History About the School
◇ Brief Introduction
The School of Chinese Medicine for Post Baccalaureate was established on August 1, 2010, and the School recruits 45 college graduates every academic year since then.
◇ Mission Statement and Educational Objective
The School aspires to cultivate doctors of Chinese medicine that are equipped with knowledge of both Chinese medicine and Western medicine.
The educational objective of the School is to nurture professional talents in various areas, including Chinese medical treatment, clinical practice of Chinese medicine, medical engineering, and the research & development of biotechnology.
To achieve the educational objective of the School, students recruited by the School shall possess at least a bachelor’s degree. The School aims to train students to be equipped with basic theories and skills of Chinese medicine, the ability to combine knowledge of both Chinese medicine and Western medicine as well as the ability to conduct academic research and interdisciplinary research.
The School currently has 9 full-time faculty members, including 4 professors, 1 associate professor and 4 assistant professors. All faculty members are experienced in teaching and clinical practice, and they teach Chinese medicine, medicine and other relevant courses.
◇ Curriculum Design
The graduation credits required by the School are 233, including 220 required credits and 13 elective credits. The credits required by the School include 43 credits for basic courses and 177 credits for professional skills courses. For elective courses, the School offers two special tracks, including medical engineering and biotechnology (6 credits for each track respectively), and other elective courses (7 credits in total). Students shall earn all credits required by the School, 6 credits for either special track and 7 credits for other elective courses before graduation.
The School has facilities including acupuncture and trauma laboratory, histology and pathology laboratory, laboratory of medical engineering in Chinese medicine, laboratory of biotechnology in Chinese medicine, Chinese medicine preparation laboratory, research room of classic books on Chinese medicine and exhibition room of Chinese medicinal materials, laboratory of Chinese medicine prescription, laboratory of Chinese medicine regimen and laboratory of Chinese medicine diagnosis. With a variety of laboratories, the School aims to equip students with the following core competences:
1. The ability to differentiate clinical syndromes, diagnose and prescribe.
2. The ability to perform clinical practice on acupuncture, moxibustion and trauma cure.
3. The ability to combine knowledge of Chinese medicine and Western medicine to conduct case discussions.
◇ Future Development
1. Not only does the School offer professional medical knowledge, but also it emphasizes humanities, social, legal, and ethical education.
2. Aim to nurture Chinese medicine professionals equipped with the abilities to perform clinical practice and academic research, as well as possess the characteristic of humanities and the spirit of innovation.
3. Apply theories of Chinese medicine and methods of treatment currently available; enhance the interchange with relevant departments/institutes of the University to conduct further research and investigation into classic books of Chinese medicine.
4. Establish an interdisciplinary research team by cooperating with clinical departments at E-DA Hospital, such as the Department of Chinese Medicine, as well as the Department of Biological Science & Technology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering of I-Shou University. The research team will focus on the evaluation of clinical effects of acupuncture/moxibustion and traditional Chinese medicine treatment on acute, chronic or severe diseases, so as to establish a standardized and modernized model of diagnosis and treatment of Chinese medicine.
5. Offer a platform to practitioners of Chinese medicine to conduct clinical and academic research.
◇ Prescribed Years of Study
Students shall complete the study within 5 years. Students enrolled in the academic year 2010 and beyond shall complete a total of 233 credits before graduation, and they shall participate in the clerkship of clinical medicine in the fourth year and the practicum course of Chinese medicine in the fifth year. The degree of Bachelor of Medicine shall be conferred to students on graduation.
◇ Future Career
The School aims to cultivate students with diverse expertise, and students may find themselves able to enter a variety of industries after graduation. Students may register for the Examination for Doctors of Chinese Medicine organized by the government, or they may pursue further education about Chinese medicine at master’s and doctoral programs at universities at home or abroad. Students may also engage in the biotechnology industry that has a close relationship with the University to develop relevant products to benefit the general public.