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Courses Offered

  • Healing Practitioners Advanced Diploma (3 years)
  • Healing Practitioners Diploma (2 years)
  • The Vendor Herbalist Course (1 year)

 

Year One Course

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Elementary Herbal Medicine
  • Herb Gardening
  • Herbal Pharmacology
  • Religious Beliefs & Rituals

 

Year Two Courses

  • Consultation, Physical Examination & Diagnosis
  • Advanced Herbal Medicine
  • Herbal Foods & Nutrition/Biology
  • Psychology & Psychoanalysis
  • Theory of Neuroanatomy & Neurology

 

Year Three Courses

  • Clinical Examination
  • Fundamentals of Home Care
  • Acupuncture
  • Introduction to Internal Medicine
  • Principles & Practice of Bacteriology
  • Allergy & Intolerance
  • Some West Indian & African Herbal Remedies & Recipes
  • Sexual Herbs for Men & Women
  • A Comprehensive Overview & Useful Analysis of Many Natural Healing Methods
  • Theory & Practice of Intramuscular & Intravenous Injections, Learning to Live with Disease etc.

COURSE SPECIFICATIONS

Course: A Comprehensive Overview and Useful Analysis of Many Natural Healing Methods

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will explore, compare, and evaluate alternative approaches and philosophies to health management which, but are not limited to Homeopathy, T’ai Chi and Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic and Yoga.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:
1. Examine their own lives and experiences to see what value(s) are placed on health, and wellness.
2. Understand the different terms used and the nuances between them: alternative, holistic, complementary, integrative, natural medicine, allopathic medicine, unorthodox medicine.
3. Use the basic terminology of different methods, such as acupuncture, mind-body medicines, herbs, supplements, manual therapies, energy medicine, and medicines of other cultures.
4. Understand the clinical application of several different methods in non-conventional medicine practiced around the world and their roles in prevention and intervention of disease.
5. Discuss the usage of natural healing methods and why it is important to know medicines and health practices patients are using.
6. Approach the vast scientific literature and resources available on natural healing and analyze merits and shortcomings.
7. Use current library and other electronic research tools to locate sources on natural healing health topics.
8. Synthesize information from different sources and present it in an organized, meaningful report using correct documentation.

SYLLABUS
1. Acupuncture and Acupressure
2. Cold and Flu Therapy
3. Companionship
4. Dreams
5. Elimination Diets
6. Exercise
7. Heat and Cold Therapies
8. Massage
9. Meditation
10. Music Therapy
11. Tai Chi and Chi Gong

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Knowledge of some natural healing methods used in rural and other communities in Guyana.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1. Nature Cures by Michael Castleman
2. Acupuncture by Dr Prabha Berwankar

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Natural Health, Natural MedicineAndrew T. Weil MD

Course: Acupuncture

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will help students decide the most appropriate steps to take. They will find in this course a lot of the ‘bits & pieces’ they may have wondered about with regard to acupuncture generally and specific types of acupuncture in particular.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Develop an understanding of the concept of Complementary Medicine & Acupuncture’s place within it.
2. Learn what Acupuncture is all about.
3. Distinguish between the different types.
4. Develop knowledge of the Landscape of the Body.
5. Understand for Whom & What Acupuncture Is Good.
6. Learn about Treatment and Treatment Benefits.
7. Discuss what to Expect & Look For In A Typical Consultation.
8. Develop skills in Specialized Uses for Acupuncture.
9. Learn about Pediatric Acupuncture.
10. Discuss Anecdotes & Testimonies
SYLLABUS
a. What is Acupuncture?
b. History of Acupuncture
c. Concepts of Qi
d. Yin and Yang

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level.
REQUIRED TEXTS
Practical Approach to Acupuncture by Dr Prabha Borwankar

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
None

Course: Advanced Herbal Medicine

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides students with a sound knowledge and understanding of medicinal plants and encourages them to take a broad and continuing interest in medicinal plants and to appreciate issues surrounding their conservation and sustainability.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Recognize and identify a wide range of medicinal plants, both growing
and dried; have knowledge of basic botany; have an understanding of the
taxonomy and morphology of medicinal plants.
2. Classify plants according to their actions, e.g. as stimulants, astringents,
etc.; relate the action of an individual herb to its indications in treatment.
3. Understand the pharmacological actions of medicinal plants on the body in health
and disease and know which specific tissues, organs and physiological systems are
affected by administration of a given medicinal plant; be aware of the influence of
plant remedies on the psycho-social and spiritual aspects of a patient’s being.
4. Understand and appreciate the relative merits of whole plant preparations,
standardized extracts and isolated plant constituents for application in holistic
treatment.
5. Know in detail the dosage range of the medicinal plants studied.
6. Know in detail the contraindications and incompatibilities of the medicinal plants
studied.
7. Have developed research skills so that he/she will be able to continue to learn more
about the materia medica throughout their life of professional practice.
8. Have awareness of the role of rationality, intuition and experience in prescribing
treatment.
9. Have awareness of the relative merits of simples and/or complex herbal
prescriptions.
10. Be aware of the debate concerning the use of native versus foreign herbal
remedies.
11. Be aware of conservation issues as they relate to herbal medicine. Be aware of the
merits of organic and wildcrafted herbs.
SYLLABUS
a. The Holistic Approach
b. Ears, Nose, Throat and Eyes
c. The Nervous System
d. The Skin
e. The Glandular System
f. The Reproductive System
g. The Chemistry of Herbs
h. The Action of Herbs
i. Infections and Infestations
j. Antibiotics

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have completed Elementary Herbal Medicine Course.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1. Garden of Life by Naveen Pantnack
2. Nature Cures by Michael Castleman
3. Sacred and Magical Plants by Dr Christian Ratsch

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine by David Hoffman

Course: Allergy and Intolerance

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course offers a sound theoretical background to the principles of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease and practical programs in diagnosis and herbal treatment. By the end of the course, students will have enhanced the understanding of the immunological mechanisms involved in the generation and manifestation of allergic disease, skills in diagnosis and interpretation of test results, and management of diseases by applying the most up to date and appropriate methods.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Be able to make specific diagnosis of allergy and exclude allergy as a cause of disease.
2. Recognize the role of allergens in all relevant diseases, identify significant
allergens and provide advice on avoidance wherever appropriate.
3. Be able to analyze and manage adverse reactions to drugs, including general and local
anesthetics, antibiotics analgesics and other drugs in allergic patients.
4. Have good knowledge of cross-reactivity between allergens and when these cause
reactions of clinical relevance.
5. Be able to manage allergic diseases in children as well as adults, and to recognize the
differences in the natural history of allergic diseases and approaches to allergen
avoidance and treatment in children.
6. Develop knowledge of the main classes of herbs used to treat allergies along with their risks and complications.

SYLLABUS
a. What is Allergy?
-Effects of Allergic Reactions
b. Symptoms that can be manifested
c. What to do in an Emergency
d. How to tell if you have an Allergy
e. Treatments for Allergy
f. Special Cases
-Babies
-Young Children
-Pregnant Women
-The Unborn
-The Elderly
-Those with weakened Immune Systems
g. Allergic Illnesses
COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have a basic knowledge of allergies from which people suffer periodically.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Allergy & Intolerance by George Lewith & Julian Dowson

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Allergies: Disease in Disguise : How to Heal Your Allergic Condition Permanently and Naturally
by: Carolee Bateson-Koch

Course: Anatomy and Physiology

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students and those entering various healthcare fields will find this course to be extremely beneficial. The course will cover all the bodily systems playing a major role in human anatomy. The focus of the course is on the need-to-know facts that must be understood in order to pursue any healthcare career or related education in the field of science.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Develop knowledge of the major body systems and understand what each body system does.
2. Understand and relate how each body system works.
3. Identify and explain major cells, tissues, and organs.
4. Describe the chemistry basics involved in Anatomy and Physiology.
5. Identify different types of tissues and their functions.
6. Describe and identify specific parts and key terms of the Skeletal System.
7. Describe and identify specific parts and key terms of the Muscular System.
8. Describe and identify specific parts and key terms of the Nervous System and the Sensory System.
9. Describe and identify specific parts and key terms of the Endocrine System and Lymphatic System.
10. Describe and identify specific parts and key terms of the Cardiovascular System and Respiratory System.
11. Describe and identify specific parts and key terms of the Digestive System, Urinary System, Reproductive System.
SYLLABUS
a. The Skeleton
b. Cells and Tissues
c. Muscle
d. Regional Anatomy: The Arm and the Leg
e. Regional Anatomy: The Abdomen
f. Regional Anatomy: The Thorax
g. Regional Anatomy: Head, Neck and Spinal Column
h. Blood Lymph and the Reticuloendothelial System
i. The Heart and Circulation
j. Respiratory and Nervous Systems.

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should possess a basic knowledge of the various systems of the human body and some of their respective functions.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Human Anatomy 4th Edition by Frank H Nutten

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
A Textbook of Anatomy and Physiology by William Taylor

Course: Clinical Examination

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides students with an overview of the ideas and concepts they will encounter in their study of herbal medicine throughout the Healing Practitioners’ Certificate and Diploma programs, as well as the basic concepts in botany and the history of traditional medicine.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Interview patients collecting pertinent data concerning the patients’ present problems.
2. Learn how to perform a complete or focused physical examination as appropriate and distinguish normal from abnormal findings.
3. Synthesize information to develop a reasonable differential diagnosis and be prepared
to present to preceptor.
4. Following an assessment of all assigned patients, describe the chief problems and a plan for treatment.
5. Periodically re‐evaluate patients’ status including interpretation of new history and
physical exam findings.
7. Accurately prepare case reports based on patient encounters and research into the
primary diagnoses.
8. 10. Recognize and manage situations related to common diseases that are potential
Emergencies.
11. Recognize how race, culture and/or spirituality may influence choice of treatment and
health care decision‐making.

SYLLABUS
a. The History and General Principles governing Physical Examination
b. (i)The Methods involved in Practice
(ii)The Recognition of Psychiatric Illness
c. The Analysis of Symptoms and Signs
d. The General Examination and external Features of Disease
e. The Cardiovascular System-General Inspection
f. The Respiratory System-Symptoms of Respiratory Disease
g. The Alimentary and Genitor-Urinary Systems-Symptoms of Alimentary Disease
h. The Nervous System
-History
-Physical Examination
i. The Infant and Child-General Considerations
j. The Examination of Urine and Blood

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
None.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Clinical Examination by Churchill Livingstone 7th Edition

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, by Lynn S. Bickley,et al 8th Edition

Course: Consultation, Physical Examination and Diagnosis

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an introduction to clinical medicine. Students will learn the knowledge and skills essential for performing a medical history and physical examination. The Course emphasizes patient interviewing, acquiring a medical data base, and performing a comprehensive physical examination. Lectures and reading assignments emphasize core concepts. Special sessions are used to optimize teaching of concepts in several subject areas. Over the entire course, close interaction occurs between students and facilitators.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Develop skills in medical interviewing that allow for establishing rapport and gathering accurate and complete information while maintaining patient comfort and dignity.
2. Acquire and hone the knowledge and skills to perform a complete physical examination, including a beginning appreciation for distinguishing normal from abnormal.
3. Learn to present an organized, thorough case history in both written and oral form.
4. Develop sensitivity for each patient which requires insight into several areas: “who is he?”, “why is she ill now?”, “how is he dealing with illness?”, and “what troubles her the most?”
5. Recognize that this is an introduction to the medical history and physical examination.
6. Develop an excitement for clinical medicine and patient encounters.

SYLLABUS
a. Case History
-Personal History, former Illnesses, eleven compulsory Questions and Family History
-The Increase or Decrease of Body Weight
-Appetite
-Thirst
-Sleep
Stool
-Urine
-Perspiration at Night
-Coughing and Sputum
-Menstruation Irregularities in Women: Present Medication being used
-Usage of Alcohol and Cigarettes
b. The Fundamentals- Weight, Height, Body Temperature, Breathing, Pulse, Blood Pressure
c. General Impression of Patient- Posture, Gait, Speech, State of Nutrition, Skin
d. Physical Examination
-Technical Prerequisite
-Disposition of Patient
e. Important Implements for Physical Examination
-Light(Torchlight)
-Wooden Spatula
-Reflex Hammer
-Stethoscope
-Gloves
-Cotton Wool

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
None

REQUIRED TEXTS
Clinical Examination 7th Edition by Churchill Livingstone

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Evidence-Based Medical Consultation by Daniel H. Steinberg

Course: Elementary Herbal Medicine Course

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides students with an overview of the ideas and concepts they will encounter in their study of herbal medicine throughout the Healing Practitioners’ Certificate and Diploma programs, as well as the basic concepts in botany and the history of traditional medicine.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Develop knowledge of the history and practice of herbal/ traditional medicine.
2. Become familiar with all the different herbal categories
3. Be able to describe the signs, symptoms and general properties of herbs for each category.
4. Describe the common and Latin names entering channels, cautions, and contraindications of at least one herb from each category.
5. Visually identify all of the herbs covered in the course.
6. Be familiar with weights and measures, the preparation of tinctures, decoctions, powder, pills, suppositories, ointments and cough syrups.
7. Learn what constitutes an herb in Traditional Medicine, including its taste and temperature, and how they differ from Pharmaceutical drugs in their actions and effects on the body.

SYLLABUS
• The history of herbal medicine
• Traditional use of herbal medicine and its evolution over the years
• How do herbal medicines work?
• What is phyto-therapy?
• How safe are medicinal herbs?
• The advantages of herbal treatment
• Research into herbal medicines
• A definition of a herb
• Methods of classifying herbs
• Classifying herbs based on their properties
• Classifying herbs based on their usage
• Classifying herbs as per active constituents
• How to prepare herbal infusions, teas, ointments etc
• The principles of herbal therapy practice
• How to diagnose
• What is materia medica
• How can a materia medica be used
• Common ailments and their symptoms
• The best herbs to use for common ailments

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should possess a basic knowledge of common plants in their surroundings

REQUIRED TEXTS
Herbalism through the Ages by Ralph Whiteside Kerr

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs and Food Supplementsby Phyllis A. Balch

Course: Fundamentals of Home Care

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is a nontechnical, medically related personal care program provided to students who are functionally limited in performing activities of caring for patients in their own homes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Become familiar with how to obtain medical diagnosis, treatment, or both.
2. Develop/ reinforce knowledge of how to deal with activities related to the care of the patient’s physical health, including:
a. bathing
b. dressing
c. grooming
d. routine hair and skin care
e. preparing meals
f. feeding
g. exercising
h. helping with self-administered medication
i. toileting
j. transferring/ambulating
3. Develop understanding of patients’ mental and emotional health concerns while caring for them.
SYLLABUS
a. Objectives of Home Care
b. Environmental and Nutritional Support Functions
c. Personal Care Functions
d. Family Support Functions
e. What is a Health-Related Task

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have a basic knowledge of how to care for sick, elderly and infants at home.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Home Care and Health Related Tasks (New York State Dept of Social Services) by Susan C Barone, et al.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
None

Course: Herbal Foods and Nutrition

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students will develop an understanding of nutrition and health needs of people of all ages (infancy to old age). They will have the knowledge of the etiology, symptoms and prevention of nutritional, diet and life style related disorders. Thus equipped, they will have opportunities to work in organizations both Government and Non-Government, dealing with health promoting programs.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. To familiarize the students with fundamentals of basic nutrition.
2. To make the students aware of commonly prevalent nutritional and health related
disorders.
3. To enhance their capabilities for meeting nutrition and health needs of the family and special needs groups.

SYLLABUS
a. Introduction and Understanding of the Basic Principles of Nutrition
-The Four Basic Nutrients: Water, Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats
-The Micronutrients: Vitamins and Minerals
b. Nutrients and Dosages for maintaining Good Health
c. Guidelines for Selecting and Preparing Foods
d. Meat
-What’s wrong with Eating Meat
-What are the Dangers of eating Meat
-Why do Meat Eaters get more Diseases and die sooner
e. Brief History of Vegetarianism
-Vegetarians are far healthier than Meat Eaters
-Vegetarians are more physically fit than Meat Eaters
f. How to acquire enough Nutrients without eating Meat
g. Diseases from the Accumulation of Internal Poisons
-Drugs to treat Diseases
-The Natural Cure: Fasting

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have a basic knowledge of food categories and common herbs which are used as food.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1.Folk Medicine by DC Jarvis MD
2.Healing Herbs of the Caribbean by JK Haywood
3. Medicinal and Edible Plants by Kumar Mahabir

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
1. Nutritional Healing by James & Phyllis Balch
2. Foods that Heal by Maureen Salman

Course: Herbal Gardening

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This course aims to give students a theoretical as well as a practical understanding of gardening techniques, and showcases the uniqueness and variety of tropical herbs, focusing on the planting and harvesting of tropical herbs.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Learn about the classification of higher plants.
2. Understand the structure and functions of roots, leaves, stems and buds.
3. Develop knowledge of the functions of the reproductive parts of the plant.
4. Describe the process of pollination and fertilization.
5. Understand the processes photosynthesis, respiration, the movement of water in plants and plant growth and development.
6. Develop an understanding of the constituents, properties and management of soils and growing media.
7. Describe the nutrient elements and plant nutrition in relation to soil and growing media.
8. Describe the uses of organic matter and the importance of living organisms in the soil
9. Develop an understanding of pests, diseases and weeds that affect plants, and the cultural, biological, chemical and integrated systems used to control those problems.
10. Develop an understanding of the principles and main practices of plant propagation.
SYLLABUS
a. Brief Historical Background, Soil Preparation and Farming
b. A Gift from Nature
c. Growing Herbs
d. Home-made Herbal Products
e. Herbs for Cooking
f. Classifying Herbs

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area, but you should have basic knowledge of plants.
REQUIRED TEXT
Herb Gardening by Ralph Whiteside Kerr

RECOMMENDED TEXT
The Garden of Eating by Jeremy Iggers

Course: Herbal Pharmacology

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will be a practice-orientated introduction into herbal medicines. It is focused on herbal
constituents and products whose safety and efficacy are based not just on tradition but also on
modern scientific testing. Further, it will give an introduction into aspects related to safety, quality
and efficacy of herbal medicinal products. This will include techniques for quality control of starting
materials and finished products and for ensuring batch to batch consistency, specification of
concepts and relevant international guidelines.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

1. Give examples of alternative/complementary medicine.
2. Briefly describe the general history of herbal medicine.
3. List common dosage forms of herbal preparations.
4. Describe the current regulatory status of herbal medicine in Guyana and other countries.
5. Comment on the standardization of herbal products.
6. Know what is meant by the term “drug interactions” as applied to herbs.
7. Name some of the types of chemicals found in herbs.
8. List popular herbal medicines and other nutraceuticals according to their intended use.
9. Outline the active constituents, mechanism of action, clinical applications, recommended dosage, side effects and contraindications, as well as drug/herb interactions (when known) of selected herbals.
10. Cite various sources of information on herbal medicine.

SYLLABUS
a. Pharmacology
b. What is Herbal Medicine
-Brief History of Herbalism
-Difference between Herbal and Conventional Medicine
-Folklore, Art or Science?
c. The Herbal Treatment
-Herbs: The Raw Ingredient
-Making up the Remedies
-Herbal Tinctures
-Infusions and Decoctions
-Preparing an Infusion
-Preparing a Decoction
-Syrups
-Tablets, Capsules and Ointments
d. External Remedies
-Herbal Baths
-Compresses
-Poultices
-Liniments
-Suppositories
-Oils
e. The Actual Prescription
-‘Simples’ and ‘Mixtures’
-Synergism
-The Dispensary
f. Important Groups of Active Plant Constituents

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have a basic knowledge of common herbal preparations used in Guyana.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Guide to Medicinal Plants of Guyana by Deborah A Latchmann et al

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine by David Hoffman

Course: Learning to Live with Diseases

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course assists students in gaining increased knowledge of how to live vibrantly through a better understanding of the body, illness, disease prevention and holistic treatment.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Understand in simple terms precisely how the body works, how environmental toxins destroy health.
2. Cover how to properly eat and live in order to both avoid the things that lead to bad outcomes while pursuing the things that lead to optimum health.
3. Go deeper into learning how the bodily organs and systems work with one another to maintain health, how they communicate with one another, how they scavenge and detoxify, how they prevent disease, how they create energy, and how they improve well-being when functioning optimally.
4. Discuss how to manage common diseases and achieve self-fulfillment.
SYLLABUS
a. Fibroids
-What are Fibroids?
-How they occur
-Symptoms of Fibroids
-Diagnosing Fibroids
-Treatment
b. Myomectomy and Hysterectomy
-After-Effects
-New Developments
-Self-Help
c. Epilepsy
-What is Epilepsy?
-The Different Types of Epileptic Seizure
-The Causes of Epilepsy
-The First Seizure and the Investigation of
Epilepsy
d. Long Term Outlook
-Living with Epilepsy: Practical Points
-Febrile Convulsions
-The Promise and Associations for those with Epilepsy
e. Arthritis
-Understanding Arthritis- The Emotions which are connected with Arthritis
f. Nutritional Remedies and Data
-Non-Nutrition Therapies
-Recipes using ‘Arthritis-Fighting’ Foods
g. Diabetes
-What is Diabetes?
-The Cause of Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes
-Doctor’s Test for Diagnosing Diabetes
-What to Eat and Not to Eat
-The Nutritional Klu Klux Klan (Five Secret White Killers)
h. Other Forms of Control
-Health Problems associated with Diabetes
i. Diabetic Emergencies and Illnesses
-Personal Care
-Gall Bladder Remedies

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have successfully completed the Anatomy and Physiology Course.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Nutritional Healing by James & Phyllis Balch

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Cultivating Vibrance: Understanding the Body, Illness, and Prevention,” Dr. Aumatma Shah, ND, MS,

Course: Principles and Practices of Bacteriology

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students who successfully complete this course can expand their knowledge of diseases and move
into national health careers related to medical microbiology in research or medical establishments
and the pharmaceutical industry.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course students should be able to:
1.Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the nature of bacteria and basic criteria used
in the classification/taxonomy of these micro-organisms.
2.Explain the modes of transmission and the growth cycles of bacteria.
3.Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and the
outcomes of infections.
4.Distinguish between and assess the approaches to the development of therapeutic agents and
vaccines for the prevention of human bacterial diseases.
5.Demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory diagnosis of bacterial diseases and
practical skills.Demonstrate research skills.

SYLLABUS
a. History of Bacteriology
b. Characteristics and Classification of Bacteria
c. Determinative Procedures-Physiological and Chemical Characteristics
d. Microscopic Examination of Bacteria
e. Yeasts and Molds
f. Soil Bacteriology
g. Air Bacteriology
h. Water Bacteriology
i. Sewage and Shellfish Bacteriology
j. Dairy Bacteriology
k. Food bacteriology
l. Industrial Bacteriology
m. Plant pathogens
n. Medical Bacteriology-The Streptococci
o. Future of bacteriology

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
None

REQUIRED TEXTS
Bacteriology: Principles & Practice by Bryan & Bryan

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Todar’s On-line Bacteriology Textbook by Kenneth Todar

Course: Psychology and Psychoanalysis

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is comprehensive, providing an up-to-date presentation of the fundamentals of psychology and will cover topics that will help their understanding of behavior and learn the many theories that explain the complexities of human interactions. They will find topics that dissect the brain to understand the thinking process; topics on theorists; topics on the influence of personality theorized by Freud; topics on the world of social psychology, and much more.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:
• Define psychology.
• Describe the research behind psychology.
• Summarize biology of behavioral neuroscience, influence of perception and the other five senses.
• Summarize states of consciousness and cognition.
• Describe the process of learning, memory, and language.
• Describe child development, adolescence and adulthood development.
• Define intelligence, human sexuality and gender role development.
• Summarize personality theory and assessment, and psychological disorders.
• Describe psychological therapies.
• Define social psychology
• Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
SYLLABUS

a. Scope of Psychology
-Perspectives in Psychology
b. Psychology and Healing
-Methods of Psychology
-Professions in Psychology
c. Clinical and Counseling Psychology
-Assessment in Clinical Psychology
d. Social Behavior
e. Thinking
f. Explanation for Psychology
g. Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic
h. Psychoanalysis, Individual Psychology and Psychotherapy

LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Audio-visual
Case studies
Computer presentations
Discussion
Handouts
Lecture
Questionnaire
Researching
Tutorial

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology Course.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1. Introduction to Psychology by R L Atkinson et al.
2. Individual Psychology by Alfred Adler

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
Psychology Student Study Guide by R E Smith et al

Course: Religious Beliefs, Faith and Rituals

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course explores the various religious perspectives and ways of thinking about religious themes
and religious experience as they relate to ritualistic healing. Its purpose is to introduce the student to
the general terminology, the recurring themes, and issues common to the religious outlook; to examine
basic ideas common to all religions and to look carefully at the religious experience itself from a variety of perspectives.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

1. Define and discuss relevant religious terminology, such as “religion”, “mystery”, “the holy”,
“theism”, “atheism”, “pantheism”, “monotheism”, “ultimate reality”, “myth”, “symbol”,
“revealed truth”, “ritual”, etc.
2. Explore basic themes of religion, such as the nature of the holy, the sacred and the profane,
3. the nature of religious experience, the place of evil in the world, etc.
4. Discuss the use of herbs in religious healing rituals and ceremonies.
5. Examine the use of religious language, rituals, ceremonies, etc in traditional healing.
6. Explore questions about religion raised from within religious commitments, such as the
adequacy of religious symbolism, or the role of religious institutions in the religious life,
mind-body healing, etc.
7. Explore questions about religion raised from those outside religious affiliations, such as the
role of class in religious oppression, the social functions of religious institutions, the Freudian
notion that belief in God is the result of infantile wish-fulfillment, the place of religion in a
modern scientific world and other similar criticisms.
8. Learn and apply critical thinking skills in the context of the religious rituals and ceremonies.
9. Develop an appreciation for religion in general and for religions beyond their own in particular.

SYLLABUS
a. Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers
-What are Plant Hallucinogens
b. The Botanical Distributors of Hallucinogens
c. Users of Hallucinogenic Plants
-The Paye’s or Medicine man’s most efficient Tool
-Bark: The Resin-like Exudates
-A Hallucinogen, Medicine, Fish Poison and Spiritual Guide
d. Users of Hallucinogenic Plants
-Overview of Plant Use
– Fourteen Major Hallucinogenic Plants
e. Poisonous Plants
-Introduction to Poisonous Plants
f. Toxic Effects and Antidotes
g. Fifty Poisonous Plants
h. Plant Use
-Sleep-inducing Plants
-Eye Infections
Healing of Sores and Infections

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should be able to list common herbs used in religious worship by people in the society.

REQUIRED TEXTS
The Encyclopaedia of Religious Phenomena by J Gordon Melton
The Bible
The Quaran
The Lankavatara Sutra
The Bhavadgita

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
The Handy Religion Answer Book by John Renard

Course: Sexual Herbs for Men and Women

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course assists students in gaining increased knowledge, appreciation, and respect for their
own sexuality as well as others.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Develop knowledge of how Aphrodisiacs work.
2. Discover which Aphrodisiacs are best for performance in men and women respectively.
3. Develop skills in preparing Aphrodisiacs Menu for men and women.
4. Learn to avoid unsafe Aphrodisiacs.
5. Discuss and evaluate sexual enhancement herbs and the role of self awareness, including
conditions for “good” sex and “homework” exercises.
6. Describe ways of intensifying erotic pleasure using herbs.

SYLLABUS
a. How to Choose and Use Sexual Herbs
b. Relieving Male Menopause, Prostrate Problems and Impotence
c. Relieving Female Menopause and Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
d. Improving your Overall Well-Being

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should possess a basic knowledge of common plants in their surroundings.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1. Chinese Herbal Medicine by Daniel P Reid
2. New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman
3. Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss
4. Male Herbal by James Green.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
None

 

Course: Some West Indian & African Advanced Herbal Remedies and Recipes

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will cover how to incorporate holistic herbal healing into your everyday lifestyle so people will avoid unnecessary or repeated illness. It will also include information on how to live a more balanced natural lifestyle, how to be your own home healer and what it means to be a healer
for your family, herbal healing solutions for common ailments that incorporate modern and traditional therapies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Develop a better understanding of how to administer & create holistic herbal medicines for common ailments & health needs.
2. Learn how to avoid unnecessary or repeated illnesses that may arise from lack of nourishment, insufficient rest and relaxation, inadequate exercise, or a lack of a loving and warm emotional environment.
3. Improve their awareness of how to provide an environment holistic wellness for patients.
4. Recognize the amazing ability of the body to heal itself with the assistance of natural medicine.
5. Be encouraged to involve patients in the path to holistic wellness.
6. Be empowered to take charge of their own health and others.
7. Develop their own unique gifts as a home healer and how to use these gifts to nourish the
body, mind and spirit of sick people.

SYLLABUS
a. -Foods which Supply Minerals
-Hypertension
• High Blood Pressure
• How to Regulate
b. Fevers
-Yellow Fever
-Typhoid Fever
-Malaria Fever
c. Health Problems
-Heart Troubles
-Constipation
-Colic
-Flatulence(Gas)
d. Health Problems
-Ulcers and Sores
-Headaches
-Jaundice

LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Artefacts and real items
Assignments
Audio-visual
Charts
Experiments
Handouts
Practical activity
Presentation
Questionnaire
Researching

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have successfully completed Elementary Herbal Medicine Course.

REQUIRED TEXTS
1. Treatments and Cures with Local Herbs by Albertina Pavy
2. Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity by Robert E Svoboda
3. Medicinal Plants of the West Indies and West Africa by Professor Ayensu

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
None

Course: Theory & Practice of Intramuscular and Intravenous Injections

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the skills and knowledge required to administer injections.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
8. Develop knowledge and skills in administering medications by intravenous and intramuscular methods..
9. Perform accurate dosage administration using appropriate dosage calculations.
10. Learn to assess each patient for possible allergies to medications before administration.
11. Find information about implications for each medication and comply with these recommendations before administering medications.
12. Learn to record all pertinent observations of Patient’s care and response to treatment.
13. Verbalize possible side effects of medications administered and monitor patients for signs and symptoms.
14. Report responses to medications and communicate same accurately.
15. Provide for patient safety and privacy.

SYLLABUS
1. Basic Principles of Administration of Medications by Injections
2. Procedures for Assembling Syringe and Drawing Medication
3. Exercises
4. How to Administer an Intramuscular Injection
5. How to Administer an Intravenous Injection
6. Exercises
7. Immunizations
COURSE PREREQUISITIES
None.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Skills and Procedures for Medical Assistants No. 10 : Preparing and Administering Parenteral
Medications by Delmar Learning

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
None

Course: Theory of Neuroanatomy and Neurology

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this course, we expect that students will learn to perform a thorough neurological examination, be able to localize disorders when localization is reasonably straightforward. The major emphasis will be on history, examination and localization.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Students will:
1. Review neuroanatomy, and know the most important principles of neurological localization.
2. Learn about several important neurologic conditions and present elementary information on important clinical entities in neurology.
3. Review and know how to perform a complete neurological examination.
4. Perform a complete neurological examination on a normal subject under the guidance of lecturer.
5. Use their knowledge of the examination and of neuroanatomy to localize disorders in the nervous system.
6. Use new knowledge of disease states learned in this course to construct a rudimentary differential diagnosis.
SYLLABUS
a. Brain Metabolism
b. Neuromuscular Disorder
c. Neurochemistry
d. Audiometry
e. Cerebrospinal Fluid
f. Sensation
g. Motion
h. Peripheral Nerves
i. Studies in the Thalamus
-The Thalamus
-The Subthalamus
j. Studies in the Thalamus
-The Epithalamus
-The Hypothalamus

COURSE PREREQUISITIES
Students should have successfully completed the Anatomy and Physiology Course.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Correlative Neuroanatomy & Functional Neurology by Joseph G Cushid & Joseph H Mc Donald

RECOMMENDED TEXTS
A Textbook of Neuroanatomyby Maria Patestas and Leslie P. Gartner

General Assessment Guidelines

Grading Scale
Honors (A student)
A student with work at a professional level with evidence of understanding of all material.
Pass (B-C student)
A student who has achieved a moderate to high standard of understanding in the majority of topics.
Unsatisfactory (D-F student)
A student who has achieved moderate levels of understanding in few topics, in some areas the student has achieved only rudimentary understanding or failed to demonstrate an understanding of the topics.

SPECIAL NOTES

Professionalism and Full and Prompt Attendance
To pass this course (separate from academic performance) all students must meet requirements for professionalism in coursework. Professionalism includes full and prompt attendance: students who miss more than 3 class meetings in a 15-week course will earn an F in that course. Additionally, students who arrive more than 15 minutes to class or leave class before it ends will be given ½ absence towards attendance.

Students who leave and return to class late from a break or leave during the class (especially if this is repeated) or who disrupt the class in other ways may earn an F in that class and/or be referred to the Executive Director/Principal for professionalism.

Admission Policy, etc
Purpose and Rationale
The purpose of this policy is to define the criteria for admission to GAAM and its various programs.
Scope/Limits
1. This policy applies to all domestic and international applicants seeking admission to credentialed programs.
2. Programs specifically intended to prepare students for direct entry into upper levels of further/advanced programs of partner institutions shall be governed by the admission requirements of those institutions.
General Institute Admission
1. To be admitted to the institute, applicants must qualify as either domestic or international students.
a. Domestic Students
Applicants must possess valid documentation confirming their legal status as Citizens of Guyana or Permanent Residents.
b. International Students
Applicants who are not domestic students must meet all guidelines established by Guyana’s Immigration Department/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Students studying in Guyana.