Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Chinese Medicine courses
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Life & Health Sciences Chinese Medicine

Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture
臨床針灸學文憑

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
CM005A
Application Code
1950-CM005A

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
28 Oct 2021 (Thu)
Duration
1 year to 2 years
Language
English
Course Fee
Part 1: HK$23,350
(inclusive of clinical observation in Hong Kong/China but excluding accommodation, travelling and meal expenses )
Part 2: HK$33,600
(inclusive of clinical observation in Hong Kong/China and clinical training fee in China but excluding accommodation, travelling and meal expenses)
How to Apply
Deadline on 30 Sep 2021 (Thu)
Enquiries
3762 4215
2546 9835

Acupuncture as a major branch of Chinese Medicine (CM) is a recognized therapeutic modality approved by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). The programme provides Western-trained medical practitioners and medical-related professionals interested in acupuncture with an opportunity to undertaken acupuncture training.

This programme consists of two parts. Each part consists of one module. Students who have completed one module of Part 1 can choose to exit the programme. Completion of one module will lead to a Certificate in Acupuncture. Upon successful completion of Part 1 and Part 2, students will be awarded a Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture.

The development of a universal or standard system of acupuncture nomenclature under the auspices of the W.H.O. has facilitated the interationalization of acupuncture practice.  Increasingly, many western medical practitioners worldwide have adopted acupuncture as an adjunct to their primary therapeutic modality based on the western medical paradigm. 

In line with this development, formal acupuncture education at the undergraduate and graduate levels has been established in universities.  Acupuncture has now matured to acquire a proper position in healthcare professions, with a set of defined technical terminologies and well-establised standard of practice.

 

Aims

Part 1: Basic Acupuncture

Nowadays acupuncture has become increasingly accepted in modern medical practice. There is growing interest among practitioners of western medicine, in many parts of the world, to pursue better understanding and reserach in the field of acupuncture.  The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for western-trained medical practitioners and professionals interested in acupuncture to acquire the knowledge of acupuncture. It will form a foundation for subsequent studies for Part 2: Advanced Clinical Acupuncture.

Part 2: Advanced Clinical Acupuncture

This course is a continuation of Part 1: Basic Acupuncture.  It enables participants to pursue a comprehensive study on clinical aspects of acupuncture practice.  The course aims to develop competence in the practice of acupuncture as an alternative therapeutic modality and is designed primarily for western-trained medical practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, osteopaths, chiropractors and other members of allied health-care professions.  It also hopes to stimulate student's interest and involvement in research on basic and clinical aspects of acupuncture  The programme of study includes a 1-week clinical attachment at CM hospitals in China.

Application Code 1950-CM005A -

Duration
  • Part 1: Basic Acupuncture
    106 hours including 8 hours of clinical observation

    Part 2: Advanced Clinical Acupuncture
    170 hours including 20 hours clinical training and 1 week clinical attachment in China
Venue

Course Contents

Part 1: Basic Acupuncture

Unit 1 Theoretical Basis of Acupuncture of Chinese Medicine      
  • Philosophical Background of Chinese Medicine
  • History of Acupuncture
  • Yin-Yang Theory
  • The Five Elements Theory
  • Zang-Fu Theory
  • Qi, Blood, Body Fluids and Essence
  • CM Etiology
  • CM Pathophysiology  
Unit 2 Patterns of Disease and Diagnosis
  • The Eight Principles
  • Zang-Fu Differentiation
  • Qi, Blood, Body Fluids Differentiation
  • Pulse Diagnosis
  • Tongue Diagnosis
Unit 3 The Acupuncture Meridians System and Acupoints
  • The Main Regular Meridians
  • Du and Ren Meridians
  • Acupoint Location and Acupoint Applications
Unit 4 Acupuncture Treatment
  • Needling Techniques
  • Treatment Modalities including Moxibustion, Cupping
  • Principles of Treatment
  • Principles of Acupuncture Prescription
  • Treatment of Common Diseases
  • Clinical Observation

 

Part 2: Advanced Clinical Acupuncture

(Units 1-4 are covered by Part 1: Basic Acupuncture)

 
Unit 5

Reappraisal of Chinese Medicine philosophy and theory including in-depth study of the Zang-Fu Theory, the Four Classical Diagnosis, the Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis and the Identification of Patterns according to the Three Heaters, the Four Radicals and the Six Divisions.

Unit 6

CM Patho-physiology with detailed study of the Identification of Patterns according to each of the Zang-Fu Organs individually and Combined-Organs Disharmony. Extraordinary Meridians and Acupoints, Complex Needling Techniques, Micro-systems of Acupuncture.

Unit 7

Syndrome-differentiation and clinical applications. Differentiation of syndromes and the Acupuncture treatments of some common medical problems; Constipation, Diarrhoea, Hypertension, Nocturnal Enuresis, Senile Enuresis, Nocturnal Emission, Impotence, Headaches, Migraine, Insomnia, Dizziness and Vertigo, Allergic Rhinitis and Sinusitis, Asthma, Vomiting, Depressive Syndromes, Musculo-skeletal, Sports Injuries, Diseases of Gynaecology, Neurology, etc.

Unit 8

Recent advances in Acupuncture diagnosis and treatment, Special techniques in Acupuncture, Acupuncture Points Injections, Laser Acupuncture, Magneto-electric Acupuncture, Introduction to the Principles of Herbal Treatment, Introduction to Research Methodology in Acupuncture.

Unit 9

Clinical training and Clinical practice in a teaching hospital in China.

On completion of the Part 1: Basic Acupuncture programme, students should be able to:

1. Describe the basics of Chinese Medicine Theories ;

2. Undertake simple differential diagnosis;

3. Analyse pain-related diseases and

4. Carry out basic Acupuncture treatment of pain related disorders.

 

On completion of the Part 2: Advanced Clinical Acupuncture programme, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the knowledge of Acupuncture theories of disease differentiation;
  2. Analyse clinical cases using acupuncture theories (e.g. Gynoecological disorders, Neurological disorders, Musculo-skeletal & Sports Injuries, and Internal disorders);
  3. Carry out skilful manipulations of acupuncture techniques to treat diseases;  and
  4. Evaluate and conduct simple Acupuncture research work.

Date/Time

Part 1:  29 October 2020; Mondays and Thursday, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
 
Part 2:  To be advised

 

Teaching Methods

The main form of instructional delivery is by lectures, demonstrations and classroom-based practice, and supplemented by audio-visual materials, teaching aids, etc. 

Clinical observation and clinical training will be organized in China.

 

Assessment and Award

 
Part 1: Basic Acupuncture
Assessment is conducted by a combination of test (practical) and written examinations.  Students required to attend the clinical observation and have passed all the assessments.  Student who do not meet the attendance requirement (normally 70%) shall not be permitted to sit for the final examination.  Subject to the approval by the Board of Examiners, re-sitting the examination may be given to students who failed in test or examination (below 50%) and payment of re-sitting the examination fee is required. 
 
 
Part 2: Advanced Clinical Acupuncture
Assessment is conducted by a combination of test (practical) and written examinations.  Students required to attend the clinical observation, traineeship clinical training in Mainland China and have passed all the assessments.  Student who do not meet the attendance requirement (normally 70%) shall not be permitted to sit for the final examination.  Subject to the approval by the Board of Examiners, re-sitting the examination may be given to students who failed in test or examination (below 50%) and payment of re-sitting the examination fee is required.
 
Completion of Part 1 and Part 2 leads to Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture.  Students who have completed one module of Part 1 can choose to exit the programme. Completion of one module will lead to a Certificate in Acupuncture. 

 

Applicants shall

i    be Western medical practitioners, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, or

ii   be Medical related professionals; or

iii   hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Applicants are required to attend an interview as appropriate.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Part 1: HK$23,350
    (inclusive of clinical observation in Hong Kong/China but excluding accommodation, travelling and meal expenses )
    Part 2: HK$33,600
    (inclusive of clinical observation in Hong Kong/China and clinical training fee in China but excluding accommodation, travelling and meal expenses)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture
臨床針灸學文憑
COURSE CODE 41L103728 FEES $23,350 (Part:1); $33,600 (Part 2), $1,880 (fees of Clinical training in China (Part 2)) excluded ENQUIRY 3762-4215
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])

Our programme is approved by the Physiotherapists Board as quotable qualification.  Upon completion of our programme:

  1. 15 CPD points awarded by the Physiotherapists Board will be granted to students who are Physiotherapists.
  2. Physiotherapists may be eligible to apply for Accredited Acupuncture Physiotherapist.

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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.

Notes

  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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