>   FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts annually in January and meets quarterly for a period of 18 months. Quarterly immersion weekends take place from Friday-Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00pm and are conducted in Olympia WA.

What is included in the course?

The primary focus of the course is on TCM theory and the use of theory to select and perform acupuncture therapy. There is an emphasis on hands on practicums and review of essential theories, diagnostics and practice management. On line presentations between the immersion weekends will consist of a variety of learning tools including video, lectures, forums and reading assignments. On line consultations by appointments will also be available to students throughout the program and after graduation.

What if I live out of state?

In November 2017, the State of Washington, Department of Health, Nursing Quality Assurance Board approved the inclusion of medical acupuncture for Nurse Practitioners with 300 hours of training. If you are enrolling from another state, we advise you to check with your state board of nursing to ensure medical acupuncture is allowed and the criteria are the same.

>   Course Syllabus

ACUPUNCTURE & INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE INSTITUTE LLC.

Acupuncture Training: Course Syllabus

Winter, 2023

Course Number: 005

Course Title: Acupuncture Training Program

Class Meetings

Classroom instruction: Friday-Saturday-Sunday 09:00 am – 6:00 pm

Course Dates:

January 27, 28, 29, 2023

April 21, 22, 23, 2023

July 14, 15, 16, 2023

October 13, 14, 15 2023

January 06, 07, 08, 2024

April  06, 07, 08, 2024

Location: Acacia Acupuncture

Address: 1800 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Bldg. 15, Olympia, WA

Tel: 360-539-5222

Prerequisites: Nurse Practitioner

 

  1. Course Description

This course explores the concepts and theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how to apply them in the clinical practice. After completion of the program students will have proficiency in using TCM theory to diagnose and treat medical conditions using the appropriate selection of acupuncture points and therapies to support an integrative approach to cares. It also provides training in additional acupuncture therapies and other techniques used in treatment. The focus of instructions will focus on proficiency in hands on skills to include acupuncture, tuina, electro-acupuncture, auricular, laser therapy, cupping, and Roduraku analysis and other integrative practices that facilitate and promote wellness, restoration of health, and the management of chronic and acute conditions in adults using an integrative approach to care. Strategies include nutrition, movement, mind body approaches, spirituality, complementary and alternative modalities and botanicals. Ultimately providing an expanded template for nurse practitioners to incorporate integrative health principles into their practices.  

 

  1. Course Outcomes

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

 

  1. Examine and demonstrate the theories and application of TCM; basic concepts and theories that provide the basis of point selection, promote health and well-being in patients.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of acupuncture treatment and other TCM therapies.
  3. Examine the legal, safety and ethical issues of an integrative health practice, strategies for effective collaboration with diverse healthcare disciplines to meet the needs of patients with various health concerns.
  4. Review evidence-based studies to support the use of acupuncture and integrative approaches to promote health and well-being and manage health conditions.

 

  • Instructional Resources

 

Machiocia, G. (2015), The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: 3rd Ed. A Comprehensive Text, New York, N.Y. Elsevier.

Machiocia, G. (2007), The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2nd Ed. New York N.Y. Churchill, Livingston

Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M.  (2007). A Manual of Acupuncture, 2nd Ed. Vista, CA, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication

Calhoun, DC. (2019) Acupuncture Techniques 101: Safety, CNT, and Needling Techniques, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,

Calhoun, DC (2019), Acupuncture Techniques 102: Moxibustion, Three-edged Needle, Cutaneous Needle Therapy, Gua Sha, Cupping and Electroacupuncture, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,

The Manual of Acupuncture is also available as an App at http://amanualofacupuncture.com/

which is recommended.

Maciocia, G. (1995). Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. Philadelphia, PA. Eastland Press

Flaws, B. (2012). The Secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, 3rd Ed. Portland, OR, NY. Blue Poppy Enterprises.

Hao, JJ, Hao, LL. Wolfe, HL (2011) Chinese Scalp Acupuncture, Portland, OR. Blue Poppy Press

Video

Dr. Paul Lam: Tai Chi for Beginners Begin your journey to better health with Six Easy Steps and/or

Dr Paul Lam:  Tai Chi for Life: Gentle Exercises for Seniors and Beginners

See additional book list for recommended text

 

  1. Evaluation Methods

 

In order to receive accreditation from the course, participants are required to complete the following:

 

Attendance of all Immersion Weekends

Successful completion of practicum and module test.

Participation in on-line modules and reading assignments.

Completion of 100 hours of clinical observation with a Licensed Acupuncturist.

 

  1. Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (AIM) Institute’s Code of Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is openness and honesty in all scholarly endeavors.  AIM Institute is a scholarly community dedicated to the discovery, investigation, and dissemination of truth, and to the development of the whole person.  Membership in this community is a privilege, requiring each person to practice academic integrity at its highest level, while expecting and promoting the same in others.  Breaches of academic integrity will not be tolerated and will be addressed by the community with all due gravity.

 

  1. Accommodation & Emergency Information

If you have a disability and require an accommodation to fully participate in this class, contact the Program Director before the start of class or as soon as possible (360-349-7882), email: aiminst18@gmail.com, web:  https://aiminst.org, . 

If you have an emergency before or during the program that would prevent you from participating or completing the program or at any time during the program please let the director or any instructor know so that we can insure any medical or administrative needs are met. 

 

  • Technology Usage

Cell phones, computers, cameras, or other electronic devices may not be used in the classroom or clinical setting unless their use is directly related to learning in the course or clinical setting, and only with instructor permission.

  • AIM Institute Conduct Policy

AIM Institute recognizes the nature and challenges of learning a new conceptual model. What makes AIMI unique is the integration of clinical practitioners who clinically participate in different forms of medicine. Therefore, we ask that students respect and learn from each other, extending the professional courtesies expected of medical professionals. It is the policy of AIMI to insure all students feel respected and safe and have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable and safe environment regardless of sex, gender or profession. If you have any concerns regarding the conduct of others or any instructor, please notify the director immediately. Also be aware that for students that display any form of behavior contradictory to the institutes policies, the institute reserves the right to dis-enroll the student and the tuition will be non-refundable.

  1. Schedule of Topics

See course schedule

 

For more information contact:

Contact Information:

 

Dr. Fujio McPherson, DAOM, ARNP, EAMP. Dipl. Ac.

Office #, 360-349-7882,

email address: aiminst18@gmail.com

website: https://aiminst.org

 

Office Hours: By Appointments

>   Course Curriculum

Module 1: January

Resource:

Maciocia, G, 2015, the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Third Edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M, Baker, K. 2001, A Manual of Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication, East Sussex, England. Or download manual of acupuncture app. http://amanualofacupuncture.com/ on Android or IOS (recommended).

Calhoun, DC. (2019) Acupuncture Techniques 101: Safety, CNT, and Needling Techniques, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,

Friday 6.5

 

0900-0930   Introduction to TCM

 

0930-1130  Concepts of Healing

 

1300- 1500  Concepts of Disease

Part 3: Causes of Disease. P 247-294

1500 – 1700  Transformation of Qi                                         

Chapter 4: Transformation of Qi. P 75-89

Saturday 6

 

0900-1100 Awareness and Perception

 

1300-1700 TCM Theory I: Yin-Yang, 5-Elements, Vital Substances

Part 1: General Theory: Chapter 1-4. P 1-45

Sunday 7.25

 

0900-1100 Yin organ Interaction

 

1100-1200 Introduction to Channel theory: Functions of Internal Organs.

Chapter 5: The Functions of the internal Organs. P 97-103

1300-1500 Channel Function: Lung/Large Intestine, Spleen/Stomach

Chapter 8 Functions of the lungs p-129-141

Chapter 15 Functions of the Large Intestine p 205-206

Chapter 9  Functions of the Spleen p-143-151

Chapter 13 Functions of the Stomach p193-197

1500-1700 Technique I: location, CNT, Needling, Risk,

CNT Manual Review

1700 – 1715 Online Evaluation

 

Module 1 Online Module

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (power point)

Motivational Interviewing (power point)

Review CNT manual

Calhoun, DC. (2019) Acupuncture Techniques 101: Safety, CNT, and Needling Techniques, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,

 

Manual of Acupuncture (introduction and chapter(s) specific to Lung/Large Intestine, Stomach and Spleen Channel (with emphasis on proper point location, and needle angle

 Review Section 2: Function of the Points:

Chapter 54 Lung channel p 941-958

Chapter 55 Large Intestine Channel p 961-970

Chapter 56 Stomach Channel p 973-991

Chapter 57 Spleen Channel p 995-1005

19.75 CNE for Live Module 1

46.25 CNE for Online Module 1

46 hours online module + 15 minutes online evaluation

 

Module II: April

Resource:

Maciocia, G, 2015, the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Third Edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M, Baker, K. 2001, A Manual of Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication, East Sussex, England. Or download manual of acupuncture app. http://amanualofacupuncture.com/ on Android or IOS (recommended).

Calhoun, DC (2019), Acupuncture Techniques 102: Moxibustion, Three-edged Needle, Cutaneous Needle Therapy, Gua Sha, Cupping and Electroacupuncture, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,

 

Friday 8

 

0900-0930 Module Update

 

0930-1130 Exam and Hands on Practicum – Lung/Large Intestine, Spleen/Stomach channels, with Review of CNT

 

1230-1800 TCM Pathology

Part 5: Pathology Chapter 27, Chapter 28 Chapter 29 p 401-432

Saturday 8

 

0900-1000 Introduction to Patterns

Section 1 p 448

1000-1100 Patterns according to the 8-Principles

Chapter 30 p 451-465

1300-1400 Patterns according to Qi, Blood, Body Fluids

Chapter 31 p 469-476

1400-1500 Patterns according to Pathogenic Factors

Chapter 43 p 725-745

1500-1600 Patterns Lung channel

Chapter 35 p 571-594

1600 – 1700 Patterns Large Intestine channel

Chapter 40 p 687-697

1700-1800 Patterns Spleen channel

Chapter 36 p 597-612

1800 – 1900 Patterns Stomach channel

Chapter 38 p 651-672

Sunday 7.25

 

0900-1100 Diagnosis I: Observation, Interrogation, Palpitation, Hearing and Smelling

Part 4: Chapter 23, Chapter 24, Chapter 25, Chapter 26 p 297-399

1200-1700 Channel Functions: Heart/Small Intestine, Pericardium/Triple Heater

Chapter 6 107-115

Chapter 14 201-202

Chapter 11 169-172

Chapter 18 219-229

1700 – 1715 Online Evaluation

 

Module II Online Module

 

Introduction to Integrative Health and Medicine (power point).

Techniques II: Tuina, Guasha, Moxa, Cupping, Electrotherapy, Auricular therapy,
TDP, Bleeding, Scalp and 7 Star.

Calhoun, DC (2019), Acupuncture Techniques 102: Moxibustion, Three-edged Needle, Cutaneous Needle Therapy, Gua Sha, Cupping and Electroacupuncture, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,

 

Review Section 2: Function of the Points

Chapter 58 – Heart Channel

Chapter 59 – Small Intestine Channel

Chapter 62 – Pericardium Channel

Chapter 63 – Triple Burner Channel

Chapter 52 and Chapter 53:  Introduction to Eight Extraordinary Vessels 867-936

23.25 CNE for live module 2

42.25 CNE for online module 2

42 hours online module + 15 minutes online evaluation

 

Module III: July

Resource:

Maciocia, G, 2015, the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Third Edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M, Baker, K. 2001, A Manual of Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication, East Sussex, England. Or download manual of acupuncture app. http://amanualofacupuncture.com/ on Android or IOS (recommended).

Friday 6.5

 

0900-0930 Module update

 

0930-1130 Exam and Hands on Practicum: Heart/Small Intestine, Pericardium/Triple Heater with review of Tongue/Pulse Diagnosis

 

1230-1330 Challenges of TCM Diagnosis

 

1330-1530 Channel Function: Liver/Gall Bladder, Kidney/Urinary Bladder

Review Section 2 Function of Points

Chapter 7 – p 117-126

Chapter 16 p 209-211

Chapter 10 p 155-165

Chapter 17 p 215-216

1530-1630 Functions of the Six Extraordinary Yang Organs: uterus, bladder, brain, marrow, bones, blood vessels, gall bladder, four seas

Chapter 19: p 235-243

Saturday 7

 

0900-1100 Introduction to Extraordinary Vessel Theory

 

1200-1500 Extraordinary Vessel diagnosis and treatment

Chapter 48: Identification of patterns according to the eight extraordinary vessels.

1500-1700 Extraordinary Vessel (ICP) practicum

 

Sunday 7.25

 

0900-1000 Patterns of Heart channel

Chapter 32 p 489-513

1000-1100 Patterns of Small Intestine channel

Chapter 39 p 677-684

1100-1200 Patterns Pericardium channel

Chapter 33 p 515-524

1300-1700 Techniques: Practicum Review: Moxa, Cupping, Electrotherapy, TDP and 7 Star therapy

 

1700 – 1715 Online Evaluation

 

Module III Online Module

 

Review of EV treatments using notes from class and review of chapter 48

Review Section 2: Function of the Points

Chapter 65 – Liver Channel

Chapter 64 – Gall Bladder Channel

Chapter 61 – Kidney Channel

Chapter 60 – Urinary Bladder Channel

20.75 CNE for Live Module 3

34.25 CNE for Online Module 3

34 hours online module + 15 minutes online evaluation

 

Module IV October

Resource:

Maciocia, G, 2015, the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Third Edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M, Baker, K. 2001, A Manual of Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication, East Sussex, England. Or download manual of acupuncture app. http://amanualofacupuncture.com/ on Android or IOS (recommended).

Friday 6.5

 

0900-0930 Module update

 

0930-1130 Exam and Hands on Practicum: Liver/Gall Bladder, Kidney/Urinary Bladder with review of Tongue/Pulse Diagnosis

 

1230-1330 Review of Extraordinary Vessels.

 

1330-1430 Patterns According to Six Stages

Section 3

Chapter 44 p 751-762

1430-1530 Patterns According to Four Levels

Chapter 45 p 765-781

1530-1630 Patterns According to the Three Burners

Chapter 46 p 787-790

Saturday 7

 

0900-1000 Patterns According to the 12 Channels

Chapter 47 p 795-807

1000-1100 Patterns According to the 8 EV

Chapter 48 p 807 – 818

1100-1200 Patterns According to the 5 Elements

Chapter 49 p 821-823

1300- 1400 Principles of Treatment

Part 8
Chapter 69 p 1170-1189

1400-1500 Categories of Points

Section 1

Chapter 50 p 830-843

1500-1600 Functions of Specific Categories of Points

Chapter 51 p 846-865

1600-1700 Principles of Combination of Points           

Chapter 70 p 1191-1207

Sunday 7.25

 

0900-1000 Patterns of Liver channel

Chapter 34 p-529-559

1000-1100 Patterns of Gall Bladder

Chapter 41 p 703-710

1100-1200 Patterns of Kidney

Chapter 37 p 621-640

1300-1400 Patterns of Urinary Bladder

Chapter 42 p 713-718

1400-1700 Integrative Medicine: the relevance of TCM in allopathic practice

 

1700 – 1715 Online Evaluation

 

Module IV Online Module

 

Introduction to Tai Chi

Video: 3hrs

 

Review Section 2: Function of the Points (3 hours)

Chapter 66 Directing Vessel (Ren Mai)

Chapter 67 Governing Vessel (Du Mai)

Chapter 68 Extra Points

Categories of Points

Section 1 (4 hr)

Chapter 50 p 830-843

Functions of Specific Categories of Points  

Chapter 51 p 846-865

Principles of Combination of Points

Chapter 70 p 1191-1207

 

Maciocia, G, 2008, The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The treatment of diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, second edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y. (5 hours)

Enuresis and Urinary Incontinence Chapter 32

Urinary Retention Chapter 33

Interstitial cystitis Chapter  34

Epigastric Pain   Chapter 22

20.75 CNE for Live Module 4

15.25 CNE for Online Module 4

15 hours online module + 15 minutes online evaluation

 

Module V January

Resource:

Maciocia, G, 2015, the Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Third Edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M, Baker, K. 2001, A Manual of Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication, East Sussex, England. Or download manual of acupuncture app. http://amanualofacupuncture.com/ on Android or IOS (recommended).

For Therapeutic lectures refer to:

Maciocia, G, 2008, The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The treatment of diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, second edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Friday 8.5

 

0900-0930 Module Update.

 

0930-1130 Exam and Hands on Practicum: Ren, Dai, and Extra Points

 

1230-1330 Etiology of Pain

 

1330-1630 Therapeutics: Pain Management

Low Back Pain Chapter 39

Joint Pain (Bi syndrome) Chapter 38

1630-1830 Therapeutics: Men’s Health

Erectile Dysfunction   Chapter 47

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Chapter 35

Saturday 7

 

0900-1200 Technique: Auricular, and Battlefield Acupuncture

 

 

Oleson T (2013) Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western System for Ear Acupuncture, 4th ed. NY, Churchills Livingston. (recommended)

Note that earlier editions offer a spiral edition less cost. 

 

1300-1500 Auricular Practice

 

1500-1700 Therapeutics: Endocrine and Internal Medicine

Fatigue                       Chapter 20

 

Sunday 8.25

 

0900-1100 Introduction to Tuina

Aspell, R. (2019). The Practice of Tui Na. London, UK, Singing Dragon-Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Recommended

1200-1400 Tuina therapeutics and treatment

 

1400-1500 Tuina practicum

 

1500-1800 Therapeutics: Women’s/OB-GYN Health

Cystitis Chapter 34

 

1800 – 1815 Online evaluation

 

Module V Online Module

 

Scalp Acupuncture

Hao, JJ, Hao, LL. Wolfe, HL (2011) Chinese Scalp Acupuncture, Portland, OR. Blue Poppy Press (4 hours)

 

Tai Chi and Meditation (video Dr. Paul Lam: Tai Chi for Beginners Begin your journey to better health with Six Easy Steps and/or (2 hrs)

Dr Paul Lam:  Tai Chi for Life: Gentle Exercises for Seniors and Beginners (2 hrs)

 

 

ENT disorders:

Headache-              Chapter 1

Dizziness                    Chapter 2,

Breathlessness          Chapter 3

Wheezing.                 Chapter 4

Allergic Asthma.       Chapter 5

Allergic Rhinitis         Chapter 6

Sinusitis                      Chapter 7

Cough                      Chapter 8

Pain disorders: Fibromyalgia Chapter 40 (+ pp)

Endocrine disorders:

Thyroid disorders  (hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism).          Chapter 18

Hypertension                 Chapter 19

Chest Painful Obstruction Syndrome Chapter 21

1.5 hours per chapter review

 

23.75 CNE for Live Module 4

27.75 CNE for Online Module 4

27.5 hours online module + 15 minutes online evaluation

 

Module VI April

Resource:

Maciocia, G, 2008, The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The treatment of diseases with
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, second edition, Elsevier, New York, N.Y.

Module VI Online Module

 

Tinnitus chapter 17

Chronic fatigue chapter 41

Parkinson chapter 42

Wind stroke – chapter 43

Atrophy syndrome chapter 44

Multiple sclerosis chapter 45

Bleeding chapter 46

Colds and influenza chapter 48

 

 

GI disorders

Nausea and vomiting chapter 23

Gastric reflux chapter 24

Mouth ulcers chapter 25

Gall stones chapter 26

Abdominal pain chapter 27

Abdominal masses chapter 28

Diarrhea chapter 29

Constipation chapter 30

Renal calculi chapter 31

 

 

Friday 7.5

 

0900-0930 Module Update

 

0930-1130 Practicum – General Review of Points, and Technique

 

1230-1430 Mental Health in TCM

The psyche in Chinese medicine chapter 9

The emotions chapter 10

Etiology and diagnosis chapter 11 and 12

1430-1730 Therapeutics: Mental Health

 

Depression    Chapter 13

Anxiety          Chapter 14

Insomnia        Chapter 15

 

Saturday 6

 

0900-1000 The Economics of Acupuncture

Overview of billing practice

1000-1230 Review of Therapeutics

 

1330-1500 Herbal Medicine

 

1500-1700 TCM Classics

 

Sunday 2.75

 

0900-1000 Functional Medicine and its relevance to TCM

Clinic Observation Log Sheet (100 hr)

1000-1100Genetics and its relevance to TCM

 

1200-1230 Course Summary and Evaluation

 

1230– 1245 Online evaluation

 

1300 Graduation

 

16.25 CNE for Live Module 4

25.25 CNE for Online Module 4

25 hours online module + 15 minutes online evaluation

Credit Summary

Module

Live

Online

Module I

19.75

46.25

Module II

23.25

42.25

Module III

20.75

34.25

Module IV

20.75

15.25

Module V

23.75

27.75

Module VI

16.25

25.25

Subtotals

124.5

191

Total without Clinical

315.5

 

Total with Clinical

415.5

 

 

Dr. Fujio McPherson, DAOM, ARNP, LAc, Dipl,Ac.

Program Director

AIM Institute

https:www.aiminst.org

aiminst18@gmail.com

Why take this course?

The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Institute (AIMI) is unique in many ways. Most of the acupuncture programs offered to western clinicians focus on the use of acupuncture as strictly a treatment option. Promoting the use of point formulas for specific disorders. AIMI, recognizes the importance and value of using Traditional Chinese Medicine not only based on its effectiveness at relieving pain or treating diseases but most importantly its ability to move and awaken the patients sense of awareness and how to use that response as a window to health.

Unlike, the medically oriented programs that interpret TCM based on the paradigm of a physical body, or traditional programs that are unfamiliar with medicine, AIMI teaches TCM theory in its true narrative based on the concepts and theories of Qi and how to use those theories to not only expand the clinical approaches to treatment but also to assess the patients progress and subsequent level of healing. Because AIMI focuses on training Nurse Practitioners and other types of clinicians, our inclusion of TCM does not exclude the review or use of western theories but rather incorporate those theories with TCM to demonstrate how the two can be used in an integrative practice. Finally, AIMI recognizes and respects that the true value of TCM is not to treat diseases but to enhance the ability of the patient to heal. And in order to accomplish this one must be knowledgeable and aware of TCM theory and how to apply it. Therefore, we devote an extensive amount of time in live practicums, using experienced Licensed Acupuncturists to help students become not only efficient in theory but in practice as well.