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Basic Sciences

36 Units  360 Hours

Biology     3 units / 30 hrs

This course provides students with a general study of human biology and is designed as an introduction to the health care sciences, explaining biological concepts and processes and emphasizing the classification of living things, their unit structures, metabolism, response and reproduction systems. Topics covered include cellular structure and function, human organization, homeostasis, mitosis and meiosis, evolution, and the classification of organisms.   

Prerequisite: None

Chemistry & Biochemistry     3 units / 30 hrs

The first half of the course covers the principles of inorganic chemistry and application to various facets of life with emphasis on chemical properties of elements. The second half of the course introduces organic chemistry along with structure and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids and their relationship to nutritional science as well as their clinical aspects as essential nutrients to preserve health.

Prerequisite: None

Physics     3 units / 30 hrs

Basic introduction to the principles of general physics.  Principles of classical and quantum physics are introduced.  This course examines general mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, relativity and various technical concepts.

Prerequisite: None

Psychology     3 units / 30 hrs

Course covers various psychopathological conditions, basic techniques of assessment and treatment methods focusing on their clinical implications and applications for the Licensed Acupuncturist.  In addition, this class will emphasize on the patient-practitioner relationship and counseling skills so students can examine themselves and their biases in order to gain a greater understanding of who we are as healthcare providers in relation to our patients.

Prerequisite: None

Nutrition & Vitamins     3 units / 30 hrs

This course is an introduction to the study of nutrients and vitamins essential to human life and well-being.  Topics will focus on the essential elements of nutritional physiology, the roles of vitamins and minerals in health maintenance and as therapeutic supplements, and the use of food as medicine.  Students will learn to identify the functions, properties, human requirements, and food sources of essential nutrients and examine the ethics involved in making nutrition recommendations which affect the welfare of individuals, family, and society as a whole. Additionally, the course will explore tools such as the RDA, Food Pyramid and Exchange lists and their role in selecting a nutritionally adequate diet.

Prerequisite: None

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