DIPLOMA IN TRICHOLOGY for MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS

The Society extends a welcome to medical practitioners and invites the examination of this course, which is scheduled to take 24 months, but may in some circumstances be condensed to 12 months.

Trichology is the science of Human Scalp & Hair in health, disease and distressed circumstances. This course provides the vehicle to obtaining The Trichological Society’s Diploma in Pure-Trichology with entitlement to use the post-nominal letters LTTS and the opportunity to be listed on its Portal.

Dermatologists / Surgeons are welcomed into subscription membership by TTS under the listing Physicians / Surgeons without further requirement. However, where a listing under Trichologists is sought the candidate is required to present a series of essays on the hair and scalp conditions / diseases (syllabus is provided below) and at the conclusion to submit to a viva examination held in London annually during May.

For further inquiries e-mail the Registrar  or phone 07742 336 337

COURSE DETAILS

These courses are primarily conducted by distance learning. There may be a need for clinical experience and attendances at dermatology / trichology practices for observational study are encouraged (details from the Registrar)

As a significant number of hair deformities / diseases in the syllabus are infrequently encountered, candidates should rely on recommended textbooks and personal collections of pictures from which to become familiar with them. 

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 2 YEAR COURSE 

 Academic Charges (£4800) – or  24 monthly payments of £200
by Bankers Order  or  PayPal (http://www.hairscientists.org/pay)

The course is part-time and has 2 sections (fully explained herein).  Each must be fulfilled.


Additional costs:
Optional attendances at recommended practices for observation (charges are £100 paid directly to the practitioner).
Optional private tutorials by 
Prof. B Stevens (£50 per hour).
Expenses involved with travel and hotels associated with visits to London UK for the examination.

 COURSE OVERVIEW

The academic fee entitles the candidate to submit 40 essays, 20 per year at the rate of 2 per month (N.B. August and December the College is closed and no essays are accepted or processed).   Essays must be received by the College by 6pm on the 7th and 21st days of each academic month for dispatch to independent external examiners. Late submissions will miss the deadline and will not be  processed.
Each essay should be an extensive academic work (where possible containing pictures) which has been researched using Internet and textbooks.  All essays must be written in the author’s own words for submission (via e-mail) to the assigned Mentor for forwarding to independent external examiners appointed by the College (plagiarism testing is routinely conducted). All essays must (where possible) include an aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis together with any recommendations as to treatment regimes. In the event that an examiner’s comments suggest further work is required on any essay, this should be carried out as a matter of priority. Should this occur this study period will be extended (at additional cost relative to the extra time taken).

An acceptance for each essay (listed below) must be gained prior to the examination invitation. Any three starred* topics may be submitted in one essay.

Courses commence on the first day of any month by arrangement (not August or December).

The College undertakes to mark and return a maximum of 2 essays per month.

End of course Viva Voce Examinations are held in London usually during early May each year prior to the President’s Day / Graduation Day.  

The  College include the marking of 20 essays per year (2 per month excluding December and August) if they are presented on time, together with the scheduled end of course examination in May.  

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 1 YEAR COURSE 

 Academic Charges (£4800)  may be payed by 12 monthly payments of £400

by Bankers Order  or  PayPal (http://www.hairscientists.org/pay)

This course (described below) can commence on the first day of any month by arrangement (not August or December).
It requires that 40 essays are submitted at a constant rate of 4 per month (2  essays to be received by the College appointed Mentor by 6pm on the 7th and 21st days of each of the 10 months of the academic year)  The College is closed during August and December – therefore no essays are accepted or processed.

Each essay should be an extensive academic work (where possible containing pictures) which has been researched using Internet and textbooks.  All essays must be written in the author’s own words for submission (via e-mail) to the assigned Mentor for forwarding to independent external examiners appointed by the College (plagiarism testing is routinely conducted). All essays must (where possible) include an aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis together with any recommendations as to treatment regimes. In the event that an examiner’s comments suggest further work is required on any essay, this should be carried out as a matter of priority. Should this occur this study period will be extended (at additional cost relative to the extra time taken).

A credit for each essay (listed below) must be gained prior to the examination invitation. Any three starred* topics may be submitted in one essay.

The College undertakes to mark and return a maximum of 4 essays per month if submitted on time.

We offer flexibility where a shortfall develops in the submission of essays.  If for any reason this occurs, candidates can extend the course appropriately at additional cost based on the monthly academic charges in force at that time.

End of course Viva Voce Examinations are held in London usually during early May each year prior to the President’s Day / Graduation Day.  

The academic charges to the College include the marking of 40 assignments per year at the rate of 4 per month (excluding December and August) and the scheduled examination in May.

Additional costs:
Attendances at recommended practices for observation (charges are £100 paid directly to the practitioner.
Prof B Stevens charges £50 per hour for private tutorial visits to his practice.
Expenses involved with travel and hotels associated with visits to London UK for the examination.

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ENROLMENT PROCEDURE

A prospective student seeking enrolment should email The Registrar for an Application for Enrolment Form.

This will usually be sent by email.

On completion this is to be returned to The Registrar 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 on the first day of any preferred month (not August or December).

Having accepted the place, the student is required to pay a non-refundable holding fee of £200 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. This holding fee will not be refunded if the student cancels his/her course.

Excepting the holding fee all course fees are to be received by The College not less than 14 days prior to the commencement date. Please ensure that The Trichological Society receives the full fee (without transference deductions).


CANCELLATION OF A COURSE

It is to be understood that no refunds of academic fees will be considered where a student drops-out or otherwise fails to complete any part of the course.


 

GENERAL INFO.

Hair science is an area of continuing research, therefore there may be updates and additions to the syllabus at any time:

Too much well-presented information is never criticised. Diagrams / pictures are encouraged.  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.

An essay for each and every topic listed herein must be submitted. Each will attract credits and collectively create your own personal ‘textbook’ for future reference. Essays will also be used as a basis for the Viva examination usually held in London during early May prior to the President’s Day/Graduation day.

SYLLABUS

 HAIR and SCALP CONDITIONS 
                                           

Many of the topics in this section will constitute extensive essays which will take time to research effectively to satisfy TTS academic standards.
it is also important that you undergo some clinical experience. Where convenient students are always welcome at their mentor’s clinical practice in UK. Where distances are great and visits to UK are problematic, students are advised to gain some visual experiences from a local dermatology department.

As some of the conditions listed herein are rare, it is unlikely that students will see live examples of them during practical sessions. The recommendation is therefore that the student collects an extensive  photographic library from which to become acquainted with the visual symptoms of all conditions/diseases. Illustrated dermatology textbooks are therefore recommended.

THE TOPICS

Topics suffixed with a star * indicate that essays will generally be short. In these circumstances three such topics may be submitted as one essay.

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 Dermatologists are excluded from this essay.

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).

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)

Favus

Folliculitis Decalvans

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)

Herpes (Shingles)

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)

Idiopathic Trichoclasia*

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

Monilethrix*

Neurodermatitis

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

Post-natal alopecia

Pseudo-pelade (Brocq)

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

Traction Alopecia

Trichokinesis

Trichorrhexis Nodosa

Trichomycosis Nodosa*

Trichothiodystrophy

Trichoptilosis*

Trichonodosis*

Trichosporosis*

Trichotillomania

Trichoteiromania*

Trichotemnomania*

Trichophagy*

Uncombable hair syndrome*

Urticaria with special reference to scalp and effect on hair

Vitiligo with special reference to scalp and hair

Woolly Hair Syndrome


SUGGESTED TEXTBOOKS

Diseases of the Hair and Scalp (R Dawber) if available.

Disorders of Hair Growth Diagnosis and Treatment by Elise A Olsen (2nd Edition)

Blume-Peytavi, U. at all. Hair Growth and Disorders.

Skin Disease Diagnosis and Treatment  (Thomas P. Habif  and James G.H. Dinulos)  Published by Elsevier.


MENTORS (to be assigned)
Each will be appropriately qualified and experienced.

          STUDY ASSISTANCE (via e-mail): Anytime with the assigned Mentor – or with TTS Office.


 

SURGERY, HAIR PROCESSING PROCEDURES 

THE TOPICS

Detailed  essays are required on the following topics.

Surfactants Chemistry: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chemicals used in the manufacture of shampoos and the national laws governing their formulation and manufacture. Mention known adverse reactions with hair or scalp.

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. This to include detailed explanations of the formulation and use of hair bleaches, tints (oxidative and non-oxidative), relaxers (hydroxides), straighteners (reducing agents), permanent waving chemicals (thioglycollates) and oxidative products e.g. hydrogen peroxide, ammonium persulphate etc.
Trichologists need to thoroughly understand the potentially damaging / injurious / even life threatening / attributes of some products which have been known to include;  allergic contact dermatitis, allergic irritant dermatitis, oxidative cleavage, trichorrhexis nodosa, bubble hair syndrome, anaphylaxis, full depth scalp burns.  The essay should mention the importance of routine testing for allergic reactions (which may present at any time in anyone), and for hair-shaft intolerance thereto. Mention the potentially adverse affects of high temperature thermal styling (irons and driers), and of cornrowing, braiding, plaiting etc.

Hair Processing Observation (minimum 10 hours) The areas of interest are: chemical procedures including permanent waving, relaxing, straightening, bleaching and colouring techniques. Verification is required

Hair Restoration Surgery – An observation day with a surgical team.  However this is currently under review as new regulations are emerging which may prevent such observation for infection control reasons.


PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

 Candidates should gain some experience (where possible) at a specialist  practice or dermatology clinic in their locality.    However as some conditions/diseases affecting scalp and hair are very rare and therefore infrequently seen in clinics, well illustrated dermatology textbooks are highly recommended.   


VIVA / VOCE  EXAMINATION

Students who have completed the academic work and are considered to be of sufficient standard to enter the examination will be invited to do so.
The examinations take place each year in May, prior to the Graduation Day.  The Governors may as a special concession consider conducting an individual examination at another date.

The examination will consist of an extensive viva/voce examination based on the individual student’s coursework + the execution of real-life trichological procedures (consultation, diagnosis, prognosis, discussion regarding treatment options and the performance of any recommended treatment) with patients (where possible). If patients are not available, high qualify photographs will be substituted.   In the unlikely event of failure in the examination, or last minute cancellation for any reason,  a re-examination can be convened at the candidate’s expense.

GRADUATION

The President’s Day & Graduation Ceremony is held annually in UK. Graduands (wearing the academic robes and colours of TTS) receive their Diplomas from the President in the presence of Family and Friends.

            RDO BOOK AWARD (at the Graduation Ceremony)

OTHER  INFORMATION

MENTORS will be appropriately qualified and experienced persons

STUDY ASSISTANCE (via e-mail): Anytime with the assigned Mentor – or with TTS Office

This overview presents the current syllabus and course details (as revised May 2017). As the science of pure trichology advances The Trichological Society (College) reserves the right to implement changes to its courses and additions to the curriculum which may inadvertently extend the course. Candidates should therefore refer to this page from time to time.

ACCOMMODATION

Reasonably priced accommodation (to be funded by the student) is available at local Hotels.

We hope this overview has been helpful and informative.  Please address any questions to THE REGISTRAR

 

*  As the science of hair develops, additional topics may be added to the syllabus which will extend the course duration.

*  As with other academic institutions the College reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus at any time.  Candidates / Students   are therefore requested to make regular reference to these pages throughout the course and meet any additional requirements with due understanding.

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