POCA Tech Curriculum

POCA Tech Teacher

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Each year there are several courses that extend over several modules. Within these courses, we identify which topics are discussed in each module. After each course is completed, the next module will include a test covering all the topics of that course. There are also quizzes in each module covering the previous module. There is also an end of the year written and practical exam.

Year 1 - The view from 30,000 feet

 

Social Justice & Liberation Acupuncture

Technique

Basic Theory

History of Chinese Medicine

Point location, Channels, Point Categories

Diagnosis & Observation

Module 1

September

Social Justice & POCA

How to Needle

Basic Terms

Ancient China & I Ching

 

 

Touch and how to do it

Module 2 October

 

How to Needle

 

Scientific Revolution of 2nd Century – Nei Jing

Types & Functions of Channels

 

Trauma Informed Acupuncture

Point Categories

Clean Needle Technique

Module 3

November

 

 

Five Elements, Twelve Officials

 

Tai Yin

Body Imaging

Chinese Clock

Module 4 December

Cultural Appropriation

 

Zang Fu (Sp & Lu, St & LI)

 

Yang Ming

Basic Observation

Module 5

February

 

Trauma Informed Rapport Skills

Internal, External & Misc Causes of Disease

 

Shao Yin

Five Element Body Types

Module 6

March

Cultural Competence Education

 

Zang Fu (Ki & Ht, UB & SI)

 

Tai Yang

 

Module 7

April

CA Clinic as Third Place

 

Extraordinary Vessels

 

Jue Yin

Pulse Diagnosis

Tongue Diagnosis

Module 8

May

 

 

Zang Fu (Lv & Pc, GB & TW)

 

Shao Yang

 

Pulse Diagnosis

Extra Points

Hearing & Smelling

Module 9

June

NADA/Public Health Overview

 

 

 

CV & GV

Jingei Pulse Diagnosis

Enneagrams

Module 10

July

Year end review

Comprehensive exam – written and practical.

Year 2 - Acupuncture on the ground: Reality

 

 

History of Chinese Medicine

Social Justice, Liberation Acupuncture

Differentiation

Techniques

Western Medicine

Allied Therapies

Module 11

September

Medieval China to 1949

Patient Education

Eight Principles

Contraindications, Forbidden Points & Tonification and Sedation

Western Diagnostic Methods

 

Five Elements

Ten Questions

Module 12 October

Modern China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam

Integration and Trauma Informed Care

Qi, Blood, Bodily Fluids

Bleeding and Seven Star needling

Red Flags: When to Refer Out

 

Module 13

November

Acupuncture in the US

 

Zang Fu Diagnosis (Sp & Lu, St & LI)

Cupping & Gua Sha

Clinical Overview of Western Medicine

 

Module 14 December

Community & Liberation Acupuncture

 

Zang Fu Diagnosis (Ki & Ht, UB & SI)

Moxibustion

Range of Biomedical Resources

 

Module 15

February

 

 

Zang Fu Diagnosis (Lv & Pc, GB & TW)

Scalp & Electro Acupuncture

Pain Management in Western Medicine

 

Point Prescriptions

Module 16

March

 

 

Six Stages, Four Levels, Three Burners

Korean Hand Acupuncture

 

 

Korean Four Point Diagnosis and Treatment

Ear Acupuncture

Module 17

April

 

 

Channel Differentiation

Ear Acupuncture

 

 

Intro to Balance Method

Tung Acupuncture

Module 18

May

 

 

 

Tung Acupuncture

 

 

Japanese Acupuncture

Module 19

June

 

 

 

Tan 12 Magic Needles

 

Food Therapy and Diet Counseling

Point Strategies

Exercise & Breathing Therapy

Qi Gong & Bodywork

Module 20

July

Year End Review

Comprehensive exam – written and practical

 

Year 3 - Acupuncture Treatment in POCA Clinics

 

Clinic Systems

Whole Systems Planning

Research

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

Year Three Point Location

Module 21

September

Punk Skills: Inside the Treatment Room

Tai Yin

 

Case Discussions

Introduction

 

Charting & Patient Recordkeeping

Module 22 October

Safety & Ergonomics in the Clinic

Yang Ming

 

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

 

Front Desk Reception

Module 23

November

Computer Systems and Marketing

Shao Yin

Research

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

 

Module 24 December

Human Resources in the Clinic

Tai Yang

Research

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

 

Module 25

February

Budgets and Bookkeeping

Jue Yin

 

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

Point Location

Module 26

March

Ethics, Risk Management & Liability Issues

Shao Yang

 

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

Point Location

Module 27

April

Refining and Communicating Your Goals Inside and Outside the Clinic

 

 

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

Point Location

Module 28

May

POCA and Cooperatives

 

 

Case Discussions

Capstone Project

Point Location

Laws & Regulations

Individual Professional Development

Module 29  June

Capstone Presentations

Module 30

July

Review and Year 3 Final Exam – Practical and Written