Top Schools for Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Find out which top schools offer formal training in alternative and complementary medicine. Learn about the program options at four noteworthy universities, and get access to a list of other schools in the United States that offer programs in alternative and complementary medicine.

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Alternative and complementary medicine is a broad field that includes the use of natural products, like vitamins, minerals and herbs, bodywork and mind-body medicine. Chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition are just a few of the programs offered under the alternative and complementary medicine umbrella. Graduates of alternative medicine-related programs can pursue healthcare careers that complement traditional medical treatment.

Four of the best schools in the field include one public university and three private institutions. Three of these schools were nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. The fourth is the largest university in the country for natural arts and health sciences.

1. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was ranked #20 among national universities in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report. The university has a complementary and alternative medicine program that was initially funded by the National Institute of Health over ten years ago. The university offers students an overview of the most popular alternative healing modalities in the United States, including yoga, massage and herbal medicine.

2. St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. News and World Report ranked St. Catherine University #15 among Midwestern regional universities that emphasize undergraduate education. St. Catherine University has a dual degree program in holistic health and social work. Students earn a master's degree in each field. The university also offers both a graduate certificate program and a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies.

The aim of the holistic health studies program at this school is to open new pathways of health and healing that incorporate the body, mind and spirit.

3. University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque offers a certificate program in alternative and complementary medicine modalities, including integrative massage therapy and healing arts and holistic health.

In the healing arts and holistic health program, the university seeks to create holistic health careers for students looking to enlighten their self-awareness into the balance of the mind, body and spirit.

The school was raked #93 among the best public schools in the country for 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

4. Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA

Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, is the largest university for natural health studies in the U.S. The university offers alternative and complimentary medicine programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Wellness, Health Psychology, Herbal Sciences or Nutrition.

At the master's level, students can earn a Master of Public Health, Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health or Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences, Nutrition, Counseling Psychology Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology or Midwifery.

The school also offers Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Doctor of Acupuncture Medicine and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees. There are also a variety of certificate and non-credit classes available.

Top Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Here are a few more institutions with excellent offerings in alternative and complimentary medicine:

School Name Distinction Location
National College of Natural Medicine Oldest naturopathic medical institution in North America with program accreditation Portland, OR
National University of Health Sciences Programs in naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and Oriental medicine Lombard, IL
New York College of Health Professions Only private nonprofit school of natural health with institutional accreditation in the tri-state region Syosset, NY
University of Minnesota Master of Public Health program allows for an interdisciplinary concentration in complementary and alternative medicine Minneapolis, MN

For students who want to study complementary and alternative medicine, excellent educational opportunities can be found at traditional four-year universities as well as natural medicine-focused schools.

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