Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinical Student Handbook


The administration of Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) and the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program, welcome you to Clinical Education in the study of Chinese and Herbal Medicine (CHM).

At NWHSU we recognize that the study of Chinese and Herbal Medicine calls to a particular person who values tradition while exploring new frontiers. The lineage of this medicine requires a facile mind and energetic body, someone who can memorize and think critically about traditional teachings while at the same time use modern research and practice to facilitate and promote health and well-being.

Many are drawn to our profession motivated by a desire to treat patients in a way that is not currently being met by allopathic medicine. Adopting a core philosophy of patient centered care is something that the practice of CHM has done for centuries and informs our clinical practice and educational model at NWHSU.

The faculty and staff of NWHSU are committed to providing all students with high quality clinical experiences that are more diversified than any other ACM school in the United States. The breadth of our external clinical program helps students meet a primary goal of this program: to graduate professionals who feel proud, grounded, and confident in clinical skills and comfortable in work as an integrative medical care provider.

Student clinical education is a fundamental component of the development and training of future healthcare professionals. By synthesizing classroom theories with practical hands-on application, NWHSU students have the opportunity to sharpen skills and meet patient needs in an ever- changing and integrative environment. In both clinical observation and internships, students are actively challenged to meet patients’ needs and learn the skills to be a leader in providing quality patient centered care informed by evidence-based research and 5000 years of practice.

As a future healthcare professional, your clinical responsibilities are of paramount importance to us. Your own commitment to clinical education is not something to be taken lightly, and as such our program has high expectations and demands throughout your clinical training. Our teaching clinics often provide a patient’s first exposure to Chinese Medicine and each clinical intern bears a responsibility to ensure that a patient’s initial perceptions and experiences are of a professional environment offering viable, effective options for healthcare.

This Clinic Handbook is a tool to guide your experiences through the multiple teaching clinics of NWHSU. It serves as a reference for the policies, expectations and standards of practice required of all interns enrolled in the Chinese and Herbal Medicine program of the College of Health and Wellness.

Students are wholly responsible for the contents of this Clinical Handbook. This handbook is specific to the ACM clinical sites and is in addition to all NWHSU policies and guidelines.

Questions and concerns regarding clinical educational policies and operations may be directed to the office of the Chair of Clinical Education (ACM)