Certificate of Advanced Study in Integrative Addiction 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

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update. 

About the Program

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Integrative Addiction Therapies prepares healthcare professionals to treat patients suffering from substance use disorders within the holistic spectrum by healing the body, mind, and spirit. Students will learn to integrate evidence-based complementary and integrative therapies (CIT) such as nutritional neuroscience, neurofeedback, meditation, auricular acupuncture, and Qigong bioenergy therapies within the framework of conventional healthcare. These integrative therapies will enable healthcare practitioners to incorporate innovative, caring, and holistic methods to an underserved population. 

Substance use disorders are among this country’s most ubiquitous health and social issues. This cutting edge program is designed to empower practitioners to utilize complementary and integrative therapies within the scope of conventional healthcare practice to treat substance use disorders and enhance patient outcomes. It will provide practitioners the tools needed to treat the substance use disorder patient (and their family) within the holistic spectrum, healing body, mind, and spirit.

A holistic, integrative treatment program for addiction requires combining neuronutritional treatment with other facets (bio, psycho, social, spiritual, economic), including counseling and education to support lifestyle change.

Features and Benefits:

  • This ground-breaking Integrative Addiction Therapies program is the first program of its kind worldwide.            
  • It is the first program to offer future addiction healthcare professionals the skills needed to help their patients achieve health and recovery within the holistic spectrum healing mind, body, and spirit using natural and integrative methods.
  • Courses are taught by internationally recognized leaders in Complementary and Integrative Therapies and distinguished psychotherapists in the field of Integrative Addiction Therapies.
  • Courses are offered wholly online in a dynamic and interactive learning environment.

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
  • One letter of recommendation
  • 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 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
CIT 624Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapies3.0
CIT 625Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation3.0
CIT 631Introduction to Nutritional Neuroscience3.0
Total Credits12.0
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