Complementary and Integrative Health

Major: Complementary and Integrative Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3306
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1129

About the Program

The Masters in Science in Complementary and Integrative Health(CIH) is designed to provide practicing healthcare professionals with an evidenced-based program in complementary and integrative health practices. Students will be taught to assess, guide and evaluate patient use of alternative modalities and to integrate CIH into one’s own professional practice. The program provides core competencies in complementary and integrative health, and a selection of specialty concentrations that include holistic, hospice and palliative care, integrative addiction therapies, women’s integrative health or a select plan of concentrated study. This program provides the theoretical basis for applying complementary and integrative health practices and emphasizes the integration of evidence-based CIH therapies such as phytomedicine, functional nutrition, and mind/body modalities within the framework of conventional healthcare practice. 

A foundational principle of this program is interdisciplinary practice and collaboration with the goal of improving health outcomes. In addition, students will be introduced to historical, indigenous healthcare practices and upon graduation may seek further training to build expertise in a particular modality (e.g. yoga, nutrition, Raiki, etc.) which may lead to additional credentialing or licensing.

Program Mission and Values

The program mission is to develop leaders in complementary and integrative healthcare. We are committed to developing competent practitioners through exemplary and rigorous training in the clinical applications of complementary and integrative health; comprehensive curricula incorporating theoretical foundations, research and evidence-based practice; and provision of extensive support and mentorship to advance the integrative healthcare professional role. All efforts in the program are designed to build knowledge, enhance practice, foster professional integrity, promote innovation, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration, and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients and families from diverse communities across the continuum of care.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Master of Science in Complementary and Integrative Health:

  • Practices within a legal and ethical framework of health care delivery and scope of practice.
  • Advances the role of advanced practice in the health care system through scholarship, clinical experience, advocacy and political involvement.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision-making.
  • Integrates multiple technologies and relevant theories into the organization and synthesis of health data required to develop plans of care for patients, families and communities.
  • Integrates culturally sensitive health promotion activities that contribute to the health and wellness of the community into clinical practice.
  • Demonstrates leadership in health care through involvement in the development of outcome-based standards of care and practice-based health policy issues.
  • Evaluates and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care and patient outcomes.
  • Contributes to the advancement of complementary and integrative health and humanity through communication, collaboration and education.

Intended Audience

This program is applicable to a wide range of healthcare professionals including nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, psychologists, women’s health practitioners, members of oncology organizations, clinical nutritionists, psych/mental health nurse practitioners and couple and family therapists.

This program is congruent with the educational standards set forth by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and meets the core competencies of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health.

For more information, contact: 

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Student Services Manager
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

Admission Requirements

  • Licensed healthcare professional within a scope of practice from a variety of disciplines including nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, psychologists, women’s health practitioners, members of oncology organizations, clinical nutritionists, psych/mental health nurse practitioners and couple and family therapists
  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a health related field from an accredited university
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous course work
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study
  • Personal statement
  • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences

International students will need to meet university international student admissions guidelines including TOEFL.

TOEFL Requirement: 

International Applicants, as well as Immigrants to the US and US Permanent Residents, whose native language is not English, and who have not received a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. US citizens born on US military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If the TOEFLiBT exam is taken, students are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing and reading sections of 79 Plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If the TOEFL is taken, students are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
or NURS 539 Holistic Living for the Caregiver
CIT 502Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies3.0
or NURS 529 Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies
CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
or NURS 551 Foundations of Phytotherapy: Clinical Applications of Herbal Therapy
CIT 511Spirituality, Health and Healing3.0
or NURS 561 Spirituality, Health and Healing
CIT 552Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques (I-ART)3.0
or NURS 552 Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques
CIT 619Principles of Bioenergy Therapies3.0
or NURS 619 Principles of Bioenergy Therapies
CIT 626Translational Research in Complementary and Integrative Health3.0
CIT 656Traditional Healing Systems3.0
or NURS 656 Traditional Healing Systems
CIT 657Functional Approach to Clinical Nutrition3.0
or NURS 657 Functional Approach to Clinical Nutrition
CIT 696Integrative Health Strategies I3.0
CIT 697Integrative Health Strategies II3.0
CIT 698Graduate Seminar3.0
Concentrations Options9.0
Holistic Hospice & Palliative Care
Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care
Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care
Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care
Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care
Multi-Cultural Perspectives
Multi-Cultural Perspectives
Integrative Addiction Therapies
Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapy
Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapy
Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation
Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation
Introduction to Nutritional Neuroscience
Introduction to Nutritional Neuroscience
Women's Integrative Health
Witches, Wise Women and Women Healers
Witches, Wise Women and Women Healers
Women's Integrative Health
Women's Integrative Health
Advanced Women's Integrative Health
Advanced Women's Integrative Health
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1Credits
CIT 502Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies3.0
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
CIT 656Traditional Healing Systems3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
CIT 511Spirituality, Health and Healing3.0
CIT 657Functional Approach to Clinical Nutrition3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
CIT 552Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques (I-ART)3.0
CIT 619Principles of Bioenergy Therapies3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
CIT 626Translational Research in Complementary and Integrative Health3.0
CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
CIT 696Integrative Health Strategies I3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
CIT 623Multi-Cultural Perspectives3.0
CIT 697Integrative Health Strategies II3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
CIT 698Graduate Seminar3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Complementary and Integrative Health Faculty

Megan Carrier, RN, MS, CCIT, RD. Adjunct Faculty.
Deanna Casino, PMNP, MSN, RN, CCIT. Adjunct Faculty.
Wonsup Choi, PhD. Adjunct Faculty.
Donna M. Fahey, RN, MFA, CCIT, CCRN, HNB-BC. Adjunct Faculty.
Kimberly Flemke, PhD. Adjunct Faculty.
Mary Beth Kealy, RN, MSN, WHNP, CCIT, LAYT. Adjunct Faculty.
Judith Ann Miller, PhD, CACII. Adjunct Faculty.
Stephanie Ross, MH, HT, CNC (University of Calgary) Director of the Complementary and Integrative Therapy Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. Botanical medicine; women's natural health and complementary and integrative therapies.
Judith White, MA, CEHP, CHCP, MECP, RM. Adjunct Faculty.
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