum 60 semester credits for admission into the program.  For students who have credits in subjects offered at THSU which are additional to the 60 semester credits applied toward admission, THSU will consider the award of course credit toward the University’s BBA program according to the following guidelines:

  1. Limitations on the transferability of credits may apply. Credit in the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree may be awarded for past coursework completed at institutions accredited by a recognized governmental accrediting authority or a regional accrediting agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Student performance in the coursework to be transferred will be evaluated in terms of equivalent subject(s) offered by the University.  Coursework to be considered for transfer will have been completed within ten (10) years of the date of application, with applicant receiving a grade of “C” or better.
  2.  In order to receive transfer credit, the student must request a transcript review in writing within the first trimester of attendance.  Request forms are available from the Registrar.
  3. The entire record of the evaluation and award of transfer credit will be included in the student’s academic file and made an official part of the student’s THSU transcript annotated with “TC” but will not be used to calculate the student’s GPA.  For each credit reviewed and approved for transfer, a fee will apply. 
  4. Credits awarded to meet the University’s General Education requirement may not be used for transfer credit.
  5. Up to fifty percent of the courses required in the Bachelor of Business Administration program may be considered for transfer.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits you earn at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Curriculum Outline – Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program

Trimester Course Name Semester Credits Contact Hours
First Trimester
BBA 3301 Business Management 3 45
BBA 3302 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 45
BBA 3303 Accounting I 3 45
BBA 3304 Business Communication 3 45
BBA 3305 Marketing Management 3 45
  Total 15 225
Second Trimester
BBA 3306 Principles of Microeconomics 3 45
BBA 3307 Accounting II 3 45
BBA 3308 Business Information Technology 3 45
BBA 3211 Experiential Consulting Case I 2 30
BBA 3310 Business Law and Ethics 3 45
  Total 14 210
Third Trimester
BBA 4301 Human Resources Management 3 45
BBA 4302 Organizational Behavior 3 45
BBA 3309 Financial Management 3 45
BBA 4304 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3 45
BBA 4212 Experiential Consulting Case II 3 45
  Total 15 225
Fourth Trimester
BBA 4213 Experiential Consulting Case III 3 45
BBA 4303 Project Management 3 45
BBA 4314 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship 3 45
BBA 4315 International Business Management 3 45
BBA 4110 Practical Training Seminar 1 45
BBA 4311 BBA Capstone Course 3 45
  Total 16 270
TOTAL 60 930

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, number of credit hours, and sequence of the course.

Graduation Requirements

60 semester credits completed with a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher, combined with the 60 semester credits required to transfer in, to total 120 credits for the bachelor degree.

Course Descriptions

The following business courses have been approved by the THSU College of Business Sciences faculty for the BBA program. It should be noted that not all courses described in this catalog are necessarily offered in any given academic trimester. Students should check the published course schedules to see the courses offered for a specific term.

Required Courses:

Required Courses:

BBA 3301      Business Management                                                     3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an introduction to business, including the broad scope of business related topics such as management, economics, human resources, marketing, and information management.                                                                                                                                   Prerequisites:  None                                Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3302     Principles of Macroeconomics                                       3 credits (45 hours)

Description:  This course includes an introduction to macroeconomics.  This will include the various macro forces that impact on market economies.                                                                                    Prerequisites:  None                      Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3303     Accounting I                                                                        3 credits (45 hours)

Description:  This course includes an introduction to financial accounting. This will include the understanding of the composition of financial statements and common accounting terms; as well as the ability to follow accounting standards and track, and record financial transactions.                                                                                              Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3304     Business Communication                                               3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes a brief introduction to the major forms of business communication including: interpersonal communication, communication to groups, presenting/sales pitches, writing policies, requests for proposals, & business emails, and personal branding, including building resumes.                                                            Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3305     Marketing Management                                                    3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an introduction to marketing products and services. This will include exploring topics like: integrated communications, marketing mix, consumer behavior, pricing, and market segmentation, targeting and positioning.                                                                                                Prerequisites:  None                      Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3306     Principles of Microeconomics                                        3 credits (45 hours)

Description:  This course includes an introduction to microeconomics.  This will include the various forces that impact on decisions of actors in market economies.

Prerequisites:  BBA 3302 Principles of Macroeconomics                                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3307     Accounting II                                                                       3 credits (45 hours)

Description:  This course includes a continuation of financial accounting basics and an introduction to managerial accounting. This will include the understanding of specific accounts on financial statements; as well as the ability to understand the basics of managerial accounting.                                                                                                     Prerequisites:  BBA 3303 Accounting I            Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3308     Business Information Technology                                3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an introduction to the importance of information technologies in business.  This will include the various different systems (and processes) and equipment used to automate work, track information about business practices, and assist in decision making.                                                                                                        Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3309     Financial Management                                                     3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes a brief introduction to business finance methods, models and practices.  This includes the different types of financial reports and financial reporting best practices.                                                                                                 Prerequisites:  BBA 3303 Accounting I; BBA 3307 Accounting II                                Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3211      Experiential Consulting Case I                                       2 credits (30 hours)

Description: This course teaches the students how to conduct a business analysis and to develop a deliverable that will meet the needs of an organization.  Students will conduct an in-classroom experiential project with a client that only requires novice-level skills to complete.
Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 3310     Business Law and Ethics            3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an introduction to topics in legal, ethical and economic issues in business.  This will include business entities formation, contracts and the UCC, warranties, as well as other common risk and legal considerations for business managers.                                                                                                                                   Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4301     Human Resources Management                                   3 credits (45 hours)

Description:  This course includes an introduction to human resource management models and practices.  This includes the all of the different human resources areas including: recruitment, selection, training, performance management, employment law, HRIS systems, and compensation/benefits.                                                                   Prerequisites:  BBA 3301 Business Management                        Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4302     Organizational Behavior                                                  3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an overview of organizational behavior, the skills and solid understanding to meet the management challenges of a new century. Also, the most recent OB developments and contemporary trends, such as the impact of OB on the services sector; the effects of the economic downturn, how to manage people in these challenging times; the new role of stress on motivation and leadership; the effects of downsizing, the trends towards ’greening’ businesses, outsourcing, and the stresses on company’s ethical standards.                                                                                            Prerequisites:  BBA 3301 Business Management                        Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4303     Project Management                                                         3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an introduction to project management. This will include the basics of project management for all types of projects from construction to information technology.                                                                                                           Prerequisites:  BBA 3301 Business Management                        Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4304     Operations and Supply Chain Management               3 credits (45 hours)

Description:  This course includes an introduction to production and operations management. This will include content on supply chain management, quality/process improvement models, and quantitative methods for management.                                                                                                                                     Prerequisites:  BBA 3301 Business Management                        Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4212     Experiential Consulting Case II                                      3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course teaches the students how to conduct a business analysis and to develop a deliverable that will meet the needs of an organization.  Students will conduct an in-classroom experiential project with a client that requires moderate-level skills to complete.
Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4213     Experiential Consulting Case III                                     3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course teaches the students how to conduct a business analysis and to develop a deliverable that will meet the needs of an organization.  Students will conduct an in-classroom experiential project with a client that requires advanced-level skills to complete.
Prerequisites:  None                           Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4314     Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship                   3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes instruction on how to open, operate, and manage a small business entity.  The course tries to develop a knowledge and appreciation of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management through the study of new ventures, and management of small firms.

Prerequisites:  BBA 3301 Business Management

Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4315     International Business Management                            3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course focuses on the global business environment and helps students develop an understanding of the global economy.  Various topics will be explored including: the interrelation of government and business across borders, the economic dynamics between countries/regions, international monetary systems, international trade and foreign direct investments.
Prerequisites:  None

Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4310     Practical Training Seminar                                              1 credit (45 hours)

Description: This course prepares students to apply BBA course concepts, skills, and capabilities to actual job experiences. The student is required to obtain a position in their area of concentration and apply what they’ve learned to the actual job experience.  This internship requires that the student perform duties directly for an employer, at the employer’s location, at the employer’s discretion, and under the employer’s supervision.  A faculty advisor provides oversight.

Prerequisites:  BBA 3305 Marketing Management, BBA 3301 Business Management, BBA 3304 Business Communication, BBA 3303 Accounting I, BBA 3307 Accounting II, BBA 3302 Principles of Macroeconomics, BBA 3306 Principles of Microeconomics, BBA 3309 Financial Management, BBA 3310 Business Law and Ethics, BBA 3308 Business Information Technology

Corequisites:  None

 

BBA 4311      BBA Capstone Course                                                     3 credits (45 hours)

Description: This course includes an application of the business topics addressed in the BBA curriculum. Students will operate a fictional business and complete the steps necessary to produce a major event. This includes administration, human resources, legal, accounting, marketing, project management, and operations.

Prerequisites:  BBA 3305 Marketing Management, BBA 3301 Business Management, BBA 3304 Business Communication, BBA 3303 Accounting I, BBA 3307 Accounting II, BBA 3302 Principles of Macroeconomics, BBA 3306 Principles of Microeconomics, BBA 3309 Financial Management, BBA 3310 Business Law and Ethics, BBA 3308 Business Information Technology                                Corequisites:  None

Tuition and Fees

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program

Tuition

Item Amount
Tuition Per Credit Hour $300.00
Tuition Per Trimester (15 credits) $4500.00
Total Tuition (4 trimesters) $21,000.00

One-Time Fees

Item Amount
US Student Application Fee $75.00
International Student Application Fee $150.00
International Student Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $75.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee Per Trimester $110.00
Textbooks, reference materials, and duplication costs (per course estimate) $100.00
Payment Plan Fee (Per Trimester) $25.00

The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class. The rest of the payments are due the first of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee4 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)5 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan6 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course7 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course8 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester. Does not apply to new students. After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President. Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late. Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester. Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts9 $15.00
Library Fees10 Variable
Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
10 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

THSU College of Business Honor Code

By becoming members of the THSU College of Business Sciences, students are bound to hold intellectual integrity to the highest standard and commit to uphold the THSU College of Business Sciences Honor Code. Any actions committed by a member of the student body in violation of the Honor Code degrades the principles underlying the mission of the University and profoundly affects the integrity and reputation of the degrees to be earned, as well as the reputation of the institution. At the core of the THSU College Honor Code is the requirement that students not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do. Not reporting an honor violation is an honor violation. New graduate students receive a copy of the entire Honor Code at orientation and review all standards and policies. For additional information, students should contact the Director of the THSU College of Business Sciences or see the Honor Code in the Student Life section at the website www.thsu.edu.

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

(Austin Campus)

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Purpose of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program

The purpose of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is to provide practitioners with diverse opportunities for advanced didactic and clinical study and research in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  The program of study focuses on advanced clinical specialties, integration of and collaboration in AOM and Western biomedical knowledge, modalities, and skills, and the development of leaders for the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

 Educational Objectives of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program

Graduates of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program will be qualified to meet the challenges of membership in the modern health care system, as evidenced by:

  • Deepened knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, philosophies, and practices, including an extensive grounding in the Chinese medical classics and Western biomedical sciences, with application to integrated perspectives for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic conditions in the specialty area;
  • Exceptional skills in advanced patient assessment and advanced clinical intervention and treatment with acupuncture, herbal medicine, qi cultivation and energetic, diet and nutrition, and manual therapy;
  • Confidence in consultation with patients and collaboration with biomedical health care professionals in case management within a dynamic medical environment;
  • Demonstration of clinical management and supervision knowledge and skills; and
  • Competence to comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate relevant AOM research from diverse sources, apply information effectively in clinical settings, and demonstrate the potential to make significant scholarly contributions to the profession.

Description of the Program

The general training model and philosophy of the DAOM program is that of elevating, promoting, and increasing the skills and competencies of the professional practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and advancing the profession by the practical application of training to improve clinical outcomes and developing a new generation of leaders.

This will be accomplished in a variety of didactic, clinical, and research experiences by intensive, rigorous training, utilizing innovative acupuncture and herbal formulations, case studies, and collaborative dialogue with Western healthcare practitioners.

The application of the Pain Management Specialty will serve local members of the community seeking lower cost, alternative approaches to pain management to improve their quality of life.

The DAOM program is three-and-one-half academic years in length (equivalent to two calendar years plus one trimester) and is delivered in one intensive weekend per month. Students must graduate within 1.5 times the regular curriculum schedule of seven trimesters, that is, within 10 attempted trimesters, and no later than four calendar years after their initial program enrollment. Additional information may be found in the Satisfactory Academic Progress section of this catalog.

The didactic studies are comprised of courses in Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Specialty Case Studies.  Clinical courses include experiences in Collaboration, Supervision, and Internship.   Defense of a Capstone research thesis completes the doctoral degree.

At the end of each trimester, student progress is assessed with a variety of instruments and measurements.  These may include written and oral examinations, presentations of papers, and the final defense of research thesis as required.  In addition to these end-of-trimester assessments, there will be End of Year Student Progress Evaluations after the first and second academic years, and an Exit Evaluation at the end of the program.

The Assessment at the end of Year One will focus on theoretical understandings, critical thinking skills, and the integration of conceptual learning experiences.  At the end of Year Two, assessment will focus on the practical application of theories in the Student Clinic.  The end of Year Three assessment will focus on overall didactic and clinical achievement, culminating in the Defense of Thesis.

[Note on Accreditation:  The Texas Health and Science University Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program is not accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes.  This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Texas Health and Science University is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program.  However, Texas Health and Science University can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.]

Admission Requirements

Texas Health and Science University seeks candidates for admission to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program who possess a history of success in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and who desire to deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills through a rigorous program of study, which focuses on advanced clinical specialties; integration of AOM and Western biomedical knowledge, modalities, and skills; and the development of leaders for the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  In order to make this assessment of the candidate, the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s file including academic records, NCCAOM board certification, licensure if any, and personal history of professional service and accomplishments.

Applicants for admission into the DAOM program are required to have completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or ACAOM-candidate school or an international equivalent level master’s level program.  To meet the standard for the international equivalent, prior coursework must be evaluated by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org) for equivalency.  Minimal cumulative grade point average for admission is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

English language competency is required of all students seeking admission.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:

  • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
  • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
  • A minimum speaking score of 26 and a minimum listening score of 22.
  • English language proficiency score of at least 80 on the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of a master degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or its equivalent; such transcripts must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 80 or higher (with a minimum speaking score of 26 and a minimum listening score of 22), or IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Transfer of Credit

Texas Health and Science University will accept academic credits earned at other accredited institutions and consider the award of course credit toward the University’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree according to the following guidelines:

  1. Limitations on the transferability of credits apply.  The maximum permissible number of transfer credits into the DAOM degree program is limited to 20% or fewer of the credits required for the DAOM degree.  Credit may be awarded for past coursework in a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program competed at institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commissions for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  Student performance in the coursework to be transferred will be evaluated in terms of equivalent subject(s) offered by the University.  Coursework to be considered for transfer will have been completed within ten (10) years of the date of application, with applicant receiving a grade of “C” or better.
  2. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must request a transcript review in writing within the first trimester of attendance. Request forms are available from the Registrar.
  3. The entire record of the evaluation and award of transfer credit will be included in the student’s academic file and made an official part of the student’s THSU transcript, with such credits annotated with “TC,” but will not be used to calculate the student’s GPA. For each credit reviewed and approved for transfer, a fee will apply.
  4. Applicants for admission into the DAOM program are required to have completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from an ACAOM-accredited or ACAOM-candidate school or an international equivalent level master’s level program. The maximum permissible number of transfer credits from another ACAOM-accredited DAOM program at into the doctoral degree program is no more than 29 semester credits.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits earned at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which a student may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree earned in the THSU program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which a student may seek to transfer.

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated student status is reserved for those students who are not seeking a degree at the time of admission to THSU, are not interested in receiving financial aid, and wish to waive academic advisement which would otherwise determine their courses for degree satisfaction or transfer credit eligibility.  Non-matriculated students who are enrolled in DAOM courses must meet all entry requirements and course prerequisites for participation in particular courses.

The Non-matriculated student status is designed to allow for the interested Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine student to attend courses without declaration of seeking a degree.  Students who register under this status for a given trimester may not matriculate until the following trimester.  When a student desires to become a matriculated student, he or she must notify the Admissions officer 30 days prior to the start of the trimester.  This status is most suited for students who desire to enroll in courses for personal enrichment and upgrading their job skills.

Curriculum

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree

Course Number Course Name Credits Hours
First Trimester
WM 8011 Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine 1 15
WM 8021 Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Clinical Practice 1 15
OM 8062 Advanced TCM Diagnostic Techniques 2 30
OM 8072 Advanced Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy 2 30
OM 8082 Advanced Chinese Herbal Treatment 2 30
CO 8048 Clinical Collaboration I 1 30
IN 8096 Clinical Internship I 1 30
Total First Trimester 10 180
Second Trimester
WM 8032 New Advances in Biomedical Research 2 30
WM 8042 Biomedical Pain Management 2 30
WM 8052 Advanced Scientific Research Methodologies 2 30
IM 8131 Advanced Patient Consultation and Case Management 1 15
IM 8141 Advanced Communication and Collaboration Skills 1 15
CO 8049 Clinical Collaboration II 1 30
IN 8097 Clinical Internship II 1 30
Total Second Trimester 10 180
Third Trimester
IM 8092 Integrative Internal Medicine 2 30
IM 8102 Integrative Gynecology 2 30
IM 8112 Integrative Oncology 2 30
IM 8122 Integrative Pain Management 2 30
CO 8050 Clinical Collaboration III 1 30
IN 8098 Clinical Internship III 1 30
Total Third Trimester 10 180
Fourth Trimester
CS 8152 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Musculoskeletal Disorders 2 30
CS 8162 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Neurological Disorders 2 30
CO 8051 Clinical Collaboration IV 1 30
IN 8099 Clinical Internship IV 3 90
Total Fourth Trimester 8 180
Fifth Trimester
CS 8172 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Gynecological Disorders 2 30
CS 8182 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Circulatory Disorders 2 30
IN 8100 Clinical Internship V 3 90
CA 8036 Clinical Capstone Project I 1 30
Total Fifth Trimester 8 180
Sixth Trimester
CS 8192 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Digestive Disorders 2 30
IN 8101 Clinical Internship VI 1 30
SU 8048 Clinical Supervision I 2 60
CA 8037 Clinical Capstone Project II 2 60
Total Sixth Trimester 7 180
Seventh Trimester
CS 8202 Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Cancers 2 30
IN 8102 Clinical Internship VII 1 30
SU 8049 Clinical Supervision II 2 60
CA 8038 Clinical Capstone Project III 1 30
Total Seventh Trimester 6 150
     
Total 59 1,230

Course Numbering System

All DAOM courses in the curriculum are designated with a Course prefix used to identify the College’s division of courses by academic specialization:  WM = Biomedical and Western Medicine Courses; OM = Oriental Medicine and TCM Courses; IM = Integrative Medicine (TCM/Western Medicine) Courses; and CS = Clinical Specialization Courses.  The prefix is followed by a four-character unique number of 8, which indicates its DAOM doctoral status, followed by three digits.  The second, third, and fourth numbers indicate the unique course number.

 

Graduation Requirements

All candidates for graduation from the doctoral degree program must complete their studies, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, within 10 attempted trimesters, and no later than 4 calendar years after their initial program enrollment. The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to graduation from the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program:

Didactic studies    540 Clock Hours 36 Credits
Clinical studies    690 Clock Hours 23 Credits
Total 1,230 Clock Hours 59 Credits

Course Descriptions 

Western Medicine

 

WM 8011  Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine

This course is intended for doctoral students who must have basic knowledge about the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM, also known as evidence-based practice or EBP). It aims to apply the best available evidence gained from the scientific research to clinical decision-making. It seeks to assess the strength of the evidence of benefits and risks of treatments and diagnostic tests. It also helps clinicians understand whether or not a treatment will do more good than harm to the patients.

1 credit; Prerequisites: None

WM 8021  Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Clinical Practice

This course will introduce to doctoral students the basic principles and processes of critical thinking and clinical reasoning. It will also provide essential skills students need to become safe and competent acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine practitioners. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning strategies are simplified through the use of real-life scenarios and decision-making tools, all supported with evidence for why the strategies work.

1 credit; Prerequisites: None 

WM 8032 New Advances in Biomedical Research

This course is designed to provide doctoral students with rich information about new developments and discoveries in the field of biomedical research and relevant medical advances in clinical diagnosis and treatment. It will offer most current insight into symptoms, signs, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for common diseases and disorders of virtually all organ systems of the body.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

WM 8042 Biomedical Pain Management

This course is presented to doctoral students with a strong emphasis on the subject of pain management in Western medicine. Topics that will be covered include general principles and guidelines for pain management, definitions, mechanisms, classification, prevalence, and consequences of pain, appropriate assessment and treatment of pain, and strategies to improve pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

WM 8052 Advanced Scientific Research Methodologies

This course will teach doctoral students advanced scientific research methodologies used to assess and evaluate quantitative and qualitative approaches to clinical research in Western, Oriental and Integrative medicine. Focused topics include basic principles of biostatistics, data collection, analysis and interpretation, study design, literature searching, and research paper writing. It will help students in their preparation for the capstone project proposal and thesis.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  None 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

OM 8062  Advanced TCM Diagnostic Techniques

This course focuses on the introduction of advanced diagnostic techniques of traditional Chinese medicine. The course covers the research about the diagnostic standard of syndromes, experimental methodology using animal models in research, advanced meridian diagnostic method, objective research methods of observation, smelling and listening, questioning, and pulse diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None 

OM 8072   Advanced Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy

This course focuses on the comprehensive and advanced indications, contraindications and energetics of the classical 12 kinds of puncture methods recorded in inner Canon of Yellow Emperor and Nanjing. The course also covers the comprehensive and advanced indications, contraindications and energetics of all kinds of moxibustion used in China. The course also covers the basis of Acupuncture with respect to the assessment and treatment of painful syndromes.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

OM 8082   Advanced Chinese Herbal Treatment

This course addresses the applications of herbal formula compatibility and is an advanced subject of herbology and formulas. This course will cover comprehensive, advanced technique and method of herbal formula combinations, with an emphasis on herbal formulations for pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

 

Integrative Medicine

IM 8092     Integrative Internal Medicine 

This course integrates the TCM internal medicine into the Western internal medicine by addressing the practical applications of TCM diagnosis and treatment for common Western medical diseases and disorders. Students will focus on studying painful syndromes related to the body’s organ systems, and all the TCM treatment modalities for these conditions. Chinese herbal medicine therapy will be covered more extensively in this course.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

IM 8102     Integrative Gynecology  

This course will present to the students an integrated approach to common gynecological conditions encountered in clinical practice. A step-by-step diagnostic methodology and key points in the treatment methods of gynecological diseases based on clinical experience will be discussed. Students will also learn ovulation-related menstrual disorders, pelvic inflammatory diseases, pregnancy and postpartum complications, and other miscellaneous problems.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

IM 8112     Integrative Oncology

This course focuses on the comprehensive and advanced knowledge of oncology from both Western medicine and Oriental Medicine perspectives, which include epidemiology of oncology, etiology of oncology, pathophysiology of oncology, influencing factors, assessment of techniques, diagnosis of oncology symptoms from the Oriental Medicine point of view, and the treatment modalities such as medication, herbal medicine, and diet therapy.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

IM 8122     Integrative Pain Management

This course focuses on the introduction of advanced acupuncture and moxibustion techniques, Chinese herbs, and Chinese massage (tui na) to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions associated with pain that practitioners commonly encounter in their practice. Advanced acupuncture techniques are emphasized in this course. The course is a presentation of definition, etiology, pathology, and treatment approaches in TCM and Western medicine.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

IM 8131     Advanced Patient Consultation and Case Management

This course will teach doctoral students how to master techniques that manifest themselves as behaviors that clinicians display when they interact with their patients. Psychology of patient care, patient education, health promotion, managed care system, and coordination of health care services are among the topics that will be discussed.

1 credit; Prerequisites: None 

IM 8141     Advanced Communication and Collaboration Skills

This course will teach doctoral students advanced interpersonal communication theory and topics.  Interpersonal communication principles are applied to different settings, groups and organizational contexts.  Cultural sensitivity awareness and diversity issues will be applied when working and communicating in different contexts to improve and gain better collaboration among organizational settings.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None

Clinical Specialization:  Pain Management

CS 8152    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related To Musculoskeletal Disorders

This course uses a clinical case study curriculum which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to musculoskeletal disorders.  This includes the cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment, and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view.  Students will learn by studies of case reports, analysis, and discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for musculoskeletal pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None 

CS 8162    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Neurological Disorders

This course is clinical case study curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to neurological disorders, which include cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by studies of case reports, analysis, and discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for neurological pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

CS 8172    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related To Gynecological Disorders

Based on advanced literature and evidence-based medicine, this course is clinical case study curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to gynecological disorders, such as dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, urinary tract infections, volvodynia and vaginitis.  Topics include etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by way of case reports, case analysis, case discussion, and case presentation. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for gynecological pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None 

CS 8182    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Circulatory Disorders

This course is clinical case study curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to circulatory disorders: coronary artery disease, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, peripheral vascular disease and so on, which include cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by the ways of case report, analysis and discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build up a strong scientific background for acupuncture and herbal treatment for circulatory pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

CS 8192    Clinical Ca se Studies of Pain Related to Digestive Disorders

Based on advanced literature and evidence-based medicine, this course is in the clinical case study curriculum.  It is designed to introduce the doctoral students to advanced, comprehensive, effective pain management of patients with pain related to digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastroparesis, and others.  Topics include the etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and intervention from the Oriental Medicine point of view by the way of case report, case analysis, case discussion, and case presentation.  Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for digestive pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites:  None

CS 8202    Clinical Case Studies of Pain Related to Cancer

This course is clinical case studies curriculum, which is designed to introduce the doctoral students to effective pain management of patients with pain related to cancer, which include cause, pathophysiology, influencing factors, diagnosis, assessment of techniques, treatment and interventions from the Oriental Medicine point of view by the ways of case report, analysis and  discussion. Evidence-based treatment mechanisms will be addressed to help students build a strong scientific background for the appropriate application of acupuncture and herbal treatments for cancer pain management.

2 credits; Prerequisites: None

 Clinical Training

CO 8048, CO 8049, CO 8050, CO 8051   Clinical Collaboration

Clinical collaboration is one component of the clinical training for doctoral students. From the first trimester, students will start to work strategically to develop professional relationships and affiliations with other health care providers, such as MDs, DOs, RNs, DCs, etc. Students will learn how to write a detailed case note or progress report by utilizing standardized SOAP format, and to understand the scope of practice for other health care practitioners and specialists in an attempt to establish a potential referral network.

4 credits; Prerequisites: None for CO 8048.  Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course.

SU 8048, SU 8049   Clinical Supervision

In this course, students will become familiar with the process of clinical supervision, understand and develop supervision skills of traditional Chinese medicine. Students are mentored to become a supervisor of master’s level students. The format includes clinic discussion, interaction, and TCM practice of skills. Each of the students will supervise two specific intern students in the school clinic during the course of the trimester. Students will also learn how to evaluate the quality of performance of clinic intern students.

4 credits; Prerequisites:  WM 8011, WM 8021. Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course. 

IN 8096, IN 8097, IN 8098, IN 8099, IN 8100, IN 8101, IN 8102    Clinical Internship

The internship phase of training is the practical application of classroom training, collaborative clinic training, and research studies to the treatment of patients.  Interns will see patients in the clinic who present with the conditions of the program specialty.  Interns will diagnose and treat patients utilizing advanced skills learned in the classroom, with oversight from the Clinic Instructor.  Interns will also dialog with master’s level interns to continue the treatment principles and practices for their patients in the weeks between intensive weekend clinic sessions.  The three emphases of Clinic Internship will be (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a treatment plan that reflects advanced understandings, and (3) the practical application of advanced treatment skills and techniques.

11 credits; Prerequisites:  OM 8062, OM 8072, OM 8082. Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course. 

CA 8036, CA 8037, CA 8038   Clinical Capstone Project

This course is a culminating clinical research project, which begins at the 5th trimester of the second year of the doctoral study, and completes at the end of the program. There are 3 phases as described in the following:

Phase 1: Introduction to the clinical capstone project, in which doctoral students will learn the general principles of how to select a research topic related to the clinical practice, and to organize, write, and present their proposals for the clinical research projects to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval;

Phase 2: Ongoing clinical capstone projects, in which doctoral students will further understand the detailed expectations of the clinical research project, and conduct their research work in the clinical setting with the support and advice from their mentors;

Phase 3: Completion of the project followed by defense of the thesis for the clinical capstone project, in which doctoral students will present their completed research projects and written papers to peer-reviewed committees, receive feedback, and finish final editing for potential publication

4 credits; Prerequisites:  WM 8011, WM 8021, WM 8042, WM 8052, IM 8131, IM 8141; Because of the consecutive nature of the course levels, each course in this category is prerequisite to the subsequent course.

Tuition and Fees

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Item Amount
Classroom Tuition (per credit hour) $360.00
Clinic Tuition (per credit hour) $620.00
Tuition Estimated Tuition1 $27,220.00
1 Seven trimesters is the recommended schedule for this program of study. The Board of Governors reserves the right to raise tuition 4-8% as appropriate.

One Time Fees

Item Amount
U.S. Students – Non Refundable Application Fee $75.00
International Students – Non Refundable Application Fee $150.00
International Students Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit (Applicable towards first trimester tuition) $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15.00
Herbal Sample Kit $149.00
White Coat Fee $39.00
End of Year Comprehensive Assessment $50.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee2 $110.00 per trimester
Textbooks, professional equipment, clinic supplies (estimate) $500.00 per trimester
Internship (Interns only)3 $95.00 per trimester
Malpractice Insurance4 $95.00 per trimester
Payment Plan Fee5 $25.00 per trimester
Fee Includes facility, lab, wifi, library, tutoring, administrative services…ect
3 This fee pays for expendable supplies in the clinic as well as cleaning and waste disposal. Internship normally begins in the third trimester when the student takes Clinical Internship.
4 This fee must be paid by students in the intern clinic in order to treat patients.
The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class.            The rest of the payments are due the first day of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan                    currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee5 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)6 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan7 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course8 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course9 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester.
Does not apply to new students.
After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President.
Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late.
Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester.
Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Intern Clinic Treatment Fee-Students $5.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts10 $15.00
Library Fees11 Variable
10 Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
11 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

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Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree Program

(Austin and San Antonio Campuses)

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The Purpose of the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program is: 

To contribute to the health, welfare and public good of the people of Texas and the United States by providing a highly trained and professionally motivated cadre of health care specialists, schooled in the healing principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, thousands of years in development and perfection

Educational Objectives

Graduates of this program will be qualified to meet the challenges of establishing and maintaining a successful profession in the 21st century, as evidenced by the following learning outcomes:

  • A systematic knowledge of the theories, philosophies, and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine including a thorough grounding in the Chinese medical classics;
  • The skills to assess patients and make an accurate TCM diagnosis and effective treatment plan;
  • The ability to formulate and apply acupuncture and Chinese herbs based upon the total assessment of the patient;
  • The skill to communicate accurately and effectively with other health care providers and appropriately refer patients to them;
  • The ability to communicate professionally with academic, professional colleagues, business leaders, industry, patients and the public with empathy, compassion, and integrity;
  • The successful placement of graduates in a practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the competence to effectively and ethically manage the business aspects of a clinical practice.

Admission Requirements

The University desires for standard admission those applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a U.S. Department of Education approved accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Candidates may also be admitted based upon the Admissions Committee determination that the applicant demonstrates suitability for graduate level study of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has successfully completed a minimum of 60 semester credits (or equivalent quarter credits), applicable toward a baccalaureate degree, in general education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  General education requirements are defined as those areas of learning which are the common experience of all educated persons, including subject matter from the humanities, mathematics and the sciences, and the social sciences.

Thirty six (36) of the minimum 60 semester credits must be in these areas.  Note that courses within the area of concentration of the subject matter of the program shall not be considered general education courses. The remaining 24 credits can be in any other field of study as long as they are not remedial.

Subject Examples
Humanities Courses in fields such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communications, including rhetoric, composition, and speech; but excluding business communications, spelling, letter writing, and word study.
Mathematics and the Sciences Courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis, including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, and other advanced mathematics courses, but excluding business mathematics and basic computations.
Social Sciences Courses such as history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and general psychology, but excluding courses such as practical psychology, selling techniques and social or business behavior.
Other Courses Courses accepted in this category can be from any field as long as they are not remedial. They must equal 24 credits.

Students admitted without a baccalaureate degree will, upon satisfaction of the master degree graduation requirements, be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree concurrently with the award of the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One (1) official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of the equivalent of at least 60 semester credits at the undergraduate level; such transcripts must be mailed to the University from the institutions where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 61 or higher or IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.  Applicants who score more than 50 but less than 61 may enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree program of THSU.

Additional Requirements for Admission to the Dual Master’s Degree

 All students must be first accepted by THSU before enrolling in the Dual Degree program. The Dual Degree program is administered jointly by THSU and International Education College (IEC), Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Zhejiang, China.  Dual Degree candidates must be non-Chinese citizens holding a passport from any nation other than China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau.

Transfer of Credit

Texas Health and Science University will accept academic credits earned at other accredited institutions and consider the award of course credit toward the University’s Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree according to the following guidelines:

  1. Limitations on the transferability of credits may apply. Credit in the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree may be awarded for past coursework completed at institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or by any other recognized governmental accrediting authority or a regional accrediting agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Student performance in the coursework to be transferred will be evaluated in terms of equivalent subject(s) offered by the University.  Coursework to be considered for transfer will have been completed within ten (10) years of the date of application, with applicant receiving a grade of “C” or better.
  2. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must request a transcript review in writing within the first trimester of attendance.  Request forms are available from the Registrar.
  3. The entire record of the evaluation and award of transfer credit will be included in the student’s academic file and made an official part of the student’s THSU transcript annotated with “TC” but will not be used to calculate the student’s GPA.  For each credit reviewed and approved for transfer, a fee will apply.
  4. The maximum permissible number of transfer credits into the master’s degree programs is limited to one-half or fewer of the credits required for the master’s degree.
  5. Up to fifty percent of the courses required in the Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program may be considered for transfer.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits you earn at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

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.

Course Codes Course Name Semester Credits Contact Hours
First Trimester
A-1001 Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine 4 60
A-1002 Chinese Terminology and Phonetics 2 30
A-1003 Meridian Theory 2 30
W-1001 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 45
A-1004 Introduction to Point Location 1 15
A-1005 Point Location – Green 3 45
Total First Trimester 15 225
Second Trimester
A-1006 Introduction to TCM Diagnosis 4 60
W-1002 Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History 2 30
A-1007 Point Location – Yellow 4 60
W-1003 Anatomy and Physiology II 2 30
H-1001 Introduction to TCM Herbology 1 15
H-1002 TCM Herbology – Yellow 2 30
A-1008 TCM Diagnosis I 2 30
Total Second Trimester 17 255
Third Trimester
A-1009 Qi Exercise 1 15
A-1010 Special Acupuncture Techniques 2 30
A-1011 Five Element Theory and Application 1 15
A-1012 CPR and Other Emergency Techniques 1 15
C-1001 Clinic Observation – Black 3 90
E-1001 Medical Ethics 1 15
H-1003 TCM Herbology – Green 3 45
A-1013 Point Location – Red 1 15
A-1014 TCM Diagnosis II 2 30
Total Third Trimester 15 270
Fourth Trimester
W-2001 Surface Anatomy 2 30
A-2001 Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application 3 45
C-2001 Clinic Observation – White 3 90
E -2001 Marketing and Office Management 3 45
A -2002 Practical Training in Diagnosis 2 30
H -2001 TCM Herbology – Red 3 45
Total Fourth Trimester 16 285
Fifth Trimester
E -2002 Counseling and Communications 2 30
E -2003 Business Planning and Entrepreneurship 2 30
H -2002 Introduction to TCM Prescriptionology 1 15
A -2003 Treatment Modality of Acupuncture I 3 45
C -2002 Clinic Internship I 4 120
H -2003 TCM Prescriptionology – Orange 2 30
A -2004 Scalp and Ear Acupuncture 2 30
Total Fifth Trimester 16 300
Sixth Trimester
W -2002 Biomedical Pathophysiology 3 45
H -2004 TCM Prescriptionology – Blue 2 30
A -2005 Treatment Modality of Acupuncture II 3 45
C -2003 Clinic Internship II 4 120
W -2003 Biomedical Diagnosis and Laboratory Tests 3 45
Total Sixth Trimester 15 285
Seventh Trimester
W -3001 Biomedical Microbiology 3 45
A -3001 Tui Na 2 30
W -3002 Diet and Nutrition 1 15
W -3003 Case Management and Referral 2 30
H -3001 TCM Prescriptionology – Purple 3 45
C -3001 Clinic Internship III 4 120
Total Seventh Trimester 15 285
Eighth Trimester
H -3002 Classics I:  Shang Han Lun 2 30
W -3004 Biomedical Pharmacology 3 45
H -3003 Clinical Patent Herbs 1 15
H -3004 Practical Training in Herbal Formulation 1 15
H -3005 Internal Medicine – Herbology 3 45
A -3002 Licensure Examination Preparation: Foundations of TCM 2 30
C -3002 Clinic Internship IV 4 120
Total Eighth Trimester 16 300
Ninth Trimester
H -3006 TCM Gynecology 2 30
W -3005 Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine 2 30
H -3007 Classics II:  Golden Chamber 1 15
A -3003 Licensure Examination Preparation:  Acupuncture and Point Location 2 30
H -3008 Licensure Examination Preparation:  Herbology 3 45
W-3006 Biomedical Toxicology 2 30
C-3003 Clinic Internship V 4 120
Total Ninth Trimester 16 300
Tenth Trimester
W-4001 Biomedicine Review 3 45
W-4002 Hygiene, Public Health and Epidemiology 1 15
H-4001 Classics IV:  Wen Bing Lun 1 15
H-4002 Classics III:  Four Streams of Scholars (Jin Yuan Dynasty) 1 15
C-4001 Clinic Internship VI 4 120
W-4003 Biomedical Research Design and Scientific Method 2 30
  Total Tenth Trimester 12 240
TOTAL 153 2745

Elective Courses

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

Electives Course Names Semester Credits Contact Hours
O-0001 Tai Chi:  108 Wu Tai Chi Chuan 1 1 15
O-0002 Tai Chi:  108 Wu Tai Chi Chuan 2 1 15
O-0003 TCM Pediatrics 2 30
O-0004 TCM Neurology 2 30
O-0005 TCM Dermatology 2 30
O-0006 TCM Facial Rejuvenation 1 15
O-0007 TCM for Side Effects of Western Medicine 2 30
O-0008 TCM Sports Medicine 2 30
O-0009 TCM Geriatrics 1 15
O-00010 TCM for Modern Conditions 2 30
O-00011 Fluid Physiology and Pathology 2 30

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, 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 studies   49 credits
Biomedical didactic studies (western medical science)   34 credits
Herbal didactic studies   32 credits
Clinical training   30 credits
Ethics, Business and Communications didactic studies     8 credits
Total 153 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.

Licensure Requirements for the State of Texas

Information on licensure requirements is available under Texas Medical Board Rules Chapter 183, Procedural Rules for Licensure Applicants, located at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/rules/rules/bdrules.php. The following is paraphrased from that rule. Admission candidates are encouraged to read the entire rule and licensure information at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/acupuncturist-licensing-overview . The applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Submit an application online for licensure and pay the $320 application fee;
  • Complete 60 credits of general academic college courses, other than in
  • an acupuncture school, that are not remedial;
  • Complete 1,800 clock hours of Acupuncture training from an accredited acupuncture school;
  • Complete 450 clock hours of the required 1,800 clock hours in herbal training;
  • Graduate from an accredited acupuncture school;
  • Take and pass all modules of the NCCAOM examination within 5 attempts;
  • Take and pass the CCAOM Clean Needle Technique Course and Practical Examination;
  • Take and pass the jurisprudence examination and pay the $61 fee.

A temporary license may be issued prior to the meeting of the Acupuncture Board upon completion of the application process.

Temporary licenses are issued at the discretion of the Executive Director and are valid for 100 days. In addition a 30-day extension may be requested if necessary.

There is a processing fee of $107 for a temporary license. This fee must be paid in addition to the application-processing fee of $320.

NCCAOM Certification Information

Texas Health and Science University assists its students with test preparation and offers study materials in the library geared specifically towards this purpose.  Detailed information on the NCCAOM certification examinations may be located at: nccaom.org.  Students must pass exams required for licensure in the state in which they plan to practice, prior to starting their practice.  Students are urged to plan to take certification exams during their third year in the program, as experience has shown that those who do are more successful in passing the exams.  The Oriental Medicine (OM) Certification Application and four exam modules required for licensure in Texas currently cost $1,795.

Course Descriptions

Acupuncture Courses

A-1001   Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This course includes a brief introduction to the historical background and evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This course mainly introduces the theories of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, Zang Fu, Qi, Blood, Body Fluid, Etiology, Pathogenesis, and General Rules of Prevention and Treatment.

4 credits:  Prerequisites: None. 

A-1002   Chinese Terminology and Phonetics

This course is an introduction to the Chinese characters and Pinyin words necessary to understand the curriculum, to assure correct pronunciation, and to enable the study of the existing body of Traditional Chinese Medicine literature and available texts.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

A-1003   Meridian Theory

This course covers the basic concept of the meridians, with a focus on the 12 regular meridians and the eight extra meridians.  It will also cover the 12 divergent meridians, 12 muscle regions, 12 cutaneous regions and 15 collaterals.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

A-1004   Introduction to Point Location

This is an introductory course in which students will learn the concept, classification and measurement methods of acupoints. Students will also learn the basic concepts of specific acupoints.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

A-1005   Point Location – Green

This course is the first of a three-trimester study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This first trimester will focus on the Lung meridian of hand Taiyin, Large Intestine meridian of hand Yangming, Stomach meridian of foot Yangming, Spleen meridian of foot Taiyin, Heart meridian of hand Shaoyin and Small Intestine meridian of hand Taiyang.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

A-1006   Introduction to TCM Diagnosis

This course introduces the classic methods of diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry and palpation. This course also emphasis how to combine the Four Diagnostic Methods to obtain a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the condition of disease.

4 credits, Prerequisites: None.

A-1007   Point Location – Yellow

This course continues the study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This course will focus on the Urinary Bladder meridian of foot Taiyang, Kidney meridian of foot Shaoyin, Pericardium meridian of hand Jueyin, San Jiao meridian of hand Shaoyang, Gallbladder meridian of foot Shaoyang and Liver meridian of foot Jueyin.

4 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

A-1008   TCM Diagnosis I 

This course continues the discussion of the classical methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and focuses on differentiation according to the Eight Principles, Qi, Blood, Phlegm, Stagnation, and the theory of Zang Fu.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006. 

A-1009   Qi Exercise

This course includes an introduction to the philosophy and principles of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and application of the relationship of Qi Exercise to health, wellbeing, meditation, self-awareness, relaxation, balance and harmony. Basic Qi Gong and Tai Chi patterns and techniques will be taught.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None. 

A-1010   Special Acupuncture Techniques

These techniques include such needling methods as the filiform needle, cutaneous needle, electrical stimulation, moxibustion, and other methods.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001. 

A-1011    Five Element Theory and Application

This is an in-depth discussion of the theory of the Five Elements and their application in diagnosis and treatment. Students will associate points on the channels that correspond to specific elements.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None. 

A-1012   CPR and Other Emergency Techniques

Part I (classes 1, 2 and 3) cover the management of emergency situations specific to an acupuncture practice.  Part II (classes 4 and 5) are taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor and will cover the management of heart and breathing emergencies, along with instruction in first aid.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None. 

A-1013   Point Location – Red

Students determine the location of acupuncture points (numbering about 365 major points and 50 extra points) using anatomical landmarks and the proportional body measurement system. Subject matter addressed in this course includes the following channels: Ren, Du, and Extraordinary Points.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1004. 

A-1014 TCM Diagnosis II 

This course continues the discussion of the different systems by which TCM differentiates syndromes, with an emphasis on etiology, the eight principles and theory of Zang Fu.  Also includes the theories of wei qi, ying xue, meridians and collaterals, san jiao and six meridians.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006, A-1008. 

A-2001   Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application

Focusing on the indications and energetics of the 12 regular meridians, the course also covers the application of points in the treatment of disease. An in-depth discussion of energetic points includes Five Shu, Yuan, Luo, Xi, Shu, Mu, the Eights (confluent and influential), 13 Ghost and emergency aid points applied in the treatment of disease according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1013, A-1014.

A-2002   Practical Training in Diagnosis 

Students will further refine their pulse and tongue diagnosis skills under the assistance and guidance of the instructor.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1006, A-1008, A-1014. 

A-2003   Treatment Modality of Acupuncture I

This is a discussion of and approach to each internal disease from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, with emphasis on acupuncture treatment. The course involves in-depth discussion of etiology, pathogenesis, and differentiation of syndromes, diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1013, A-1014, A-2001. 

A-2004   Scalp and Ear Acupuncture

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, scalp acupuncture techniques are most effective for treating afflictions such as stroke, movement hindrance and certain neurological problems. Point measurement and location, and needle stimulation skills will be introduced. Students will also study the physical surface of the ear to locate acupuncture points on the various auricular surfaces. The physiological links between the points and the internal organs will be presented. Ear acupuncture in the treatment of alcoholism, drug abuse and weight loss will be discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1003.

A-2005   Treatment Modality of Acupuncture II

This is a continuation of the discussion of each internal disease from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, with emphasis on acupuncture treatment. The course involves in-depth discussion of etiology, pathogenesis, and differentiation of syndromes, diagnosis and treatment with acupuncture.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-2003.

A-3001   Tui Na

This class covers traditional methods of Oriental manual therapy and the use of this therapy in accordance with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Channel palpation, body mechanics, indications and contraindications for Tui Na techniques are also covered.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1003.

A-3002   Licensure Examination Preparation: Foundations of TCM

This course prepares the student for success on the Foundations of Oriental Medicine certification examination by rigorously reviewing and testing the student’s knowledge base of TCM principles, modes of diagnosis, and treatment strategies. The student will identify areas of weakness in order to more efficiently conduct their exam preparation, and will learn effective test-taking strategies utilizing critical thinking skills. This course focuses on the specific areas of study recommended in the NCCAOM candidate handbook.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-2003, A-2005.

A-3003   Licensure Examination Preparation: Acupuncture and Point Location

Students will review the entire program of acupuncture studies, focusing on the specific areas of study recommended in the national exam preparation handbook for the Acupuncture and Point Location module.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-2003, A-2005.

Biomedical Sciences (Western Medical Science)

W-1001   Anatomy and Physiology I

Students study the structures and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  cellular, tissue, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None.

W-1002   Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History

This survey course introduces the historical development of medicine in the West, to familiarize students with the systems of medicine practiced by M.D.’s, D.C.’s, and D.O.’s. Emphasis will be placed on teaching students the use and meaning of terminology and technical vocabularies necessary for professional, inter-disciplinary communications.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

 W-1003   Anatomy and Physiology II

Students study the structure and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  W-1001.

W-2001   Surface Anatomy

This biomedical anatomy course focuses on the superficial features of the body, such as tendons and muscles and bony landmarks, with a view to the identification and use of anatomical landmarks as aids in locating underlying tissues and organs.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001.

 W-2002   Biomedical Pathophysiology

This course covers the pathological conditions that may affect the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal, neurological, and other systems of the body. Understanding such disease processes helps the practitioner to work more effectively with patients and other health care professionals.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001, W-1002, W-1003.

 W-2003  Biomedical Diagnostics and Laboratory Tests

This course covers basic history taking and physical examination techniques. In addition, this course develops an understanding of the use of laboratory test data (whether done previously for a given patient or ordered specifically for the current course of treatment) as an aid in developing an appropriate plan of treatment.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001, W-1002, W-1003.

 W-3001   Biomedical Microbiology

Students will explore the classification of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms, their physiological and biochemical features, the microorganisms that cause human diseases and the spoilage of food, and the ecological significance of bacteria in the cycle of matter.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-1003.

W-3002   Diet and Nutrition

Students study the principles of nutrition and diet as understood in the West, as well as the use of vitamins, minerals and other supplements as part of a course of treatment.  The importance of various components of Chinese foods and herb-combination cooking are also discussed.

1 credits, Prerequisites: None

 W-3003   Case Management and Referral

This course covers the ways in which students will meet the challenges and accountabilities of case management and referral in the 21st century practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine within the modern health care system. Students will become familiar with effective methods for planning a course of treatment, evaluating outcomes, identifying the need for referral, the process of making successful referrals, and how to do effective case closures. Associated ethical and legal issues will also be explored.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1002.

 W-3004   Biomedical Pharmacology

This course introduces students to the classifications of prescription medications, covers some common medications that patients may be taking, and the physiological mechanisms and actions of those medications.

3 credits, Prerequisites: W-2002, W-2003.

W-3005   Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine

This course is a review of internal medicine, pharmacology, neurology, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, radiology, nutrition, dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases. This course also surveys the clinical practices of specialists in various Western medical fields to familiarize students with the treatment modes of other health care practitioners.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1003, W-2002, W-2003, W-3004.

W-3006   Biomedical Toxicology

This course investigates the disciplines of toxicology and pharmacology. The course explores toxicity mechanisms and the tissues affected by different classes of naturally occurring toxins. Herbs with known toxicity will be classified and their mechanisms of toxicity discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-3004, H-1001, H-1002, H-1003, H-2001.

 W-4001   Biomedicine Review

This course is a comprehensive review of all previous biomedical courses taken at THSU, with a view to ensuring full grasp of the fundamental principles of biomedicine and their application to the successful practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine within a modern integrated health care system, and to prepare students more fully for their licensing and certification exams.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  W-3004.

 W-4002   Hygiene, Public Health and Epidemiology

Students study public health issues, the formulation of laws regarding health, and the agencies established to provide disease-free food and water, adequate sanitation systems, prevention and control of epidemic and endemic diseases, and the delivery of health care to the disadvantaged.

1 credit, Prerequisites: W-1002.

W-4003   Biomedical Research Design and Scientific Methods

This is an introduction to the statistical methods used in biomedical research.  Students will learn the mathematical basis for modern research in biomedicine and acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Oriental medicine.  The course teaches the methods necessary to analyze research data with a special focus on the interpretation of results and the clinical application of data.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1002.

 

Clinical Training

C-1001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – Black

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients in a clinic theater setting. This provides students with a clinical context that balances the intensely didactic and theory-oriented first and second year programs.

3 credits, Prerequisite: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003.

C-2001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – White

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients with complex conditions in a clinical theater setting.  Students will prepare to pass the five-part examination required for promotion to clinic internship.  Students will register for and take the Clean Needle Technique course if they have not already done so.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003.

C-2002, C-2003   Clinic Internship I, Clinic Internship II

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students begin needling and applying other TCM treatment modalities to patients. The three emphases of Clinic Internship are: (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a responsible treatment plan, and (3) the practical application of basic treatment skills and techniques. Students will further develop their diagnostic skills and gain experience in syndrome identification and formula application. Students will discuss cases with classmates and with the instructor. Students will be assigned a clinic schedule in accordance with their classroom schedules.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.

240 Clinic contact hours/8 credits, Prerequisites:  C-1001, C-2001, CNT, Promotion Exam to Internship

 

C-3001, C-3002   Clinic Internship III, Clinic Internship IV

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students begin needling and applying other TCM treatment modalities to patients. The three emphases of Clinic Internship are: (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a responsible treatment plan, and (3) the practical application of basic treatment skills and techniques. Students will further develop their diagnostic skills and gain experience in syndrome identification and formula application. Students will discuss cases with classmates and with the instructor. Students will be assigned a clinic schedule in accordance with their classroom schedules.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.

240 Clinic contact hours/8 credits, Prerequisites:  C-2002, C-2003, CNT*

C-3003, C-3004   Clinic Internship V, Clinic Internship VI

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students apply acupuncture, herbs, and other TCM treatment modalities to patients. The three emphases of Clinic Internship are: (1) the interaction between the student practitioner and the patient, (2) the development of a responsible treatment plan, and (3) the practical application of basic treatment skills and techniques. Students will further develop their diagnostic skills and gain experience in syndrome identification and formula application. Students may be asked to mentor a junior intern.  Students will discuss cases with classmates and with the instructor.  Students will be assigned a clinic schedule in accordance with their classroom schedules.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.  The internship phase of training is the culmination of the entire program of study and is designed to produce fully qualified professional practitioners.

240 Clinic contact hours/8 credits, Prerequisites:  C-3001, C-3002, CNT*

 

CNT

The Clean Needle Technique class is offered through CCAOM and made available to our students at various times. The Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course is a one-day program that includes a lecture, a demonstration, and written and practical examinations. The content of the CNT course provides a uniform standard of practice for acupuncture in the United States and is required before students may enroll in clinic internship.

 Ethics, Business and Communications

E-1001    Medical Ethics

This course focuses on the scope of practice of Texas-licensed acupuncturists, with students familiarized with, and discussing, the laws and regulations of the State of Texas regarding the practice of acupuncture, record keeping, and confidentiality requirements.  Students will also discuss various ethical dilemmas encountered by practitioners.

1 credit, Prerequisites:  None.

E-2001            Marketing and Office Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of medical office duties that are commonly performed by the administrator or owner of a small clinic.  These duties include such marketing duties as building one’s brand, be it the practitioner himself, or the clinic he wishes to develop, professional networking, internet and social media marketing, and building loyalty and retention within a target market. Also included are office management tasks, such as office communication, medical reception tasks, document production, medical office accounting, billing procedures, appointment scheduling, medical records management, and insurance claims processing. There is a brief introduction to International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD-10) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, bookkeeping and accounting practices.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None

E-2002    Counseling and Communications

This course will help the student develop communication and counseling skills to maximize the therapeutic effect of acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments. The student will learn basic principles of counseling and communication through a process that will include discussion and role playing with a special emphasis on the development of the acupuncturist-patient relationship.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  None.

E-2003    Business Planning and Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on the management of a small health clinic and includes the preparation of a business plan.  Information on economics, planning, controlling finances, record keeping, legal compliance, and patient relations will be discussed in detail.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

Herbology

H-1001   Introduction to TCM Herbology

This is an introductory course to TCM herbology.  Students will learn the basic herbal theories and build up solid foundations for the three specific herbology courses.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1001.

 H-1002   TCM Herbology – Yellow

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of release exterior, clear heat, and drain downward are discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

H-1003   TCM Herbology – Green

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of drain dampness, dispel wind-dampness, transform phlegm, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi and regulate blood.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

H-2001   TCM Herbology – Red

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contra-indications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs to be discussed are from the functional categories of warm interior, tonify, stabilize and bind, calm the spirit, open orifices, extinguish wind, and expel parasites.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

 H-2002   Introduction to TCM Prescriptionology

This is an introductory course to TCM prescriptionology.  Students will learn the basic prescription theories and build up solid foundations for the three specific prescriptionology courses.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1014, H-1001, H-1002, H-1003, H-2001.

 H-2003   TCM Prescriptionology – Orange

This course continues the study of the major formulas, including the herbal components, significance, explanation, indication, and clinical use.  The course addresses herbs and herbal formulas according to the following functional categories: release exterior, drain downward, and harmonize.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

H-2004   TCM Prescriptionology – Blue

This course studies the major formulas, including the herbal components, significance, explanation, indication, and clinical use.  This course addresses herbs and herbal formulas according to the following functional categories: clear heat, dispel summer-heat, warm interior cold, release exterior-interior excess, tonify, and stabilize and bind.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

H-3001   TCM Prescriptionology – Purple

This course builds upon the introductory course in Prescriptionology and presents major formulas in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including the herbal components, significance, explanation, indication and clinical use. This course covers selected herbal formula according to the treatment principles of calm the spirit, open the sensory orifices, regulate qi, invigorate the blood, stop bleeding, expel wind, treat dryness, expel dampness, dispel phlegm, reduce food stagnation, expel parasites, and treat abscesses and sores.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

H-3002   Classics I: Shang Han Lun

The Treatise on Febrile Disease Caused by Cold, written by Dr. Zhang Zhongjing (150 A.D. – 219 A.D.) is considered one of the classic medical texts in the field of Chinese medicine.  This text is remarkable for the detail in which febrile disease is discussed and the elegance of its formulas, many of which are in wide use today for a variety of diseases.  This text richly illustrates the flexibility of herbal therapy to address individual variations of disease, and when studied can offer much guidance in the use of formulas and how to modify them to suit an individual patient.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 H-3003   Clinical Patent Herbs

This is a practical course in which the most commonly used herbal formulas in patent form are presented. The students will learn how to use and combine herbal patent medicines according to the differentiation of syndromes. Students learn methods of herbal formulation, preparation and application, as well as modification and preservation.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-1001, H-1002, H-1003, H-2001.

 H-3004   Practical Training in Herbal Formulation

This course is an in-depth study in the practical formulation of herbs.  Students will be involved in the formulation of herbal treatments for patients’ ailments under the guidance of the instructor.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2003, H-2004, H-3001.

 H-3005   Internal Medicine – Herbology

This course will introduce students to TCM internal medicine.  Using the fundamental knowledge of TCM, students will gain a systematic knowledge of disease, its development, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.  The treatment modality we will use to address these diseases in this class is herbology.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-2003, H-2004, H-3001.

H-3006   TCM Gynecology

This course explores the application of TCM herbal methodologies to gynecological issues and disorders, including menstruation, leukorrhea, pregnancy and post-partum disorders, and menopause.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-2003, H-2004, H-3001.

H-3007   Classics II: The Golden Chamber

This course introduces the student to the great classic of herbal therapy by Dr. Zhang Zhongjing, The Jin Kui Yao Lueh, or “A Glimpse of the Golden Chamber.”  Students will gain insight into the treatment of internal diseases with herbal therapy.  Various syndromes are described and many formulas discussed in this text are still used commonly today.  The basic concepts of diseases and treatments and Zhang’s great contributions after “Nei Jing” are discussed here.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 H-3008   Licensure Examination Preparation: Herbology

The entire study of Chinese herbology will be reviewed and discussed.  Specific study assignments will be oriented towards preparing the students to pass the national Chinese herbology certification examination.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  H-3005, H-3006.

H-4001   Classics IV: Wen Bing Lun

This course familiarizes students with the theories of the Warm Disease School developed as an independent diagnostic system in the Qing Dynasty.  The etiological and pathological principles of Warm Disease Theory (Febrile Disease due to heat or infection) will be addressed.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2002.

H-4002   Classics III: Four Streams of Scholars (Jin-Yuan Dynasty)

This class addresses the four schools of 13th century Chinese medical thought: the Cooling School as taught by Liu, WanSu; the Purging School as taught by Zhang, CongZheng; the Nourishing Earth School as taught by Li, Dongyuan; and the Nourishing Yin School as taught by Zhu, Danxi. These schools continue to influence the TCM practice of acupuncture and herbology, making them an important component of a modern education in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

1 credit, Prerequisites: H-2002.

 Elective Courses

 Students are encouraged to take concentration courses in one or more specialties within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Courses may not be offered every trimester. Student recommendations for additional classes are always welcome.

O-0001   Tai Chi: 108 Wu Tai Chi Chuan 1

This course includes an introduction to the philosophy and principles of Tai Chi, and application of its relationship to health, wellbeing, meditation, self-awareness, relaxation, balance and harmony. Basic Tai Chi patterns and techniques will be taught.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 O-0002   Tai Chi: Wu Tai Chi Chuan 2

This class further develops the student’s grasp of Tai Chi techniques and is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the principles of Tai Chi within the larger context of cardiovascular fitness and health.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

 O-0003   TCM Pediatrics

This course will explore the principles, practice and clinical techniques involved in pediatric medicine, discussing the herbal prescriptions, dosaging, special acupuncture techniques, qi-gong massage (acupressure), dietary, and other treatments for many common childhood disorders.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

O-0004   TCM Neurology

Neurology is one of the major parts of acupuncture science. This course provides the students with the basic and useful knowledge of neurology in medical Chinese such as basic diagnosis and treatment method for neuropathy. Students will also learn useful skills of clinical methods of neurology.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

O-0005   TCM Dermatology

The students will learn the general introduction of TCM Dermatology, including TCM physiology, pathology, differentiation of syndromes, as well as the treatment of common skin diseases with acupuncture, herbs and other TCM modalities. Student learning outcomes will include a systematic knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, philosophies, and practices.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

O-0006   TCM Facial Rejuvenation

This course is a study of the combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs and physical protocols (acupuncture, guasha, and acupressure) in response to the signs of aging, including TCM facial diagnosis and an introduction to traditional Chinese face reading.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1003, A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1010, A-1013, A-2001, and C-2002.

O-0007   TCM for Side Effects of Western Medicine

The course discusses treatment of common side effects associated with various medications. Students learn how to provide relief for these side effects without causing further complications.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

O-0008   TCM Sports Medicine

This course covers the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques peculiar to treatment of trauma including prevention and treatment of various types of sports and athletic injuries, with thorough discussion of post-recovery conditioning and therapies.

2 credit, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

 O-0009   TCM Geriatrics

TCM Geriatrics is considered a sub-specialty of TCM internal medicine and gynecology that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health maintenance and disease or disability prevention and treatment in older adults through Chinese medical practices, such as acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapy. Longevity and improvement of quality of life in a TCM way will also be discussed in this course.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

O-0010   TCM for Modern Conditions

This is a clinical course to introduce TCM treatment for some modern conditions such as: smoking, drug addiction and obesity.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1010, A-2004 and H-3005.

O-0011   Fluid Physiology & Pathology

This course instructs students how to delve deeply into the principles, practice and clinical utility of fluid mechanics within the human body from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The course will also discuss in detail the herbal, acupuncture, and other treatments for such disorders.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001, A-1006, A-1008, and A-1014.

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Filling Herbal Formulas in the Student Clinic, Austin

Tuition and Fees

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Tuition

Item Amount
Classroom Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $350.00
Clinic Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $510.00
Total Estimated Tuition1 $58,350.00
1 Ten Trimesters is the recommended schedule for this program of study. The Board of Governors reserves the right to raise tuition 4-7% as appropriate.

One Time Fees

Item Amount
U.S. Students – Non Refundable Application Fee $75.00
International Students – Non Refundable Application Fee $150.00
International Students Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit (Applicable towards first trimester tuition) $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15.00
Herbal Sample Kit $149.00
White Coat Fee $39.00
Comprehensive Exam (second year) $50.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

 

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee2 $110.00 per trimester
Textbooks, professional equipment, clinic supplies (estimate) $500.00 per trimester
Internship (Interns only)3 $95.00 per trimester
Malpractice Insurance4 $95.00 per trimester
Payment Plan Fee5 $25.00 per trimester
Fee Includes facility, lab, wifi, library, tutoring, administrative services…ect
3 This fee pays for expendable supplies in the clinic as well as cleaning and waste disposal. Internship normally begins in the third trimester when the student takes Clinical Internship.
4 This fee must be paid by students in the intern clinic in order to treat patients.
The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class.            The rest of the payments are due the first day of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan                    currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee5 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)6 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan7 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course8 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course9 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester.
Does not apply to new students.
After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President.
Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late.
Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester.
Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Intern Clinic Treatment Fee-Students $5.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts10 $15.00
Library Fees11 Variable
10 Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
11 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

Optional Dual Degree Program

Opportunity to earn Master of Acupuncture and Tui Na in China, along with the eligibility to receive a licensed endorsement to practice acupuncture in China.  Federal Financial Aid not available for this option.  For information on Dual Degree in Chinese Medicine and Business, see Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management program.

Graduate Program Oversight Committee

It shall be the policy of the Texas Health and Science University that a shared governance committee comprised of administrative staff, faculty representatives, currently enrolled student representatives, and alumni employed in the field, shall meet at least twice each calendar year for the purpose of reviewing and recommending improvements to the University and graduate program of study.

The membership of the committee shall include a minimum of two (2) administrative staff representatives (the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students); two (2) representatives of the Faculty (one a full-time Core member and the other a part-time Adjunct member); at least two (2) currently enrolled students (the elected President of the Student Government Association and a representative of the new student Cohort) and two (2) alumni.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall serve as the facilitator of the committee, record its minutes, and submit its reports to the President.

The Spring Meeting convened in March or April shall have its agenda the review of the data and recommendations from the General Student Satisfaction Survey, the Annual Alumni Survey, and the Graduate Exit Survey.  The Annual Meeting convened in August shall have as its agenda the review of recommendations submitted by the Faculty, the Student Association, and the Administrative staff; the recommendations developed in the Annual Planning Retreat, and the update of the Campus Effectiveness Plan.

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Student Clinic in San Antonio

Sister Schools

In order to foster academic discourse and encourage international cooperation in the field of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Texas Health and Science University has developed formal agreements of cooperation with sister schools in China and Taiwan. The institutions enter into Sister School Relationships voluntarily in order to achieve mutual benefits and opportunities for the respective institutions and their faculty and students; and either institution may terminate the agreement at any time at will with one year’s written notice. The terms and conditions of the agreement include administrative collaboration and control over the academic programs, facilities, faculty, and curriculum, as well as assurance of the English language competency of instructors in the program.

The goals and objectives of the program are collaboration in educational programs, clinical practice, and research in order to achieve:

  • Education and Training to mutually recognize Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine courses, curriculum, teaching, and training from both schools;
  • Summer exchange programs and related short-term training programs;
  • Academic exchange visits for students and faculty;
  • Cultural enrichment and education;
  • Language training and communication; and
  • Award appropriate degrees upon successful completion of the combined programs when students complete the requirements for graduation.

The University is a member of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), headquartered in Baltimore, MD, and an institutional member of the Texas Association of Acupuncturists (TAOA).

  • Texas Health and Science University has cooperative arrangements with several sister schools in Asia. These institutions include:
  • Meiho Institute of Technology in Taiwan (since 2003)
  • Xinjiang Medical University in China (since 2007)
  • Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan (since 2010)
  • Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China (since 2010)
  • Transworld University in Taiwan (since 2011)
  • Jiangxi University of T.C.M International Education College (since 2011)
  • Ming Chuan University in Taiwan (since 2013)
  • National Peng Hu University of Science and Technology in Taiwan (since 2013)
  • Da-Yeh University in Taiwan (since 2015)
  • Asia University in Taiwan (since 2015)
  • Hwa Hsia University of Technology (since 2015)
  • Hsing Wu University (since 2017)

Under these arrangements, the above-named institutions recognize academic credits earned in the THSU MSAOM program as applicable toward their own equivalent programs of study.

Texas Health and Science University offers Dual Degree programs with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.  New and current students can enroll and receive their Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from THSU, and enroll at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University to receive an additional Master of Acupuncture and Tui Na degree.

Student Clinics

Texas Health And Science University offers its students practical hands on experience in providing acupuncture treatments and receiving treatments through its student intern clinic. Housed with the Austin Acupuncture Clinic at 1707 Fortview Road, our student interns have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a professional setting under the supervision of licensed acupuncturists who serve as clinic supervisors. Additionally students are encouraged to receive treatments at a greatly reduced cost should they need care.

The student clinic is convenient to the university, allowing students to walk to and from the main campus. There are 15 spacious treatment rooms, an intern discussion room, bookstore and a fully stocked herbal dispensary. Our dispensary carries over 500 different kinds of raw herbs, patent pills and granular extracts from the TCM herbal pharmacopoeia.

The THSU Student Intern Clinic shares its facility with Austin Acupuncture Clinic (AAC), a professional acupuncture services clinic which provides a location for our faculty to practice their profession.  AAC reserves 7 of the treatment rooms for its use and maintains separate check in and accounting systems.

General Shu-Ping Tsao Library

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

About Us:

  • The library is proud to offer thousands of volumes dealing with a variety of health, science, business, and Traditional Chinese Medicine topics.
  • The library also offers access to a large collection of periodicals, DVDs, and Chinese language materials.
  • Our library takes particular pride in its collection of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) journals from China, covering the period from 1982 to present.
  • The Mandarin Room of the Library houses over 900 titles in the Chinese language, as well as an exclusive collection of Chinese language manuscripts, journals, and notes.
  • Students are required to attend a library orientation at the start of the program and are provided with a handbook detailing the library services at that time.

Location:

The library is located in the rear of the THSU campus building.

Contact: 

The library staff can be contacted by e-mail at library@thsu.edu, and by phone at 512.444.8082, ext: 211.

Services:

  • Printing and copying services are available in the library.
  • $0.10 per impression in black and white ($0.20 per sheet for a double sided copy).
  • $0.20 per impression in color.
  • For students, printing five pages per day is free of charge.

Policies: 

San Antonio Campus

Texas Health and Science University in San Antonio is the University’s latest, newest location.   Located at the University of Incarnate Word Saidoff Center, the main entrance houses the administration, library, and student and professional clinics.  Classrooms are held in the adjacent UIW campus building, which is home to UIW’s physical therapy program.   THSU students have access to the UIW library and the THSU-Austin library.

Famous for the Alamo landmark, the Riverwalk, and numerous fiestas, San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States.  San Antonio is home to several large military medical care facilities, the first of which dates back to 1879.  Nearby hill country and urban hike and bike trails offer weekend get-aways.  The relaxing atmosphere makes San Antonio the big city with the small town feel.

Texas Health and Science University in San Antonio offers the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Austin Campus

Texas Health and Science University is located at 4005 Manchaca Road, deep in the heart of Austin’s 78704 neighborhood. This trendy creative community is in a beautiful tree-filled area, minutes from downtown. The campus is on one of the city’s major bus routes, making public transportation convenient and accessible to our students. Affordable apartments, rental houses and shopping centers are a short walking distance from the THSU campus, and many students live within a few blocks of the school.

The main campus is housed in a two-story building facing Manchaca Road. The administrative offices are just inside to the right before one enters our relaxation courtyard.  The courtyard acts as the main hub of the school through which all students pass on their way to classes.  Our main classrooms all have windows overlooking the courtyard and are located on the second floor.  The library is located on the first floor at the end of the hallway coming from the courtyard area.  The student lockers, lounge and kitchen are located on the second floor.

Austin has earned a reputation as one of the best places to live in the nation, and with good reason…

  • Affordable and diverse neighborhoods, from urban lofts to hill country estates
  • A great climate made for outdoor enjoyment and recreation nearly year round
  • Many professional and amateur sports venues and events
  • More fine restaurants and clubs per capita than any other U.S. city
  • A lush environment highlighted by parks, lakes and trails
  • A creative culture that supports the arts, music and the theater
  • Year-round festivals and celebrations for people of all ages

Texas Health and Science University in Austin offers the following programs:

Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management

Bachelor of Business Administration (enrolling soon)

Pay Fees

MSAOM / BSTCM / DAOM / MBA / MBAH / BBA

Application Fee: U.S. Students

Application Fee: International Students

Transcripts Evaluation Fee: International Students

Tuition Deposit (Accepted Student Only)

AcuDetox 70-Hour Certificate Training

Application Fee

AcuDetox Training Tuition

Continuing Acupuncture Education (CAE) for Licensed Acupuncturists:

Registration Fee

Early Registration
(Early Registration Deadlines: Dallas — 1/25/17;  Houston—2/3/17;  Austin—2/10/17)

THSU (TCTCM) Alumni Discounted Registration Fee

Texas Association of Acupuncturists Member Discounted Registration Fee

THSU Student Discounted Registration Fee

Per Credit Hour

Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine Degree Program

(Austin and San Antonio Campuses)

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Educational Objectives

Graduates of this university will be qualified to meet the challenges of establishing and maintaining a successful profession in the 21st century, as evidenced by the following learning outcomes:

  • A systematic knowledge of the theories, philosophies, and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine;
  • The skill to assist licensed acupuncturists by setting up patients in the treatment room, taking vital signs, recording complaints, preparing and dispensing herbal formulas, and removing acupuncture needles;
  • The skill to correctly apply gua sha, cupping, reflexology, and other therapies which do not involve the insertion or stimulation of needles;
  • The skill to handle front desk duties, do marketing for the clinic, and file insurance claims;
  • The ability to communicate professionally with healthcare providers, colleagues, business leaders, industry, patients and the public with empathy, compassion, and integrity;
  • The confidence to find successful employment in a healthcare related field, including the competence to work as an acupuncture assistant, to manage a healthcare practice, or to be employed in an insurance billing office;
  • The readiness to continue studies at the University to become a Licensed Acupuncturist or to earn a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.

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Admission Requirements

The University desires for standard admission those applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credits (or equivalent quarter credits), applicable toward a baccalaureate degree, in general education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.  General education requirements are defined as those areas of learning that are the common experience of all educated persons, including subject matter from the humanities, mathematics and the sciences, and the social sciences.

Thirty-six (36) of the minimum 60 semester credits must be in these areas.  Note that courses within the area of concentration of the subject matter of the program shall not be considered general education courses. The remaining 24 credits can be in any other field of study as long as they are not remedial.

Subject Courses
Humanities Courses in fields such as literature, philosophy, logic, foreign language, art, music appreciation, and communications, including rhetoric, composition, and speech; but excluding business communications, spelling, letter writing, and word study.
Mathematics and the Sciences Courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and mathematics theory and analysis, including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, and other advanced mathematics courses, but excluding business mathematics and basic computations.
Social Sciences Courses such as history, economics, political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and general psychology, but excluding courses such as practical psychology, selling techniques and social or business behavior.
Other Courses Courses accepted in this category can be from any field as long as they are not remedial. They must equal 24 credits.

Admission Procedure for U.S. Students

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University.

Prospective students must submit the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate or current driver’s license/identification card.
  3. Copies of official transcript(s); photocopies cannot be accepted. Transcripts must be mailed to the University directly from the registrar’s office of the institution(s) where credit was earned.
  4. Copies of licenses or certificates in the healing arts, if any (required of applicants to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
  5. Two full-face, passport-sized photographs.
  6. An application fee payable to the Texas Health and Science University as outlined for each program. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. A letter of interest from the applicant, explaining why he/she desires to attend the Texas Health and Science University.
  8. Telephone or personal interview with the Academic Dean or other official of the University.
  9. Two letters of reference.
  10. An evaluation of any foreign credentials showing equivalency to the educational system of the United States. All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Upon acceptance into the program, the student must sign and return the enrollment agreements and schedule a time for registration, at which time the plan of study will be discussed.

Admission Procedure for International Students

All international students are required to adhere to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. University procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must also comply with federal law; therefore, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.  All foreign credentials must be evaluated by a credential service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  All credentials submitted to the University are retained by the University.

Admission of an international student to the University requires the following documents.  The University will issue an I-20 upon receipt of:

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $150.00 (USD) and a $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of credentials, transcripts, and other overseas documents.
  2. A completed application for admission.
  3. One (1) official transcript in English translation sufficient to establish the completion of the equivalent of at least 60 semester credits at the undergraduate level; such transcript must be mailed to the University from the institution where the coursework was completed.  If the official transcript is not available in English, contact the Admissions Coordinator for further assistance.
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses.
  5. Proof of English language competency.  A student may be accepted into the program if he or she satisfies one of the following indicators:
    • Speaks English as his or her official or native language.
    • Graduates from a U.S.-accredited high school.
    • Transfers from or holds a degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or from an English language institution in another country.
    • TOEFL English language proficiency iBT score of 50 or higher or IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

Transfer of Credit

Texas Health and Science University’s bachelor degree is an upper-division program which requires a minimum 60 semester credits for admission into the program.  For students who have credits in subjects offered at THSU which are additional to the 60 semester credits applied toward admission, THSU will consider the award of course credit toward the University’s Bachelor of Science degree according to the following guidelines:

  1. Limitations on the transferability of credits may apply. Credit in the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine Degree may be awarded for past coursework completed at institutions accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or by any other recognized governmental accrediting authority or a regional accrediting agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Student performance in the coursework to be transferred will be evaluated in terms of equivalent subject(s) offered by the University. Coursework to be considered for transfer will have been completed within ten (10) years of the date of application, with applicant receiving a grade of “C” or better.
  2. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must request a transcript review in writing within the first trimester of attendance. Request forms are available from the Registrar.
  3. The entire record of the evaluation and award of transfer credit will be included in the student’s academic file and made an official part of the student’s THSU transcript annotated with “TC” but will not be used to calculate the student’s GPA.  For each credit reviewed and approved for transfer, a fee will apply.
  4. Credits awarded to meet the University’s General Education requirement may not be used for transfer credit.
  5. Up to fifty percent of the courses required in the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine program may be considered for transfer.

Transferring Credits To Other Institutions

The transferability of credits you earn at THSU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.

Curriculum

This program prepares the graduate to work as an Acupuncture Assistant or Clinic Office Manager.  Acupuncture assistants set up the patient in the treatment room, take their vital signs, record their complaints, prepare herbal formulas, pull needles, apply gua sha, do cupping, apply moxibustion, handle front desk duties, do marketing for the clinic, and file insurance claims.  This program also provides a fundamental knowledge base for possible employment in an herbal dispensary or medical office.

The bachelor’s degree program allows students who have completed the general education requirements (totally 60 semester credit hours) at another recognized institution to be admitted and study toward a bachelor’s degree.  The suggested schedule of study may be completed in four trimesters, and all courses are considered upper-division coursework for the bachelor’s degree.  Students must complete all the coursework required for their degree within six trimesters.  Upon completion of the program, students have the option to continue to the master’s degree program in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Curriculum – Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Trimester Course Name Semester Credits Clock Hours
First Trimester
A-1001 Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine 4 60
A-1002 Chinese Terminology and Phonetics 2 30
A-1003 Meridian Theory 2 30
W-1001 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 45
A-1004 Introduction to Point Location 1 15
A-1005 Point Location – Green 3 45
Total First Trimester 15 225
Second Trimester
A-1006 Introduction to TCM Diagnosis 4 60
W-1002 Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History 2 30
A-1007 Point Location – Yellow 4 60
W1003 Anatomy and Physiology II 2 30
H-1001 Introduction to TCM Herbology 1 15
H-1002 TCM Herbology – Yellow 2 30
A-1008 TCM Diagnosis I 2 30
Total Second Trimester 17 255
Third Trimester
A-1009 Qi Exercise 1 15
A-1010 Special Acupuncture Techniques 2 30
A-1011 Five Element Theory and Application 1 15
A-1012 CPR and Other Emergency Techniques 1 15
C-1001 Clinic Observation – Black 3 90
E-1001 Medical Ethics 1 15
H-1003 TCM Herbology – Green 3 45
A-1013 Point Location – Red 1 15
A-1014 TCM Diagnosis II 2 30
Total Third Trimester 15 270
Fourth Trimester
W-2001 Surface Anatomy 2 30
A-2001 Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application 3 45
C-2001 Clinic Observation – White 3 90
E-2001 Marketing and Office Management 3 45
A-2002 Practical Training in Diagnosis 2 30
H-2001 TCM Herbology – Red 3 45
Total Fourth Trimester 16 285
TOTAL   63 1,035

Total Semester Credits for the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree, including minimum 60 semester credits of General Education (accepted upon admission):  123

Course Numbering System

The course number consists of the department designation, academic level, 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.

Graduation Requirements

All candidates for graduation from the bachelor’s degree program must complete their studies within 6 trimesters with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The following minimum requirements must be completed prior to graduation from the Traditional Chinese Medicine program:

Acupuncture and related didactic studies 35 credits
Herbal didactic studies   9 credits
Biomedical didactic studies (western medical science)   9 credits
Clinical training   6 credits
Ethics, Business and Communications didactic studies   4 credits
Total 63 credits

A minimum of 60 credits are required for admission to THSU. Along with the 63-credit degree completion program described above, a total of 123 credits are required to be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Course Descriptions

Acupuncture Courses

A-1001   Fundamental Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This course includes a brief introduction to the historical background and evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This course mainly introduces the theories of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, Zang Fu, Qi, Blood, Body Fluid, Etiology, Pathogenesis, and General Rules of Prevention and Treatment.

4 credits:  Prerequisites: None.

A-1002   Chinese Terminology and Phonetics

This course is an introduction to the Chinese characters and Pinyin words necessary to understand the curriculum, to assure correct pronunciation, and to enable the study of the existing body of Traditional Chinese Medicine literature and available texts.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

A-1003   Meridian Theory

This course covers the basic concept of the meridians, with a focus on the 12 regular meridians and the eight extra meridians.  It will also cover the 12 divergent meridians, 12 muscle regions, 12 cutaneous regions and 15 collaterals.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None.

A-1004   Introduction to Point Location

This is an introductory course in which students will learn the concept, classification and measurement methods of acupoints. Students will also learn the basic concepts of specific acupoints.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None.

A-1005   Point Location – Green

This course is the first of a three-trimester study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This first trimester will focus on the Lung meridian of hand Taiyin, Large Intestine meridian of hand Yangming, Stomach meridian of foot Yangming, Spleen meridian of foot Taiyin, Heart meridian of hand Shaoyin and Small Intestine meridian of hand Taiyang.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

A-1006   Introduction to TCM Diagnosis

This course introduces the classic methods of diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry and palpation. This course also emphasis how to combine the Four Diagnostic Methods to obtain a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the condition of disease.

4 credits, Prerequisites: None.

A-1007   Point Location – Yellow

This course continues the study of the acupuncture points of the 14 meridians and selected extra points. Chinese point names, comparative review of locations based on traditional and modern anatomy, therapeutic indications, treatment methods utilizing acupuncture and moxibustion, and point selection by differential diagnosis of conditions will be discussed for each point. This course will focus on the Urinary Bladder meridian of foot Taiyang, Kidney meridian of foot Shaoyin, Pericardium meridian of hand Jueyin, San Jiao meridian of hand Shaoyang, Gallbladder meridian of foot Shaoyang and Liver meridian of foot Jueyin.

4 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004.

A-1008   TCM Diagnosis I 

This course continues the discussion of the classical methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and focuses on differentiation according to the Eight Principles, Qi, Blood, Phlegm, Stagnation, and the theory of Zang Fu.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006.

A-1009   Qi Exercise

This course includes an introduction to the philosophy and principles of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and application of the relationship of Qi Exercise to health, wellbeing, meditation, self-awareness, relaxation, balance and harmony. Basic Qi Gong and Tai Chi patterns and techniques will be taught.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None. 

A-1010   Special Acupuncture Techniques

These techniques include such needling methods as the filiform needle, cutaneous needle, electrical stimulation, moxibustion, and other methods.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001.

A-1011    Five Element Theory and Application

This is an in-depth discussion of the theory of the Five Elements and their application in diagnosis and treatment. Students will associate points on the channels that correspond to specific elements.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None 

A-1012   CPR and Other Emergency Techniques

Part I (classes 1, 2 and 3) cover the management of emergency situations specific to an acupuncture practice.  Part II (classes 4 and 5) are taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor and will cover the management of heart and breathing emergencies, along with instruction in first aid.

1 credit, Prerequisites: None. 

A-1013   Point Location – Red

Students determine the location of acupuncture points (numbering about 365 major points and 50 extra points) using anatomical landmarks and the proportional body measurement system. Subject matter addressed in this course includes the following channels: Ren, Du, and Extraordinary Points.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1004.

A-1014   TCM Diagnosis II 

This course continues the discussion of the different systems by which TCM differentiates syndromes, with an emphasis on etiology, the eight principles and theory of Zang Fu.  Also includes the theories of wei qi, ying xue, meridians and collaterals, san jiao and six meridians.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  A-1006, A-1008. 

A-2001   Meridian Acupoint Energetics and Application

Focusing on the indications and energetics of the 12 regular meridians, the course also covers the application of points in the treatment of disease. An in-depth discussion of energetic points includes Five Shu, Yuan, Luo, Xi, Shu, Mu, the Eights (confluent and influential), 13 Ghost and emergency aid points applied in the treatment of disease according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1004, A-1005, A-1007, A-1013, A-1014.

A-2002   Practical Training in Diagnosis 

Students will further refine their pulse and tongue diagnosis skills under the assistance and guidance of the instructor.

2 credits, Prerequisites: A-1006, A-1008, A-1014.

Herbology 

H-1001   Introduction to TCM Herbology

This is an introductory course to TCM herbology.  Students will learn the basic herbal theories and build up solid foundations for the three specific herbology courses.

1 credit, Prerequisites: A-1001. 

H-1002   TCM Herbology – Yellow

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of release exterior, clear heat, and drain downward are discussed.

2 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

H-1003   TCM Herbology – Green

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contraindications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs in the functional categories of drain dampness, dispel wind-dampness, transform phlegm, relieve food stagnation, regulate qi and regulate blood.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.

H-2001   TCM Herbology – Red

This course builds upon the introductory course in TCM Herbology, presents various herbs by name, classification, identification, character and taste, meridian routes, dosage, indications, contra-indications, preparation, scientific research and prescription examples.  Chinese herbs to be discussed are from the functional categories of warm interior, tonify, stabilize and bind, calm the spirit, open orifices, extinguish wind, and expel parasites.

3 credits, Prerequisites: H-1001.  

Biomedical Sciences (Western Medical Science)

W-1001   Anatomy and Physiology I

Students study the structures and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  cellular, tissue, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None.

W-1002   Biomedical Concepts, Terminology and Western Medical History

This survey course introduces the historical development of medicine in the West, to familiarize students with the systems of medicine practiced by M.D.’s, D.C.’s, and D.O.’s. Emphasis will be placed on teaching students the use and meaning of terminology and technical vocabularies necessary for professional, inter-disciplinary communications.

2 credits, Prerequisites: None. 

W-1003   Anatomy and Physiology II

Students study the structure and functions of the human body and learn the basic principles of homeostasis in the internal environment.  In this course, basic concepts of metabolism and regulation are applied to the study of the following systems:  endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

2 credits, Prerequisites:  W-1001.

W-2001   Surface Anatomy

This biomedical anatomy course focuses on the superficial features of the body, such as tendons and muscles and bony landmarks, with a view to the identification and use of anatomical landmarks as aids in locating underlying tissues and organs.

2 credits, Prerequisites: W-1001. 

Clinical Training 

C-1001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – Black

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients in a clinic theater setting. This provides students with a clinical context that balances the intensely didactic and theory-oriented first and second year programs.

3 credits, Prerequisite: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003. 

C-2001   Clinic Observation and Evaluation – White

Under the supervision and direction of the instructor, students observe licensed acupuncturists treating patients with complex conditions in a clinical theater setting.  Students will prepare to pass the five-part examination required for promotion to clinic internship.  Students will register for and take the Clean Needle Technique course if they have not already done so.

3 credits, Prerequisites: A-1001, A-1004, A-1006, W-1001, W-1003. 

Ethics, Business and Communications

E-1001    Medical Ethics

This course focuses on the scope of practice of Texas-licensed acupuncturists, with students familiarized with, and discussing, the laws and regulations of the State of Texas regarding the practice of acupuncture, record keeping, and confidentiality requirements.  Students will also discuss various ethical dilemmas encountered by practitioners.

1 credit, Prerequisites:  None.

E-2001    Marketing and Office Management

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of medical office duties that are commonly performed by the administrator or owner of a small clinic.  These duties include such marketing duties as building one’s brand, be it the practitioner himself, or the clinic he wishes to develop, professional networking, internet and social media marketing, and building loyalty and retention within a target market. Also included are office management tasks, such as office communication, medical reception tasks, document production, medical office accounting, billing procedures, appointment scheduling, medical records management, and insurance claims processing. There is a brief introduction to International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD-10) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, bookkeeping and accounting practices.

3 credits, Prerequisites:  None

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Item Amount
Classroom Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $350.00
Clinic Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $510.00
Total Estimated Tuition1 $23,010.00
Four Trimesters is the recommended schedule for this program of study. The Board of Governors reserves the right to raise tuition 4-7% as appropriate.

One Time Fees

Item Amount
U.S. Students – Non Refundable Application Fee $75.00
International Students – Non Refundable Application Fee $150.00
International Students Foreign Transcript Evaluation Fee $200.00
Trimester Deposit (Applicable towards first trimester tuition) $250.00
Transfer Credit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15.00
Herbal Sample Kit $149.00
White Coat Fee $39.00
Graduation Fee $150.00

Recurring Fees

Item Amount
Student Services Fee2 $110.00 per trimester
Textbooks, professional equipment, clinic supplies (estimate) $500.00 per trimester
Payment Plan Fee3 $25.00 per trimester
Fee Includes facility, lab, wifi, library, tutoring, administrative services…ect
The payment plan allows students to divide the total tuition and fees for each trimester into four equal payments.  The first payment is due by the 1st day of class.            The rest of the payments are due the first day of each month afterward. Fees are incorporated into the student’s initial payment. This is the only payment plan                    currently available. Late payments on this plan will incur additional fees.

Late Fees and Penalties

Item Amount
Late Registration Fee4 $25.00
Late Tuition (1-15 days) $25.00
Late Tuition (16-30 days)5 $50.00
Late Fee for Payment Plan6 $25.00
Late Add Fee Per Course7 $25.00
Late Drop Fee Per Course8 $75.00
Late Registration Fee is payable if classes are not registered at least one week before the start of each trimester.
Does not apply to new students.
After 30 days, students will be dismissed from the program unless other arrangements are made with the Registrar or President.
Payable if payment(s) made under the Payment Plan are more than 14 days late.
Payable if course is added after 5 days following the start of the trimester.
Payable if course is dropped after 5 days following the start of the trimester.

Other Fees

Item Amount
Student I.D. Card (replacements) $5.00
Make-Up Examinations (per exam) $50.00
Intern Clinic Treatment Fee-Students $5.00
Duplicate Diploma $25.00
Official Transcripts9 $15.00
Library Fees10 Variable
Transcripts will be provided upon receipt of a signed, written request and a fee of $15.00 each, provided all financial obligations have been met.
10 All fees for late returns, lost books, print and copy services are detailed in the library manual. Fines and penalties must be paid prior to registration.

*** Please Note *** THSU reserves the right to make adjustments to tuition and fees that reflect changes in the cost of living and education, subject to governing board approval.

College of Business Sciences

The educational objectives of the Texas Health and Science University College of Business are to provide the intensive training in healthcare and business administration required for success in today’s global community as an international business leader, entrepreneur, manager, negotiator, vendor, or trader.

Our bachelor’s degree program is designed to prepare students with  the basic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in business and continue their business education at the graduate level. The emphasis of the program is to deliver contemporary best practices in management through the exploration of specific technical business-related disciplines.

Our master’s degree in business administration or business administration with a focus on healthcare management, are designed to equip graduates with the ability to plan, direct and coordinate strategic and operational activities as managers of healthcare companies and public or private-sector healthcare or other organizations.

Our graduates will be prepared to communicate skillfully, effectively, and professionally with healthcare and other industry, business leaders, employees, colleagues, and the public.

Our graduates will have the confidence to find employment in their chosen field of healthcare or business management, including the capability to establish and manage a successful clinic.

We will provide the means whereby our graduates may lead more financially productive lives and have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.

College of Business Programs

College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is becoming one of the most rapidly recognized forms of integrative health care in the United States. One of the first steps in the development of any profession is the standardization of education. To achieve that end, there are three principal national organizations that concern themselves with standardizing education in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and certifying graduates of American acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools.

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) as the specialized and professional accrediting agency for such schools. The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) is a membership organization for schools of acupuncture and oriental medicine.  The CCAOM provides a forum for schools to discuss current issues in the field and to propose improvements in the educational system for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certifies practitioners in acupuncture and herbal proficiency and offers separate certification examinations in Acupuncture with Point Location, Chinese Herbs, Foundations of Oriental Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences.

In the United States, 44 states plus the District of Columbia allow the legal practice of acupuncture, and the various laws and regulations of the different states reflect the diversity of thought within the field. Some states have detailed statutes and codes regulating the practice of acupuncture; in others, statutory language is brief. Some states license or permit the practice of acupuncture alone; others include other forms of Oriental medicine such as herbs, diet and lifestyle counseling, and Oriental exercise. Some states have extensive Western science requirements for the education of practitioners; others have none.

If recent history is any indication, it appears that the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will continue to grow and expand. With the growth and expansion of the profession, it is likely that this pattern of diversity in regulation will continue as states craft legislation to meet the needs of their citizens. There are practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in virtually every state and increasingly their services are included in preferred-provider organizations, third-party payer systems, hospitals and integrated health care clinics.

Texas Health and Science University is affiliated with these three national acupuncture organizations:  The THSU Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is accredited by ACAOM; the University is an active member of CCAOM, and our third year students are eligible to take the NCCAOM examinations for acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The State of Texas has determined that the NCCAOM examinations and certification will serve as one of the requirements for licensure to practice in Texas.  In addition, THSU is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

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  • 由美國教育部或其他英語國家認可的教育機構畢業或轉學生
  • TOEFL (iBT) 61分 或 IELTS 6.0以上
  • 或可申請ESL課程,獲得結業標準TOEFL (iBT) 61分,即可條件式入學
♦ 申請流程 :

提交申請表 —–> 備齊/寄出審核資料 —–> 完成申請手續 
校方審核 —–> 錄取通知單 & $250 學費押金 —–> I-20 寄出 —–> 前往美國在台協會申請簽證 —–> 入學

※開學前21日需完成所有入學申請手續。
※本校一年三季招生:開學月份為1月/ 5月/ 9月。
※申請方式:    Apply Online
※郵寄:
Texas Health and Science University
Admission Office
4005 Manchaca Road, Austin, Texas 78704 U.S.A
※注意事項:

1. 成績單必須由授予學位之學校寄出,並放置於學校信封封口並加蓋學校印章。
2. 成績單上的英文名字必須與護照及入學申請書上相同。
3. 申請人如已有其他碩士學位,必須連同碩士與學士英文畢業證書與英文成績單一起附上。
4. 所有成績單與相關文件都會透過THSU轉交至成績認證教育機構認證。
5. 若沒有收到入學申請書與入學申請手續費,THSU是不會協助成績單的認證。
6. 銀行財力證明可向銀行申請英文財務證明或資助者財務證明,若申請助學貸款者也必須提供英文資助證明文件。

Admissions Process for International Students

All international students fall under the regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. College procedures and regulations for non-U.S. citizens must comply with federal law; hence, admission requirements for international students, including permanent residents, differ from those for United States citizens.

For Information of the Student Visitor and Exchange Program visit the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.

WEBSITE

The following steps may be completed on the website. You may also request a paper application and pay by check or cash.

  1.  Submit the online applicationApply Now
  2.  Submit the non-refundable Application Fee of $150.00 (USD).
  3.  Optional (See step #13 below): Submit the Transcript Evaluation Fee of $200.00 (USD).

EMAIL

The following items may be sent by email to admissions@thsu.edu. They may also be mailed to our school address or faxed.

  1. Submit a Letter of Interest. Explain why you wish to attend THSU and what makes you a good candidate.
  2. Submit 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  3. Submit 1 digital passport photo. See passport photo requirements here.
  4. Submit a photocopy of your passport.
  5. Submit a photocopy of licenses or certificates in the Healing Arts (if applicable).
  6.  Submit a photocopy of all university diplomas in your native language and English translation.
  7. Submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility Form. Click Here

MAIL

The following items must be sent directly to the university by mail.

  1. Submit proof of sufficient financial resources for educational and personal expenses (as shown on the Certification of Financial Responsibility form) in the form of an official bank statement or a proof of funds statement.  An original copyof the financial document must be sent to the university address shown below.
  • Submit official transcripts in both your native language and English translation. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the schools where the coursework was completed to THSU at the address shown below.  
  • Submit a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign (not from the U.S.) academic transcripts (including U.S. equivalency of degree(s) earned, courses taken, grades for each course, and overall GPA).  An official copy of the evaluation must be mailed directly from the evaluation company to THSU.  Students have two options to complete this step.

Option A: Student Submits Transcripts for Evaluation

Transcript evaluations will be accepted from any NACES accredited member. You can find a list of NACES member agencies here. It is highly recommended that students who intend to enter the BSTCM, MSAOM, or DAOM programs submit their transcripts for evaluation to World Education Services (WES) since they will need a WES evaluation in order to take board exams and apply for licensure in the future. See the WES website here.

Option B: THSU Submits Transcripts for Evaluation

Students may elect to have THSU submit their transcripts for evaluation. If you wish for THSU to take care of this step for you, please submit the $200.00 (USD) fee for the evaluation of transcripts, credentials, and other overseas documents.  You can pay the transcript evaluation fee here. Transcripts will not be submitted for evaluation until the admissions office has received the required fee.

  • Mail us an original (not photocopy) TOEFL or IELTS score report. See score requirements for each program below.
    • Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine: TOEFL iBT 50 / IELTS 5.5
    • Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: TOEFL iBT 61 / IELTS 6.0
    • DAOM program: TOEFL iBT 80 / IELTS 6.5
    • MBA programs: TOEFL iBT 61 / IELTS 6.0
    • TOEFL code for Texas Health and Science University: 7680
  • Complete an Interview with the Academic Dean (or other authorized school official).

IF ACCEPTED

Students who are admitted into the university must complete the following steps.

  1. Sign and submit the Registration and Enrollment Agreements by mail, email or fax.
  2. Submit the Tuition Deposit of $250.00 (USD), which will be applied toward the first semester tuition. Pay Here
  3. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. Click Here
  4. Apply for the F-1 VisaClick Here
  5. Complete Financial Aid paperwork (if applicable).

After your F-1 visa is approved, get on an airplane and fly to Austin, Texas!

Email your documents or questions to:

admissions@thsu.edu

Fax your documents to:

512-444-6345

Mail your documents to:

Admissions Office
Texas Health and Science University
4005 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78704

Admission Process For U.S. Citizens

The application for admission and all associated documentation should arrive at the University at least 21 days before the first day of class (see Academic Calendar in this catalog). Applicants are considered on the basis of individual merit, without regard to gender, age, religion, creed, race, ethnic origin or disabling conditions. This policy applies to all matters within the University. Please see the following outline for each step in the admissions process below.

WEBSITE

The following steps may be completed on the website. You may also request a paper application and pay by check or cash.

  1. Submit the online applicationApply Now
  2. Submit the non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00 (USD).

EMAIL

The following items may be sent by email to admissions@thsu.edu. They may also be mailed to our school address or faxed to 512-444-6345.

  1. Submit a Letter of Interest. Explain why you wish to attend THSU and what makes you a good candidate.
  2. Submit 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  3. Submit 1 digital passport photo. See passport photo requirements here.
  4. Submit a photocopy of your driver’s license or birth certificate.
  5. Submit a photocopy of licenses or certificates in the Healing Arts (if applicable).

MAIL

Submit all official academic transcripts. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the schools where the coursework was completed to THSU at the address shown below.

Admissions Office
Texas Health and Science University
4005 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78704

The final step in the admissions process is an interview with the Academic Dean (or other authorized official). Upon admission into the university, students will be required to submit the following items before the semester start date:

  1. Sign and submit the Registration and Enrollment Agreements by mail, email or fax.
  2. Submit the Tuition Deposit of $250.00 (USD), which will be applied toward the first trimester tuition.

Legal Disclosures

Accreditation

Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award master’s and bachelor’s degrees, and certificates. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program of Texas Health and Science University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212/2434, fax 952/657/7068.

The Texas Health and Science University Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program is not accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes. This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Texas Health and Science University is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. However, Texas Health and Science University can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

Texas Health and Science University has demonstrated that it meets the standards set forth in the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and qualifies for an exemption pursuant to Subchapter G, Chapter 61, Texas Education Code and as defined in Chapter 7.3 of Board rules. Texas Health and Science University is authorized to conduct courses, grant degrees, grant credit toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic terms in the State of Texas. Authority for this exemption will continue as long as the institution maintains its accreditation status with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and standards acceptable to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Affiliations

The University is a member of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), head-quartered in Baltimore, MD, and an institutional member of the Texas Association of Acupuncturists (TAOA).

Texas Health and Science University has cooperative arrangements with several sister schools in Asia. These institutions include:

Meiho Institute of Technology in Taiwan (since 2003)
Xinjiang Medical University in China (since 2007)
Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan (since 2010)
Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China (since 2010)
Transworld University in Taiwan (since 2011)
Jiangxi University of T.C.M International Education College (since 2011)
Ming Chuan University in Taiwan (since 2013)
National Peng Hu University of Science and Technology in Taiwan (since 2013)

Under these arrangements, the above-named institutions recognize academic credits earned in the THSU MSAOM program as applicable toward their own equivalent programs of study.

Texas Health and Science University offers Dual Degree programs with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. New and current students can enroll and receive their Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from THSU, and an additional Master of Acupuncture and Tui Na degree from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.

Legal Control and Incorporation

Texas Health and Science University is a domestic for-profit corporation, which is chartered and issued a Certificate of Incorporation by the State of Texas, on February 20, 1990, in the State of Texas, County of Travis, pursuant to the provisions of Article 4.04 of the Texas Business Corporation Act. The name of the corporation is Texas Health and Science University, Inc. The Registered Agent is Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, President and Chief Executive Officer; the Secretary is Paul C.K. Lin.
Catalog and Other Publications
This catalog is designed to provide prospective and current students with comprehensive information on the programs and offerings of Texas Health and Science University, the first acupuncture school in the state of Texas. This catalog is effective as of the date of publication.

The information contained herein is correct as of its date of release and is subject to change without notice when required by applicable laws and regulations. All consumer information is available on our website at https://www.thsu.edu/about-us/gainful-employment/ .

The University reserves the right at any time to change fees, tuition, courses, rules, calendars, curriculum, degree programs, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting the academic progress of the students. Changes will become effective at the time so determined, and the changes will normally apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled. This catalog is not intended to contain, nor does it contain, all regulations that relate to students. The University reserves the right to correct errors that may have occurred in the preparation or printing of this document. Any comments or questions regarding the Catalog should be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assessment, and Research.

Texas Health and Science University distributes a materials to prospective students and provides access to the catalog via the internet. THSU maintains a comprehensive website designed for all students: past, present and future. Our website is located at https://www.thsu.edu . Additionally, the University publishes a Student Handbook, General Shu-Ping Tsao Library – New Student Guide, Clinic Observation & Intern Handbook and Policy Manual, and Crime Awareness and Campus Security (Jeanne Clery Act) Annual Report. These documents contain additional information based on the topic specified and are available from the registrar upon request.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Texas Health and Science University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability, consistent with the Assurance of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as issued and amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

All financial aid at THSU is administered in compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Texas Health and Science University is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate due to age, education, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual preference. Title II of the American Disability Act prohibits discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability.
Equal Access to College Educational Programs
The University provides equal access to all educational programs to every qualified student without regard to educationally-unrelated disabilities. Texas Health and Science University provides reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Disclosure of Educational Records

Information protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 may not be made available to any person without the written authorization of the student except in the following cases: to other school officials, to officials of other schools in which the student intends to enroll, and other persons and agencies identified by the statute. Under FERPA, internal employees may be given access to student information upon having a legitimate educational interest.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Faculty

Dr. Maoyi Cai, M.D. Biomedical Director

Maoyi Cai, M.D., M.S., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM) (Austin and San Antonio Campus)

ACADEMIC DEAN / BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE DIRECTOR/PROFESSOR OF TCM

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM, USA, 2009 – Present
M.D., Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), USA and
Medical Council of Canada (MCC), Canada
Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Fu Dan University (formerly Shanghai Medical University)

Teaching Specialization: Biomedical Sciences and Integrative Medicine

Dr. Maoyi Cai served as a board member of the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta, Canada, from 2003 to 2005. He was also the Dean of Academic Affairs at Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Cai passed the American and Canadian medical licensing examinations, and was certified as an M.D. in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Between 1990 and 1996, Dr. Cai taught a variety of biomedical science courses at colleges and universities in Texas and New Mexico. Dr. Cai practiced medicine, in the Shanghai Medical University, from 1984 to 1990. Dr. Cai joined the faculty of the Texas Health and Science University in January, 2006. Dr. Cai has been the Academic Dean since 2008.

Dr. Haitao Cao, L. Ac., Ph. D.

Haitao Cao, Lic. Ac., Ph.D.
DIRECTOR OF ACUPUNCTURE DEPARTMENT/PROFESSOR OF TCM

Ph.D., Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Internal Medicine, Shaanxi College of TCM
Bachelor’s of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Shaanxi College of TCM

Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture and Herbology

Dr. Cao earned her Master’s degree in 2003 and her Doctorate in 2006. She came to the University in January of 2007 with over ten years of experience as a clinician, instructor, and researcher in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Internal Medicine. She has published original research in journals such as Traditional Chinese Medicine Research and Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine on Digestion, and has edited volumes such as Methodology of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Shaozhi Li

Shaozhi Li, L. Ac., PH.D.
PROFESSOR OF TCM

Ph.D., Hunan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Master Degree of Medicine, Hunan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Doctor of Medicine, Hunan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture and Herbology

A specialist in TCM diagnosis, Li has taught TCM for over 18 years in China, the U.S., and Russia. He served as Deputy Director at Hunan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University, and Associate Chair at Hunan College in China. He has extensive clinical experience and numerous publications to his credit, including:

Chinese Therapeutic Methods of Acupoints, Theories of Chinese Medicine from Traditional to Modern, Teaching and Study of Diagnostics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment in Internal Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Diagnostics, Exercises of Diagnostics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Reference of Dignostics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Diagnosis and Differentiation of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Among Dr. Li’s research papers are:

On Diagnostic method of integrated diseases and symptoms of NanjiangTan Riqiang’s experience of treating fever, Primary observation of sphygmogram in the patients with heart-qi deficiency, and Observation on sphygmogram and cardiac output in coronary heart disease with heart-qi deficiency.

Li has been a faculty member at the University since 2001.

Linying Tan

Lin-ying Tan, Lic.Ac. Ph.D. (Austin and San Antonio Campus)
CLINIC DIRECTOR

Ph.D.,Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
M.M.S., Guang Xi Research Institute of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, China
B.M., Guang Xi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture and Herbology

Dr. Tan has been a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than seventeen (17) years; she has taught professionally for more than eleven (11) years, and has been a practitioner of acupuncture for more than six (6) years.  She loves the culture of TCM and the “amazing magic therapeutic effect of acupuncture and moxibustion.”  As a post graduate student for the doctorate degree, she majored in Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture & Moxibustion and served as Attending Physician of Acupuncture in the clinic  She has also taught basic theory of TCM and the theory and application of acupuncture and moxibustion.  She is the author, principal and/or co-researcher of more than sixteen (16) published research articles and studies.  Dr. Tan became a member of the core faculty of Texas Health and Science University in May of 2012.

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Allison Y Yu, Lic. Ac., M.S.A.O.M. (Austin and San Antonio Campus)

Clinic Supervisor

M.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
M.Ed. in Counseling Education from University of North Texas

Ms. Allison Yu is a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and is nationally recognized as a board-certified Diplomat in oriental medicine by the NCCAOM.  With a background in education, she has been supervising the Student Intern Clinic at THSU and bringing her practical experience to help students with theoretical understanding.  Along with her general practice, she has strong interests in pain management, reproductive and gynecological conditions, and “Shen – Zhi” conditions which include insomnia, depression, anxiety, panic, PTSD, ADHD and weight control.  With over 10 years’  practice as an alternative health care professional, her passion is being a healer by combining a counseling and education background with Chinese medicine methods.  She helps her patients to cultivate a holistic understanding of the influences of body, mind, spirit, and environment, and she provides her patients with whole health treatments.

Dr. Guili Zheng, Herb Director

Guili Zheng, Lic.Ac., Ph.D.

Ph.D., Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology, China
Master of Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Bachelor of Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

Teaching Specialization: Herbology

Dr. Zheng served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor , and Associate Dean at Shandong University of TCM. He is a member of the China National Committee of Chinese Medicinal Formulae, paper reviewer of Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Journal of Shanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to his more than 20 years of teaching, research, and clinical research experience, Dr. Zheng has almost 20 papers and books of TCM published in both Chinese and English. Dr. Zheng joined the faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2001

Kai-109x180Kai-Chang Chan, D.A.O.M., Lic.Ac., M.S.A.O.M. (San Antonio Campus)

D.A.O.M, Texas Health and Science University
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.S., Physical Therapy, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

Dr. Chan comes to the faculty of Texas Health and Science University with a rich heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Born in Taiwan and raised in a family culture committed to the business of Chinese herbs, Kai developed an early interest in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  He earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in Physical Therapy with a specialty in sport medicine and pain management.  After receiving his Physical Therapy License, he has complemented these skills with his interest in the special techniques of cupping and Asian Body Work.  Dr. Chan is a graduate of Texas Health and Science University in the Class of 2013.  He was Valedictorian of his class with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average and Academic Honor.  He teaches in the San Antonio classrooms and works as a Licensed Acupuncturist practitioner in the Clinic.

Roberto Guerrero

Roberto G. Guerrero, D.A.O.M., L.Ac., MAOM (San Antonio Campus)

D.A.O.M, Texas Health and Science University
M.A.O.M., Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas in San Antonio

Teaching Specialization:  Acupuncture

Academic Dean/ Clinical Director

Dr. Guerrero, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, is Owner of Alamo Acucare, a practice located in San Antonio, Texas, which specializes in pain management, chronic conditions, martial arts, and sport related injuries.  He received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, now known as Texas Health and Science University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Dr. Guerrero is Senior Instructor at the Mu Sool Won of San Antonio, Martial Arts Center.  His love and involvement in the martial arts was the main catalyst for his initial interest, and later pursuit, of a career in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He holds a Third degree black belt in Ku Sool Won, and is a Fifth Degree candidate in Mu Sool Won, a Traditional Korean Martial Art.  Dr. Guerrero has finished the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, Texas Health and Science University.

O'Shea 2Sarah Jane O’Shea, Ph.D., M.S.A.O.M

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Missouri at Kansas City
M.S.O.M., Texas Health and Science University

Dr. O’Shea began her professional career as a licensed psychologist in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1982 with a Ph.D. in counseling. She served as a psychological consultant to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Sarah Jane O’Shea was a graduate school instructor in the Webster University School of Nursing in Kansas City. She was also an instructor at St. Edward’s University for seven years teaching courses in family counseling, organizational behavior, human resource development, business administration, practice management and ethics. From 2005 to 2009, Dr, O’Shea worked as an instructor and a clinic supervisor at Texas Health and Science University (formerly Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine). Dr. O’Shea has received diplomas in acupuncture, herbs, and oriental medicine from NCCAOM and has been practicing as a licensed acupuncturist in Texas since 2005. Dr. O’Shea brings her advanced degrees in both counseling and Chinese medicine to the positions of classroom instructor, clinic supervisor, and Dean of Students along with a deep personal commitment to help students with the academic challenges and personal growth opportunities afforded by the degree programs at Texas Health and Sciences University.

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Virginia Hisghman, Ph.D., Lic.Ac

Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA M.S.O.M., Texas Health and Science University, Austin, TX
B.A., University of Texas, Austin, TX
Teaching Specialization: Research Methodology

Dr. Hisghman was awarded an NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowship to the Center for Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the University of Virginia. She wrote the acupuncture section of the UVa’s first NIH funded acupuncture research grant and served as the clinical trial coordinator for the study. Dr. Hisghman is a certified national trainer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and maintains a private practice in Winchester, Virginia.

Phyllis Kung - smallPhyllis Jen Yurn Kung, L.Ac., M.S.A.O.M.

M.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.A., English, Boston College

Ms. Phyllis Kung is a recent graduate of Texas Health and Science University who earned honor and distinction as Valedictorian of her graduating class in 2010. She is also certified in cosmetic acupuncture by Denise Elliger, L.Ac., co-founder of the MeiZen protocol and founder of the Center for Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Her primary focus includes lifestyle improvement acupuncture, including stress management, weight loss, smoking cessation, facial rejuvenation, and sports injury medicine. Ms. Kung currently serves as Secretary of the Texas Association of Acupuncturists.

Tiffany SmithTiffany Smith, Lic.Ac., M.S.A.O.M.

M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
M.S., Microbiology and Immunology, Texas Tech University
B.S., Microbiology, Texas Tech University

Ms. Smith is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a board-certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine.  A graduate of Texas Health and Science University in August 2012, Ms. Smith was the Valedictorian of her class graduating with highest academic honors at the Summer Graduation Ceremony.  She earned her bachelor’ s degree in Microbiology and the Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Texas Tech University.   Prior to pursuing a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Smith spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist, technical writer, and marketing manager.  Smith also has taught at Austin Community College and joined the Faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2013. She teaches courses in Western Biomedical Sciences.  She maintains her own acupuncture practice specializing in pain and stress management, and Internal Medicine.

Charese LanderCharese R. Lande, Licensed Physical Therapist (Austin Campus)

B.S., University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio
B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Lande has worked as a physical therapist for over 30 years in a variety of healthcare practice settings. She has extensive experience providing rehabilitative care to patients with chronic orthopedic, neurological, and mental conditions, and has included pediatric patients in her practice. Ms. Lande has served as Senior Physical Therapist and Acting Interim Co-Director at St. David’s Medical Center, Sports/Ortho Team. She has also delivered outpatient services for injured workers with work conditioning, work-hardening and acute management of injuries in a start-up industrial medicine clinic which interfaced with 400 companies. Ms. Lande currently works in private practice alongside licensed acupuncturists to provide a holistic model of healthcare to address a wide amount of symptoms and issues related to the origins of pain. Ms. Lande teaches integrative clinical skills at Texas Health and Science University.

Aaron RootAaron Root, D.C., D.A.C.N.B., Dipl.Ac., F.A.C.F.N. (San Antonio Campus)

Doctor of Chiropractic, Texas Chiropractic College

Dr. Root has been in practice since 1993, and, in addition to his impressive background in chi-ropractic medicine, has extensive education, training, and experience in a range of TCM and related modalities. A Fellow of American College of Functional Neurology, Dr. Root specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders, pain syndromes, chronic illnesses, and the application of acupuncture and other techniques within the broader context of functional medicine, and is Team Doctor and Consultant for the Cambodian National Volleyball League for the Disabled. Dr. Root’s areas of expertise and interest include functional genomics, nutritional biochemistry, neurology, and endocrinology.

Carol Solesbee, MSAOM, MSA, Lic. Ac.

MBA Instructor

M.S.A.O.M.  Texas Health And Science University
MSA, Central Michigan University
B.S. TCM, Texas Health And Science University
B.S. Computer Information Systems, University of New York / Regents College
Defense Acquisition University, Program Management

Teaching Specialization:  Business

Ms. Solesbee brings her extensive experience in computer systems, contracting, operations, and business management to Texas Health And Science University from the U.S. Army.  Prior to beginning her education in TCM, she worked at the highest levels of the Army as a colonel with specialties in computer information systems, acquisition, software program development, contracting, and operations.  Ms. Solesbee had over 34 years of service with the military including command and life cycle support of over 124 programs with annual execution budget of $374.8M and an annual program budget of $2.306B.  She lead and directed a muti-disciplined government-industry workforce of 4354 civilian military personnel located around the world to support the Department of Defense’s requirements.  Carol is currently working on her national boards to become a L.Ac. and is currently enrolled  in Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialty in pain.

Wenjie Sun, Ph.D.

DAOM DIRECTOR

Ph.D. Community Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Master of Medicine in Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China
M.D. Preventative Medicine, Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China

Teaching Specialization: Community Medicine, Public Health, and Nutrition

Dr. Sun served as physician in residence, assistant professor, epidemiologist and senior research scientist in China. He was a postdoctoral fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center and research associate as well as instructor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health in New Orleans. He is currently a research specialist at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Dr. Sun has co-authored numerous publications in the areas of cancer, psychiatry, social epidemiology, nutrition, infectious diseases and environmental epidemiology.

Affiliated Schools

White House Community Service Honor Roll

White House Honor Roll 2015 THSU Award

Texas Health and Science University, the first and oldest school of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Texas, continues its pioneering role in higher education by becoming the first acupuncture school to be recognized for its commitment to public service by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. THSU is proud of the national recognition that we have received for our commitment to higher education and community service through our providing free and low-cost acupuncture and acu-detox treatments to those in need. In answering the call to serve our community, we have joined the ranks of famous institutions of higher learning such as University of Notre Dame, University of Texas, and The Citadel. THSU is listed here among the Honor Roll members:

White House Community Service Honor Roll

University of Texas at Austin – Community Partnership

University of Texas President Bill Powers with THSU President Lisa Lin and Paul Lin.

Community Partnership Award

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott presents THSU with a Community Partnership Award.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott presents THSU with a Community Partnership Award.

Texas State University

Texas Health and Science University is affiliated with the College of Health Professions of Texas State University.

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University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio Classroom

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THSU is offering courses toward its Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at UIW’s Saidoff Center campus where UIW’s Physical Therapy program is offered. These will be the first acupuncture classes offered in San Antonio and represent collaboration between the two institutions to benefit UIW students preparing for degrees in physical therapy and other medical fields.

According to the signed memorandum of understanding, THSU will offer classes and clinical instruction at 9240 Guilbeau Road, San Antonio, Texas 78250. Students may complete up to 45.6% of the didactic and clinical requirements for the Master’s degree at the San Antonio location and the balance of the curriculum at the main campus in Austin. “I am really proud of our latest accomplishment. We will offer the first acupuncture classes in San Antonio,” says Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, E.M.B.A., President and Chief Executive Officer. President Lin continues, “Our administrative staff has worked hard to reach this new milestone in our strategic initiative to serve a new generation of students in the San Antonio area and to build upon our partnership of collaboration with UIW.”

International Sister Schools

In order to promote the popularization of American higher education, foster academic exchanges between United States institutions, scholars, students, and visitors, as well as encourage international cooperation in the field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Texas Health and Science University has developed formal agreements of cooperation with sister schools in China and Taiwan. The institutions enter into Sister School Relationships voluntarily in order to achieve mutual benefits and opportunities for the respective institutions and their faculty and students; and either institution may terminate the agreement at any time at will with one year’s written notice. The terms and conditions of the agreement include administrative collaboration and control over the academic programs, facilities, faculty, and curriculum, as well as assurance of the English language competency of instructors in the program. The goals and objectives of the program are collaboration in educational programs, clinical practice, and research in order to achieve:

  • Education and Training to mutually recognize Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine courses, curriculum, teaching, and training from both schools;
  • Summer exchange programs and related short-term training programs;
  • Academic exchange visits for students and faculty;
  • Cultural enrichment and education;
  • Language training and communication; and
  • Award appropriate degrees upon successful completion of the combined programs when students complete the requirements for graduation.

Texas Health and Science University has cooperative arrangements with several sister schools in Asia. These institutions include:

  •   Meiho Institute of Technology in Taiwan (since 2003)
  •   Xinjiang Medical University in China (since 2007)
  •   Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan (since 2010)
  •   Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China (since 2010)
  •   Transworld University in Taiwan (since 2011)
  •   Jiangxi University of T.C.M. International Education College (since 2011)
  •   Ming Chuan University (since 2013)
  •   Penghu University (since 2013)
  •   Yuanpei University (since 2013)
  •   Da-Yeh University, Taiwan, R.O.C. (since 2015)
  •   Hwa Hsia University of Technology in Taiwan (since 2015)
  •   Asia University in Taiwan (since 2015)

Texas Health and Science University offers a Dual Degree program with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University . New and current students can enroll in this program and receive their Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree from TCTCM, with an additional Master of Acupuncture & Tui Na degree conferred by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.

Texas Health and Science University has joined the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) to work as an agent of change for improving education, thus enabling Hispanic students to fully participate in a diverse society. AAHHE works collaboratively with all sectors of education, business, industry, as well as community and professional organizations to enhance the educational aspirations and to meet the needs of a significantly increasing Hispanic population.

Facilities

Austin Main Campus

Texas Health and Science University is located at 4005 Manchaca Road, deep in the heart of Austin’s 78704 neighborhood. This trendy creative community is in a beautiful tree-filled area, minutes from downtown. The campus is on one of the city’s major bus routes, making public transportation convenient and accessible to our students. Affordable apartments, rental houses and shopping centers are a short walking distance from the THSU campus, and many students live within a few blocks of the school.

The main campus is housed in a two-story building facing Manchaca Road. The administrative offices are just inside to the right before one enters our relaxation courtyard. The courtyard is lavishly appointed with a 4 tier travertine fountain and marble statuary representing the four seasons. Several koi make their home in the base of the fountain. This area acts as the main hub of the school through which all students pass on their way to classes.

Our main classrooms all have windows overlooking the courtyard and are located on the second floor. The library is located on the first floor at the end of the hallway coming from the courtyard area. The student lockers, mailboxes, lounge and kitchen are located on the second floor.  Lockers are available for students to check out on a per-semester basis at no charge.

San Antonio Branch Campus

Texas Health and Science University has opened a branch campus in San Antonio. Located at 9240 Guilbeau Road, in San Antonio, Texas, 78250, this 3,000 square foot facility is owned and leased to Texas Health and Science University by the University of the Incarnate Word.The premises leased by Texas Health and Science University are divided between clinic treatment space, and administrative offices.

At the University of Incarnate Word Saidoff Center, next door to the THSU clinic and administrative offices, the university has a total of five (5) designated classroom spaces, outfitted with electronic multimedia equipment, including a projector and screen for visual (“PowerPoint”) presentations.  Each of these classrooms has seating capacity for approximately forty (40) students each. WiFi access  is available for students who wish to bring their computers to class.  Morning and afternoon classes are offered during the week. The THSU administrative and instructors’ offices are located in the same building as the clinic to serve the needs of the students.

The THSU Student Clinic encompasses 1,050 square feet of floor space and has plenty of off-street parking spaces.  All areas, inside and out, are protected by electronic security and monitoring systems.  The clinic building has five treatment rooms, one discussion room, one classroom, the campus library, the administrative offices, restrooms, and water fountain/hand-wash sink area.  The herb dispensary contains herbal offerings in pill form, and raw herbs. The facility offers our practitioner-instructors, interns and their patients the highest quality and most modern internship facility available for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, demonstrating once more THSU’s commitment to excellence in all aspects of its Mission and operations. Students also have a the ability to buy their acupuncture supplies on campus.

The UIW library, adjacent to the classrooms, provides additional services to THSU students by allowing them to use the library facilities in the UIW building. The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Saidoff Center Library is available to students attending THSU classes in San Antonio. THSU students have full library privileges to the library. The UIW Saidoff Center Library is approximately 2,000 square feet.  It contains 10 tables, 10 study carrels, 6 chairs with laptop tables attached to them, and 31 stand-alone chairs for the tables, study carrels, and computer desks.  Six computers have guest access logins which THSU students may access.  Three of the computers have handicap accessible desks.  Equipment includes one book scanner and a printer that THSU students can use to scan documents and email to their email.  The UIW Saidoff Center is the home to UIW’s physical therapy program, and their library staff has developed their print and electronic collection on subjects pertinent to that program, focusing on biomedical materials.

General Shu-Ping Tsao Library

The General Shu-Ping Tsao library was dedicated in April of 2003, and is housed in the rear of the building. The library has more than 5000 volumes comprised of three main areas of interest. Our Chinese language collection houses over 900 titles in Chinese plus an exclusive collection of notes and journals. The English language collection is restricted to topics germane to our students, such as medicine, science, and business. Its subjects include: acupuncture, oriental medicine, herbology, biomedicine, psychology, western medicine and business. The third area of the library is the research area. Our research resources include several print journals covering western medicine, alternative health and acupuncture, as well as additional electronic resources.

In January of 2012, the library upgraded its database access. The new service allows students and faculty to access over 700 e-books and almost 1100 medical journals with back issues for most journals as far back as 1995.  Search results are not limited to the contents of our subscription but also include results from multiple other databases. All results provide at least the index and abstracts of the articles. Students are allowed to access this resource from either the campus directly or from the comfort of their own study facilities. There are two student computer labs: one intended for casual use, homework and email on the second floor, and a second lab with additional research resources located inside the library. High speed wireless internet services are available throughout the campus for student use.

Students are required to attend a library orientation at the start of the program and are provided with a handbook detailing the library services at that time.  Students may use the library computers for homework and printing. Copying and scanning services are also available. The General Shu-Ping Tsao Library is a member of the National Libraries of Medicine and is able to share resources with other member libraries as well as with the J.E. and L.E. Maybee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

THSU Student Clinics

THSU offers its students practical hands on experience in providing acupuncture treatments and receiving treatments through its student intern clinic. Housed with the Austin Acupuncture Clinic at 1707 Fortview Road, our student interns have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in a professional setting under the supervision of licensed acupuncturists who serve as clinic supervisors. Additionally students are encouraged to receive treatments at a greatly reduced cost should they need care.

The 5,000 square foot clinic is convenient to the university, allowing students to walk to and from the main campus. There are 15 spacious treatment rooms, an intern discussion room, bookstore and a fully stocked herbal dispensary. Our dispensary carries over 500 different kinds of raw herbs, patent pills and granular extracts from the TCM herbal pharmacopoeia.

The THSU Student Intern Clinic shares its facility with Austin Acupuncture Clinic (AAC), a professional acupuncture services clinic which provides a location for our faculty to practice their profession.  AAC reserves 7 of the treatment rooms for its use and maintains separate check in and accounting systems.

In San Antonio, the student intern clinic shares its facility with the Acupuncture Health Clinic which also serves as a professional acupuncture clinic for San Antonio faculty to practice their profession. However, Acupuncture Health Clinic maintains separate patient files and separate accounting systems from the student intern clinic.

Board of Governors

Texas Health and Science University

Board Of Governors

Louis J. Agnese, Jr., Ph.D., Chair of the Board
Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Pittsburgh
Education Specialist Degree in Supervision of Counseling Services; Master of Education in Counseling, Gannon University (Erie, PA)
Bachelor of Arts, History and Psychology, Saint Mary of the Plains College (Dodge City, KS)

Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., has been president of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio since 1985, when he became one of the youngest presidents of a four-year institution of higher learning in the United States. Prior to Incarnate Word, he was a vice president at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he served as spokesman for the college’s institutional needs, in addition to sharing responsibility for policy, long-range planning, budget and personnel. Dr. Agnese is the recipient of numerous professional and civic honors. He was recognized for his many contributions to higher education in San Antonio when he was chosen as the recipient of the Ford Salute to Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. His other honors include being named one of five Outstanding Young Americans as well as one of ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 1989. The American Marketing Association also honored Dr. Agnese in 1989 by naming him the Marketing Person of the Year. He received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1996. In addition, he was named Hispanic Educator of the Year in 1996, and is a recipient of the Gold Medal in the President and Public Category of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2000 he was named the Outstanding Leader in Catholic Education by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. In that year he was also the recipient of the International Leadership Award from the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. A past board member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Dr. Agnese also is a former chairman of the Partnership for Hope, a Rockefeller Foundation poverty project. He has served as chairman of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and as vice chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio. Dr. Agnese currently is a board member of Adelante!-U.S. Education Leadership Fund, and serves on the executive committee of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. A native of New York City, Dr. Agnese is married and has two grown children. Dr. Agnese holds the Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has a Master of Education in Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Supervision of Counseling Services, both from Gannon University in Erie, PA. He also has a Bachelor of Art in History and Psychology from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS.

 

Yusheng Feng, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of the Board
Ph.D., Computational Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma
Master of Applied Mathematics, University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Science, Tsinghua University (China)

Dr. Feng is a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at UT San Antonio, and the Director and co-founder of NSF-Sponsored Center for Simulation Visualization and Real-Time Prediction (SiViRT), which manages UTSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab (VizLab). He is also a core faculty member of joint Biomedical Graduate Program of UT San Antonio and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was appointed as an adjunct professor of Biomedical Department at the University of Colorado at Denver and adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His research areas are in computational bioengineering and biomedicine, bioheat transfer, and image-guided laser surgical simulation and real-time control. He is currently working on the mixture theory as a unified mathematical framework to solve biological problems such as tumor growth, wound healing, and cell migration and nano-particle mediated thermotherapeutic treatment simulation. Dr. Feng is also working on haptics-enabled visualization for surgical simulation and training that potentially can be used in medical education and practice such as realistic surgical rehearsal, regular and emergency medical training for head and neck, cardiothoracic and laparoscopic surgeries. Dr. Feng has been working on the area of innovative medical device design since 2008. Prof. Feng received his Ph.D. in computational mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has two master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. Dr. Feng is a recipient of highly competitive NIH K25 career award for his work on integrative modeling of image-guided cancer treatment simulation. Teaming with his colleagues in UT San Antonio, he has brought multi-million-dollar grants in research and establishing infrastructure of high-performance computing and advanced visualization. He was awarded the Excellence of Research Award in 2012, and named as the Innovator of the Year in 2013 at UT San Antonio.

 

Luke Liou, M.S., Secretary of the Board
Master of Science, Metallurgical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology (Taiwan)

Mr. Liou began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer in Taiwan and then immigrated to the United States and earned a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering at University of Wisconsin while serving as a Research Assistant for the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Upon relocating to Austin, Texas, in 1985, he served as a technical translator for a foreign language studio before being hired by one of Austin’s major high-tech firms as an engineer.  Following a long and distinguished career as a central engineer with new product/material introduction responsibilities and later as quality assurance engineer, he retired as a senior staff engineer to provide more time for his community service and civic commitments, and to establish his own business which provides commercial and residential services in plumbing, electrical, air conditioning/heating, automotive, and appliances.   Mr. Liou currently serves as a missionary in the local Chinese-American community.

 

Paul C. K. Lin, L.Ac., M.A.
Master of Arts, Chinese Culture University (Taiwan)
Bachelor of Arts, Taiwan National University (Taiwan)

Mr. Lin, along with his wife President Lisa Lin, are the proud founders of Texas Health and Science University, established in 1990, as Texas Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Mr. Lin received his early education in Taiwan where he served as a fellow of the Research Institute of Acupuncture at China Academy, Taipei, and as an instructor and fellow of research at the Chinese Culture University.  He traveled to the United States through a teacher exchange program and lectured at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.  Following the historic trip to China in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, which introduced acupuncture to the American audience, Mr. Lin was able to apply his knowledge through clinical practice in the United States and ultimately led him to pursue the establishment of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a professional career path in the U.S.  Mr. Lin has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Texas since 1974, and was a pioneer in the successful efforts to pass acupuncture practice legislation in the State of Texas.  He was the founding academic dean of Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and served in that position until 2005.  He currently serves as Director of Development, Facilities, and Operations for the University and represents the interests of the founders on the Board of Governors.

 

Wen Huei Chen, M.S., M.Ed.
Bachelor of Education, National Taiwan Normal University
Master of Educational Leadership, Barry University
Master of Human Performance and Health Promotion, University of New Orleans

Mr. Chen holds masters degrees in Educational Leadership and in Human Performance and Health Promotion, and brings to the Board many years’experience as a businessman and consultant to a number of higher education institutions. Currently serving as Director of the Board of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, and on the Board of American First Bank in Houston, TX, Mr. Chen combines higher education leadership with business acumen and an emphasis on organizational and personal success and achievement.

Accredidation

Accreditation

Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award master’s and bachelor’s degrees, and certificates. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program of Texas Health and Science University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212/2434, fax 952/657/7068.

The Texas Health and Science University Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program is not accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes. This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Texas Health and Science University is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program. However, Texas Health and Science University can provide no assurance that candidacy or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.

The THSU DAOM program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Texas Health and Science University is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program.  The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation and pre-accreditation (“Candidacy”) throughout the United States of first-professional master’s degree and professional master’s-level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and professional post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine (DAOM), as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture and Oriental medicine that offer such programs.

While the THSU DAOM is approved through ACICS, the Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation only recognizes ACICS’ scope of accreditation through the Master’s degree level.  This program is eligible for ACAOM accreditation and Texas Health and Science University is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM candidacy/accreditation for the program.

Texas Health and Science University has demonstrated that it meets the standards set forth in the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and qualifies for an exemption pursuant to Subchapter G, Chapter 61, Texas Education Code and as defined in Chapter 7.3 of Board rules. Texas Health and Science University is authorized to conduct courses, grant degrees, grant credit toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic terms in the State of Texas. Authority for this exemption will continue as long as the institution maintains its accreditation status with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and standards acceptable to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Our Mission

The Mission of Texas Health and Science University, the oldest institution of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Texas is:

To educate a new generation of leaders for the global community in the professions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Business with a concentration in Healthcare Management, and to contribute to the global economy with their leadership, business acumen, English language competency, and professional skills;

To equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s competitive business environment; and for students of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to integrate this business knowledge and skills with training in the clinical therapies and applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the purpose of enhancing quality of life and community.

 

 

Message from President Lisa Lin

School President Lisa LinGreetings,

In January of 2013, Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine announced the change of its name to Texas Health and Science University. Our name change represented another giant step to advance the school’s global efforts and strategic initiatives and position the new university to educate a new generation of leaders in the professions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Business.

For over 25 years, our school has been on the forefront of various efforts to establish high standards for the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Texas and throughout the United States. I am proud to have been a leader in the successful efforts to pass acupuncture legislation in the State of Texas, and to have served as the first Chair of the Education Committee of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, appointed to the committee by then-governor Ann Richards, in 1993. I have even been called a pioneer!

Texas Health and Science University is proud to be on the forefront today of legislative efforts to continue to advance the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the State of Texas. The new university is committed to confronting the academic challenges and addressing the urgent needs of the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the 21st century. Thus, our mission today is based on the disciplines of acupuncture and business, the essential twin pillars of healthcare management for the 21st century global community.

A new generation of pioneers is needed for the 21st century. The administration, faculty, and student body of Texas Health and Science University cordially invite YOU to become a part of our university family.

Come and join us as pioneers in the 21st century global community!

Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, L.Ac., EMBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Texas Health and Science University

Our History

History of Texas Health and Science University

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Texas Health and Science University was founded as the Texas Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1990 by Lisa and Paul Lin. It was the first school in Texas approved by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to provide instruction in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and became a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1994, and was first accredited in 1996. The University has continually maintained its accreditation since that time.

In 1997, the school was granted authority by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree and changed its name to Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In April 2005, the College was granted a Certificate of Authority by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The start of 2011 brought many changes to the institution.  Not only did it celebrate its 20th anniversary under the same leadership that it had started with but it was also able to expand its degree offerings.  In April of 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted a Certificate of Authority to Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to award the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree with a major in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Additionally, Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine was chosen by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University to be the first institution in the United States offering a Dual Degree program.

In December 2012, the college received an initial grant of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), in addition to its ACAOM accreditation.  Then, in January 2013 the institution changed its name to Texas Health and Science University.  These changes reflect the broadened mission of the University, which allows for additional programs, such as the new Master of Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management programs.  The University’s mission and curricula reflect an emphasis in enabling its graduates to have successful professional careers in the United States or global community.

The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of the University has been carefully constructed to ensure that our graduates receive the highest quality education possible; that they are fully eligible upon graduation to apply for an acupuncture license in Texas; that with appropriate preparation they will pass the licensing examination; and that they will have every opportunity to be personally and financially successful as practitioners. Those students electing to pursue the dual degree will find their careers further enhanced with the ability to practice acupuncture on a global level.