Holistic health degree programs often include coursework in both invasive and non-invasive procedures, as well as sensory and nutritional remedies. These programs can be found at a range of institutions, from 2-year community colleges to natural health institutes to traditional 4-year universities.
Schools with Holistic Health or Related Programs
Here's a list of schools with holistic medicine programs for various levels of study:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Anoka-Ramsey Community College||Coon Rapids, Minnesota||2-year, Public||Associate, certificate||$5,022 undergraduate|
|California Institute of Integral Studies||San Francisco, California||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, graduate certificate||$19,008 graduate|
|Everglades University||Boca Raton, Florida||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$16,648 undergraduate|
|Johnson State College||Johnson, Vermont||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||Undergraduate in-state $11,018
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||Undergraduate in-state $6,420
|National College of Natural Medicine||Portland, Oregon||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, master's||$8,385 undergraduate (2016-2017)**
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||4-year, Public||Graduate certificate||Approximately $9,983.70 total program cost for the certificate (2016-2017)**|
|University of New Mexico - Taos Campus||Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico||2-year, Public||Undergraduate certificate||Undergraduate in-state $1,872
Source: *National Center of Education Statistics, **School websites
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School Selection Criteria
Many health care professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, occupational therapists and chiropractors, may integrate holistic medicine into their practice, so there are a variety of programs available to suit their needs. Some considerations to look at while choosing a program include the following:
- A bachelor's program in a holistic health field may be complementary to other interests; for example, potential chiropractic medicine students may wish to study acupuncture.
- Graduates who have completed a 4-year medical residency can look for fellowship programs that emphasize holistic practices.
- Some schools offer online curricula and interdisciplinary studies in many affiliated hospitals, laboratories and research centers.
- Upon completion of a program, medical practitioners may receive board certification or specialized credentials demonstrating abilities in integrative medicine.
Certificate in Holistic Medicine
Certificate programs in holistic medicine are typically designed for graduate students of an allied health program or those currently working in a medical profession. These programs may be completed in two or three semesters. Coursework varies based on the specialty, though students typically review subjects such as anatomy, physiology and nutrition. Certificate programs may be found for holistic disciplines such as acupuncture, yoga and oriental massage. Practical experience or internship participation may be required.
Bachelor's Degree in Holistic Medicine
Bachelor's degrees in holistic medicine prepare students for continuing education opportunities or immediate employment as holistic health consultants or practitioners. Students may be required to complete an internship and attend a seminar to graduate. Coursework may include both Eastern and Western approaches to medicine.
Fellowship Program in Holistic Medicine
Fellowship programs typically accept physicians and nurses who have completed a medical residency. Fellows in an integrative medicine program perform extensive research and learn complementary healing and communication techniques.
Students interested in holistic medicine programs should research specialty options, fellowship availability and certification preparation while choosing a school. A prospective student's educational and professional background - whether they're a physician, a nurse or someone new to the field - will also guide their choice of school and program.