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UNIVERSITY CLINIC

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Alhambra Medical University is extremely proud of the clinical education it provides for its students, as well as the service it provides to the residents of the City of Alhambra and surrounding communities. Alhambra Medical University Clinic provides specialized medical clinic service and medical consultation. Integrating professional skills, comprehensive treatment and sincere follow up services, the medical clinic has operated up to satisfaction and trust of the patients and customers.

Our Clinic equips diagnostic and treatment services in various fields of medical treatments by specialized physicians and licensed acupuncturists. In addition, professional massage therapists and technicians are available to provide acupressure massages.

We emphasize combination services of inner care and external care, utilizing holistic natural therapy using acupuncture, herbs, nutritional and massage therapy. AMU University Clinic is a foremost teaching clinic where interns of traditional Chinese Medicine are receiving their hands-on practical training. Staff and interns uphold the mission to provide effective quality care for all patients.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A TREATMENT?

A session begins with a 15-20 minute interview (longer during initial visit) about your health concerns. Vital signs are taken and recorded before you are positioned onto a treatment bed to have the hair-thin sterilized disposable needles inserted onto specific parts of your body. You are to relax and rest for approximately 20-30 minutes while the practitioner prepares an herbal prescription (if applicable). Afterward, the practitioner will remove the needles and give follow-up instructions. Most patients feel relaxed and refreshed after the treatment. The number of treatments varies depending upon the severity of the ailment.

 

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND HOW DOES IT WORK? 

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting hair-thin sterilized disposable needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. The classical Chinese explanation of how acupuncture works is that the hair-thin-needles can influence the energy channels (meridians) which run in regular patterns through the body, nourishing the tissues.

The acupuncture needles unblock obstructions and promote the regular flow of energy (Qi) through these channels. Acupuncture treatments can therefore harmonize the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. One modern scientific explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling the specific trigger points stimulates the peripheral and

central nervous system to release chemicals which may change the experience of pain, improve energy, or influence the body’s internal regulating system. Therefore, acupuncture enhances the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well- being.

  • Can International Students apply the program?
    Yes, Alhambra Medical University is authorized by the US Department of Homeland Security to issue I-20’s and enroll international students. For more specific requirements, please visit admissions page.
  • How much is the tuition per unit?
    For All Students: $185 per unit (Total 216 units)
  • Will I be able to attend the acupuncture license exam when I graduated?
    Yes. Our curriculum is designed to meet the didactic and clinical requirements of California Acupuncture Board and to qualify our graduates to sit for California State Acupuncture Licensing Exam and National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Exam.
  • Besides English language, what else language courses do you have?
    We offer two language English and Chinese. The students may hope to enroll the program in English track or Chinese track up on their interest. All study materials are available for both Chinese and English. If the student is bilingual, he/she may cross taking courses from both tracks to match their schedule better. The student may even audit the class in other language.
  • What is the total cost of the acupuncture program?
    Total is about $55,990. Books, material and living expense are not included.
  • Is Alhambra Medical University an accredited school?
    Alhambra Medical University is approved by California Acupuncture Board. We are accredited by Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
  • What is your school calendar system?
    Alhambra Medical University is on the quarterly system (4 Quarters per year). The school accepts new students every quarter. Each quarter consist: 10 weeks of class learning and plus 1 week final exam. Visit Calendar page for the school important dates.
  • What about clinic internship fee?
    For Local Students: $15 per hour ( Total 960 hours) Plus $50 malpractice insurance per quarter for clinic internship.
  • How long does it take to finish the acupuncture program?
    The Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Program is a 4 years master program. However, you can finish the program as early as 3.5-4 years. It will be less time for transferred students or students with medical background.
  • Do you offer classes in the night time or weekend?
    Our schedule of classes is flexible catering to both full time and part time students. All classes are held once a week, including night classes and weekend classes.
  • What are the requirements to apply for the program?
    Please visit admission page; or contact our Admission Office 626-289-7719 EXT 115.
  • WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
    Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting hair-thin sterilized disposable needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. The classical Chinese explanation of how acupuncture works is that the hair-thin-needles can influence the energy channels (meridians) which run in regular patterns through the body, nourishing the tissues. The acupuncture needles unblock obstructions and promote the regular flow of energy (Qi) through these channels. Acupuncture treatments can therefore harmonize the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. One modern scientific explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling the specific trigger points stimulates the peripheral and central nervous system to release chemicals which may change the experience of pain, improve energy, or influence the body’s internal regulating system. Therefore, acupuncture enhances the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well- being.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT IN A TREATMENT?
    A session begins with a 15-20 minute interview (longer during initial visit) about your health concerns. Vital signs are taken and recorded before you are positioned onto a treatment bed to have the hair-thin sterilized disposable needles inserted onto specific parts of your body. You are to relax and rest for approximately 20-30 minutes while the practitioner prepares an herbal prescription (if applicable). Afterward, the practitioner will remove the needles and give follow-up instructions. Most patients feel relaxed and refreshed after the treatment. The number of treatments varies depending upon the severity of the ailment.
  • WHAT TYPES OF CHINESE HERBS ARE OFFERED?
    AMU Clinic carries over 300 high quality Chinese Raw herbs as well as individual herbs in concentrated powdered extract form. Ancient Chinese herbal formulas are an effective way of stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Most formulas consist of two to fifteen different types of herbs. Raw herbs are boiled together to drink as adecoction or tea while powdered extract could be easily dissolved for ingestion. In addition, patent formulas in pills or tablets forms are available for more convenient ingestion. Chinese herbology is considered quite safe and effective when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Oriental Medicine.
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
    The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan is a low interest rate loan, awarded regardless of need. In other words regardless of income if all other eligibility requirements are met, the student is eligible. As a result, interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed (paid to the school or student) until it is paid in full. This includes the time the student is attending school, as well as during the six month grace period after they stop attending at least half-time, withdraw, or graduate; for the life of the loan. Students have the option of paying the interest while they are attending school and during the six month grace period, or allow it to be added to the principle loan amount (this is called capitalization). Here at we highly encourage our students to pay their accruing interest so they do not end up paying interest on top of interest, which is what happens when the loan is capitalized. The loan goes into repayment six (6) months after the student has stopped attending at least half-time, withdraws or graduates. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan is available to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Federal Pell Grant
    The Federal PELL Grant is a need based grant that does not have to be repaid. It is available to students who exhibit financial need. Financial need is determined by the information you submit on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) such as income and asset information, the number of people in your family, the number of people in college, etc. Check with the Financial Aid Office or one of the Federal financial aid websites to find out what the current year award amount is.
  • Verification
    In accordance to the procedures governed by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (34 CFR Part 668.53), verification is required for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loan programs. When a student completes their FAFSA, the CPS (Central Processing System) may select them for verification. An ISIR (Institutional Student Information Report) selected for verification must be dealt with immediately. No aid can be disbursed until verification has been completed. In order for the selected student to receive their funding, verification must be completed within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the ISIR. This date will be enforced at the discretion of the University. The ISIR is received showing either an asterisk (*) after the EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) figure, which means the student is flagged for verification, or a “C” after the EFC, meaning there is a C-code exception If it is an asterisk, the FAO must complete verification by having the student complete the Verification Worksheet If the student or FAO did not use the DRT (Data Retrieval Tool) when completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a tax transcript must be requested to accompany the Verification Worksheet. If there is a “C” following the EFC as stated above, in many cases it is in regards to the C-code exceptions for Selective Service. The following must be done to clear this item: The student must complete the “Request for Status Information Letter” and return it to the FAO, or the student may contact the Selective Service directly at the number printed on the ISIR. If the FAO is able to establish no violation has taken place in regards to the student not registering for Selective Service from the information supplied by the student on the Request for Status Information letter, the letter may be placed in the student’s file and the financial aid hold on the student’s funding in the system may be released. If the FAO is unable to establish whether or not a violation has taken place, the student may contact the Selective Service directly at the number printed on the ISIR and also mail the Request for Status Information Letter to Selective Service. A response will either be mailed to the student of the school. A review of the letter from Selective Service must be conducted In most cases the letter will state it is up to the school to make the decision as to whether the student will be eligible to receive Title IV funds or not. All information from the student must be reviewed to make sure the student was actually unable, not unwilling to register for Selective Service. If it is determined that student was actually unable (which is usually the case with students who are or eligible non-citizens at the time they should have registered, but are not U.S. citizens and because of their age, can no longer register, or because of hospitalization, incarceration, or institutionalization) to register at the required time, aid should be granted. If it is determined the student was seemingly unwilling to register, aid should not be granted. The refusal to grant aid based on the student’s seemingly unwillingness to register must be documented with evidence and the reason given by the FAO and or the institution.
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans
    The Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford loan is a low interest rate loan, awarded on the basis of financial need. As a result, no interest is charged as long as the student is attending school on at least a half-time basis, and during their six month grace period after they stop attending at least halftime, withdraw, or graduate. The loan goes into repayment six (6) months after the student has stopped attending at least half-time, withdraws or graduates. The amount of your Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford loan is based on your year of study in college. Check with the Financial Aid Office or one of the Federal financial aid websites to find out what the amount is you may be eligible to receive. The financial aid year is from July 1 to June 30 of the next year, so your loan will have a fixed lifetime interest rate based on the above information depending on when the loan is disbursed (paid to the school or student). Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford loans are only available to undergraduate students.

WHAT PROBLEMS CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

  • PAIN MANAGEMENT:
    Migraine Headaches, Neck and Back pain, Arthritis and Joint Pain, Tendonitis, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

  • NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS:
    Paralysis, Post stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy & Trigenminal Neuralgia, Numbness and Tremors

  • NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS:
    Insomnia, Anxiety, Tension, Depression, Addictions to Nicotine, Alcohol and Drugs

  • RESPIRATORY DISORDERS:
    Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Laryngitis, Common Cold and Flu

  • CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS:
    Hypertension, Palpitation and Coronary Heart Disease

  • DIGESTIVE DISORDERS:
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea and Heartburn

  • DERMATOLOGICAL DISORDERS:
    Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and Hives

  • URINARY AND REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS/GYNECOLOGICAL:
    Cystitis, Endometriosis, Irregular Menstruation, Infertility, PMS, Menopausal Symptoms and Sexual Dysfunction

  • IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION:
    Chronic Fatigue, Allergies and the Effects of Chemotherapy.

  • GENERAL WELLNESS AND COSMETIC SUPPORT:
    Facial Rejuvenation, Weight Loss and Stress Management

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