University of Technology Sydney

99645 Clinic Level 4 and Acupuncture Techniques 3

6cp; 4hpw (workshops, lectures); clinical assistant level 4: 40hrs (Stage 4, Year 2)
Requisite(s): 99644 Clinic Level 3 and Acupuncture Techniques 2
Anti-requisite(s): 94680 Entering Professional Life (6cp) AND 94681 Entering Professional Life (8cp)


Approximately 30 per cent of the undergraduate training program is devoted to gaining clinical experience in preparation for becoming a qualified traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner. This subject builds upon the basic diagnostic concepts already covered, especially the four methods of diagnosis (si zhen), and combines them with the biomedical principles involved in orthopaedic assessment. The subject includes the program's Stage 4 clinical learning, experience and preparation, which comprises the following.

  • TCM orthopaedic assessment, which builds on the introduction to Chinese remedial massage (tuina) practiced in Clinic Level 3. In Clinic Level 4, the focus on orthopaedic assessment develops diagnostic skills and allows the student to identify regional musculoskeletal dysfunction. In the practical workshops, students apply their diagnostic findings to plan and carry out integrative treatment approaches using a range of external Chinese medicine modalities, including tuina.
  • Acupuncture Techniques lll, which extends and applies the basic theoretical constructs introduced in Clinic Level 3 and Acupuncture Techniques II to the practice of various acupuncture techniques.
  • Clinical placement hours, which develop the skills and duties required of a student practitioner working in the University's outpatient clinics. All students must satisfactorily complete the required clinical hours, case reports and competency assessments.

Upon completion of the subject, students have the basic knowledge necessary to undertake supervised clinical practice in the UTS Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage (Tuina) Clinic in Stages 5 and 6. Knowledge gained in Clinic Level 4 is necessary for further development of a clinical application of an integrative practice scope.

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Spring session, City campus

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