Energy Medicine Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Many 4-year colleges and specialty schools offer instruction in various forms of energy medicine, a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). For credentials accepted in mainstream health care, options include an M.S. degree in holistic nursing or integrative medicine. These programs typically accept students with undergraduate degrees in nursing, pre-medicine or other health care majors. Other schools offer programs that are not part of traditional medical teaching.

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Energy medicine is the practice of manipulating energy fields to affect health, including measurable energy flow therapies like magnet and light therapy, and not-yet-measured techniques such as Reiki, tai chi and healing touch. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, an organization of the National Institutes of Health, considers energy medicine a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); relevant graduate programs are available for those interested in applicable credentials.

Schools with Programs Related to Energy Medicine

Here's a list of schools with related programs in fields such as integrative health and medicine:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered In-state Tuition 2015-2016*
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $31,239 (graduate)
Maryland University of Integrative Health Laurel, Maryland 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $18,230 (graduate)
National University of Health Sciences Lombard, Illinois 4-year, Private not-for-profit Doctorate $17,384 (graduate)
American College of Healthcare Sciences Portland, Oregon-Distance Learning Only 4-year, Private for-profit Master's, Certificate $8,550 (graduate)
University of East-West Medicine Sunnyvale, California 4-year, Private for-profit Master's $6,480 (graduate)
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $5,188 (undergraduate)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

The following are some things to consider when selecting an energy medicine school or college:

  • The accreditation status of a school is an important consideration for certain careers in energy medicine, so be certain that the school meets requirements for your chosen field.
  • Carefully consider your desired ultimate career; some forms of alternative medicine are taught outside of mainstream medical education, while others are part of traditional medical training.
  • CAM programs typically enroll those with undergraduate degrees in related fields, such as nursing and pre-medicine.

Certified Healing Touch Practitioner Program

Those who earn voluntary certification in healing touch can use the job title Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP). There are five levels of certification for CHTPs; those who have been certified in the fifth level are eligible to become instructors.

Master of Science in Nursing - Holistic Nursing

Holistic nursing programs train nurses for advanced practice nursing or clinical nurse specialization. The curriculum typically includes community and laboratory practicum experiences. Schools might offer a concentration in energy medicine or teach energy medicine modalities as part of the integrative medicine curriculum.

Master's Degree in Integrative Medicine

Some master's degree programs offer research, publication and practicum opportunities. Dual degrees are available for aspiring physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers, as well as researchers, who also want integrative medicine training.

When reviewing programs relevant to energy medicine, students should verify accreditation status and prerequisites and make sure that the coursework and outcomes match their career goals. Many programs related to energy medicine are offered at the graduate level, though some undergraduate options are also available.

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