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Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics

Practice as a Herbalist

A herbalist provides their clients with a more natural solution to health care by using the medicinal properties of plants to treat disease and enhance health and wellbeing.

Herbal medicine has its origins in ancient cultures and the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 75% of the world’s population use herbal remedies as part of their primary health care. Herbal remedies aim to strengthen the body systems, help prevent disease and support the body in its ability to heal itself by restoring balance and vitality.

Herbal remedies can take the form of liquid herbal extracts, tinctures, tablets, capsules, and other preparations, which have been sourced from various parts of the plants, from bark to leaves, flowers to roots. All have different properties and can be used in a variety of ways.

“Nature itself is the best physician” – Hippocrates

 

As herbalist you will;

  • Take a detailed case history from your client
  • Discuss the clients  habits and assess their health needs
  • Prepare  & dispense tailored herbal remedies specific to your clients’ health needs
  • Monitor client progress and make changes to treatment plans as required

What you will learn

In the Advance Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics, you will learn the philosophy and science of herbalism in its historical perspective. You will explore material medica, learn about the therapeutic effects, constituents, specific indications, dosages and toxicology, preparation and usage of plants as medicine.

The Advance Diploma of Western Herbal Therapeutics is a work ready qualification; developed with a core holistic focus underpinned with the right balance of science.

 

A Practitioner course that delivers study/life balance

Course Duration: 3 years with a well-balanced study load averaging 3 subjects per term

Intake: Annual intake commencing in February

Study Options: On-campus, entirely by distance learning or mixture of on-campus & distance learning

Academic Year: The academic year consists of 3  x 12 week  terms

 

Recognition of Course

Nature Care College is an approved, recognised provider for the Advanced Diploma of Integrative Nutritional Therapeutics with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT).  Once you graduate with your qualification, you are eligible to join IICT to gain personal indemnity insurance to practice.

IICT - The International Institute for Complementary Therapists

IICT is a professional membership body that provides membership to thousands of natural therapy practitioners worldwide. IICT represents the world’s largest list of recognised natural therapy modalities.

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

 

The Nature Care Benefit

  • Training Practitioners since 1973 – learn from experienced, passionate educators
  • Flexible study options
  • Established in house clinical training with the option of external clinical training or you can do a mixture of both
  • Quality  education at an affordable price

The college’s quality education is complemented with great value courses to support people in transitioning into work they love! Our Advance Diploma Practitioner courses get you started in the industry at an accessible course cost compared to a Bachelor Degree level course.

 

Course Enrolment

You are welcome to enrol if you are 18 years and over. Nature Care’s unique campus atmosphere and wide demographic of students makes learning with likeminded people an enriching and fulfilling experience

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to practice?

You are legally permitted to practice as a Herbalist once you have graduated and received your qualification. This is permitted under the Australian Government Public Health Regulation Act. Health Care Workers such as Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Herbalists (amongst others), operate under the National Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Care Workers as Complementary Alternative Medicine Practitioners.

Do I need a Bachelor level qualification to practice?

If your purpose of study is to practice, you do not require a Bachelor as determined by the Australian Government Public Health Regulation Act; Health Care Workers such as Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Herbalists operate under the National Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Care Workers as Complementary Alternative Medicine Practitioners.

Our Advanced Diploma is a work ready qualification; developed with a core holistic focus underpinned with the right balance of science. At Nature Care, you will receive enormous benefit in your learning experience from a range for successful natural health practitioners who make it their purpose to pass on their knowledge and extensive clinical experience, while inspiring you with their passion.

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 has been a leading provider of natural therapies for over 46 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.

This Advanced Diploma qualification in Western Herabal Therapeutics has been developed in-house by successful herbal medicine practitioners & academics with a holistic approach; the result being the most relevant & comprehensive qualification in the field for those wishing to become practitioners.

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 our experienced clinical practitioners. Exposure to such depth of clinical experience mentoring and expertise provides students with the confidence to graduate as work ready practitioners.

The college also provides students with the option of completing their practical clinical training externally under the supervision and mentorship of qualified practitioners. Students also have the option of doing a mixture of in-house practical clinic training and external clinic 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 -from a range of study, options, being on-campus, distance learning and intensive class options for maximum flexibility

How does studying by distance learning work?

Both on campus and distance learning subjects cover the same course material and assessments. The main difference with distance learning is that you are able to work through the course material at your own pace and at a time, that suits you within the term.

For both on-campus and distance learning classes your course materials are available to you via our on-line student-learning platform. Here you will have access to the Subject Outline; Learning Guide; Assessment Procedures and Tasks; as well as any additional resources relevant to your studies.

If studying by distance learning your trainer will introduce themselves and explain how distance-learning works. You will receive regular posts through a general forum, providing additional guidance on course material and weekly tasks. These forums enhance your learning experience by encouraging discussion within your student group.

 

Testimonial

Nature Care has always been a student focused college, providing support for students and excellence in their choice of lecturers. I've loved studying here, and whilst it has been a lot of hard work, the learning curved is phenomenal and content excellent. - Junia Kerr

For further details please download Course Outline & Timetable 

 

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.

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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Two on-line quizzes

Pre-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
This subject is assessed by:

  • Two on-line quizzes


Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Pre-requisites: Nil


Body Chemistry A

Description: An introduction to organic chemistry, this subject is essential in helping you understand the human condition at a cellular level. The structure of chemical substances and interactions of these substances as they relate to biochemical processes within the human body will be explored.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • Two on-line quizzes

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure

Co-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems


Body Chemistry B

Description: An introduction to organic chemistry, this subject is essential in helping you understand the human condition at a cellular level. The structure of chemical substances and interactions of these substances as they relate to biochemical processes within the human body will be explored.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • Two on-line quizzes

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure, Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems

Co-requisites: Integrative Anatomy & Physiology


Botany

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

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • Two on-line quizzes

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A


Building Your Successful Practice

Description: This subject 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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • Two written assignments

Pre-requisites: Nil


Clinical Assessment Techniques

Description: This subject is designed to equip students with the skills required to take an in depth client history, to perform basic physical examination techniques (including observing and recording vital signs). Students will also be introduced to holistic assessment techniques such as iridology, skin, hair, tongue & nail examination as part of the client consultation- all techniques which form an integral part of the modern Natural Therapies Clinic.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One on-line quiz

Pre-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.

 

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

 

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • Case study assignment work
  • Ongoing class work, class participation and self directed learning (homework)

 

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Integrative Anatomy & Physiology;  Communicate with Clients; Herbal Medicine A, B & C Materia Medica; Naturopathic Diagnosis

 

Co-requisites: Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology ;Herbal Therapeutics 


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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this subject. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This subject is assessed by:

  • One case study assignment
  • Ongoing class work, class participation and self directed learning (homework)

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Integrative Anatomy & Physiology; ; Communicate with Clients; Herbal Medicine A, B & C Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Herbal Therapeutics; Symptomatology, Diagnosis & Pathology 


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.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Ongoing practical assessment tasks

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.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Ongoing practical assessment tasks

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 2C (Herb)

Students are required to do a minimum of 3 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.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Ongoing practical assessment tasks

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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One on-line quiz

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

 


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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Practical assessment tasks
  • One written assignment
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A - Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1B - Materia Medica

 


Herbal Medicine A - 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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

 


Herbal Medicine B - Materia Medica

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

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Herbal Medicine 1A - Materia Medica

Co-requisites: Nil

 


Herbal Medicine C - Materia Medica

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

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One mid-term exam
  • One end of term exam

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

Co-requisites: Nil


Herbal Therapeutics A

Herbal Therapeutics B

Herbal Therapeutics C

Integrative Anatomy & Physiology

Description: 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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Weekly on-line quizzes
  • One end-of-term exam

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems
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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One on-line quiz

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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

 

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Body Chemistry 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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.
 

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Body Chemistry 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.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.
 

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One written assignment
  • One end of term exam

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure; Anatomy & Physiology Body Systems; Body Chemistry A & B; Symptomatology Diagnosis & Pathology A & B
Co-requisites: Nil




You enrol and pay on a term by term basis.

Year 1 Fees:

Term 1 : $1,920.00

Term 2 : $1,840.00

Term 3 : $2,365.00


Year 2 Fees:

Term 1 : $2,060.00

Term 2 : $2,030.00

Term 3 : $1,635.00


Year 3 Fees:

Term 1 : $1,260.00

Term 2 : $1,065.00

Term 3 : $635.00

Total Course Fees: $14,810

When electing to do your practical clinic training externally.


Total Course Fees: $18,245

When electing to do your practical clinic training with Clinical Practitioners in our Wellness Centre.

The college also offers the option of doing a mixture of in-house practical clinic training and external clinic training.

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