Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
Oriental Tui-Na Massage

Introduction

Tui-Na Massage includes the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissues (muscle and tendon) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). Tui-Na has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles.

Tui-Na Massage diploma program explores a high level of expertise in oriental therapies and diagnostic techniques. The aim of the course is to properly equip the professional practitioner with necessary techniques and diagnostic skills in accordance with fundamentals of oriental medicine theory to competently support the client through their healing process. It offers to develop expertise in specialty areas such as specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

Program Overview

Duration: 3 Semesters

Hours: 848 Hours
- Lecture: 640 Hours
- Clinical Internship: 208 Hours

Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer*

*PROGRAM START DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON ENROLLMENT.
(Please contact us at contact@centralcollege.ca for more information)

You graduate with:
- Diploma in Oriental Tui-Na Massage
- Clinical internship experience

Curriculum

*The following table outlines the program requirements and schedules

Course No. Course Name Unit Hours
GENERAL THEORIES
BS 291 Practice, Management Laws and Ethics
Consider the practical aspects of establishing and operating a medical/acupuncture practice. Setting up a practice, patient file management, legal and ethical aspects of maintaining a professional practice, the laws and regulations governing the practice of oriental medicine in Canada, and the medical ethics and the responsibilities of the practitioner are some main topics that will be discussed in this course.
2 32
BS 331 Counseling and Communication
This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to communicate with patients. We will learn both innovative and traditional counselling skills for daily practice and discuss the psychodynamics of the patient/practitioner relationship. Patient/practitioner rapports, communication skills, table-side manner, including multicultural sensitivity, are also covered.
3 48
OMT 411 Oriental Medicine Diagnosis
Students will be instructed on diagnostic techniques/four examinations (inspection, auscultation/olfaction, interrogation, and palpation), which includes unique tongue and pulse diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes according to the fundamental theories of TCM, the eight principle syndromes (interior/exterior, deficiency/excess, cold/heat, Yin/Yang) and the differential diagnosis of the Qi, blood and body fluid, and the Zangfu organs. Comprehensive applications of diagnostic methods as well as diagnosis of commonly seen clinical symptoms will be discussed.
8 128
OCT 211 Breathing Techniques and Oriental Exercise
Awareness of energy pathways and flows through own experience with one’s own body is introduced through, Nei Gong, which is a Shaolin style of breathing exercise techniques to nourish one’s energy. This relates to the Chinese system of movement and meditation, which is performed to maintain good health and prolong longevity by promoting free flow of Qi, a reduced form of Tai Chi. There are 27 movements in all.
2 32
ACM 501 Acupuncture Theory I
This is the first of a 2-part series that you will learn the history of acupuncture and moxibustion, some fundament theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Yin-yang, Five Elements, Zang-fu Organs and its relationship with the system of meridians and collaterals. The main contents are 1) The course and distribution, physiological functions, pathological changes, related Zang-fu organs of Meridians and collaterals System and 2) The meridian systems and acupuncture points will be introduced including forbidden points and cautionary points. It will intensively cover the meridian course, points location, indication, anatomy and puncture method of the Governor Vessel, the Conception Vessel, the Lung meridian, the Large Intestine meridian, the Stomach meridian, the Spleen meridian, the Heart meridian, and the Small Intestine meridian.
7 112
ACM 502 Acupuncture Theory II
This is the second of a 2-part series that you will learn the meridian course, points’ location, indication, anatomy and puncture method of the Bladder meridian, the Kidney meridian, the Pericadium meridian, the Sanjiao meridian, the Gallbladder meridian, and the Liver meridian. Also, the points’ location, indications and puncture method of extra point on the head, neck, trunk, upper and lower limbs will be learned. Finally, the concept of the micro acupuncture system like Ear Acupuncture, Head Acupuncture and Hand Acupuncture will be introduced as well. When you finish this course, you will have a better understanding of which meridian and can treat certain syndromes and symptoms.
7 112
WMS 311 Human Anatomy Physiology I
This comprehensively presents the human muscular-skeletal system. While the entire system is covered, particular emphasis is placed on internal areas to avoid when needling and external landmarks that guide the location of acupuncture points. Besides, this course will introduce the students of Oriental Medicine to a comprehensive overview of the human physiology. The course is designed to emphasize broad concepts and principles in medical physiology. The student will understand how each organ in the body functions individually and also the physiological relationships between different organs of human body. Although this course emphasizes normal human physiology, some basic pathological processes will be discussed.
4 64
Sub-Total 33 528
TUI-NA
TN 401 Tui-Na I
The course will cover a brief history, basic principles and manipulation techniques of Chinese massotherapy. Chinese massotherapy and basic principles of massotherapy that deal with Yin, Yang, Qi, blood, internal organs and diseases involving internal organs are discussed. Special examination of vertebrae, hip joint and lower extremities is to be introduced. This course plays an important role in preparing the student for fundamental abdominal diagnosis, general back point diagnosis, and acupuncture treatment.
3 48
TN 402 Tui-na II
The course will continue to cover a brief history, basic principles and manipulation techniques of Chinese massotherapy. Chinese massotherapy and basic principles of massotherapy that deal with Yin, Yang, Qi, blood, internal organs and diseases involving internal organs are discussed. Special examination of vertebrae, hip joint and lower extremities is to be introduced. This course plays an important role in preparing the student for fundamental abdominal diagnosis, general back point diagnosis, and acupuncture treatment.
4 64
Sub-Total 7 112
CLINICAL INTERNSHIP
CITN 711 Clinical Internship: Observation
Students observe the various aspects of clinical practice in order to gain an overall picture of patient reception, record keeping, examination, and treatment methods. Students observe treatment of patients by instructors. Students study various patient cases including correspondence, psychosocial assessment, patient prognosis, worker injuries, independent medical review, and emergency procedures.
3 48
CITN 721 Clinical Internship: Partial Supervisor
In partial supervision, the interns assume a more active role in the treatment of the patient. The interns are involved in the diagnosis and perform the appropriate procedure. At this stage of their training, interns are expected to have a working knowledge of situations where Tui-Na massage is necessary.
4 64
CITN 731 Clinical Internship: Proximal Supervisor
During the final phase of clinical practice, interns are allowed near or total independence. They are responsible for precise judgment regarding the quantity and method of stimulation and the appropriate course of treatment recommended for their patients’ condition. Interns are expected to monitor the patients’ progress and adjust treatment accordingly.
6 96
Sub-Total 13 208
Lecture Hours 640
Clinical Internship Hours 208
Total Hours 848

Important Notice

All applicants are required to complete not less than two (2) years of liberal arts or sciences study (comprised of at least 60 credits) in an accredited college or chartered/approved university acceptable to the registration committee. For more information, please visit http://www.ctcma.bc.ca/registration/transcript-requirements/

A student who went to school abroad needs to bring a translated transcript of his or her prior school to BCIT to obtain an International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) report. It is to compare education earned outside of Canada to the general education ladder in Canada and is required for graduates to take a licensing exam at CTCMA. For more information, please visit http://www.bcit.ca/ices/

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