So why would someone want to take this examination? Well there are many reasons. Firstly, if you want to become a qualified practitioner of Asagi (Laying On Hands) medicine then you need to have a foundation of solid health care education and training, as well as practical experience of two years or more. Many health care colleges may not be able to offer you the practical training required to study acupuncture under this stipulation, but there are a few nursing schools which are able to offer such training.
However, this does not mean that you cannot study acupuncture on your own! Many people have chosen to do this and have gone on to become successful Ati nurses and then decided to go on and train as a health care nurse. Others opt to join an Inpatient Services Program (ISP) where they receive a fixed amount of clinical training plus one or more month’s holiday, sick leave and paid leave, depending on the provider. Often, a combination of these types of treatments are used in a ‘series’ manner as part of the Ati training program. This means you get practical experience straight away and can build upon this with your nursing training.
In addition, some health care providers may offer a pre-entry assessment test where, if you pass, you will automatically be offered a place on the course. These tests generally test your basic nursing skills and knowledge of Ati therapies. If you pass you will then need to complete an On-Campus Assessment where you will demonstrate you have received the necessary clinical and practical skills to successfully undertake the exam. You will probably be given a list of questions to answer and it is here where the real work starts!
It is imperative that you understand the nature of the challenge you will face in order to be able to pass. Some of the questions will cover topics such as hygiene and infection control and some will concentrate on patient nutrition and treatment. The aim of the exam is to assess your knowledge of Ati therapies and to find out if you have the right level of understanding and belief in them. Unfortunately, your answers do not always reflect correctly on your application so you may find yourself failing. It is worth noting that this is not a universal failure and is a common problem with online training and often occurs because candidates do not fully understand the nature of the health care course they are taking.
The examiners are trained to check for the correct answers, but they are human and make mistakes. They are not perfect and often make mistakes when recording the questions or when typing up the results. So do not worry too much if you cannot win your exam! In the majority of cases you will be required to take an additional examination (usually a written one) at the end of the health care course to confirm you have gained satisfactory grades.
Attending one of the Ati Tea University courses is the best way to prepare for the exam. These are run by the Ati Tea International which is a non-profit body set up for the education and development of Ati teas worldwide. The first stage of the exam is relatively easy and will just focus on the basic knowledge of Ati therapies and how to prepare yourself for them. The second part of the exam will focus on the clinical application of the knowledge you have gained from the first part. The third and final part is usually taken by those who have already passed the first two levels. This is a longer exam with more difficult questions and will involve you answering a lot of Ati questions.
Although Ati teas are gaining popularity all over the world, they are far from the mainstream. This means that there are not many places in the country where you can get your hands on high quality teas and brewing equipment. That said, if you are lucky enough to come across such a place then you should not let it pass you by. Do some research online so that you can find a local Ati Tea University course near your home. Once you have started training then you can get your own teapot and set up a drinking area in your kitchen.