Wang Center for Global EducationStudent Opportunities

Traditional Chinese Medicine:  Theory, Practice & Policy

Program Description:

Faculty Leader
Barb Olson, Clinical Instructor of Nursing
253-535-8490 or
Lorena Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Nursing, 253-535-7374 or

This course provides a unique opportunity to learn the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Chinese Practitioners in Chengdu, China.  Th course includes 75% TCM theories and 25% clinical practice.  It explores he Chinese Health Care system in which TCM is pacticed.  The course studies include fundamentals of TCM diagnosis, theories in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Tui na massage moxibustion, and TCM nursing.  The cultural richness of this experience will enhance student understanding.  The location of the delivery of TCM services will allow students to analyze the Chinese Health Care System as it incorporates TCM.  Course is taught in English.

Courst Highlights:

  • Attend a three-week TCM course in China
  • Learn hands-on from Chinese practitioners
  • Analyze the Chinese health care system as it incorporates TCM
  • Tour Beijing, including the Great Wall; Xian; Forbidden City; and other famous sites

Course Objectives:

  • Attend a three-week TCM course at the University of Chengdu, School of Traditional Medicine, one week of touring.
  • Learn TCM theory and practice from Chinese practitioners (hands-on practice will be part of this learning experience).
  • Explore the Chinese Health System in which TCM is practiced.

Course Credit:

NURS 287 and CHSP 287 (4 credits): Traditional Chinese Medicine: Theory, Practice & Policy. GUR/Gen Ed Cross-cultural Perspectives diversity requirement, deparment elective credit.

Program Fee:

$5,500. Includes airfare, visa, lodging, program related transportation and entrance fees. Most meals not covered. PLU reserves the right to add a surcharge in response to unanticipated price increase.

These estimated additional costs indicated below are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee.  Actual expenses may vary according to student interests, individual needs, and spending habits:

  • Passport (new) = $110 / Passport (renewal) = $135
  • Pre-travel evaluation at the PLU Health Center = $45 *All students are required to visit either the PLU Health Center or a personal healthcare provider to achieve the proper medical clearance.  Be aware that other medical providers may charge additional fees that may result in a higher cost than the PLU Health Center.
  • Immunizations = $0 to several hundred dollars **Vaccination needs vary on destination and individual medical history, and may be costly.
  • Airline baggage fees = approximately $25 for each checked bag
  • Books, supplies, course materials = varies
  • Cell phone and cell usage = varies
  • Personal Expenses = approximately $600. Check with your faculty leader for an accurate estimate for your destination.

Application Deadline:

April 13, 2012. A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required with the application. A $250 non-refundable program payment to confirm your participation in the course is due within 10 days of notification of acceptance. Maximum of 18 students.

Travel immunizations recommended.  See PLU Health Services' website for recommendations and costs.