Friday, 18 January 2013
How Can You Make Complementary Medicine Your Career?
Whichever your chosen discipline under this vast umbrella is, it is a good idea to start with a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology. It can also help to study Pathology at Diploma level also.
It is a good grounding and some courses will combine these alongside the teaching of the actual therapy as well.
To practice any therapy commercially, you need at least a diploma level and be sure that it is a ‘level 3’ or above course . Level 4 being degree standard.
In the UK, you can study courses that are known as VTCT, which is a vocational training organisation, City and Guilds or ITEC.
There are also independent training schools and as long as their courses are recognised as matching the National Occupational Standard guidelines, you will know they are of good quality.
That said, some private courses and training centres are also excellent and it is best to make sure that if you go down this track, that you can get insurance to practice, which the training establishment should have ensured.
In the beginning like many subjects, a strong desire to learn and a passion for the subject is a good start. Some colleges may ask for a certain number of exams, but as most of these courses are for adults, life experience counts for a lot.
Some disciplines take 2-3 years of study, others 1 year and then advancements on top of that. Once qualified in one major modality, shorter courses are available.
Getting a recommendation of a place of study is good or the name of a tutor you would like to study under and find out their lineage.