Fitting in the herbs course with your life and your practice
Students studying on our MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine have busy lives, and fitting the course in around work, family and other commitments is an important consideration. Our course is long established, but it’s not static – our experienced teaching team is continually developing the course to ensure that it’s manageable for our students
How we help you to maintain a balance
- Our e-learning programme is structured to help you to study herbs in a highly flexible way, whenever it suits you. All you need is an internet connection and you can study at home, in clinic between patients, on the move – wherever you choose.
- We have reduced the number of weekends of College attendance in the first two years from 12 weekends each year to 10 weekends each year and included e-learning to compensate for this.
- Clinic days are on Mondays and Tuesdays and students who are travelling the furthest are given priority for clinic days after weekend classroom attendance, reducing costs and time spent travelling
How many hours study on top of the course time will I be expected to study?
"It's a great course. I am having a great learning experience at a pace that is feasible for someone who has a busy life with work and family."
We recommend that for every hour that you are in class and clinic that you factor in 2-3 extra study hours. You can study flexibly and much of the learning about herbs and formulae works well in small chunks of time, so you can fit it into your home and clinic routine. You will also find that some of your time with your patients benefits your studies – you will naturally start to think about herbal approaches appropriate to the patients you see for acupuncture, and this will benefit your patients by informing your diagnosis and choice of treatment principles and acupuncture points, while also benefitting your herbs studies by allowing you to think about applying your learning to real cases.
What our students have to say about fitting in the course with their lives:
Jude Blair (Herbs Graduate):
"The e-learning makes for a flexible, 24-hour accessible 'springboard' into further herb learning and is also very useful for revision purposes. Also the on-line discussion facility is also useful to keep contact with peers whilst not in College."
Valentina Profeta (Herbs Graduate):
"I find the course easier to manage compared to other herb courses currently offered because the lectures are generally spaced out leaving more time during the week to study and work on the assignments. I usually take 1 day a week to study the herbs and work on the assignments. I occasionally need to work on a weekend but the number of assignments set is significantly less than that required from other courses, therefore this course is a lot more feasible than others and leaves more time to study the herbs."
Freya Sherlock (Herbs Graduate):
"I completed the 2 year taught PG Dip at NCA in 2014 and have found the addition of herbal prescriptions to my clinic to be invaluable. Aside from the obvious benefit of herbal medicine to my patients, in addition I have found that my training in CHM has sharpened my overall clinical skill significantly. I now ‘think’ herbally first and foremost, even if I do not always prescribe herbs. There is a diagnostic rigour required to practice CHM with an attention to symptom detail and nuance in pathology than can easily be overlooked when practising acupuncture alone. CHM is now the strength in my bow as a practitioner and in many instances I would feel quite compromised in my ability to successfully treat patients without it. Travelling from Ireland to attend the course as I did, the structure of the training at NCA made it possible for me to embark on the training. Being monthly (not weekly as other courses were) was a huge factor and off-setting the contact time for more home study and e-learning was, for me, ideal."