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Ayurveda Practitioner Studies

A four-year 200 EC study program with Bachelor level accreditation

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Western Medicine Fundamentals

Licensed registration requirements
If you would like to open your own ayurvedic practice after completion of the study program, we highly recommend you follow a western medicine fundamentals (Medische Basiskennis in Dutch) course at PLATO standards level of 40 ECs. This will give you the medical foundation you need to start your ayurvedic practice as a practitioner. This also gives you the possibility to register at the professional associations and insurance companies, enabling your clients to claim reimbursement of their invoice under supplementary health care insurances. You will be able to offer your consultations VAT exempt (BTW-vrijgesteld in Dutch) as a registered therapist.


Collaboration Con Amore Opleidingen and Delight Academy
We are proud to announce that Delight Academy collaborates with Con Amore to introduce the English version of the Dutch course 'Medische Basiskennis' called ‘Western Medicine Fundamentals’ (WMF) which is unique in the Netherlands. Con Amore has more than a decade of experience with the Dutch programme and in collaboration with Delight Academy we translated this in English in order to serve our Delight English speaking students. This programme offers you a solid foundation of knowledge about the many wonders of the human body. Are you an Ayurveda Practitioner, yoga professional, a massage therapist, or do you have any other profession where a medical foundation is useful, then check out the program!


The Program
The Western Medicine Fundamentals programme teaches you all about physical processes, how our organs function, how various diseases are treated and how to recognize and explain physical complaints. You will acquire a thorough knowledge of the human body; the cardiovascular system, digestive system, blood, the respiratory system, nervous system and the senses, the hormonal system, the locomotor apparatus, skin & physical warning signs. We also cover various psychosocial aspects, as well as conversation skills and how to connect to primary care physicians. Lastly, we will discuss ethics and your attitude as a healthcare professional towards your clients. On monthly bases, you will be taught by highly experienced holistic physicians who are all very passionate about the complementary field. 


The programme consists of an independent study at home in the online learning environment with the help of course materials and homework assignments:


  • Online course days via Zoom (on Saturdays, start date 16th of October & on Wednesdays, start date 24th of November)


For whom & why 
Western Medicine Fundamentals is known as the #1 knowledge programme for physical therapists, Ayurvedic practitioners, coaches, dieticians, sports instructors, meditation or yoga teachers and all other professions that have anything to do with health and the body: 

  • The acquired knowledge gives you a broader perspective on your field
  • After completing the programme, you will know all about the cause, progression and treatment of the most common physical ailments
  • You learn about your abilities and limitations as a healthcare professional and can recognise situations in which you must refer your client immediately
  • You acquire knowledge of various classification systems and learn the ins and outs of proper diagnoses
  • The programme makes it easier for you to connect to primary care physicians because you learn to understand medical jargon. This allows you to work together more effectively with e.g. general practitioners and medical specialists
  • With the knowledge you acquire, you can provide better services to your clients as a therapist, teacher or coach
  • Improving your conversation skills helps you feel more confident
  • The Western Medicine Fundamentals programme forms part of the requisite portfolio to be eligible for remuneration from healthcare insurance providers in The Netherlands
  • What you will learn is seen as an invaluaeble addition to one's general development to-wards becoming a healthcare professional.


Be inspired
Read the interview with Fleur Aukema (Delight Academy student + she completed the Western Medicine Fundamentals in Dutch) to understand how this programme can enrich your career.


Online Experience
Are you thinking about enrolling? You are welcome to join the Online Experience. Here you can experience an online class via Zoom, meet our lecturers, study coach and your possible future fellow students. For dates and to register for the Online Experience please check Con Amore's website.


About Con Amore
Con Amore is a specialized training institute that contributes to a new generation of well-trained paramedic care professionals who can meet the set conditions. They have more than a decade of experience with the Dutch program so it feels like a great match to start working together with them on the English program.


The collaboration
The English program will be available from October 2021 and only starts with sufficient interest. Only students of the ‘Ayurveda Practitioner Studies’ will be offered a discount of € 200 as this training is part of their study program and necessary to be included in the register of Ayurveda Practitioners in the Netherlands. All other Delight Yoga members will receive a discount of € 75. This also applies on all the Dutch courses by Con Amore: Medische Basiskennis, Psychosociale Basiskennis & Holistische Basiskennis.


More information
Find more information in Con Amore's study guide or introduction video.

FAQ Con Amore / Western Medicine Fundamentals


What requirements do I have to meet to be eligible for reimbursement by health insurance providers?
Although the exact conditions differ per insurance provider, the overall requirements are generally the same. As an example, we like to use the criteria that VGZ has set for their therapists. With regard to quality, VGZ has the following requirements for providers of alternative care:


1. Membership of a certified umbrella organisation; 

2. Meeting the requirements of proper and independent practice; 

3. Other requirements (a Certificate of Good Behaviour (VOG) with a relevant screening profile that is no older than five years and up-to-date professional liability insurance). 

In terms of education, VGZ requires providers of alternative care to possess, among other things, sufficient basic medical knowledge or psychosocial knowledge. You will meet this requirement after completing Con Amore's Western Medicine Fundamentals or Basic Psychosocial Knowledge course.

If you want to know whether other health insurance providers employ similar requirements, we recommend that you read their policy or contact them directly.


What is PLATO and what are the PLATO standards?

PLATO is Leiden University's Platform Opleiding, Onderwijs en Organisatie (Platform for Training, Education and Organisation). At the request of health insurance providers and together with umbrella organisations in the complementary care sector, PLATO has defined attainment targets for basic medical and psychosocial knowledge.


PLATO has developed a series of attainment targets for psychosocial and basic medical knowledge. This was done at the request of five health insurance providers. Existing concepts from umbrella organisations in the complementary care sector were used as input for these attainment targets. The attainment targets have to do with the cognitive foundation needed to develop (through training and education) one's ability to assess whether a person is (not) okay and to learn the limits of one's own expertise. The attainment targets that PLATO has defined concern the substantive knowledge that must be covered and the level at which said knowledge must be mastered. Merely possessing the cognitive foundation is not enough to guarantee one's ability to properly assess other people's condition. Additional requirements therefore apply. These additional requirements are defined by the health insurance providers and umbrella organisations.

Contrary to what was reported in the media, PLATO has not developed any training requirements and PLATO does not offer its own educational programmes in the field of basic medical and psychosocial knowledge.

*** Update 15-10-2019 *** In 2018, the attainment targets for the Western Medicine Fundamentals and Basic Psychosocial Knowledge programmes were modified for care providers working in the complementary care sector. This concerns a reassessment of the attainment targets from 2013.  


What is CPION?

CPION is short for Centrum Post Initieel Onderwijs Nederland (the Dutch Centre for Post-Initial Education). CPION is an independent organisation that assesses, certifies and registers post-initial and permanent educational programmes. CPION does its work at the request of five foundations charged with overseeing the quality of these study programmes. Furthermore, CPION manages the various registries in which these programmes are included after a positive assessment. These programmes may then use the title of "Registeropleiding" ("Registry programme"). CPION also safeguards the quality and up-to-dateness of the registries by conducting annual evaluations.


Con Amore's Western Medicine Fundamentals and Basic Psychosocial Knowledge programmes have both been certified by CPION. 


What is SNRO?

The Stichting Nederlands Register voor Opleidingen (SNRO, Dutch Education Registry Foundation) is an independent institution that safeguards the quality of (professional) educational programmes in the integral and complementary healthcare sector. The SNRO combines specific knowledge of the field with know-how and with experience of quality assurance. The accreditation process therefore not only concerns quality assurance, but also quality enhancement. Con Amore's Western Medicine Fundamentals and Basic Psychosocial Knowledgeprogrammes and all its refresher courses are certified by the SNRO.


How does Con Amore test its students?

Your skills will be tested in the four following manners:


1.Answering study questions prior to each course day (you will not receive a grade for this).

2.Every course day concludes with a test that consists of ten multiple-choice questions (60% of your final grade).

3.The twelfth course day (on warning signs) concludes with a test that consists of approximate twenty multiple-choice questions (40% of your final grade).

4.Throughout the entire programme, students will be given several opportunities to present a case. These case presentations will be assessed using the "requirements (not) met" method.

In our experience, this method of staggered testing is significantly less stressful for students. Furthermore, it allows students to get a lot more out of the programme: they have a better understanding of the material and can effectively put everything they have learned into practice. Students can fail tests as long as they finish the programme with a final average grade of 5.5 or higher. In consultation, it is possible to retake tests, although there may be additional costs involved in doing so.


Can I enrol in your study programmes without a higher general secondary education (HAVO) diploma?

Yes, you can! We have already had many students without a higher (secondary or professional) education diploma (HAVO / HBO) who have successfully completed our study programmes. Having strong motivation, a well-thought-out schedule and enough discipline are all just as important as your educational background! 


If you are unsure about the programme's training level, please contact us. Together, we will discuss the ins and outs of the programme and determine whether it is right for you.


What should I do if I am unable to attend a course day?

In order to obtain your diploma, you must attend all course days. Fortunately, it is possible to reschedule a course day if you cannot attend.

You can take care of this yourself in the online learning environment:

  • Open the course day in question;

  • Click on "Manage";

  • Click on "Reschedule class";

  • Choose your desired date and submit a rescheduling request;

  • We will confirm your request as soon as possible.

If you need help, feel free to call our service department.

Note! Course days must be rescheduled at least twelve hours in advance. If, due to circumstances, you only realise that you will not be able to attend a course day on the day itself, you must contact Con Amore by phone that morning.


Do I have to start paying now, even though the classes do not start until later?

After registering, you will immediately gain access to our online learning environment. You can then start working on the study questions right away and prepare yourself for the course days. Even if the course days are not scheduled to begin until several months in the future, you can already start working on the study questions to spread out the workload (and because you cannot wait to get started, of course!)


Since we give you access to our study materials immediately after your registration, you will receive your first invoice after approximate one month. You can view this as a deposit of sorts. This deposit is at least 10% of the total cost of your study programme. For students who chose to pay in ten instalments, the deposit is their first instalment. Students who chose to pay in four instalments will automatically receive their first invoice for 25% of the total amount. Students who chose to pay the full amount at once will receive an invoice for the full amount, which means they do not have to pay a deposit.


Some students prefer to only pay the deposit after registering and pay the remaining amount or the remaining instalments once the course days have actually begun. That is not a problem. Please let us know if you wish to make use of this option, so we can take care of everything for you. Your invoices will automatically appear in the billing overview of your online dashboard. Click here to go directly to the billing overview. Note that you must log in first to access the overview. 


Can I combine the study programme with a busy career and/or the care for my family?

Yes, in most cases you can. Nevertheless, you should not underestimate the study programme or the amount of preparation required before each course day. To better distribute the workload, you can start working on the study questions long before the first course day. This will make the whole experience less stressful and easier to combine with your other responsibilities.


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