Panorama City-Area Holistic Health School Options
Individuals in the Panorama City area can find a few schools within a 45-minute drive that offer classes and certificate programs related to holistic health. This article explores three of these schools and their program options, and it also includes a table of information about each institution, such as enrollment, tuition, acceptance rates and percentage of first-year students who get financial aid.
- California State University-Northridge, about 20 miles from Panorama City, offers a bachelor's degree program in health promotion that includes a course in holistic health.
- Around 30 miles from Panorama City, Southern California University of Health Sciences offers certificate programs for Ayurvedic wellness educators and practitioner. Ayurveda is an Indian form of holistic health care.
- Los Angeles Valley College offers classes in yoga and acupuncture through its Community Services department. This school is just nine miles from Panorama City.
Comparison of Schools
The following table provides information that can help prospective students decide which school is best for them.
|California State University-Northridge||Southern California University of Health Sciences||Los Angeles Valley College|
|School Type||4-year; public*||4-year; private not-for-profit*||2-year; public*|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||41,319*||1,096*||15,648*|
|Campus Setting||Large city*||Large suburb*||Large city*|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-18)||$6,875 (for in-state); $18,755 (for out-of-state)*||$8,244*||$55 (for yoga course), $38 (for acupuncture course)**|
|% Of Students Receiving Financial Aid (first-time students)||85%*||100%*||75%*|
|Acceptance rate (Fall 2017)||58%*||Open admissions policy*||Open admissions policy*|
|Retention rate (Fall 2017)||80% (for full-time students); 55% (for part-time students)*||Not reported*||72% (for full-time students); 48% (for part-time students)*|
|Graduation Rate||51% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||Not reported*||21% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Los Angeles Valley College.
California State University - Northridge
California State University - Northridge does not offer a degree program in holistic health and medicine, but it does offer a degree in public health that includes a course in holistic health. This degree program prepares students to manage the components of health and human services programs.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
The university's Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program prepares students for entry-level employment in school health education or public health. The program offers electives that include holistic health, nutrition and health, and counseling of health problems. Graduates of this program may pursue health education careers, including wellness and health promotion, and community health education.
Southern California University of Health Sciences
Southern California University of Health Sciences, a private, not-for-profit school, offers certificate programs in Ayurvedic or 'science of life' training, a holistic system of health care and preventive medicine from India. Ayurveda training teaches people to strive for a balanced living through yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, daily routines and Ayurvedic therapies.
Certificate in Ayurvedic Wellness Educator
The university's Certificate in Ayurvedic Wellness Educator program is a year-long program that teaches students the basics of Ayurvedic principles. Students learn about Ayurvedic history, preventive practices, nutrition, pathology, yoga, herbology and pharmacology, including home remedies. A supervised internship is also required at the university's Health Center. Program graduates will be qualified to conduct educational seminars on Ayurveda and assess how individuals may benefit from this holistic practice.
Certificate in Ayurvedic Practitioner
Students who complete the university's Ayurvedic Wellness Educator certificate program may pursue a Certificate in Ayurvedic Practitioner. This program requires an additional 900 hours of education, which can be completed in a year. It provides students with in-depth training in Ayurvedic principles and practices. Graduates will be able to create treatment plans that help restore balance to individuals. The 900 hours of education is broken into one weekend per month of classroom study, one virtual class per week, weekly recorded lectures, clinical work and a capstone project.
Los Angeles Valley College
Los Angeles Valley College's Community Services Department offers classes that are open to those 18 years and older. Classes are generally held three terms a year, with up to eight sessions per class. Class schedules are designed to accommodate working adults.
The class on yoga is a 5-session class that provides students with the skills to increase relaxation and flexibility through yoga. Students learn how to reduce stress and improve strength and balance.
Acupressure to Reduce Pain & Stress
This acupuncture class is held on a weekly basis. The class will explore some of the most common pressure points associated with acupuncture. Chinese healing and its relation to acupuncture massage will also be discussed. Some specific areas of study include lower back pain, mental clarity and a lack of energy and how acupuncture can help to heal these ailments.