Course Descriptions


Anatomy

This course provides an introduction to the structure of the human body, establishing a solid understanding of the terminology and concepts relevant to the organization of the body at the chemical, cellular and histological levels. The course also focuses on the skeletal system, its physiology, and the anatomical landmarks and attachments for muscles, tendons and ligaments. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of anatomical terms and there proper application, the ability to identify and/or physically locate all the bones of the body and their major bony landmarks, and an understanding of the anatomy, function and location of the major organs and organ systems if the body. It will provide a basic understanding of systems and concepts covered and will integrate this material with the material taught in the other coerces within the curriculum.

As of July 2007 this course is 30 hours long at a cost of $315.00

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Basic AMMA Therapy

This course introduces the Oriental method of manipulation. Basic AMMA therapy 1 introduces the location and manipulation of the cutaneous regions, tendinomuscle channels, and the primary channels located on the anterior surface of the body. This course emphasizes basic AMMA manipulative techniques, hand exercises and other physical exercises to begin to develop sensitivity, relaxation and strength. At the completion of this course the student has a generalized knowledge of the energetic system, as well as the technical skills necessary to complete one-half of the Basic AMMA Therapy treatment.

As of July 2007 this course is 42 hours long at a cost of $441.00

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Oriental Anatomy and Physiology 1

Oriental Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the nature and distribution of energy throughout the human body. This course includes an introduction to the fundamental philosophical principles of Oriental medicine which include the following: Homeodynamic Model, Taoist Cosmology of the Universe, Yin/Yang, Five Elemental Theory, Nutrient Cycle/Cycle of tides, Six Jiao, Types of Qi, 8 Principles, Channel Theory, Transformation of Qi, Blood and Fluids. Basic Oriental Anatomy and Physiology will include some translations of Chinese Medical Terms. The course will also include a detailed study of the Conception Vessel and the first primary channels:Lung, Colon, and Stomach.

As of July 2007 this course is 36 hours long at a cost of $378.00

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Kinesiology of T'ai Chi Chuan I, II, III, & IV

T'ai Chi Chuan, an ancient Chinese System of exercise, is the basis of on-going practice in physical development and training necessary for a practitioner of the AMMA Therapy. T'ai Chi Chuan aids in the development of sensitivity, relaxed strength, emotional balance and postural alignment. T'ai Chi Chuan also provides an excellent means for increasing one's health and vitality.

As of July 2007 this course is 120 hours long at a cost of $1260.00

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Physiology

Physiology provides an understanding of the major systems of the body. This course focuses on the anatomy and functioning of the integumentary, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The student learns to identify and locate the major organs of these systems and describe the flow of body fluids through the major circulatory and lymphatic pathways. Pertinent abnormal physiology is discussed, serving as a preparation for pathology. Universal Precautions and communicable diseases will be discussed in the Physiology segment. Supplementary information is provided concerning metabolism, human development and fluid/electrolyte/acid-base dynamics. Clinical applications and a brief introduction to homeostatic/pathological conditions are provided for each area when appropriate to its application to AMMA Therapy.

As of July 2007 this course is 48 hours long at a cost of $504.00

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Basic AMMA Therapy 2

This course focuses on the further development of the practitioner's technical skills utilized in the full AMMA Therapy treatment. Basic AMMA Therapy 2 includes location and manipulation of the cutaneous regions, tendino/muscle channels and the primary channels located on the posterior surface of the body.

As of July 2007 this course is 42 hours long at a cost of $441.00

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Oriental Anatomy and Physiology 2

This course continues with the detailed study of the following Primary channels: Governing Vessel, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder, Kidney, Pericardium, Triple Burner, Gall Bladder, and Liver Channels.

As of July 2007 this course is 42 hours long at a cost of $441.00

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Myology

This course is a study of the muscular system of the body. Myology deals with the muscles located in the head, neck and trunk as well as the superficial and postural muscles. The student will learn the origin and insertion of each muscle, as well as to physically locate, palpate and demonstrate the action of the major muscle groups. A keen awareness of the skeletal structure is required in order for the student to participate in the practice of palpation and muscle testing done in class.

As of July 2007 this course is 30 hours long at a cost of $315.00

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Amma Therapy Applied Technique

This course includes the continued study of the principles and practices of Wholistic health. This course is essential in training the practitioner to be able to determine the focus of treatment and the appropriate choice of a treatment pattern for a number of common pathological conditions.

As of July 2007 this course is 30 hours long at a cost of $315.00

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Clinical Assessment

This course discusses the classical TCM methods of clinical assessment, including a brief introduction to the practice of reading the pulses and observations of the tongue. Various principles will be discussed, in terms of TCM concepts of pathology and physiology, including an analysis of the course and nature of disease. Classical concepts such as the Eight Principles - hot/cold, deficiency/excess, yin/yang, exterior-interior will be Studied, as well as the five seasonal energies of wind, cold, damp, dry and summer heat. Internal, emotional causes will also be introduced. Palpation and location of the traditional specific points including: Source points, Lou points, and XI-Cleft points, Back Shu points, Front Mu points. Analysis according to TCM theory will be explored through various case studies.

As of July 2007 this course is 42 hours long at a cost of $441.00

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AMMA Therapy Student Clinic I & II

Student Clinic is designed to guide student practitioners through their transition into professional practice. This transition is accomplished through professionally supervised internship where students further develop their skills in treatment, assessment, treatment preparation, patient recommendations, documentation of treatments, the use of specific points and techniques and the progress of the patient.

As of July 2007 this course is 96+ hours long at a cost of $1008.00

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Pathology

This class discusses the basic causes of disease, the inflammatory response and the healing mechanisms of the body as they relate to various conditions. Pathological conditions of the integumentary, muscoloskeletal and cardiovascular systems are emphasized and a wholistic perspective to treatment is introduced. At the end of the course the student will be able to develop a clinical impression concerning various conditions.

As of July 2007 this course is 48 hours long at a cost of $504.00

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Professionalism and Ethics

This course discusses the process, legalities and boundary issues in the Bodywork Profession. Topics of discussion, will include the following: business start up, management, ethics, professional affiliations, Wisconsin title protection as it pertains to the bodywork therapist, formulating an information brochure and medical intake form, marketing, and the importance of staying heathy as a health care practitioner. Two course semesters of twelve hours each are a part of this 54 hour segment and adapted into clinical ethics for the student to learn ethics and professionalism in the clinic environment.

As of July 2007 this course is 54 hours long at a cost of $504.00

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First Aid and CPR

The American Red Cross Standard First Aid and Personal Safety course, taught through a lecture/discussion/practice system, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of most situations when emergency first aid is required and medical assistance is not excessively delayed. It incorporates personal safety and accident prevention information to acquaint individuals with the causes of many accidents. CPR training enables the student to administer the correct techniques for providing blood circulation and breathing for victims of cardiac arrest. The program presents emergency obstructed-airway procedures and increases awareness of early warning signs, risk factors and symptoms. Any student, who is not FA/CPR certified, will not be admitted to the eligibility requirements of Wisconsin state registration.

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European Massage

This course introduces the fundamental aspects of European/Swedish massage and the basics of "spa" massage. Many aspects of massage with oils, aroma's, and the primary techniques of tapotement, effleurage, petrissage, friction, myofacial release, stroking etc. are included in these two semesters of classes.

As of July 2007 this course is 50 hours long at a cost of $525.00

Yama-Mizu Ryu Te Tai-jutsu and Karate-jutsu Martial Arts Training
This is an ongoing class to provide an increased awareness to the physical movements of the body in a more aggressive environment. It is offered only in addition to the mandatory Tai Chi Arts for integrating Kinesthetic awareness into the course curriculum. Enrolled AMMA Therapy students are entitled to unlimited classes in this art for the duration of their AMMA Therapy program.

As of July 2007 this course is ongoing at a monthly cost of $70.00 per month.

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