|Biomedical Clinical Science Hours||600||553|
|Oriental Medical Theory and Related Subjects||705||885|
|Pure Herbal Classes||525||45|
|Minimum Time to Complete Program||36 months (accelerated)||36 months|
|Maximum Time to Complete Program||8 years||6 years|
In addition to the degree-granting program, Southwest Acupuncture College provides continuing education in the profession by offering various optional weekend and special engagement seminars with international authorities, classes in specialty topics, and foreign study externships.
Qualified members of the public, graduates, and licensed practitioners as well as students enrolled in the Master’s program may elect to take these classes and seminars. Details describing specialty workshops, visiting faculty and foreign externship programs are available in separate literature, when those programs are advertised and are available upon request. This information can also be found on this web site under Events.
Seminar certificates are provided to everyone who attends any workshop at Southwest Acupuncture College. Credit is only granted for attendance at an entire workshop.
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Harbin China Trip 2018
By Joanne Neville L.Ac., Clinic Director, Boulder Campus
This summer I was lucky enough to be chosen to accompany our students to Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China for nearly two weeks. What an amazing and life changing experience. It really opened my eyes to what acupuncture and Chinese medicine can really do when it is an integral part of the mainstream paradigm of health care.
Arriving in Harbin, we were met by our phenomenal translators Eddie and Chen, both of whom are students at the university. They quickly proved invaluable to us as we attempted to navigate a city where nothing was familiar. It’s quite a different experience traveling in an Asian country because there are no similarities in our language, written or spoken, you absolutely can’t fake it! All we were able to say was hello and thank you, Nihao and Xie Xie. At least we were polite. It got a lot of smiles and laughs.
Eddie and Chen went above and beyond the call of duty of translating for us when we were observing in the hospital and spent quite a lot of their off time with us when they could. When they couldn’t be with us, they would send us We Chat messages of places we might want to visit with the English name of the places and the Chinese translations to show our cab drivers where we wanted to go. They became treasured friends by the end of the trip, even showing up at our hotel at 5am to see us off the morning we departed.
We Chat is the only social media that we could access while we were there. This was our main form of communication while in China. We all had it on our phones before the trip and made sure our close family members were on it as well. This came in very handy when my daughter-in-law went into labor and I was able to video chat with her and my son from China and see my precious grandson, moments after he was born.
The twenty story Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine 2nd Affiliated Hospital, situated in the middle of Harbin, the capitol of the northernmost province in China, a city of 10 million, is widely known throughout China for their expertise in treating neurological disorders including brain infarctions, brain hemorrhages, post stroke, Bell’s palsy, shingles and many other disease processes. We were honored to follow many prominent doctors on their rounds and receive lectures from several of them as well.
The nearly two-week format of the trip was new, previous trips having been almost four weeks, and we weren’t sure what to expect, but in speaking with our translator Eddie, who has served SWAC students on several previous trips, he said we were lucky because we were exposed to so many more departments and hospital directors than in past trips. Many thanks to Skya Abbate for the richly varied experiences she negotiated for us. We were on one or two different floors of the hospital daily, each floor run by its own director, all with their own unique specialties and styles.
It was fascinating to experience Chinese medicine the way it was intended to be used. Unlike what is available in the United States thus far, many neurological in-patients receive scalp acupuncture twice daily, administered by the floor director, often retaining needles for up to six hours at a time, during which the director’s student interns work on the patients with electrical stimulation, moxibustion, Tuina and other adjuncts. Many patients also receive herbal therapy either as a decoction or sometimes in an IV drip. The duration, intensity and frequency of treatments clearly accounts for the remarkable and often miraculous results in treating issues that western medicine often deems untreatable.
Now, armed with this knowledge, it becomes ever more important to promote the use of Chinese Medicine in the United States in a way that allows this kind of consistency of care for all of the people who want and need it. We all need to continually work to bring this medicine into mainstream healthcare offerings.
On the Saturday we were there, Skya had arranged for a van drive us to different places of interest in the city. Among our favorites, collectively, were going to the Siberian Tiger preserve and driving through their open areas in buses that were fully caged and getting to feed them meat through the cages. The other favorite area was the Buddhist Temples. So lovely, even in the rain. We had the best meal of our trip at the temple restaurant, so good, we took a cab back the next day to eat there again.
I believe that anyone studying Chinese medicine should make a point of experiencing the wealth of information and the culture of the country that created the medicine they are devoting their lives to. After being involved in the world of acupuncture for nearly 20 years, I feel a renewed sense of what can be done with my chosen path.