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Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics

 

This Herbal Medicine qualification is geared towards those wishing to practice as a Herbalist with a holistic approach.

As a qualified Herbalist you study and learn the amazing healing properties of herbal medicine and apply these in a clinical setting, to support clients to achieve and maintain good health.

The Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics qualification incorporates studies in herbal medicines, botany, herbal medicine manufacturing, herbal medicine history and therapeutic applications,  the preparation of herbal extracts and the philosophy and science of herbalism. Combined with studies in medical sciences and professional practice studies, these qualify & equip you to become a professional practising Herbalist.

Offering a wide range of flexible study options and payment plans, the Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics offers the perfect pathway to pursue your passion for Herbal Medicine with a well-balanced study load and the most affordable work ready qualification available.

The entire qualification can be studied via on-line learning or on campus in Sydney or a combination of both. 

Distance learning is a great option if you're looking for the flexibility of being able to study without being on campus! Your course materials & assessments are accessible on-line and you have access to your Trainer for help & support through on-line forums.

Studying by distance learning allows you to pace your terms studies around your lifestyle!

Recognition of Course

Nature Care College is an approved training provider for the Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics with;

IICT - The International Institute for Complementary Therapists Professional membership & insurance for Every Therapist - Once you have graduated with your Advanced Diploma from Nature Care College, you are eligible to join the IICT Visit: www.iict.com.au

ACONT - Australian Committee of Natural Therapies Established in 1990. ACONT is a Schedule 1 National Association listed with the Therapeutics Goods Administration for Natural and Traditional Therapies. Membership provides discounted Public Liability Insurance and the ability to advertise and sell TGA Schedule 1 products for clients - Visit: www.acont.org.au

Nature Care College courses are not nationally recognised qualifications under the Australian Qualification Framework, do not lead to the issuance of AQF certification documentation and Nature Care College is not registered by ASQA to deliver the course.

Frequently asked questions about the Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics

What are the requirements to practice?

Nature Care College Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics will enable you to gain access to insurance and start practicing. Our Advanced Diploma course is a work ready qualification approved by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), where graduates are eligible to register for their insurance, as well as the Australian Committee of Natural Therapies (ACONT), where graduates are eligible for discounted Public Liability insurance and the ability to sell TGA Schedule 1 products to clients.  

If your purpose of study is to practice, then a Nature Care College Advance Diploma will enable you to practice and enter the industry as a confident practitioner and at an affordable price.

Who are my Trainers?

Nature Care College has been a leading provider of natural therapies for 44 years! The college is renowned for its natural medicine curriculum, passionate and experiences Trainers and professional, caring environment. Students in the Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics receive great benefits in learning from Trainers who are successful practitioners and who love sharing their first-hand clinical experience with their students.

Do I need to outsource my clinical training?

The College campus has an established in-house Wellness Centre where students put their theory into practice during their final year of study treating members of the public under the supervision of experienced clinical practitioners. In our busy Wellness Centre, students treat patients with preventative health care solutions to improve well-being and patients with existing health conditions. Exposure to such depth of clinical experience and expertise provides students with the confidence to graduate as work ready practitioners.

For on-line students who reside interstate, the college also has a network of qualified practitioners to access for clinical training.

Is there flexibility and can I choose my own study schedule?

Providing work-life ?study balance with flexibility is a key feature of all study programs at the College. Lifestyle friendly flexible study options allow you to create the schedule that best suits you - choosing from a wide range of classes offered, combining face to face, distance learning and intensive options for maximum flexibility

This Nature Care College Advaned Diploma qualification in Herbal Medicine has been developed in-house by successful practitioners & academics; the result being the most relevant & comprehensive qualification in the field for those wishing to become practitioners in Herbal Medicine.

For further details please download Course Outline

Recommended Study Plan: 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time

UNITS OF STUDY

Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure

Description: A fundamental component of all major modalities, this subject will teach you an overview of the fundamental Anatomy of Body Structures. This course will focus on the anatomy of the external body structures including the skin and accessory structures, bones of the skeleton, joints and the skeletal muscles.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

 

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via mid-term and end of term Assessment plus class participation, or for distance students participation in on-line forums.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil


Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems

Description: A fundamental component of all major modalities, this subject continues on from Anatomy and Physiology of Body Structures and will focus on the anatomy and physiological functioning of each Body System. The final component of this course will focus on processes of pregnancy, labour and lactation and the impact of each body system on Homeostasis and in ageing.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via mid-term assessment, end of term Assessment & class participation, or for distance students participation in on-line forums.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Pre-requisites: Nil
Co-requisites: Nil


Integrative Anatomy & Physiology

This unit of study integrates your knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems and Body Structure, increasing your understanding of a wide range of body functions. Subjects studied include the anatomy and physiology of stress, sleep, consciousness, memory, emotions and behaviour.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via a mid-term quiz and end of term quiz plus class participation, or for distance students participation in on-line forums.

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems
Co-requisites: Nil 

 


Biomedical Science A

Description: Time to explore the microcosm in detail! With an emphasis on organic chemistry, this unit of study is essential in helping you understand the human condition at a cellular level. The unit describes the structure of chemical substances and interactions of these substances as they relate to biochemical processes within the human body.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

 

Assessment (indicative only): The unit is assessed via mid-term quiz and end of term quiz

Pre-requisites: Biomedical Science must be completed in order A then B

Co-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure & Body Systems

 


Biomedical Science B

Description: Time to explore the microcosm in detail! With an emphasis on organic chemistry, this unit of study is essential in helping you understand the human condition at a cellular level. The unit describes the structure of chemical substances and interactions of these substances as they relate to biochemical processes within the human body.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Assessment (indicative only): The unit is assessed via mid-term quiz and end of term quiz

Pre-requisites: Biomedical Science must be completed in order A then B

Co-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure & Body Systems


Botany

Description: An introduction to basic plant botany and plant morphology, as well as the process of plant identification.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via online quizzes and a written assignment

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A

 


Business Skills For Healthcare Practitioners

Description: This unit of study will describe the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in a healthcare setting with clients, staff, visitors, suppliers and others. You will acquire skills and knowledge to implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements, skills and knowledge required to arrange referrals to other health care professionals and to provide administration for a clinical health practice.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via assignment and on-line quiz.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

 


Clinical Practice 1A (Nat/Herbs)

Description: These lectures will enable you to consolidate your knowledge of medical sciences and naturopathic protocols; aiming to assist you in solving problems, emulating the methods used by naturopaths and herbalists in their own clinics. Focusing on those health complaints commonly encountered in early practice. This subject involves a considerable amount of home study.

 

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

 

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via assignments throughout the year.

 

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Integrative Anatomy & Physiology; Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology 1; Foundations of Nutrition; Communicate with Clients; Communicate in Health; Principles of Micronutrients; Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C Materia Medica

 

Co-requisites: Herbal Therapeutics 2; For students completing the Advanced Diploma of Int. Natural Health, Naturopathic Diagnosis is also a co-requisite 


Clinical Practice 1B (Nat/Herbs)

Description: These lectures will enable you to consolidate your knowledge of medical sciences and naturopathic protocols; aiming to assist you in solving problems, emulating the methods used by naturopaths and herbalists in their own clinics. Focusing on those health complaints commonly encountered in early practice. This subject involves a considerable amount of home study.

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via assignments throughout the year.

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Integrative Anatomy & Physiology; Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology 1; Foundations of Nutrition; Communicate with Clients; Communicate in Health; Principles of Micronutrients; Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Herbal Therapeutics 2; For students completing the Advanced Diploma of Int. Natural Health, Naturopathic Diagnosis is also a co-requisite 


Clinical Practice 2A (Herb)

Description: Students are required to do a minimum of 2 terms in total of Clinical training where students dispense, observe and eventually conduct consultations with clients in the College’s Professional Training Clinic, under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C; Botany; Manufacturing; Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Integrative Anatomy & Physiology

Co-requisites: Clinical Practice 1 (Nat/Herbs); Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology 1 


Clinical Practice 2B (Herb)

Description: Students are required to do a minimum of 2 terms in total of Clinical training where students dispense, observe and eventually conduct consultations with clients in the College’s Professional Training Clinic, under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C; Botany; Manufacturing; Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Integrative Anatomy & Physiology

Co-requisites: Clinical Practice 1 (Nat/Herbs); Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology 1 


Communicate With Clients

Description: This unit of study covers the skills required by practitioners to establish and maintain effective communication with clients throughout all interactions and provide basic counselling as required and as appropriate to facilitate the treatment or health service being provided. The skills apply to work in a range of health settings where health services are provided with direct client contact involved.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via:
Case study assessment tasks and on line quiz

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

 


Evidence Based Practice

Description: This unit of study will enhance your critical thinking skills and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to source and evaluate relevant information and then apply those findings to clinical practice.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via two assessment tasks and class participation, or for distance students participation in on-line forums.

Pre-requisites: None

Co-requisites: None


Herbal Manufacturing

Description: Methods of herbal manufacturing are covered in this course, including harvesting, drying and storing as well as extraction methods. You will learn how to identify legal restrictions on manufacturing and dispensing herbs.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via assessment tasks and on-line final exam. 

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A - Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1B - Materia Medica

 


Herbal Medicine 1A - Materia Medica

Description: Welcome to the wonderful world of Herbal Medicine! This one-year Unit of Study introduces the philosophy and science of herbalism in its historical perspective. You will explore the materia medica, learn about the therapeutic effects, constituents,
preparation and usage of plants as medicine.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed per term via an assignment, mid term and end of term exam.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

 


Herbal Medicine 1B - Materia Medica

Description: This unit of of study builds on the knowledge covered in Herbal Medicine 1A.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed per term via an assignment, mid term and end of term exam.

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A - Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Nil

 


Herbal Medicine 1C - Materia Medica

Description: This unit of of study builds on the knowledge covered in Herbal Medicine 1A & 1B.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed per term via an assignment, mid term and end of term exam.

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A & 1B - Materia Medica.

Co-requisites: Nil


Herbal Therapeutics (GIT)

Description: You will learn how to diagnose, manage, prescribe and dispense herbal medicines for disease/dysfunction of the digestive system

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via case studies (3), due throughout the term, an end of term exam and class participation. For distance students participation in on-line forums is required.
Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C Materia Medica; Botany; Herbal Manufacturing
Co-requisites: Nil 


Herbal Therapeutics (Repro)

Description: In this Unit of Study students will learn to diagnose, manage and prescribe herbal medicine for disease and dysfunction of the female reproductive system.

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via case studies (3), due throughout the term, an end of term exam and class participation. For distance students participation in on-line forums is required.
Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C Materia Medica; Botany; Herbal Manufacturing
Co-requisites: Nil 


Herbal Therapeutics (Resp)

Description: You will learn how to diagnose, manage, prescribe and dispense herbal medicines for disease/dysfunction of the respiratory system.

 

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via case studies (3), due throughout the term, an end of term exam and class participation. For distance students participation in on-line forums is required.
Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A, 1B & 1C Materia Medica; Botany; Herbal Manufacturing
Co-requisites: Nil 


Safe Practices

Description:  This unit incorporates the skills and knowledge required to comply with infection control policies and procedures and contribute to WHS processes.

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via an assignment, on line quiz and class participation, or for distance students participation in on-line forums.

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Co-requisites: Nil.


Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology A

Description: A one year unit of study which introduces students to basic pathological processes, methodology of history taking, physical examination and incorporating studies of diseases in each body system.

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via an end of term exam and Assignment.
Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Biomedical Science A & B
Co-requisites: Nil 

 


Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology B

Description: A one year unit of study which introduces students to basic pathological processes, methodology of history taking, physical examination and incorporating studies of diseases in each body system.

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via an end of term exam and Assignment.
Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Biomedical Science A & B; Symptomatology Diagnosis & Pathology A
Co-requisites: Nil 


Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology C

Description: A one year unit of study which introduces students to basic pathological processes, methodology of history taking, physical examination and incorporating studies of diseases in each body system.

Self-Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via an end of term exam and Assignment.
Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Biomedical Science A & B; Symptomatology Diagnosis & Pathology A & B
Co-requisites: Nil 




Course tuition fees for each term will depend on the number of units of study in which you enrol into. You enrol and pay on a term by term basis.

Year 1 Fees:

Term 1 : $1,990.00

Term 2 : $2,255.00

Term 3 : $2,285.00


Year 2 Fees:

Term 1 : $2,275.00

Term 2 : $3,030.00

Term 3 : $2,460.00

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