Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Learn the Foundations of Chinese Medicine

During this course students are taught the basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine and are introduced to Chinese philosophy which forms the cornerstones of TCM.

  • Accredited by SNRO
  • Interactive Practice groups
  • Apprenticeships in our own clinic
  • Experienced lecturer team

Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our study coordinators are happy to tell more about the Foundations of Chinese Medicine course and answer your questions.

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Important bridge from theory to clinic

The class of Foundations of Chinese Medicine consists of basic theories such as Yin Yang and Five Elements, Zang Fu theory, TCM etiology, pathology and diagnosis. This class is an important bridge from theory to clinic.

In addition to the teacher contact hours you will work together with your fellow students in a Literature study group and practice together in the Interactive Practice groups. Already after a few months of theoretical training you can start to do apprenticeships in our clinic or at one of the clinics approved by Shenzhou Open University of TCM.

  • Duration:
    1 year (see Class Schedule)
  • Tuition fee:
    € 1.950,–  including exams, Syllabus (except Study books), tea & coffee
  • Language:
    English (This course can also be followed in Dutch)

“We educate students in accordance with the highest professional standards”

Be inspired to learn more about what Shenzhou Open University of TCM has to offer and are ready to embrace a new career path in your life.

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Subjects Foundations of Chinese Medicine course

  • Basic Characteristics of Chinese Medicine
  • Yin and Yang
  • Five Elements
  • Zang Fu Organs
  • Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
  • Etiology and Pathogenesis of Chinese Medicine
  • Tongue diagnosis
  • Pulse diagnosis
  • Other diagnostic methods
  • Pattern Identification: 8 principles, Pathogenic factors
  • Pattern Identification: Zang Fu Organs
  • Pattern Identification: Qi, Blood and Body Fluids
  • Pattern Identification: 6 stages, Triple Burners and 4 levels
  • Establishing contact with the patients: attitude of the therapist


Our Foundations of Chinese Medicine course has been fully accredited by the independent accreditation organization SNRO with 200 EC according to the newest higher professional education standards (HBO).

Also our educational program has been accredited by all related professional associations in the Netherlands including: NVA, NAAV, ZHONG, TCMned, VNT, NWP and FAGT.

Lecturers and Clinic team

All lecturers at Shenzhou Open University of TCM have a rich experience in both clinical practice and education. All our lecturers from China hold a TCM degree at university level and a medical license issued by the China’s Ministry of Health. They have received the qualification by the Ministry of Education in China to teach at university level as well. To ensure the high quality of our education, the lecturers are supported by our administration staff, study coordinators and the clinical training team.

Practical training and Externships

Shenzhou offers a unique opportunity to all students of Shenzhou Open University of TCM by letting students complete a quota of their apprenticeship hours in our affiliated clinic as part of their course without any payments. Our practitioners of Chinese Medicine at Shenzhou clinic have a broad experience in the areas of Acupuncture, Tuina and Herbal Medicine.

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Attendance & Study Load

We highly value the educational contact between teacher and student, therefore student’s attendance of a minimum of 80% of the lectures is mandatory for all our courses.

Besides attending classes (12 hours per month), students are required to do self-study, participate in study groups and apprenticeship with a total of about 5 times the amount of contact hours.

Being a student at Shenzhou Open University of TCM means studying at one of the most influential institutes of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Netherlands.

Register online:

We advise you to register before 15th of July 2020.

Easy online registration for our Foundations of Chinese Medicine course.