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Anatomy & Physiology home study course (1 year)

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Alternative Training provides professional high quality home study courses for students and practitioners of alternative medicine. They are ideal for anyone who desires flexible learning. Study can be done anywhere in the world and be started whenever you like. The courses can be spread over long time periods so they can be fitted into busy life schedules.

We started this comprehensive distance learning course in 1990. Since then, over 3000 students have taken this course. It is used by a large number of colleges as part of their main teaching or as a pre-entry requirement for their study. The course is now in its seventh edition, and is extensively revised and updated.

The course provides a supporting knowledge of orthodox medicine to give alternative practitioners a sound understanding of the functioning and malfunctioning of the human body. This essential learning will help with the assessment and treatment of patients, and in decision making in referring patients to other practitioners.

Units: 1-5
Study Hours: 150 - 200
Time: estimated 9/12 months (timing up to you)
Re-enrolment: No re-enrolment for two years

The course is aimed at students of the alternative therapies who have little background in the life sciences or have not studied biology for a number of years. No previous knowledge of biology is required.

The course is carried out by home study, and takes about 150 - 200 hours to complete. There is no strict timetable for the completion of the course - you work through the learning materials at your own pace.

We send you the printed course manual, which contains 5 course units of 25 - 40 pages each plus the two essential textbooks for the course.

The books are:

  • Ross and Wilson : Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness (10th Edition)
  • Kapit : The Physiology Coloring Book (2nd Edition)
  • Each unit contains explanatory text, reading references for the two textbooks that accompany the course, short self-assessment questions and longer assignments.
    You will also be given contact details for your tutor, if you have purchased the course with tutor marking.


  • gives you the necessary knowledge and understanding of the subject in order to best support and complement your alternative therapy practice
  • clearly presented, easy to follow and thorough in content
  • personal tutors give guidance and feedback
  • highest level of support by post or email
  • study days with tutors and students
  • study can be started and finished at any time
  • work at your own speed and pace - timetable to suit you
  • no prior medical training is required
  • continuous assessment provides ongoing feedback and motivation
  • there are no exams
  • certificates are awarded on completing the courses with tutor marking
  • course content is regularly updated
  • Rigorous external assessment is provided through completion of the comprehensive assignments sets, with high standards of tutor marking. The course certification is equivalent to a UK vocational 'A' level or NVQ Level 3 and will provide you with a solid foundation should you wish to undertake further study.

    The course certification is widely accepted, recommended and used by many schools, colleges and individuals as part of their integrated training programmes. If you have further education in mind we recommend that you check with your college to make sure our course is recognised for the necessary high standards. We are happy to help in this respect.

    There are 4 - 6 assignments at the end of each unit that you send to your tutor by post or e-mail. These are assessed and returned to you.

    To complete the course, you have to attain a passing grade in each of the assignments. You will then be awarded Alternative Training's Certificate.

    Please note: you will only be assigned a tutor, be able to send work for assessment and receive a certificate on completion of the course if you purchase it with tutor marking. If you purchase the course without tutor marking, it is possible to upgrade it to include the services of a tutor later.

    By purchasing a distance-learning course from Alternative Training you are assured of receiving a high quality of product, service and care. We are registered members of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA), who are recognised by the public and doctors alike as the leading organisation in the field of ethical, professional complementary medicine. The CMA is totally dedicated to representing 'the professional face of complementary medicine' and promoting research, education and knowledge in the field.

  • The Association of the British Correspondence College (ABCC)
  • The British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA)
  • The Complementary Medical Association (CMA)






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