Diploma in Trichology
OF THE DIPLOMA COURSE IN PURE -TRICHOLOGY
FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT MEDICAL QUALIFICATION
Are you a prospective student wishing to study Pure-Trichology at the highest academic level available worldwide?
We are pleased to present this diploma course in Pure-Trichology (the science of Human Scalp & Hair in health, disease and distress) to students worldwide who possess a command of the English language. A similar course is available in South Korea (indigenous language) - see KSHI.
This Open University style course provides the vehicle to qualification as a Trichologist within the parameters of TTS (The Trichological Society). Graduands will be elected to Licentiateship and be entitled to use the post-nominal letters LTTS. Graduates of this course pay reasonable annual subscriptions to TTS (a not-for-profit professional association) and receive a listing on its celebrated Portal, an ongoing advice service and the opportunity of joining the reasonably priced Group Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme (UK only).
It must be stated at the onset that this diploma course is demanding for every student. Gaining the TTS Diploma (LTTS) which is set at the highest academic standard within this discipline - worldwide, will require determination and tenacity.
We accept students who demonstrate the determination to gain this coveted qualification. Each will be assigned a College appointed Mentor to whom any problems, difficulties or other questions may be addressed.
This course is extensively academic but possesses a strong practical element also. The following is a detailed expose of the curriculum and current syllabus, however as hair science is an area of continuing research, there may be updates and additions at any time:
PRACTICAL STUDY / ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
The practical part is conducted at clinical centres (currently in UK) either by regular monthly one-day attendances or by less-frequent multi-day visits. It is to be hoped that other centres worldwide will become available in the years ahead.
The academic part of this course is conducted from the student's own home by distance learning. All correspondence (including essays etc) to be transmitted via email, therefore an up-to-date computer equipped for internet and email is an essential requirement.
Each of the subjects within the syllabus should be researched using carefully chosen Internet resources and the recommended textbooks (see bottom of the page), written up as academic standard essays in your own words and submitted via e-mail to your Mentor.
Where photographs or other material is borrowed, a bibliography must be included (any form of plagiarism is rigorously prohibited).
All essays relative to scalp and hair conditions/diseases must (where possible) include an aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis together with any recommendations as to treatment regimes.
Where an examiner’s comments suggest further work is required on an essay, this should be carried out as a matter of priority.
The College must receive 20 essays per academic year on the strict basis of two per month (not December or August) It is the students responsibility to ensure that essays are received by the College on or before the 12th and 24th days of each month - any three starred * topics may be submitted as one essay. Essays submitted late will not be marked and will be returned to the student for submission during the following month. The course work is programmed to take 3 years. In exceptional circumstances the Governors may agree to an additional period of study to complete coursework delayed by slow or non-presentation of the required essays (additional costs wll be incurred relative to the extra time taken).
Too much well presented information is never criticised. Essays must provide brief but clear explanations of any medical / scientific words / terms used. Remember that a diagram or picture can paint a thousand words.
Words guides are not generally given because written material will vary in length according to individual composition styles. However the importance of including all relevant data and points of interest cannot be overstated. If after the initial essays have been received it is felt that guidance would be advantageous, the College may send a limited number of sample essays.
The College requires that an essay for every topic listed herein be submitted. All accepted essays will attract the essential credits and collectively create the student's own personal 'textbook' for future reference. This material will also be used as a basis for the Viva part of the examination (held at the conclusion of the final year's study). As an extensive catalogue of subject matter may be subjected to examination regular revision of each marked essay is encouraged.
Your future success as a professional practitioner in this discipline will depend on a thorough understanding of the subject gained by dedicated tenacious study now.
Good Luck !
This will be sent by email.
The College will then review the application and inform the applicant accordingly.
Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course to commence either September or March or in special circumstances other months of the year.
Having accepted the place, the student is required to pay a non-returnable registration fee of £125 within 5 days to secure it and guarantee that he/she will honour the reservation. This sum will be deducted from the first course fee paid. No refund is made if the course is postponed or cancelled.
The Course fees are to be received by The College not less than 14 days prior to the commencement date.
CANCELLATION OF A COURSE
It is to be understood that no refunds of academic fees will be considered where a student pays for and thereafter drops-out of or otherwise fails to complete any intended part of the course.
THiS COURSE HAS 3 SECTIONS
SECTION 1 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (time allowed - 6 months ) Fee £1100
(8 Credits available)
The Heart – the physiology and function of the heart together with a convincing overview of the cardiovascular system.
The Skeletal system – an overview of the skeletal structure with a detailed description of the bones of the face and cranium. Mention the numerous fontanelle and their origins.
The Muscular system - a description of muscle types with detailed description of the muscles of the face and head.
The Renal System.
The Endocrine system. This will be an extensive work detailing the numerous hormones their function and effect. Mention any known affect on hair.
The Skin. This work will include a detailed explanation of its structure and function but will exclude any detailed description of the pilo-sebaceous follicle, nails and hair/skin diseases/deformities, which will each be the focus of future individual assignments.
The Hair. This extensive work will include a detailed morphology from conception, in-depth accounts of hair type (Afroid, Caucasoid Mongoloid) physical/ chemical structure, development, growth cycles (anagen, catagen, telogen and exogen) and follicular re-genesis, post puberty development, pigmentation, genetic factors, natural curl, density and other specific characteristics but exclude diseases which will each be the focus of future individual assignments.
The Nails include a detailed account of physical structure, growth cycles. Mention pigmentation and diseases (with photographs were possible).
SECTION 2 - HAIR and SCALP CONDITIONS (time allowed - 24 months) Fee - £4400
(40 Credits available).
Many of the topics in this section will constitute major essays, which will take time to research effectively to satisfy TTS academic standards.
it is also important that you undergo as much clinical experience training as possible. You are always welcome at your mentor’s clinical practice and possibly others. Please take every opportunity to do this.
As some of the conditions listed herein are rare, we cannot guarantee that students will see live examples of them during practical sessions. The recommendation is therefore that the student researches and collects an extensive personal photographic library from which to become acquainted with the visual symptoms of all conditions/diseases. Alternatively, dermatology textbooks which include clear photographs are available.
Topics suffixed with a star * indicate that short explanations are expected - three such topics may be submitted as one essay (total of 1 Credit).
Acne Necrotica Miliaris* & Varioliformis*
Acquired progressive kinking.
Alopecia areata, totalis and universalis.
Androgenetic alopecia in males –include details and discussion regarding modern drug therapies, surgical hair replacement techniques, and non-surgical hair replacement.
Androgenic alopecia in females - include details and opinion on currently used drug therapies and suitability to surgical hair replacement. Discuss non-surgical replacement methods.
Bubble Hair Syndrome
Canities* Leucotrichia* Poliosis*
Eczema's - with special reference to scalp and effect on hair.
Effluvium's (anagen, telogen, loose anagen syndrome)
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
Hair Pigmentation Chemistry - Mention the chemistry, function and source of melanin, its distribution and the consequences of its absence.
Hair fall associated with fever
Hair fall associated with eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia nervosa)
Hirsutism (include differential diagnosis with hypertrichosis)
Hyperkeratosis Cystica Follicularis*
Hypertrichosis (include reference to congenital hypertrichosis, congenital syndromes and metabolic disorders, prepubertal and X-linked hypertrichosis).
Impetigo - with special reference to scalp and effect on hair
Lichen Planus (Planopilaris)
Lupus Erythematosus (discoid and systemic)
Malignant Melanomas - with special reference to scalp
Non-Melanoma skin cancers - with special reference to scalp
Nutrition and hair health
Pediculus capitis - mention the body and pubic louse and discuss the treatments available
Pemphigus - with special reference to scalp
Pityriasis ('Seborrhoeic dermatitis') with special reference to scalp and effect on hair. (Include graphic descriptions of each together with recommendations as to treatment regimes - include photos where possible.
Plica Polonica *
Porphria (congenital or erythropoietic) and hypertrichosis *
Psoriasis of the scalp
Dermatophytosis Capitis (Ringworm) with special reference to scalp and effect on hair. Include details of anthropophilic and zoophilic fungi, microspora, trichophyta, epidermophyta
Serum Ferritin, Serum Iron, Vitamin B12 and hair status
Thyroid functions and hair status - mention hair loss and changes in characteristics
Uncombable hair syndrome*
Urticaria with special reference to scalp and effect on hair
Vitiligo with special reference to scalp and hair
Woolly Hair Syndrome
Diseases of the Hair and Scalp (R Dawber)
Disorders of Hair Growth Diagnosis and Treatment by Elise A Olsen (2nd Edition)
Blume-Peytavi, U. at all. Hair Growth and Disorders. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2008.
Burns, T. at all. Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2010.
Camacho F, Montagna W. Trichology. Diseases of the pilosebaceus follicle. Aula medica group, S.A., 1997.
Hair anatomy for the clinician LC Sperling
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Human Anatomy & Physiology: Integumentary System, Lecture Notes, Ziser, 2005
Jankovic SM, Jankovic SV. The control of hair growth. Dermatol Online J. 1998
Krause K, Foitzik K. Biology of the hair follicle: the basics. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2006.
McGrath, J.A.; Eady, R.A.; Pope, F.M. (2004).
Paus R. Principles of hair cycle control. J Dermatol. 1998
Please make full use of the Internet as the primary research facility.
Gray's Anatomy (Barnes & Noble) or other reputable Anatomy and Physiology volume.
The Illustrated Medical Dictionary (Harper Collins).
Please make full use of the Internet as your primary research facility.
MENTORS (to be assigned)
Each will be appropriately qualified and experienced.
SECTION 3 - MEDICINES, CHEMISTRY, SURGERY, CLINICAL PROTOCOLS, HAIRDRESSING PROCEDURES (time allowed - 6 months) Fee £1100.
(16 Credits available - 2 Credits each)
Detailed and extensive essays are required on the following topics.
Medicines: An overview of OTC BTC POM medicines. Include an in-depth description of the families of drugs (e.g. antibiotics, steroids, homeopathic, chemotherapeutic etc) together with details of any known responses relative or potentially relative to hair / scalp. (2 Credits)
Biochemistry :(explaining briefly the structure and function of cellular components in living organisms). The work should include an overview of the structure of amino-acids, carbohydrates, fungi and other micro-organisms, lipids, monomers, nucleic acids, polymers, proteins, vitamins. (2 Credits)
Bacilli: Demonstrate a clear understanding of staphylococci and streptococci. Mention other members of the Kingdom ‘Bacteria’. Give examples of disease (especially to scalp follicles) associated with any of these and suggest appropriate action. (2 Credits)
Surfactants Chemistry: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chemicals used in the manufacture of shampoos the labelling nomenclature describing content and the national laws governing their formulation and manufacture. Mention adverse reactions with hair or scalp (2 Credits)
Hair Processing: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chemical and physical procedures viz bleaching, dying, permanent waving, hair relaxing, extensions, braiding corn-rowing etc involved in current hairdressing procedures. (2 Credits)
Hairdressing Observation - The student is required to spend a minimum of 10 certified hours within a reputable hair salon observing chemical procedures (relaxing, straightening, permanent-waving, colouring, blanching, highlighting, corn rowing, plaiting, hair-extensions etc). The follow up essay to provide detailed accounts + a potential damage assessment for each. Please note this must be arranged by the student personally. (2 Credits)
Hair Restoration Surgery - Observation time with a TTS Registered Doctor who specialises in these procedures - followed by a fully descriptive essay. (2 Credits)
Clinical protocol lectures: Clinical management, Consultation procedures, Principles of diagnosis, Treatment regimes and other matters applicable to pure-trichologists in professional practice (2 Credits)
(21 Credits available)
This vitally important part of training involves clinical experience with actual patients and assisting with the day to day running of a successful clinical practice. Students residing in UK are expected to attend a clinical practice no less than once per month throughout the course, however those who live long distances from the practice may be permitted to attend less frequently but in groups of 2-3 days at a time. All students are encouraged to attend more frequently if they can. Practitioners who offer these clinical experience opportunities to students in UK are well qualified and successful - they also do so willingly and without charge.
A final year dissertation shall be of 6000+ words embracing a trichological subject of the student's choice.This should be presented no less than eight weeks prior to the examinations held annually in UK during September and May.
(Total - 10 Credits)
Subject to the performance of the course and at the College Committees discretion a candidate may be invited to attend this examination.
This will consist of an extensive verbal questions and answers examination based on the individual student's coursework + the execution of real-life trichology procedures (consultation, diagnosis, prognosis, discussion regarding treatment options and the performance of any recommended treatment) with new patients in the presence of examiners. The examinations take place each year in May, prior to the Graduation Day ceremony.
REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION
Graduands will have passed each section of this course to the satisfaction of the Examiners and accrued a total credits score of 85
(the maximum possible credits score is 100).
The President's Day & Graduation Ceremony is held annually at Hunton Park (Hertfordshire) - a delightful Queen Anne Mansion set in parkland. Graduands (wearing the academic robes and colours of TTS) receive their well earned Diplomas from the President in the presence of Family and Friends.
RDO BOOK AWARD (at the Graduation Ceremony)
The Robert D Olding Book Award. This is a valuable volume occasionally presented where a student has demonstrated an outstanding performance throughout the course.
MENTORS will be appropriately qualified and experienced persons
This overview represents the current syllabus (as at 26-8-2010). As the science of pure trichology advances the College reserves the right to implement changes to the curriculum as appropriate. Students are therefore asked to refer to this page from time to time.