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.