Online or On Campus
A career as a natural therapist can be incredibly rewarding, as you guide clients on their journey towards greater health and wellbeing. But before you start practising, you’ll need to gain a reputable qualification or undertake a course – there is a range of options, so should you study online or on campus?
What are my Study options?
It’s never been easier to study natural therapies. With so many colleges offering flexible study options, you’re bound to find a course to suit your lifestyle and needs.
Juggling work and family commitments? An online or correspondence course allows you to fit study around your other obligations. Many courses offer online forums and support, so you may not even notice you’re not in a classroom!
Online or on campus options – What is the difference?
The primary differences between online or on campus is that on campus students have face to face lectures and tutorials and the many students study full time. The online courses interact and collaborate though online forums and also have the opportunity to come in for residential clinic hours, bringing students face to face with real clients.
Online study is an attractive option for those who need more flexibility in their schedule and who wish to study part time. For example it can take up to 4-5 years to complete an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition or Naturopathy, but students can fast track this if they choose to.
Which Program Should I Choose?
If you want to dip your toe into a new modality, you can enrol in a short course. This is ideal for getting a feel for the therapy before committing to a more intensive course of study.
Depending on the industry, you may be able to then progress to a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma course.
How Should I Choose a College?
When comparing course providers, grab a piece of paper and jot down the questions you want answered. Find out how the course is offered, its accreditation, teachers and syllabus. Ask about the ratio of practical to theoretical modules, and whether VET FEE-HELP is offered to help you pay for your studies.
Above all, ensure the course gets you excited about embarking on your new career in natural therapies. If so, you may have found the right one for you, there has never been a better time to get into the industry