Complementary Therapies in Healthcare (Graduate Certificate)

An admissions moratorium is currently in effect for this program.

This graduate certificate program includes three required graduate courses that are designed to provide education and clinical experience related to complementary, alternative therapies that are often used to complement conventional health care treatments in the United States. This graduate program provides information for individuals who provide services for patients/clients, families and communities and is open to registered nurses who have a B.S.N. degree, graduate nursing students and other healthcare providers and students.

The certificate program courses focus on concepts of complementary and alternative medicine and whole systems of care for individuals throughout the lifespan from a health promotion and illness treatment perspective; evidenced -based therapies included in hospital-based integrative medicine centers are explored and research strategies are examined. Students will learn CAM assessment strategies as well as population trends related to use and integration in conventional health settings. Clinical practice components are included in all program courses and the certificate provides essential knowledge and skills regarding complementary therapies in today's healthcare world.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Additional requirements include: graduation from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program, or other baccalaureate program with a focus on healthcare needs in society with a clinical concentration. Applicants who are graduates of other accredited baccalaureate programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This certificate requires courses which must be taken in sequence over one calendar year with no transfer credit accepted. A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Required Courses

NUR 7865Foundations of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 3
NUR 7870Complementary Therapy Research: Understanding the Evidence4
NUR 7875Complementary Alternative Medicine Therapies: Clinical Intervention II5
Total Credits12