College course is the remedy for clinical careers

Shrewsbury College are encouraging those interested in pursuing a career in complementary forms of healthcare to consider studying a degree-level course.

Qualified nurse Anita Tanner, 46, enrolled on the two year Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies with Clinical Practice so that she could help clients using a more holistic approach. “I came onto the course with no prior therapy experience,” she said. “It’s based on national occupational standards, so we treat patients with a variety of medical conditions and everyone we see says it’s a very professional setting.”

“Students in my group all come from different backgrounds, so we bring a selection of experiences to the course. Although I am unable to integrate complementary therapies into my work at the hospital, I hope to be able to start my own part-time business and introduce the techniques into a community setting. Working with hospices may also be a possibility.”

The Foundation Degree, which is accredited by Staffordshire University, places emphasis on work-based learning which is undertaken both within the College Clinic and on a clinical placement. It is aimed at people wishing to gain an understanding of the therapeutic application of clinical aromatherapy and clinical reflexology within the context of healthcare.

Fellow student Mary Emerson, 20, progressed from the College’s Level 3 Complementary Therapies course. “I already knew about different oils and a couple of routines, so it’s been good to learn about the clinical side of complementary therapies.”

“I wouldn’t have studied a higher education course if it wasn’t so local and because I’d already studied at the College, I knew it was a friendly learning environment. The groups are smaller than those at university, so we get more one-on-one time with the tutors.”

The Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies starts in January 2013, so there is still time to apply. For more information, call the Shrewsbury College Course Information Team on 01743 342342.
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