The D-TCM program is a combined eight-semester and two-summer session program that requires no less than four academic years (45 calendar months) to complete. Students have up to eight years to complete the program once they matriculate into the D-TCM program.

The program begins with the study of basic theory, acupuncture concepts, and biomedicine. In the second year, students begin herbal studies, and continue them in conjunction with acupuncture training and an acupuncture clinical internship in the third year. In this phase, students explore well over 300 individual herbs and 150 formulas. The fourth year concludes with classes in clinical applications of herbal formulae and an integrative medicine clinical concentration.

Classroom Training Hours

Coursework Content Hours
TCM Theory, Diagnosis and Application 356
Acupuncture Practice and Techniques 378
Acupuncture Related Studies 270
Herbal Medicine Survey 126
Asian/Chinese Herbology 360
Western Basic & Biomedical Sciences 765
Counseling, Communications, Ethics, Practice Mgt 121
Integrated/Interprofessional Education 204
Clinical Education 1400

Clinical Requirements

Patient Contact Hours
Observation 150
Acupuncture clinic 460
TCM herb clinic 360
Integrative clinic 430

 

D-TCM Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ABS 511 Anatomy 1 4 0 72 4
ABS 515 Physiology 1 2 0 36 2
ATD 512 Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory 2 0 36 2
ATD 513 Traditional Chinese Diagnosis 1 2 0 36 2
ATD 511 Traditional Chinese History and Philosophy 1 0 18 1
APT 511 Taijiquan 1 0 1.5 27 1
APT 512 Meridian Theory 2 0 36 2
ACS 511 Evidence Informed Practice 1 0 18 1
APT 512 Point Location 1 1.5 1 45 2
  Total: 15.5 2.5 324 17

Semester 2

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ABS 522 Anatomy 2 4 0 72 4
ABS 525 Physiology 2 2 0 36 2
ATD 524 Traditional Chinese Diagnosis 2 2 0 36 2
APT 523 Point Location 2 1.5 1 45 2
AMR 522 Taijiquan 2 0 1.5 27 1
ANT 521 Western Nutrition 2 0 36 2
AWB 521 TCM Safe Practices 1.5 1 54 2
AWB 523 Pharmacology 1 0 18 1
ATD 526 Seminar 1 1.5 0 27 1.5
  Total: 15.5 3.5 351 17.5

Semester 3

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ACS 612 Clinical Diagnosis 1 3 2 90 4
ACS 611 Pathology 1 2 0 36 2
APT 614 Acupuncture Tech 1 2 2 72 3
AMR 613 Qigong 1 0 1.5 27 1
AHM 613 Traditional Chinese Dietetics 2 0 36 2
ACS 613 Lab Diagnosis 1 2 0 36 2
AHM 521 Botanical Medicine 2 0 36 2
ATD 617 Seminar 2 1.5 0 27 1.5
ACH 511 Formulas and Constituents 1 2 0 36 2
ACS 711 Preceptorship 1 0 4 75 2
ACS 712 Diagnostic Imaging 2 0 36 2
  Total: 18.5 9.5 507 23.5

Semester 4

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ACS 623 Clinical Diagnosis 2 3 2 90 4
ACS 624 Pathology 2 3 0 54 3
APT 625 Acupuncture Techniques 2 2 2 72 3
AMR 624 Qigong 2 0 1.5 27 1
APS 621 Psych Assessment 2 0 36 2
APT 626 Auricular & Scalp Acupuncture 1 0 18 1
ACS 722 Preceptorship 2 0 4 75 2
ATD 727 Case Studies 1 1 0 18 1
AWB 621 Medical Ethics 1 0 18 1
ACH 523 Formulae and Constituents 3 2 0 27 2
ACS 625 Physical Exam 2 0.5 45 2
ACS 626 Laboratory Diagnosis 2: Nutritional and functional analyses 2 0 36 2
  Total: 19 10 516 26

Summer Session

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ACS 631 Clinical Education 1 0 12 245 8
APR 637 Japanese Acupuncture Techniques 1 0 18 1
AMR 627 Tuina 1 0 2 54 2
ACH 635 CH Formulae 1 2 0 36 2
ACS 731 Clinical Procedures 1 2 0 36 2
  Total: 5 14 389 15

Semester 5

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ATD 711 Differential Diagnosis and Pathomechanisms 2 0 36 2
AMR 715 Tuina 2 1 2 54 2
ATD 715 Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine 2 0 36 2
ATD 728 Case Study Organization 1 0 18 1
ATD 729 Acupuncture Gynecology 1 0 18 1
ATD 618 Seminar 3 1.5 0 27 1.5
ACH 512 Chinese Formulae and Constituents 2 2 0 36 2
ACS 712 Clinical Education 2 0 12 215 8
ACS 714 Clinical Procedures 2 2 0 36 2
ACS 715 Physical and Functional Assessments of the UB Health Sciences 2 0 36 2
  Total: 14.5 14 512 23.5

Semester 6

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
AMR 726 Tuina 3 1 2 54 2
ATD 717 Advanced Pulse & Tongue Diagnosis 1 0 18 1
ACS 724 Public Health 2 0 36 2
APP 721 Practice Management 2 0 36 2
APT 718 Pediatric Acupuncture 1 0 18 1
ACH 524 Chinese Formulae and Constituents 4 2.5 0 45 2.5
ACS 723 Clinical Education 3 (OPTIONAL) 0 12 220 8
AWB 725 Pharmacology 2 2 0 36 2
  Total: 11.5 2 or 14 243/463 12.5/20.5

 Summer Session

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ACH 636 Chinese Formulae 2 2 0 36 2
AHM 634 Dispensary Management 1 0 18 1
AHM 635 Pharmacognosy & Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs 1 0 18 1
ACC 611 Chinese Herb Clinic 1 0 4 130 2.5
  Total: 4 4 202 6.5

Semester 7

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ACH 617 Chinese formulae 3 2 0 36 2
ACH 619 CH Internal Medicine & Modifications 1 2 0 36 2
AHM 616 Ethical and ecological considerations of Chinese materia medica 1 0 18 1
ACC 632 Chinese Herb Clinic 2A 0 2 65 1.5
ACC 723 Chinese Herb Clinic 2B 0 2 65 1.5
ACS 811 Grand Rounds 1 2 0 36 2
ACS 812 Integrated Clinical Education 1 0 10 215 6
  Total: 7 14 471 16

Semester 8

Course Number Title Lecture Credits Lab Credits Hours Total Credits
ACH 628 CH Internal Medicine & Modifications 2 2 0 36 2
ACH 641 CH Special Topics 2 0 36 2
ACC 724 Chinese Herb Clinic 3 0 4 100 2
ATD 742 TCM Geriatrics 1 0 18 1
ACS 823 Grand Rounds 2 2 0 36 2
APP 722 Professional Development 1.5 0 27 1.5
ACS 814 Integrated Clinical Education 2 0 10 215 6
  Total: 8.5 14 468 16.5

TOTAL

  • 115 didactic credits
  • 77 lab credits
  • 3781 hours
  • 167 total credits

Clinical Training

  • 150 observation hours
  • 460 acupuncture clinic hours
  • 360 TCM herb hours
  • 430 Integrative clinic hours

Optional Clinic Hours

  • 220 acupuncture clinic hours

D-TCM Program

  • 1,400 total clinical training hours
  • 2,381 didactic training hours