Become a practitioner in what is today’s fastest growing integrative healthcare modality, entering into mainstream medicine worldwide.
The Athens College of East Asian Medicine is dedicated to upholding a high standard of education. This ensures public safety. We train practitioners with a high level of commitment to learning.
GENERAL OVERVIEW of the BACHELOR LEVEL DEGREE IN CHINESE MEDICINE
Our 36-month Professional Training Program for Acupuncture or Chinese Herbology is designed for students who either work full or part-time and/or live in a neighbouring country which can provide flexibility by adopting an intensive session format for the first two years. These intensive sessions are scheduled as a weekend (Saturday & Sunday) class from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. once per month. They will also include fulfilment of asynchronistic self-study hours during the week that can be completed by logging into our E-learning platform. The third year will require a full 12-month clinical residency and this can be fulfilled in a variety of different ways.
- For the additional year of western medical science, an exemption is granted for medical doctors, physiotherapists, and other medical health professionals or those who possess the equivalent coursework required by their primary accredited diploma. We will waive these courses if the student can provide an accredited transcript showing that they have been completed with a minimum passed grade of “C” or higher.
- The first year of the Tuina course matches the first year of the Acupuncture course.
- Each Professional Association has their own set of regulations and requirements. Please contact them directly.
- Some courses can be taken concurrently (parallel), but ACEAM cannot guarantee that there is no overlap with some classes. Please take care to check for yourself, the schedule, before enrolling in two courses of study in the same academic year
Our TCM-Programs have been fully accredited by the independent accreditation Dutch organisation SNRO with 200 EC according to the newest higher professional education standards of the Netherlands (HBO). Together, with the SNRO accredited Western Medical Sciences courses this leads to 240 EC, which enables students after completing their studies to operate at the same level as HBO bachelor graduates in health care systems within Holland and other countries that may have a reciprocal agreement with ESCO–European Skills Competencies, Qualifications and Occupations. ESCO defines the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Professionals Labor Code: 2230*. The Educational Program of Athens College of East Asian Medicine in collaboration with our parent school, Shenzhou Open University of TCM, is in compliance with the educational standards set forth by the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association and all ther Member Societies by country. However, it is the sole responsibility for each graduate to verify the laws and regulations in the country they wish to practise in since each country within the European Union acts as their own regulatory body overseeing the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Professionals Labor Code: 2230.
The STUDY PROCESS
Language & Communication
To be able to follow along with the classes, knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite. English proficiency level is recommended. A student should also possess the basic computer skills necessary, to enable one to study at our e-learning platform on-line.
Attendance and Study Load
Our program includes face to face meeting time (1 full weekend per month) in addition to 15-18 hours per week of independent study logged into our e-learning platform where you record your attendance, write reports, post your homework assignments, and communicate with other students on the subject matter feedback forums. We highly value the educational contact between teacher and student. A minimum of 80% attendance is required and mandatory for each course. The study program requires a self-study load, engagement in study groups and apprenticeship of about 5 times the teacher contact hours.
There are 20 lecture days of TCM courses per year, and they are scheduled in 10 blocks approximately once per month on Saturdays and Sundays (apart from occasional exceptions).
There are 23 lecture days of Western Medical Sciences courses that are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays, or Saturdays and Sundays. All schedules will be posted on the E-learning platform.
STUDY MATERIALS and STUDY BOOKS
Students have to buy a number of books and mandatory readers. Supplementary syllabi, if applicable, may be distributed during the course. Below, the main study books are listed. Most of these books are available in our school library. We offer students access to the library to read the book as they see fit. The study coordinators will inform you after your registration about the most recent list of mandatory books with additional information such as, edition and ISBN numbers.
Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Cheng Xinnong
- The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Giovanni Maciocia
- The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine (Neijing Suwen), Maosheng Ni
- Practical Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tietao Deng
- Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, Barbara Kirchbaum
- Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine – A Comprehensive Guide, Giovanni Maciocia
- The Channels of Acupuncture, Giocanni Maciocia
- The Practice of Chinese Medicine, Giovanni Maciocia
- A Manual of Acupuncture, Peter Deadman
- The Practical Application of Acupuncture & Moxibustion (syllabi), Shenzhou Open University of TCM
- Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine, Wang Ju Yi & Jason Robertson
- The Treatment of Pain, Sun Peilin
- Chinese Herbal Medicine, Materia Medica and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Formulas & Strategies (Two Volumes), Dan Bensky
- The Practice of Herbs and Formulae (Syllabi), Shenzhou Open University of TCM
- Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics, Yifan Yang
- Chinese Medicine Study Guide: Formulae, Li Qing-ye
- Tuini therapy-treatment of adults & children, Weizhong Sun and Arne Kapner
- Syllabi, Shenzhou Open University of TCM
- Chinese Tui Na Massage: The Essential Guide to Treating Injuries, Improving Health & Balancing Qi, Xiancai Xu
- Introduction to Tui Na, World Century Publishing Corporation, Lan-qing Liu, Xiao Jiang, Gui-bao Ke
Foundations of Western Medical Sciences
Anatomy and Physiology
- Human Anatomy & Physiology, Elaine N. Marieb & Katja Hoehn
- Readers, Shenzhou Open University of TCM
- Reader Psychology, based on the book: Psychology, the Science of Mind and Behavior (N. Holt, A Bremner, E. Sutherland, M.Vliek, M. Passer & R. Smith), Shenzhou Open University of TCM Pathology
- Readers, A.C.F.M Korthout
- Underwood’s Pathology; A Clinical Approach, Simon S. Cross
- Mind Maps in Pathology, Peter Dervan
- Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy, William N. Scott
ADVANTAGES / OPPORTUNITIES
Practical Training and Externships
Starting from the basic year Foundations of Chinese Medicine, students will be trained in Case Analysis, Acupuncture Technique or Tuina Manipulation practice according to their chosen course. In addition, students need to complete extended mandatory clinical training and internship.
Athens College of East Asian Medicine (ACEAM) offers a unique opportunity to all students to complete a quote of their apprenticeship/internship hours in our affiliated clinic as part of their course without any payments. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine at our clinic have broad experience in the areas of Acupuncture, Tuina, and Herbal Medicine
External Apprenticeships / Internships
Students of Athens College of East Asian Medicine can also do part of their apprenticeship with TCM practitioners which have been accredited by ACEAM & Shenzhou Open University.
Athens College of East Asian Medicine has established a cooperating partnership with Shenzhou Open University.
Students can also do part of their internships at hospitals in other countries and local hospitals that are approved by the WHO (World Health Organisation). Apprenticeships abroad can only comprise up to a maximum of 50% of the total mandatory apprenticeship hours. Prior permission from the study coordinators is required.
TUITION FEE, EXAM FEE & PAYMENTS
The cost of registration is 200€ which will be deducted from the tuition fees. The tuition fee is 2400€ + (24%VAT) for the ACEAM Diploma and 2950€ + (24%VAT) for the dual ACEAM & Shenzhou Open University Diploma. If you combine two studies (if the schedule permits it, e.g. a TCM course and a Western Medical Sciences course, you will need to pay the tuition fee for each course.
Books are not included in the tuition fees.
Exam Fee for Students of Athens College of East Asian Medicine
The first exam and first -re-examination are without extra cost. A second retake exam will be charged with 100 €.
Payments: Students who are admitted to the courses receive an invoice. The tuition and registration costs must be paid 5 working days before the start of the courses. Partial payments are possible with an extra cost of 100€ and should be paid upon registration. Early bird: Students that will apply for enrollment before the 1st of June 2022 will have a price reduction of 100 euros. Late payments will be charged with a 50 euro administration costs.
Cancellation: Cancellation of a registration by the student should be done in writing. Cancellation up to 30 days before the course starts: No cancellation costs. Cancellations after that period, up to one week before the course starts: A registration fee of 75 euros. Thereafter, the rules regarding Refunds are applicable.
Refunds: Tuition fees will, in principle, not be refunded except in rare and extreme cases when students are not able to finish their studies due to serious accidents, illness, or death. In these cases, the student or relative can apply in writing to the College office for a refund. Those who apply for a refund within one week before the start of the course will get 75% of the fees refunded. Those who apply within three weeks after the course starts will receive 50% of the fees. After this date, there is no longer any right of refund. Registration & Administration Fees are not refundable.
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