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Integral Medicine Education

Study Program

The Integral Medicine Training consists of :
 

Requirement

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology APP/L1 & APP/L2 18 months
Clinical Nutrition CLN 6 months
Colonic Hydrotherapy CH 3 months

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Integral Medicine covering basic and pre-clinical sciences & Clinical Practice Training in Integral Medicine, gaining the Clinical Skills for Professional Registration.

Who is this course for

Students who wish to study and practice Integral Medicine.

COURSE: Integral Medicine General Practitioner (GP)

History of Medicine

Fundamental principles of health care

The immune system

Human Nutrition

Nutritional Medicine

Clinical Nutrition & Health

Dietetics, Principles of Alimentation & Nutrition

General Aspects of Dietetics and Health
Human Nutrition
Vitamins
Minerals
Principles and Bases of Alimentation
Macronutrients and Micronutrients in food
Diet therapies
Diet therapies and Good health
Highly Processed Foods: Physiology & Nutrition

Food as Medicine

Vitamins, excess and deficiency symptoms and food sources.
Minerals. Physical signs of nutritional deficiencies.
Nutrients that may be missing in certain disorders and diseases.
Supplements commonly sold in health food stores such as Coenzyme Q10, fish oil, malic acid, etc.

Exercise

How exercise benefits health
Stress
Sources of Stress
Recognizing signs of Stress
Stress and the neuroendocrine system. The adrenal glands and the physiological effects of stress. 

Human Hygiene

Hygiene
Enemata
Colonic irrigation

 

The meaning of illness and healing

ETHNOMEDICINE & FLORAL ESSENCES

Ethnomedicine: Harmony between Body and Soul
The Patient in the consultation room of a Ethnomedicine Doctor
Diseases susceptible to be treated by Ethnomedicine
Limits in the Ethnomedicine Treatment
Ethnomedicine Remedies and Medication
Floral Essences & The Work of Dr Bach Edward (1886–1936)

Salus Animae

An in-depth exploration of the human being as body, soul and spirit
Spiritual Attachment
Understanding and Exploring the Human Aura and the meaning of its colours
Crystals and Minerals and their influence in the Body, Soul and Spirit 

Clinical Skills

Clinical Observation
The Pulse
Indications of Dominant Humours
Urinoscopy
Stools and their diagnostic importance
The Art of History-Taking
Applied Clinical Science
Clinical Natural Medicine - Internal Medicine

ETHICS, DEONTOLOGY PROFESSIONAL & VALUES

Bioethical
Medical Ethics in practice
Purpose and Nature of Ethics
Relation patient and the Medical Physician 
Professional Secrecy
Listening and counselling skills

Therapeutics

Emergencies and Accidents
Treatment of Infants and Children
Treatment of Women
Treatment of Men
Treatment of the Elderly
Death and Dying
Medicine and death

Natural Therapies
Overview and Understanding of the Healing Methods of Natural Therapies


Acupuncture
Alexander Technique
Chiropractic
Therapies Corporals
Techniques Diagnostics
Therapies Energetic
Osteopathy 
Reiki

Treatment Principle and Therapeutic Techniques

Phyto Pharmacology
Técnicas para la aplicación externa de las distintas Hierbas Medicinales
Fitoterapia, Estilo de Vida y Nutrición
Interacciones de Plantas Medicinales, Efectos Secundarios y Contraindicaciones
Treatments and Natural Therapies
Treatments to certain conditions that may can be referred to an Allopathic Practitioner
The actions of Medicinal Plants and their physiological effects.
The body's systems and how to use Medicinal Plants to help out when they are not functioning as well as they might, thus providing a natural cure to body ailments.
Treatment strategies for disorders of the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems, including allergies and stress.
The use of Medicinal Plants strategies for digestive ailments, including indigestion, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.
Useful Medicinal Plants, diet and lifestyle in the management of high blood pressure, poor circulation, atherosclerosis and varicose veins.
Useful Medicinal Plants for coughs and bronchitis.
Using Medicinal Plants and diet to maintain a healthy nervous system and energy balance.
Allergic reactions, eg Hayfever.
Useful Medicinal Plants and dietary strategies.
Identify how to use diet, Medicinal Plants and other factors to maintain a healthful state.
How can Medicinal Plants help to improve the functioning of different body parts.

Preventative Medicine

Preventive Medicine is the field of Medical Science based on Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and it is practiced by all Physicians to restore and keep their patients in health. Preventive Medicine focuses on the health of individuals by preventing illness and promoting health.

There is no better way to treat a disease than to avoid it in the first place. As many diseases are largely preventable. Preventive medicine specialists are trained medical professionals who possess core competencies in research into causes of disease, and the practice of prevention in clinical medicine. They apply knowledge and skills gained from the Evidence Based Medicine.
 

How Preventive Medicine Works

Primary - Promote, Maintain Health and well-being, Prevent initial development of disease (Protect the Immune System )
Secondary - Detect early existing disease, Stop the initial development of disease (Strengthen the Immune System)
Tertiary - Reduce complications of existing disease avoiding disability, and death (Medical & Therapeutic Treatment)
Quaternary - Restore of Normal Health (Clinical Practice & Medical Advise)

Practice Management

The Practitioner's relationships
The Premises, Setting up a Practice
Employment and Management of Staff
Supervised Clinical Practice
Creating community outreach
Financial Management
Marketing your practice
Building a working relationship with allied healthcare professionals
Legal issues for the practitioner
Professional Research and Development (business, ethics, law)

 


Principios de Medicina Ética y Preventiva

1º. Ética: Todo el Professional Medico tiene la responsabilidad de saber distinguir entre aquello que es correcto y lo que no lo es, así como analizar las consecuencias morales de los actos del ser humano. Son ejemplos de aspectos éticos en la práctica y la investigación médicas el consentimiento informado, la confidencialidad, el respeto de los derechos humanos y la integridad científica.

2º. Juramento Hipocrático: Es el código ético de todo Professional Médico con respecto a sus actitudes, comportamiento y obligaciones hacia sus pacientes, compañeros y sociedad.

3º. Profesionalismo: Es el código de comportamiento que debe tener todo el Professional Medico de su relación con pacientes, compañeros y sociedad. Velar por el mantenimiento de estándares altos de excelencia en la práctica profesional y en la producción y transmisión de los conocimientos en competencia médica. El profesional medico debe poseer cualidades psicosociales y humanitarias como: solicitud, empatía, humildad, compasión, responsabilidad social y de sensibilidad frente a la cultura y las creencias de las personas.

4º. Valores éticos: Los valores constituyen un determinante importante de la salud del individuo y de la comunidad.

5º. Equidad: La equidad en el ámbito sanitario implica el ideal de que todas las personas deben tener la oportunidad de alcanzar su nivel máximo de salud. Nadie debe tener obstáculos para conseguir este objetivo.

6º. Calidad de vida: El Professional Medico Grado debe velar por la capacidad de sus pacientes recibir la mejor ayuda y atención medica que les permita volver a gozar de buena salud física y mental sin enfermedad, Incapacidad o impedimento.

7º. Estilo de vida: Una modificación del estilo de vida puede incluir actividades como el cambio en el tipo de nutrición y participación en programas regulares de ejercicio y actividades físicas y al aire libre.

9º. Comunicación: En el contexto de la educación médica, su función principal es el establecimiento de una relación entre el paciente y el médico. La buena comunicación efectiva haz con que pacientes mejoren más rápidamente, superan mejor el dolor, requieren menos medicación y experimentan otros numerosos efectos beneficiosos en su salud.

 


WHO Traditional Medicine strategy

The main objectives of the WHO Traditional medicine activities are:

- Facilitate integration of traditional medicine into the national health care system by assisting Member States to develop their own national policies on traditional medicine.

- Promote the proper use of traditional medicine by developing and providing international standards, technical guidelines and methodologies.

- Act as a clearing-house to facilitate information exchange in the field of traditional medicine.

The role of traditional medicine in health care systems, current challenges and opportunities and WHO's role and strategy for traditional medicine.

Many Member States and many of WHO's partners in traditional medicine (UN agencies, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and global and national professional associations) contributed to the Strategy and have expressed their willingness to participate in its implementation.

The Strategy was reviewed by the WHO Cabinet in July 2001 and, based on Cabinet comments, has since been revised. The Strategy was printed in January 2002.

The use of traditional medicine is quite different from country to country and region to region. For example, some Member States consider that traditional medicine is a priority for health care in their regions, but in other regions the role of traditional medicine is treated as complementary or alternative medicine.

WHO Traditional Medicine strategy 2002-2005 Pdf
 

WHO Traditional Medicine strategy: 2014-2023

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023 was developed and launched in response to the World Health Assembly resolution on traditional medicine (WHA62.13). The strategy aims to support Member States in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy.

Responding to the needs identified by Member States and building on the work done under the WHO traditional medicine strategy: 2002–2005, the updated strategy for the period 2014–2023 devotes more attention than its predecessor to prioritizing health services and systems, including traditional and complementary medicine products, practices and practitioners.

WHO Traditional Medicine strategy 2014–2023 Pdf


Entry Requirements

General

The College accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds and educational experience. Candidates from EU should possess good passes in Biology and Chemistry at advanced level GCE or equivalent (such as a merit grade in advanced GNVQ science or a BTEC National Diploma in Science with some merit grade passes). In addition applicants should have GCSE or Ordinary level GCE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language. For Overseas students, your local British Council Office will be able to give you general advice about how your own qualifications relate to the British system.

Alternatively, overseas applicants could consult the National Academic Recognition Education Council at Cheltenham. Mature candidates from EU who have successfully completed a University recognized and approved Science Access to Higher Education Course are deemed eligible for entry onto the scheme. Alternatively, mature candidates with the requisite GCSE or ordinary level GCE prescribed qualifications but not in possession of passes at advanced level GCE in the stated sciences may be considered for entry onto the college Foundation Course.

 Foundation course : Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

The Foundation Course : Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology represents an alternative to the Science Access Courses available to mature students. It is defined as a Level 0 scheme of studies, and is taught by means of distance learning and workshops during the period of one academic session. Organisation of the course is in modular format. The course is composed of modules, which are taught by means of intensive distance mode instruction. 

Students are required to complete coursework assignments and sit unseen written examinations. Students must gain a pass in all coursework produced prior to sitting the unseen examinations, which take place at the end of the academic session. Successful completion of the Foundation Course renders the students eligible to join the degree course. We welcome applications from mature students. We regard your previous life and academic experience to be potentially valuable in your future practise as a Phyto Therapist or Phyto Pharmacologist and will do everything we can to facilitate your participation in the degree scheme.

Preparatory Course in Plant Medicine 

If you are looking for a certificated distance learning course to satisfy your own interest in the subject or wanting to take a first step to explore a possible career in herbal medicine, then this is the ideal Course for you. It will introduce you to the world of herbal medicine, its philosophy, history and practice today. Each student is given a Personal Tutor, who is a professional and experienced Phytotherapist.

Study in your own home and at your own pace.

COURSE CONTENTS
Materia Medica
Learn how the healthy body is constructed and how it functions when healthy. APP - Module

 
Anatomy & Physiology
Learn common High Value Medicinal Plants HVMP plants, where to find them, their constituents and effects. Learn which Medicinal Plants are used in medicine, to treat ailments. Learn how the elements that provide the healing properties of plants are extracted and applied. Pharmacology Module

 
Diagnosis
Learn how to distinguish one disease from another. Learn how to tell the difference between a minor complaint that may be treated at home, and more serious complaints, which need professional, and sometimes urgent, attention. Learn how to become a medical detective and recognize common ailments by processes of elimination and broad thinking.
 
Pathology
Develop an understanding of what happens to the body when it is affected by disease. Learn about the changes disease causes to the healthy anatomy and physiology of human tissue.
 
Philosophy
Learn the history of medicine and the development of a integral approach to healing.
 

Study Time

The great advantage of a distance learning course such as "Preparatory Course in Plant Medicine" is that you can study in your own home and at your own pace. The Course, which is divided into four stages, can be completed in one year if a student is able to apply approximately 10 hours a week. However, students may take more or less time to suit their personal situation. The Course materials are currently sent by post. Throughout the year students may have access by email to a Personal Tutor, who is a fully qualified Phytotherapist. Students may enrol at any time in the year.

Key Benefits and Career Applications

The Course is a useful and practical introduction to the world of Herbal Medicine and for many it has been the first step towards a career in herbal medicine as practitioners, or in teaching or researching. The Course provides a useful and economical way of exploring the subject before embarking on the kind of enhanced study course necessary to become a practitioner.

The knowledge gained through this Course will enable you to be better informed when seeking treatment for yourself or your family.

Successful completion of the Course would also be helpful if you were interested in a career in the growing and marketing of herbs, or in working within the retail of herbal medical products.

Anyone wishing to become a practitioner in herbal medicine would need to undertake further studies such as the BSc (Hons) in Plant Medicine (Phytotherapy).

Discover the wonders for yourself and start to benefit from your knowledge.

Course Fee:

Foundation Course in Integral Medicine Practitioner

A special access course for those wishing to take the BSc Course but who do not have the prerequisite qualifications

Successful completion of the Foundation Course will enable a student to progress onto the BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) programme which in turn leads to various career opportunities. Mature candidates with the requisite GCSE or ordinary level GCE prescribed qualifications but not in possession of passes at advanced level GCE in the Chemistry and Biology may be considered for entry onto the College Foundation Course.

Overview & Student Support

The Foundation Course represents an alternative to the Science Access Courses available to mature students. It is defined as a Level 0 scheme of studies (this should not be confused with ordinary level GCE or GCSE), and is taught by means of distance learning and workshops during the period of one academic session. Organisation of the course is in modular format. The course is composed of modules, which are taught by means of intensive distance mode instruction. These modules cover Biology and Chemistry to A/S level, together with an introduction to History, Philosophy and Practice. Students are assessed through coursework assignments and unseen written examinations. Students must gain a pass in all coursework produced prior to sitting the unseen examinations, which take place at the end of the academic session. Successful completion of the Foundation Course renders the students eligible to join the degree course.

We welcome applications from mature students. We regard your previous life and academic experience to be potentially valuable in your future practise as a phytotherapist and will do everything we can to facilitate your participation in the degree scheme.

Distance learning schemes offer uniquely flexible study options for students who have existing work or other commitments but they lack the day-to-day contact with teachers and support services available from full time campus based studies. In order to cope effectively as a distance learning student you should be completely dedicated to this chosen course of study and be good at organising and motivating yourself. The College will do all that it can to support you in your studies, the specific support we offer includes:

  • the self-study course guides are designed to be accessible and easy to work with
  • a telephone support line is available (staffed by one of your tutors) on a regular basis
  • secretarial staff are always available during working hours at the College to deal efficiently with any queries that you might have either by telephone, mail or electronic mail
  • working with the University of         we are able to offer you access to all the major medical libraries in London, as well as to our own specialist herbal library at the College itself.
  • we are in the process of developing web based, and other media learning support that will gradually come on line during your period of study
  • we value your observations regarding the programme and pledge to make alterations to its delivery should you discover an area where specific change will enhance the programme.

STUDY TIME

A distance-learning course has the advantages of flexibility enabling you to organise your study around your work and other commitments but it demands significant study time. As a rough guide the amount of home study time required is estimated at between fifteen and twenty hours per week, varying slightly throughout the duration of the programme. This amount of study time can generally be managed around a part time occupation but will need a significant amount of planning, discipline and commitment to be compatible with a full time employment. We will do all we can to support you throughout your time with the College but it is important to reflect that you are undertaking a major course of study that will play a central role in your life for several years and to organise your life accordingly.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The purpose of the Foundation Course is to enable students to progress onto the BSc (Hons) in herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy). Upon successful completion of the BSc Course various careers become possible. Although the major focus of the degree programme is on enabling you to begin a career as a practising phytotherapist, former graduates of the College have also gone on to work in the following areas: as teachers of herbal medicine; founding or working within herbal product supply companies; as authors of books on herbal medicine; running their own herbal product shops as well as clinics; and as consultants to the complementary medicine industry in various capacities.

Currently most herbal practitioners work within multidisciplinary complementary medicine clinics or from private home practices. Statutory self-regulation will enhance the potential for working within conventional medical settings and a small number of practitioners are already doing this.

Although, like all businesses, it takes time and effort to establish a thriving herbal practice the potential rewards both personal and financial from running a successful herbal practice can be substantial and are on a par with those of other practitioners in the major disciplines of complementary medicine such as osteopathy and acupuncture.


FOUNDATION COURSE FEE

The Fee for the Course is £. This may be paid in full at the commencement of the Course or by regular instalments as agreed with the College Bursar.

 

B.Sc. (Hons) in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)

This is a unique distance mode degree course that has been carefully developed out of our many years of experience both in the area of distance mode education and our former residential degree course. Study at your own pace to obtain a qualification of international standing. This course is validated by Volksmed University. Intermediate awards are also available.

Introduction

The scheme provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical education in herbal medicine. It comprises an extensive range of subjects relevant to the study of High Value Medicinal Plants (HVMP) from the basics of botanical, human and biochemical sciences, through to herbal therapeutics, public health and hygiene and practice management.

Throughout, the degree scheme is ordered into a coherent system of instruction, which is faithful to the intrinsic standards set for higher educational practice by the University of East London. The emphasis is on an applied approach, ensuring that each subject taught is relevant to your future practise as a phytotherapist.

The ultimate aim of the degree scheme is to prepare students for a career in herbal medicine as competent phytotherapists. Upon successful completion of the scheme graduates should possess the requisite knowledge, skills and confidence to build effective careers in this branch of medical practice.

The course constitutes 3,600 hours of study, of which 1,200 hours are undertaken at each of the three levels of the scheme. Most areas of study are completed with testing by unseen examination, in addition to the production of coursework assignments. The coursework component carries a substantial weighting (i.e. percentage of the mark) which goes toward the final result for each area of study.

In the final year of the scheme students undertake research in a subject relevant to herbal medicine that is ultimately submitted as a dissertation. At the end of the study scheme students will sit the Final Clinical Examination that completes training in clinical practice and in effect represents the entrance examination to the herbal profession. In order to be eligible to sit the final clinical examination students must have completed 500 hours of clinical training (see below) at the College's approved training clinics.

In addition to the Clinical Training element, each academic year students are required to attend seminars in order that they receive contact instruction in the subjects they are studying. Students will also have the opportunity to attend weekend workshops that offer additional tuition relevant to the various areas of study.

 

Scheme content

The Scheme content is varied and interesting and provides both the knowledge and skill base required the students to become an effective phytotherapist.

A list of the various subjects contained within the degree scheme is provided below. These areas of study are organized into eighteen double modules arranged at three levels of progression, with six modules at each level. Each module carries a credit weighting of 20. One credit translates into ten notional hours of comprehensive study time. Consequently, the total amount of study time required to complete each double module is 200 hours. The latter in terms of study time includes contact time, as seminars and lectures, directed learning, undirected learning and assessment.


Click on a subject link for a definition of module outcomes.

Level 1 Module Subjects (20 Units: 200 hours study)
 
BS274 Clinical Diagnosis
BS275 Clinical Practice 2
Medical Microbiology 1
 
Level 2  
BS370 Clinical Medicine
Counselling
BS371 Medical Microbiology 2
Public Health and Hygiene
Differential Diagnosis
BS373 Clinical Practice 3
BS374 Clinical Practice 4
BS375 Dissertation

During each academic session students can elect to study modules to a minimum value of 40 credits and a maximum of 120 credits. Therefore, a student may undertake a minimum of 400 and a maximum of 1,200 hours of study in each year. Although students are given this flexibility in terms of duration of total study time, we expect the vast majority of students to complete the scheme in four or more years. The maximum duration allowed for completion of the scheme is eight years. (A further two years to complete may be granted)

 

Clinical Practice

A very important element to the programme is the experience gained whilst attending the College's approved clinics for the 500 hours of clinical training. In addition to these hours, students attend seminars which cover issues relevant to Clinical Practice such as physical examination techniques and practice management During your clinical hours you will see how a herbal practitioner works and be able to apply your theoretical learning in real practice situations with real patients, supervised by an experienced herbal practitioner.

Hours can be booked on a flexible basis to suit your needs. A minimum of 300 of the total 500 clinical hours must be completed at the College's own training clinics. 180 of these 300 hours must be completed at the Stratford clinic, whereas the other 120 hours can be done at either in       or at the College's training clinic . Using our own training clinics for a large proportion of the training hours ensures that there is a core central continuity of training and assessment. However you may take up to 200 of the additional clinical hours at other herbal medicine training clinics approved by the College to enable you to receive a varied clinical training. No additional fee is required for Clinical Training provided at our own clinics; the College may cover the cost for any hours attended at other clinics, or will at least pay part of these.

Students are expected to complete clinical hours in the following way:

  • Level one: 200 hours
  • Level two: 200 hours

A note about the amount of study time

You will find the degree programme a very rewarding course of study but you should be aware at the outset that it is also a demanding one to pursue. Students may find that they haven't allocated sufficient study time and fall behind unless fully prepared. A distance-learning course has the advantages of flexibility enabling you to organise your study around your work and other commitments but it demands significant study time. As a rough guide the amount of home study time required is estimated at between fifteen and twenty hours per week in each academic session, varying slightly throughout the duration of the programme. This amount of study time can generally be managed around a part time occupation but will need a significant amount of planning, discipline and commitment to be compatible with a full time employment. We will do all we can to support you throughout your time with the College but it is important to reflect that you are undertaking a major course of study that will play a central role in your life for several years and to organise your life accordingly.


Graduation qualification and professional membership opportunities

 

Career opportunities

Although the major focus of the degree programme is on enabling you to begin a career as a practising phytotherapist, former graduates of the College have also gone on to work in the following areas: as teachers of herbal medicine; founding or working within herbal product supply companies; as authors of books on herbal medicine; running their own herbal product shops as well as clinics; and as consultants to the complementary medicine industry in various capacities.
Currently most herbal practitioners work within multidisciplinary complementary medicine clinics or from private home practices. Statutory self-regulation will enhance the potential for working within conventional medical settings and a small number of practitioners are already doing this.

Although, like all businesses, it takes time and effort to establish a thriving herbal practice the potential rewards both personal and financial from running a successful herbal practice can be substantial and are on a par with those of other practitioners in the major disciplines of complementary medicine such as osteopathy and acupuncture.

 

Course Fees

There are three levels, each comprising 6 double modules, and it is anticipated that the course will take 4 years to complete – one year for level 1, one year for level 2 and two years for level 3.

However, the course has been carefully designed to allow your studies to fit in with your lifestyle. Thus you may elect to complete the whole course in the minimum of 3 years or take up to the maximum of 8 years (with the possibility of a further 2 years extension to complete). You must take a minimum of 2 double modules in any one academic year.

There is an annual registration fee of £ plus £ for each double module undertaken. This includes coursework, seminars and examinations.

We accept payment by cheque (in sterling and drawn on a London bank only), credit card, debit card or cash. Payments by credit or debit cards are subject to a minimum of £. A standing order may be required. Cheques should be made payable to

The College reserves the right to change any or all of these fees without notice.

To request a full prospectus click here or please email us for details of how to apply. Alternatively, you can telephone us on +

 

Post Graduate Diploma / Master of Science in Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)

The ideal Course for Practising Phytotherapists and other medical professionals

[Please note: Some details relating to this Course have yet to be finalised. For this reason some links on this page may not function. For additional information please contact the College Registry where a member of the Team will be happy to help you. Telephone  or email us.]

The Post Graduate Diploma / Master of Science Course in Plant Medicine


 

Who can apply for the Post Graduate Diploma / Master of Science in Phytotherapy?

Applicants must:

  • be qualified health care professionals with a degree or equivalent in their field.
  • be a member of the professional body governing their chosen discipline.
  • have experience in their chosen field of health care.
  • be able to provide proof that they have studied the following subjects to degree level and European Herbal Practitioners Association (EHPA) core curriculum standards:
    Human Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology.
    Clinical Sciences: Pathology, Differential Diagnosis, Clinical Medicine, (including orthodox Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
    .
  • Provide two professional references. One from the academic institution where they studied, the other from a colleague in their field.
The course has been designed by qualified phytotherapists to suit the learning needs of health care professionals who would like to expand their capabilities and complement their existing skills with the practice of Phytotherapy. An additional component in the form of a 12,000 ­ 18,000 word dissertation (primary text) will be offered as an optional extension to the Post Graduate Diploma Course for those who wish to elevate their qualification to a Master of Science.

Study Time

The duration of Stage 1 (i.e. Post Graduate Diploma) of the course will be eighteen months, but the Academic Calendar will not be divided into semesters. Four modules at Level M will comprise the entirety of Stage 1 of the course. The first two modules will form the first tier of the programme and the latter two, forming the second tier. Each module will have a credit weighting of 30, and will comprise of 300 hours of study. Consequently, 1,200 hours of comprehensive study time will be required in order to complete the Post Graduate Diploma component of the programme. This study time will include approximately 120 hours of Clinical training at our London Training Clinic in         . Students will be required to attend compulsory seminars either in     or       and these are likely to be over a period of two to four days, scheduled at weekends throughout the study period. Students will be assessed through their research and written work.

Stage Two of the Scheme is contained within a single module, Module Five. This module has a credit weighting of sixty and therefore requires six hundred notional hours of study time prior to completion. The bulk of the study time for Module Five involves active individual research (within a subject area directly relevant to Phytotherapy), formulation and compilation of The Dissertation.


Sequence of Module Delivery

STAGE ONE

120 Credits
1200 Hours of Study
Duration 18 months

Modules One and Two
Delivered Concurrently
60 Credits, 600 Hours of Study
Study Period: First 9 months

Modules Three and Four
Delivered Concurrently
60 Credits, 600 Hours of Study
Study Period: Second 9 Months

Module One
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Module Two
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Module Three
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Module Four
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Component 1
Plant Sciences
100 Hrs
First 3 Months
Component 1
History, Philosophy and Medicine (Phytotherapy in Context)
100 Hrs
First 3 Months
Component 1
Materia Medica
175 Hrs
First 5 Months
Clinical Practice
Full 9 Months
Components
2 and 3 Phytochemistry/
Pharmacognosy
100 Hrs
Second 3 Months
Component 2
Ethnobotany
75 Hrs
Second 3 Months
Components
4 and 5 Pharmacology
Pharmacy
100 Hrs
Third 3 Months
Components
3 and 4 Nutrition
Therapeutic Relationship in Herbal Medicine
150 Hrs
Third 3 Months
Component 2
Herbal Therapeutics
125 Hrs
Last 4 Months
  Therapeutic Relationship in Herbal Medicine
Exit Qualification:
Post Graduate Certificate
Exit Qualification:
Post Graduate Diploma

STAGE TWO

60 Credits
600 Hours of Study
Duration 6 Months

Module Five
Study Period: Final Six Months
Dissertation

 

Course Fee

The Fee for the Course is £3,500. Details about staged payment are available from the College Bursar.

 

Student support

Distance learning schemes offer uniquely flexible study options for students who have existing work or other commitments but they lack the day-to-day contact with teachers and support services available from full time campus based studies. In order to cope effectively as a distance learning student you should be completely dedicated to this chosen course of study and be good at organising and motivating yourself. The College will do all that it can to support you in your studies, the specific support we offer includes:

  • the self-study course guides are designed to be accessible and easy to work with
  • a telephone support line is available (staffed by one of your tutors) on a regular basis
  • secretarial staff are always available during working hours at the College to deal efficiently with any queries that you might have either by telephone, mail or electronic mail
  • working with the University of      we are able to offer you access to all the major medical libraries in London, as well as to our own specialist herbal library at the College itself.
  • The University of       is a member of the UK Libraries Plus reciprocal use scheme.
  • we are in the process of developing web based, and other media learning support that will gradually come on line during your period of study
  • we value your observations regarding the programme and pledge to make alterations to its delivery should you discover an area where specific change will enhance the programme

College Lecturers and Tutors

(Including Official Clinic Practitioners)

Tutors: Subject(s):
  Dissertation Supervisor
 

Botany Taxonomy & Field Studies, Botany Plant Anatomy & Morphology, Plant Physiology, History Philosophy & Medicine (in context), Dissertation Supervisor

 

History Philosophy & Practice, Dissertation Supervisor

 

Dermatology

  Pharmacology
 

Practice Management, Medical Laboratory Science, Ethnobotany, Evidence Base in Herbal Medicine, Counselling, Therapeutic Relationship in Herbal Medicine, Dissertation Supervisor, Clinical Training

  Dissertation Supervisor
 

Gynaecology, Obstetrics & Paediatrics

  Clinical Training
  Clinical Diagnosis
  Pharmacy
  Ethics & Medical Jurisprudence, Practice Management & Public Health
  Clinic Supervisor
  Clinical Training
  Dermatology
  Biology, Dissertation Supervisor
  Differential Diagnosis
  Materia Medica, Dissertation Supervisor
  Clinic Director, Materia Medica, Clinical Practice, Therapeutics
  Pharmacognosy
  Human Anatomy & Genetics, and Dissertation Supervisor
  Geriatrics, Dermatology, Oncology & Palliative Treatment, Nutrition, General Medicine
  Public Health & Hygiene, Botany, Anatomy & Physiology, Dissertation Supervisor
  Pharmacology

 


Education Policy

We aim to provide a professional education to produce professionally-qualified Health Care Professionals of the highest calibre and expertise who are skilled in all aspects of Integrative and Preventive Medicine practice according to clearly defined criteria (International Occupational Standards and Professional Institutions of Health Criteria), able to take personal responsibility for their actions and who have the capacity for self-reflection and continuing personal and professional development.

We do this by being an organisation that aims to:

A) Provide an appropriate learning environment by:

• Being a financially stable organisation.

• Using staff who are appropriately qualified, experienced and willing to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

• Providing students with adequate learning resources, student support and welfare.

• Clearly defining our objectives and ensuring that they are attained.

• Striving to improve and develop the course by continuous self-reflection and critique in response to growing understanding and a changing healthcare environment.

• Providing clear criteria for admission, progression and graduation.

• Adopting a student centred approach, accepting students as peers and engaging in genuine consultation and dialogue with them.

• Providing an appeals procedure through which staff and students can seek review of decisions made.

• Keeping clear records of each students work, with formative and summative grades and comments, to which students have access on request.

• Undertaking regular internal evaluation and monitoring of performance through investigation by staff and students and ensuring that any issues raised are dealt with by appropriate action.

• Participating in an annual cycle of review by a Professional panel, on an aspect of the course delivery defined by professional medical Associations.

• Undergoing Quinquennial Review by professional medical associations.

• Employing external examiners to ensure an objective viewpoint on the course and its assessment procedures.

• Providing clear criteria for assessment and methods on which assessment is made.

• Providing supervisors who have training in supervisory skills and in the assessment skills demanded of them by the School.

• Operating an equal opportunities policy.

B) Providing a course which:

• Enables the emerging practitioner to take personal responsibility for his actions and to be skilled in all aspects of Integrative and Preventive Medicine practice according to clearly defined criteria.

• Promotes a variety of learning methods.

• Encourages professional development by reflection, sharing experiences, research, support and supervision.

• Includes self evaluation to provide evidence of ability to meet criteria set down by the college, guided and monitored by peers, staff and college, to encourage a willingness to engage in self reflection in practice.

• Enables students to progress by a clearly defined route, by demonstrating evidence of competence of clearly visible criteria over a period of time.

• Provides an opportunity for clinical training with adequate insurance and effective supervision for each student.

• Meets recognised professional standards by ensuring that all relevant elements from International Occupational Standards and Professional Institutions of Health Criteria have been included.

• Gives students an understanding of the procedures and ethics of Integrative and Preventive Medicine research (i.e. Provings) and an opportunity to participate in original research.

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