Individuals who are interested in energy healing, also known as healing touch, can enroll in an undergraduate/graduate degree or certificate program in complementary or alternative medicine. Programs are available at traditional universities as well as specialized alternative health institutions.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Schools
These schools offer alternative and complementary medicine programs, which may include studies in energy healing:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees(2015-16)*|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||Denver, CO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,420 in-state, $20,057 out-of-state|
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Postgraduate Certificate||$31,519|
|Northern Essex Community College||Haverhill, MA||2-year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$4,560 in-state, $10,344 out-of-state|
|St. Catherine University||St. Paul, MN||4-year, Private||Master's, Postgraduate Certificate||$13,878|
|University of New Mexico - Taos Campus||Ranchos de Taos, NM||2-year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$1,872 in-state, $4,854 out-of-state|
|Everglades University||Boca Raton, FL||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$16,648|
|Maryland University of Integrative Health||Laurel, MD||4-year, Private||Master's,
|Southwest Institute of Healing Arts||Tempe, AZ||2-year, Private||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$17,880|
|University of East-West Medicine||Sunnyvale, CA||4-year, Private||Master's,
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Programs in energy healing vary considerably in their focus, so students should take the following into consideration when choosing a school:
- Students who plan to enroll in a broad holistic health program may want to find out if courses are available in energy healing or a closely related field.
- Students who are considering energy healing/healing touch certificate programs may want to find out if the program is accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
- When choosing between energy healing/healing touch certificate programs, it can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the certification exam.
- Healthcare professionals who are considering enrolling in a certificate program may want to find out if the credits can be applied toward continuing education requirements for licensure renewal or recertification.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Complementary Medicine programs provide a basic introduction to the field. They include fundamental courses in human anatomy and physiology, which provide a foundation for classes in basic holistic health practices, such as energy healing. Students must also complete general education requirements.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Like associate's degree programs, bachelor's degree programs in holistic health cover many different alternative medicine practices. Since students usually have a broader range of elective choices, students may have the chance to explore energy healing and related practices more extensively. In addition, students have the opportunity to study the historical, ethical and social implications of using complementary medicine to promote health.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs in holistic health practices allow students to pursue more advanced studies in the field. Some programs allow students to specialize in a particular practice related to energy healing, such as acupuncture. In order to accommodate the needs of working professionals, many programs are available in online or part-time formats.
Doctoral Degree Programs
To become a practicing naturopathic doctor, it is necessary to earn a Doctor of Naturopathic (ND) degree, which takes four years of full-time study to complete. Aspiring NDs take advanced courses in the biomedical sciences, participate in clinical rotations and explore holistic health practices such as energy healing. Upon graduation, graduates are prepared to take the Naturopathic Licensing Examinations (NPLEX).
Integrative health certificates are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate certificates typically contain the same basic coursework as associate's degree programs, but without general education classes. In graduate certificate programs, students have the opportunity to take higher level courses without committing to a full degree program. There are also a few schools that offer specific certificates in energy healing or healing touch. These programs train students to practice healing touch and prepare them for licensure exams.
Energy therapy may be offered as part of a certificate or degree program in alternative medicine. Degrees in alternative medicine range from associate's all the way to doctoral level.