Open Colleges Introduction to Natural Therapies Certificate is highly recommended for students seeking an overview of natural therapies practices, either for personal interest or prior to undertaking more specialised studies. You will learn about the relationship between traditional and Western medicine and be introduced to disciplines such as naturopathy, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, aromatherapy and Swedish massage.
With demand for natural therapies increasing, both in their own right and as adjuncts to conventional healthcare, this course will be of particular interest if you are considering a career in the industry.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Course fees from
- $45.94 per week
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
6 written assessments, 7 multiple choice assessments
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
Introduction to natural therapies
- Orthodox medicine and mechanism
- Relationship between alternative medicine and conventional medicine
- History of naturopathy
- Principles of naturopathy
- Conditions that may respond to naturopathy
- Relaxation and stress reduction techniques
- Acute versus chronic conditions
Western herbal medicine
- History of herbal medicine
- How do herbs work?
- Extraction, production and use of herbs
- Prescribing herbal medicines
- History of homeopathy
- The Law of Similars
- The Law of Minimum Dose
- Hering's Law of Cure
- Conditions that benefit from homeopathy
- Analysis of macronutrients and micronutrients
- A healthy diet
- Nutritional therapy for particular conditions
- Nutritional supplements
- History and philosophy of aromatherapies
- Methods of extraction
- The physiological and psychological effects of aromatherapy
- How to apply essential oils
- Hazardous oils
- Origins of Swedish massage
- The benefits of massage
- How massage promotes relaxation
- Categories of massage strokes
- The massage consultation
- Introduction to natural therapies
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent and
- Microsoft Windows 98 or
- Mac OS X and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
There are no additional requirements for this course.
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
Lindsey Porter is a Natural Therapies clinical practitioner who has worked in both in research and private practice with patients all over the world.
She holds a Diploma of Homeopathy, and has written numerous books and courses covering Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Massage and Natural Therapies.
Lindsay has also taught extensively in the natural therapies and homeopathic fields, and is the principal, founder and lecturer at a homeopathic college in Perth, WA. She has been a trainer with Open Colleges for more than 10 years.
- Massage textbook
- In Essence massage oils: macadamia and sweet almond
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