Certificate of Advanced Study in Women's Integrative Health

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter

Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3300
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1199

About the Program

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Integrative Health provides healthcare professionals with a mind-body-spirit approach to care. Studies have shown that women desire a broader, integrative approach to their healthcare and share a philosophical congruence with Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) core values. In this program, students learn to integrate evidence-based complementary and integrative health therapies such as phytomedicine, nutrition, mind/body, and energy therapy modalities within the framework of conventional healthcare practice.

Integrative healthcare reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, and utilizes all appropriate therapeutic approaches, both conventional biomedicine and CIH practices to achieve optimal health and healing. Women’s Integrative Health provides a model of care that is most compatible and reflective of women’s emotional and psychological needs in the health care relationship and prepares students to incorporate an innovative, caring and holistic spectrum of treatment. Students learn to explore the fullness of women’s lives, taking into account a woman’s beliefs, intuitions, and preferences for care which allows them to form a healing partnership, while providing their patients with the finest possible healthcare.

Features & Benefits:

  • Courses are taught by leading women's integrative health practitioners and internationally-recognized experts in complementary and integrative therapies
  • Offered by Drexel's top-ranked College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Pioneering program in women's integrative health is the first university program to offer practitioners evidenced-based integrative treatment
  • Coursework is designed for nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, nutrition scientists and other health care professionals

American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, Inc. has endorsed Drexel University's Complementary and Integrative Health Master's and Certificate Programs, which allows graduates of these programs to sit for the nationally accredited board certification in holistic nursing.

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a health-related field from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who hold licensure or a certificate: copy of license, eligibility for licensure, or certificate
  • Current Resume/CV
  • One professional letter 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
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • International students will need to meet university international student admissions guidelines, including TOEFL Program Requirements.

TOEFL Requirement:

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing. and reading. American citizens born on U.S. 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 you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT 534Witches, Wise Women and Women Healers3.0
CIT 602Women's Integrative Health3.0
CIT 658Advanced Women's Integrative Health3.0
Total Credits12.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Women’s Integrative Health web page and the Drexel University Online Women’s Integrative Health web page.

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