The Scope of Academic Curriculum
The curriculum is structured to provide students the knowledge and skills required to (1) meet the entry requirements of the professions of integrative health science, (2) diagnose the condition and problems of patients through new and integrative methods; prescribe appropriate treatment/ activities and medications; and recommend proper health habits and nutrition essential to maintain good health, and (3) conduct statistical and appropriate research to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative and complementary health treatments.
The CASM curriculum is comprehensive. It contains course that provide each student a thorough knowledge of complementary medicines and the skills to apply that Knowledge prescriptively in the treatment of patients. The course content, grounded in Vis Mediatrix naturae, is ingrained in the student through meticulous discussions and clarifications, and the practical skills are mastered by rigorous and repetitive practices under expert supervision.
Additionally, the curriculum is structured for courses to be taken in a logical and sequential order, This ensures that students complete subject matter prerequisite to pursuing an advanced level of the subject.
Students are expected to prepare for classes, which are offered monthly in an intensive weekend format. Instructors assign reading materials or exercises to perform before attending lectures, experiments, or observations. On occasion students are required to prepare individual or group presentations to enhance their learning and that of their classmates.
Comparative studies are a common mode of instruction. Learning from the practices, theories and research of others is vital in the health professions.
Students are required to study and compare methods they are taught with those performed and/or presented in medical health science literature. Group assignments help to make review an analysis of previous instruction more meaningful.
The curriculum requires that each student practice various treatments in a clinical setting as appropriate throughout the program. Experienced doctors and therapists supervise and guide the students in the application and understanding of various health assessments and medical techniques thus enabling students to become refined and skilled integrative medical and health professionals.