|Title||Finding the right complementary therapies course|
Over the past 8 years the number of full time, Complementary Therapies degree courses provided within UK Universities has increased from less than five to currently almost one hundred. In addition, the developments within the Further Education and private sector have added to the increase in provision. With so many different courses on offer, finding the most suitable, quality course is becoming a challenge for applicants. Course titles provide little insight into the philosophy, nature and quality of provision while details within an institute's prospectus or web site frequently do not clearly identify distinguishing features.
Key characteristics of quality provision to look for in a course in complementary therapies are discussed. Aspects considered include: the type of institute, modes of study, which therapy and its current regulation, the skills development and clinical experience opportunities, the balance of subjects within a course, the experience of the teaching team and their research activities. Discussion is included of the need for adequate quality assurance procedures to ensure courses evolve to continue to meet the needs of those entering the rapidly developing profession. The relationship of the provider and the appropriate professional bodies is also discussed.
|Keywords||Complementary medicine, Complementary therapies education, Integrated healthcare|
|Journal||Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery|
|Journal citation||10 (2), pp. 92-96|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.ctnm.2003.12.004|