Reduced fees and attendance for healthcare practitioners
If you are a current healthcare practitioner with a degree in your field of practice you may be exempt from certain modules of our acupuncture courses. This will mean some reduction in your time in class and reduced fees.
You can still choose to study on the BSc or the MSc in Acupuncture on either the weekend or weekday course. It is possible for healthcare practitioners with exemption from the modules "Being and Becoming" and "Biomedicine for Acupuncturists" to omit some days of classroom teaching and e-learning sessions. This will reduce time, travel and expense. If you are a healthcare practitioner and think you may be eligible for exemptions, and would like to find out more, please get in touch.
Healthcare practitioners that we recognise as eligible for exemption:
- Medical herbalist
Amanda Proud (right) student and RGN
Q As a fully qualified nurse what brought you to acupuncture?
A I am a surgical paediatric nurse and I was looking for a more holistic approach to healthcare. I also want to have a better work/life balance- there is such a lot of pressure in modern day nursing.
Q What medical exemption did you get from the NCA and what difference has this made?
A In the first year I had a reduction from the “Being and Becoming” module. It gave me a reduction in my fees just at the right time as I had to pay my first years fees myself (I have a student loan for the next two years). Spending less time in College has also helped me to continue to work to cover the course fees.
Q You are now in your second year – how is it all going?
A Really good! Quite a lot of jigsaw pieces have clicked together and it has made me a lot more confident, especially in clinic. Because of my nursing speciality I did not get an exemption from Western Medicine, however the anatomy and physiology knowledge I already have has given me a real head start in this module.
Q Any thoughts about when you have qualified?
A I plan to set up my own practice in my home town and I will keep up my nursing registration as I feel that this is an important factor to opening doors within the NHS.
Helen Walker graduate, physiotherapist and acupuncturist
Q Why did you decide to add acupuncture?
A I was already using acupuncture in my scope as a physiotherapist and could see that it worked for pain-relief and I wanted to be able to do more for my patients.
Q Were you exempt from any parts of the course and if you were what difference did that make to you and your studies?
A I started my study when there were no exemptions. However, I saw the anatomy and biomedicine classes as revision and still learnt new things.
Q Would you recommend this as a route for other practitioners?
A I wanted a good understanding and grounding in Chinese medicine so the 3 year taught course was exactly what I wanted. Modules on personal development and business studies were also very useful. I could have achieved a Masters degree in less time elsewhere but I have no regrets on doing the course or attending the College.
Q What are you doing now and how is it going?
A I have set up my own business as a physiotherapist and acupuncturist using the multi-bed set-up. I am seeing more patients for acupuncture rather than physiotherapy which has surprised me a little but I am more than happy as my passion now lies in Chinese medicine.