Colon therapy, or colon hydrotherapy, is a method of cleansing the large intestine with treatments of water and herbal solutions. The practice is considered a form of alternative or complementary medicine, and training programs are generally not accredited or regulated. The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) has information on approved institutions offering certificate programs that can prepare students to earn I-ACT certification.
Students are required to complete at least 100 hours of training in these programs. They learn how to communicate with patients, evaluate patient intake forms, screen patients for any potential complications, sanitize equipment and perform a colonic. Hands-on practicums may be required to graduate.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma with proof of sufficient knowledge in anatomy and physiology. This latter stipulation usually comes from schools that do not offer human anatomy and physiology as part of their curriculum.
Certificate Programs in Colon Therapy
Through classroom lectures, individual research and study hours, video instruction, hands-on table work and colon hydrotherapy sessions, students learn about:
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Body work skills
- Lymphatic work
- Colon hydrotherapy
- Sanitation procedures
Colon therapists who are certified by I-ACT can gain positions within several healthcare and alternative healthcare institutions. These include:
- Wellness facilities
- Hospitals and healthcare centers
- Colonic institute
- Colon therapy training center
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
As of 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the median salary among all healthcare practitioners and related technicians was $73,960. Healthcare professionals in the lowest 10% made $40,910 or less per year, while those in the top 10% earned $141,330 or more. Employment of health diagnosing and treating practitioners was expected to rise 11% from 2018-2028.
Certification and Continuing Education
The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy is the most recognized certifying body in the field of colon therapy. The I-ACT offer four levels of certification for professionals in the field: the Foundation Level, the Intermediate Level, the Advanced Level and the Instructor Level.
Students in colon hydrotherapy certificate programs learn about human anatomy, colon hydrotherapy procedures and patient screening to prepare for the I-ACT's professional certification exams. Graduates can go on to work at colonic institutes, therapeutic training centers or standard healthcare facilities.