Homeopathy is based on the theory that small amounts of substances can cure symptoms caused by larger amounts of the same substance. Diploma programs are offered in the area of homeopathy, but these are not usually sufficient to meet the certification requirements. These programs are offered through schools and sometimes online; however, there may also be a clinical requirement. For students seeking certification in homeopathy, there are longer three-year preparatory certification programs available.
Diploma in Homeopathy
Diploma programs in homeopathy are designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques used in the practice of homeopathy. While these programs alone will not qualify individuals to meet the requirements for certification, they can help people incorporate homeopathic practice into their current field of practice or to work as homeopathic consultants. Courses in a diploma program will cover the basic concepts required in homeopathic practice, including the following:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Homeopathic law
- Homeopathic practices
- Patient analysis
Three-Year Program in Homeopathy
Those who want to practice professionally as certified homeopathic practitioners might consider a longer program that meets the training and clinical prerequisites for certification. Students learn to make and use homeopathic remedies to treat patients. The curriculum covers principles of homeopathy, preparation of homeopathic remedies and application of remedies. Some programs include a clinical training component. Courses might include the following subject matter:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Principles of homeopathy
- Materia medica
Licensing, Certification and Continuing Education
Licensing is granted by the state, and requirements vary widely; those wishing to practice need to consult their state licensing boards. The Council for Homeopathic Certification (www.homeopathicdirectory.com) provides a basic certification for homeopathic practitioners. Applicants need to complete 500 hours of educational training, 250 clinical hours, 40 hours of training in pathology and disease, an approved course in anatomy and physiology, and ten supervised cases before they are eligible to take the exam. The American Institute of Homeopathy's American Board of Homeotherapeutics (www.homeopathyusa.org) offers a certification for Medical Doctors (M.D.) or Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) who have completed homeopathic training, presented clinical cases and passed the exam.
Health care professionals just wanting to learn and incorporate homeopathic techniques into their practice may be interested in homeopathic diploma programs. Individuals who desire to become certified and licensed homeopathic practitioners will need to complete a three-year program in homeopathy.