Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies

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 Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) program is designed to provide practicing healthcare professionals with an "evidence-based program" in complementary and integrative therapies. This knowledge will allow them to assess, guide, and evaluate patient use and to integrate CIT into their professional practice. The program provides students with the cultural and theoretical basis for applying complementary and integrative therapies while focusing on the skills and techniques of specific therapies.

This program is applicable to a wide range of healthcare professionals including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, creative arts therapists, couple and family therapists, women's health practitioners, members of oncology organizations, members of AHNA, and more. Admission requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

The program content is congruent with the educational standards set forth by the American Association of Holistic Nurses (AHNA), and the Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy course adheres to the educational standards (level one) set forth by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).

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

Features and Benefits:

  • Embraces the foundational principles of holistic integrative care, focusing on the mind, body, spirit approach to achieve optimal health and healing within the framework of conventional healthcare
  • Courses are taught by internationally recognized leaders in complementary and integrative therapies and faculty trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies
  • Program is taught wholly online in a highly dynamic learning format that engages students

Admission Requirements:

Individuals submitting an application must fulfill the following:

  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Nurse, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who hold licensure or a certificate: copy of license, eligibility for licensure, or certificate
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • 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 following:
    • 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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
CIT 502Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies3.0
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
Elective *3.0
Mindfulness Meditation
Yoga for the Enlightened Practitioner
Witches, Wise Women and Women Healers
Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy
Women's Integrative Health
Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care
Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care
Cultural Perspectives in Hospice and Palliative Care
Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapies
Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation
Introduction to Nutritional Neuroscience
Advanced Women's Integrative Health
Total Credits12.0

Must be a graduate level Complementary and Integrative Health course

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CIT 5023.0CIT 5013.0Elective*3.0CIT 5033.0
 3 3 3 3
Total Credits 12

Must be a graduate level Complementary and Integrative Health course

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies webpage and the Drexel University Online Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies webpage.

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