Teaching Plan of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program for Undergraduates (2013 Version)

Intake Year: 2013     

Dept.: TCM      

Program: Traditional Chinese Medicine     

Minimum Credit Requirement: 250

Duration/Degree:5 years, Bachelor of Medicine

Program Objectives and Requirements

Program Objectives

The program aims to cultivate the qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians that not only acquire well-knitted basic theory, knowledge and technical skills of TCM and western medicine, but also have excellent comprehensive qualities, practical ability and a certain basis of scientific research in different medical institutions after graduation. Moreover, this program lays a foundation for students in their TCM education, scientific research, international exchange and cooperation as well as administration.


Students should:

•have a broad knowledge of natural science, humanities and social science; 

•master the basic theory, skills, thinking methods of TCM and western medicine as well as the basic experimental methods of modern medicine;  

•have abilities to proficiently apply TCM and western medicine in diagnosis and treatment of clinical common diseases, frequently-occurring diseases and emergent, severe cases; 

•be trained with scientific thinking and scientific experiments; 

•master a foreign language and computer basic operation skills; 

•have the basic ability to obtain knowledge, raise a question, analyze and solve the problems independently; 

•have the spirit of pioneering and creativity; 

•have excellent cultural qualities and a certain ability to carry out interpersonal communication, international communication and fit in with the needs of similar disciplines. 

After graduation, they should:

•be able to engage in clinical practice, teaching, and research careers in TCM universities, hospitals or integrated research institutions of Chinese and western medicines;

•have a certain basic knowledge of physical education and military affairs; master the basic skills of scientific physical exercise and develop good exercise habits and hygienic habits; receive the necessary military training and reach the national standards of physical education and military training for undergraduates. 

•be able to perform the duty of building up and defending the motherland with perfect psychological quality and healthy body.

Instructions for Course Selection

The courses of Traditional Chinese Medicine are divided into five modules: basic common courses, general education courses, disciplinary general courses, specialized courses and other teaching processes.

Basic Common Courses

Basic common courses include courses like ideological and political education, military theory, college English, computer, which are open to students from all disciplines. Students need to obtain 31 credits from 12 compulsory courses. Overseas students do not need to study ideological and political education, military theory and C programming design basis. They need to complete 13 credits in this module.

General Education Courses

General education courses are university-wide courses aimed at improving students’ comprehensive quality, including 4 compulsory courses with 7 credits and elective courses (interdisciplinary basic courses or university-wide elective courses) with 10 credits.

The main purposes of interdisciplinary basic course are:

•to broaden students’ knowledge by extensive learning in the humanities, natural and social sciences and other fields;

•to enable students to master basic knowledge, principles and methodology in different disciplines; 

•to cultivate students with dialectical thinking and scientific and cultural qualities; 

•to improve the overall quality of students. 

Students are required to complete at least 10 credits besides the main core courses of their disciplines.

Disciplinary General Courses

Discipline general courses include compulsory courses and elective courses of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine. Compulsory courses of this module are composed of 21 courses with 70 credits in total. 13 credits are required for elective courses. In order to guide students to plan course-selection reasonably, the minimum elective credits must be specified in each semester. Medical chemistry course, if not been selected, can be replaced by other two-credit discipline general courses.

Specialized Courses

Specialized courses include compulsory courses and elective courses of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine. Compulsory courses of this module are composed of 14 courses with 46 credits in total. Minimum elective credits must be completed in each semester.

Other Teaching Processes

Other teaching processes include military training, clinical practice, graduation internship, graduation examination and social practice, which are composed of 7 compulsory courses with 61 credits and two-credit elective courses.

•Military training, which is exemption for overseas students, is arranged in freshmen entrance stage and includes entrance education.

•Clinical practice of TCM (I) is a proficiency test before graduation internship. Clinical practice of TCM II and III start from the 11th week in autumn semester of Grade 4 in teaching hospitals.

•Graduation internship starts in the third semester of Grade 4 and ends in the end of second semester of Grade 5 with a total of 46 weeks.

•Graduation skill examination is done by teaching hospitals at the end of graduation internship.

•Graduation examination is a theory test, which is composed of three individual parts. The examination includes these courses: science of Chinese material medical, prescription of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion, TCM tunica (massage), Traditional Chinese internal medicine, Traditional Chinese medical surgery, gynecology of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pediatrics of Traditional Chinese Medicine and so on. Students who fail in any one of these three papers must take supplementary examination and pass before entry results. Otherwise, the lowest score will be recorded as the final score.

•Innovation and entrepreneurship training is composed of innovation experiment, entrepreneurship training and entrepreneurial practice project. Students who pass the inspection of the project can get credits. Social practice includes community survey, productive labor, volunteer service, public service activities, scientific and technological inventions and work-study. 

•For each undergraduate student in the school time, the cumulative time to participate in social practice should be no less than 5 weeks. Each undergraduate student must participate in at least one social practice project and write at least one investigation report. Students who pass the check of the social practice project can get the credit.