DOCTOR OF SCIENCE IN CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE

The Doctor of Science in Classical Chinese Medicine is designed to develop competently trained clinicians, theoreticians, and researchers in the field of Classical Chinese Medicine, while preserving the rich historical, philosophical, and oral traditions of the medicine and increasing their applicability to treatment in modern America. The degree provides an intensive study of the classics and a re-incorporation of much knowledge that is currently available primarily through oral traditions. The first of its kind in America, students will be exposed to a tradition that fully integrates physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of care. Students are required to complete and defend an original doctoral dissertation before a doctoral committee composed of at least three faculty members with Ph.D. degrees.

 Prerequisites:

 Master's degree or equivalent (at least 30 graduate units) in Chinese Medicine.

 Curriculum:

 The doctoral program, consisting of 68 units, offers intensive education and training in the applications of classical traditions in Chinese medicine to modern-day practice. Students also will study the traditions of various clinical specialties and have the opportunity to undergo their own processes of cultivation in Tai Ji Chuan, Healing Qi Gong, and the uses of the I Ching. Students will develop the capacity to contribute new knowledge to the field through their training in research and statistical skills applicable to the study of Classical Chinese Medicine.


 
Required Courses

Course Number: CCM 600

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 6

Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate Program


Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of this most important work in the history and practice of Chinese medicine. Students will consider the breath and depth of the authors’ vision of the art of living and practice of Chinese medicine, which provided the foundation for all subsequent development of Chinese medicine. The course will cover the 81 chapters of Part I: The Su Wen, as well as the 81 chapters of Part II: The Ling Shu. Students will critique various commentaries on the Nei Jing, and develop their own commentaries on parts of the Nei Jing, judging the application of Nei Jing thought to comtemporary Chinese medical practice and research.


Course No: CCM 602

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program


Description: This course critically examines the second most important work in the history and practice of Chinese medicine. Students will compare and critique various issues covered in and commentaries on Nan Jing.


Course No: CCM 620

 Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program


Description: This course investigates the roles of the Primary Meridians in the meridian systems of Classical Chinese Medicine, according to the classics. Students will critically examine the classical theories behind the special points and the energetic functions of acupuncture points and meridian pathways for the 12 Regular Meridians. The course also explores the energetics of herbs that resonate with the Primary Meridians and strategies to access and treat the Primary Meridians with herbal medicine.

Course No: CCM 622

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 2

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description: This course investigates the roles of the Sinew channels in the meridian systems of Classical Chinese Medicine, as elucidated by a rigorous study of classical writings.. Students will critically examine the classical theories of the Sinew channels and various uses of these meridians in the treatment of physical and psychological disorders. The course also explores the energetics of herbs that resonate with the Sinew channels and strategies to access and treat the Sinew channels with herbal medicine.


Course No: CCM 624

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 2

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course investigates the roles of the Luo Vessels in the meridian systems of Classical Chinese Medicine, as elucidated by a rigorous study of classical writings.  Students will critically evaluate the classical theories of the Luo vessels and energetic functions of transverse and longitudinal branches for the 15 Luo meridians. This course also explores the energetics of herbs that resonate with the Luo vessel and strategies to access and treat the Luo vessels with herbal medicine

Course No: CCM 626

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course investigates the roles of the 12 Divergent Meridians in the meridian systems of Classical Chinese Medicine, as elucidated by a rigorous study of classical writings. Students will critically evaluate the classical theories of the Divergent vessels and the energetic functions of each of the meridians. The course also explores the energetics of herbs that resonate with the Divergent meridians and strategies to access and treat the Divergent vessels with herbal medicine.


Course No: CCM 628

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course investigates the roles of the Eight Extra Vessels in the meridian systems of Classical Chinese Medicine, as elucidated by a rigorous study of classical writings. Students will critically evaluate classical theories regarding the Eight Extra vessels. The course also explores the energetic functions of herbs that resonate with the Eight Extra vessels and strategies to access and treat the Eight Extra meridians with herbs.

Course No: CCM 630

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 1

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course provides an investigation of classical needling techniques as presented in the Ling Shu and other classical works in Chinese medicine. Students will assess the practicality and efficacy of the nine types of needling used in classical traditions and formulate various methods to adapt the needling techniques to modern practice. The classical emphasis on the importance of the breath and resonance with the patient will be explored. In the practicum, students will practice each of the nine classical needling techniques under the supervision


Course No: CCM 606a

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: CCM 600,  CCM 602

   

 Description:  This course critically evalutes the Cooling School of Liu Yuan Su, who believed that the root of all disease lay in heat disorders.  Students will be expected to design and critique various practical applications of Liu Yuan Su’s theories for contemporary clinical practice.

Course No: CCM 606b

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: CCM 600, CCM 602

   

Description: This course critically examines the School of Postnatal Tonification of Liu Yuan Su, who believed that the root of all diseases lay in digestive disturbances. Students will be expected to design and critique practical applications of Li Dong Yuan’s theories in modern practice.


Course No: CCM 606c

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: CCM 600, CCM 602

   

Description:  This course critically examines the Purging School of Zhang Cong Zheng, who believed that the root of all disease lay in toxicity that needed to be purged from the body.  Students will be expected to design and critique practical applications of Zhang Cong Zheng’s theories for contemporary practice.

 Course No: CCM 606d

 Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

 Units: 3

Prerequisites: CCM 600 Nei Jing

   

Description:  This course critically examines the Water School of Zu Zheng Heng, who believed that the root of all disease lay in Yin fire conditions. Students will be expected to design and critique practical applications of Zu Zheng Heng’s theories for contemporary practice.

Course No: CCM 610

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course critically evaluates this essential work in the history of Chinese Medicine and Herbology and applications to contemporary practice.

Course No: CCM 612

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course critically examines this essential work in the history of Chinese Medicine and Herbology. Students will be expected to formulate and assess various treatments using strategies elucidated in this text.


Course No: CCM 614

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

  

Description:  This course investigates the seminal work in herbal medicine by the author of the Shang Han Lun. Students will be expected to formulate and assess various treatments using strategies elucidated in this text.

Course No: CCM 640

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

  

Description:  This course investigates paradigms for understanding and treating cardiac disorders, as elucidated through classical writings. Students will evaluate the usefulness and relevance of various theories and treatment strategies for contemporary practice

Course No: CCM 642

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course investigates paradigms for understanding and treating both the yin and yang forms of cancer, as elucidated through classical writings. Students will evaluate the usefulness and relevance of various theories and treatment strategies for contemporary practice.

Course No: CCM 644

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

   

Description:  This course investigates paradigms for understanding and treating psychological disorders, as elucidated through classical writings. Students will evaluate the usefulness and relevance of various theories and treatment strategies for contemporary practice

Course No: CCM 652

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course investigates paradigms for understanding and treating pediatric disorders, as elucidated through classical writings. Students will evaluate the usefulness and relevance of various theories and treatment strategies for contemporary practice.

Course No: CCM 654

Department: Classical Chinese Medicine

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Admissions to the Graduate Program

   

Description:  This course investigates additional Classical Chinese Medical specialties, as elucidated through classical writings. These topics are chosen upon the basis of students’ interest.

 

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