Learn the skills for a successful career in Natural Health
Through the guidance and feedback of experienced professional tutors, you will increase your knowledge in science and the skills required of Natural Health Services.
For ongoing success, you need to become "connected". This networking within the industry will provide the basis to remain "connected", so that you can evolve and adapt to changes as your career moves forward.
How studying with ACS can benefit your career
This may be an excellent course for people looking to enter into a career in Natural Therapies, Health Support Services or Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
It can provide an equally sound foundation and starting point for people working as a medical receptionist, administrative officer, wellness coach or any of a wide range of other roles.
Study this alone, or as a foundation course for higher qualifications.
The Proficiency Award 1 may also be used to gain significant credits for the Pre Medical Diploma offered by Warnborough College in the UK and Ireland (which has been used in the past to gain entry to medical degrees in a number of overseas countries).
What makes the ACS Proficiency Award unique?
proficiency awards offer a tiered award system - so you don't have to
wait until the end of your qualification to have an award.
How does that work?
you have completed 6 modules, you can receive an ACS Certificate.
Complete 8(plus 100hrs work experience), and receive an ACS Advanced
Certificate. Complete 10 and receive a ACS Proficiency Award 1. Complete
14 (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award
2. Complete 20 modules (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS
Proficiency Award 3. Complete 24 modules (plus 100hrs Work Experience)
and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 4.
Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 1 In Natural Health is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
UNDERSTANDING BODY CHEMISTRY
The human body is made up of chemicals and our state of well being depends very much upon what is happening with the chemicals in our body. Chemicals are absorbed through the food we eat, then change form through various chemical reactions as they move around the body. Understanding these processes helps us to understand why a person may be well or sick; and knowing about biochemistry allows us to better manage the health and well being of the individual.
Consider just one type of chemical -neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that send messages within the brain to regulate our bodily and emotional functions. Emotional behaviour or emotions can trigger the release of neurotransmitters, as can exercise.
Different types of neurotansmitters include:
ACTH lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, important for memory, stress reduces the enzyme that converts choline to acetylcholine.
Vitamin B5 is needed by the body to convert choline to acetylcholine. Lecithin is also used to make choline. Sources rich in acetylcholine include breast milk, soyabeans, fish, seaweed, oatmeal, brown rice, peas, lentils, kale and cabbage.
Improves mood, sex drive and memory. Gives us pleasure and motivation through the regular release of endorphins. People with low dopamine levels may try to compensate through sugary food, cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine or other drugs, which release endorphins. Or engage in activities that release endorphins, such as gambling, exercise or work. Without B5, the body cannot provide dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, noradrenaline (norepinephrine).
Natural pain killers released by exercise. They can also be released when we listen to music with a strong beat, according to research.
Needed for relaxation and sleep, enables us to withstand craving. People with low levels, such as addicts or alcoholics, can be tense, anxious, easily aroused to anger.
Facilitates memory retention and long term learning. A role in our tolerance to pain. GABA balances glutamate’s effect on the brain.
A hormone, acting like a neurotransmitters, released in response to low blood pressure. It enhances memory, makes us alert, gives us power and control.
Natural tranquiliser. Relaxes us. Regulates body temperature and appetite, sets internal clock to make us sleep peacefully and contentedly. Natural counterbalance to dopamine. People with low levels of serotonin tend to become easily depressed, act rashly and aggressively.
This neurotransmitter is a recently discovered messenger molecule that plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory, and fertility
This course will build an understanding and appreciation of biochemistry. You will be able to understand what you see, investigate it more intelligently, and see how the knowledge of biochemistry can help to better manage a wide range of different aspects of human health.
JOB TIPS for a Career in Natural Health
- A qualification helps open doors, but it's only part of what you need
- Keep your Options Wide -this industry is always changing, as new therapies are developed and new opportunities arise, you need to be placed to take them up.
- Get Experience, even if it is unpaid -Volunteering can be a great way to get a foot in the door
- Join a professional body as a Student Member and get active.
- Networking is critical -We show you how and get you started in this course. Often it's who you know as much as what you know that gets you the job
- Build your communication skills. This is a service industry. You need to deal with people, communicating clearly and concisely.
- Be prepared to do anything to get started. Many successful professionals started out doing menial jobs. Consider working in allied industries at first (eg. Sales in a Health Food Shop, Reception in a Clinic or a Health Club, Fitness Instructor, Working in a Herb Nursery, etc)
Why Study this Proficiency Award 1 before moving onto a higher qualification?
While many people do commence studies in medicine or complimentary medicine, with a serious intention of completing their course; it is common for a high proportion of students to either find the challenge more than what they anticipated; or to discover other opportunities along the way, that take them along a different path.
The reality is that many medical and natural therapy students will end up changing their ambition from being a "practitioner"; and instead become a member of the huge and diverse industry that supports practitioners.
- You have a convenient exit point at the end of the Proficiency Award 1; with an opportunity to still gain a qualification even if you do not progress to more advanced studies later on.
- This course allows you to start along the path to being a practitioner, but keep your options open. Under our system, you can use credits for anything already completed, and change direction, and the range of subjects you are studying, at any point along the way; and with greater ease than with most colleges.
- If you undertake your Proficiency Award studies with ACS and advanced studies elsewhere; you have the advantage of studying with two different schools; gaining access to two different groups of staff, and two different collections of resource and support services. This results in a richer, more diverse, overall training -and that is attractive to employers
Continuing Your Study with ACS and Affiliates after this Course
In recognition of the fact that career ambitions may tend to evolve over time, you may also wish to consider using your Proficiency Award 1 studies as credit towards higher qualifications in the fields of;
Graduates may find work in any of a wide variety of situations, such as: Health Support services (marketing, supply of health equipment and products), Health Clubs, Administrative positions (eg. in a medical centre, with a physiotherapist or other allied profession, medical insurance, etc)
Under arrangements with Warnborough College (in Ireland and the UK), studies in this course can provide advance standing in higher studies.
Modules undertaken here can provide credit in a Pre Medicine Diploma through Warnborough. Warnborough has flow on arrangements that allow their graduates to move into Medical studies at certain universities approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) elsewhere in the world.
What Should You Study?
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