The Diploma can be completed in two years and equips the graduate to practise as a professional Nutritionist and Iridologist using Iridology as the health assessment tool. Vitalist Nutrition is entirely plant based nutrition with a focus on living food, i.e. foods which are uncooked and eaten while they are as near to their wholesome state as possible. This kind of nutritional focus is optimum for healing and many phenomenal health results are being achieved through dietary change.
While the primary emphasis of this course is on vitalistic nutrition, natural healing protocols, nutritional herbalism and detoxification regimes are also covered. Iridology is taught as a natural non invasive diagnostic tool. It is used to suggest a particular diet and healing regime for each patient. This assessment tool points to the key areas of the emotional and physical health of a person that may need attention and suggests specific methods of treatment.
Most people who take part in this course are mature and often in full time employment, raising a family or both. With this in mind the academic content of the course is delivered entirely through on-line learning allowing for the face-to-face experiences of the student to be entirely dedicated to clinical training.
Clinical training is by far the most important component of any professional training in medicine or natural healing. It allows the student to experience the reality of working in a clinical setting and to encounter a broad range of patient cases. In the course modules, and through clinical training students are also introduced to herbs allowing them on graduation to also recommend some health food store herbal products as part of the nutritional advice they might give their patients.
The college places great emphasis on clinical training and the course is essentially built around the apprenticeship model. Clinical training is provided by the college at its busy herbal clinic at the Old Rectory in Portlaoise and also in Maynooth University Conference and Accommodation Centre.
On completion of the first two years and 300 hours of clinical training students can be awarded a Diploma in Vitalistic Nutrition and Iridology. This allows them to join The Irish Institute of Iridologists and to practice as iridologists who give health advice based on lifestyle and dietary change.
Course Format The Diploma in Iridology and Nutrition is part-time in terms of attendance. In terms of study however, it is equivalent in commitment to a full time course. The academic content of the course is entirely delivered on-line. The course is designed with the maximum use of on-line resources including: podcasts, videos and discussion forums. Students are assigned a personal tutor who is in charge of moderating student groups and online activities and is always available to deal with students queries. Because of the on-line nature of the course delivery, attendance at the school’s clinic is dedicated to the completion of the 300 clinical training hours required by the programme. Each academic year a student is required to attend an average of twelve days in the School’s clinic in Portlaoise and three weekends in Maynooth University Conference and Accommodation Centre.
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On successful completion of the course and examination students will receive a Diploma in Iridology and Nutrition from The Irish School of Herbal Medicine. The course is also recognised by The Irish Institute of Iridologists Graduates will qualify for professional indemnity. Please note that this programme is the same as the first two years of the Herbal Medicine Licentiate and students can continue their studies to complete the herbal course in the following two years if they so wish.
Study fees are €2,850 per year. This includes full clinical training each year. An optional payment plan is available on request.
To register for a place on the course applicants should first arrange an interview with the Course Director. Places are allocated based on this interview/discussion during which students can also have further questions answered. To progress this process, please fill the application form at the end of this page.
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