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Complimentary and Integrative Therapies Department

Expand Your Professional Reach

Giving you the tools you need to expand your career and help diverse populations through specific and integrative therapies programs taught by clinically experienced faculty.

Complimentary and Integrative Therapies Department

Expand Your Professional Reach

Giving you the tools you need to expand your career and help diverse populations through specific and integrative therapies programs taught by clinically experienced faculty.

Interprofessional Studies

We cultivate collaborative learning experiences by placing a special emphasis on the emerging field of interprofessional care both in our classrooms and at our pioneering healthcare facilities. Our innovative programs cross the barriers between disciplines and specialties in order to generate the most positive patient-centered outcomes while also advancing the field.

Issues in Human Trafficking
Service to Veterans
Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare
Certificate in Sexual Health and Wellness
Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction

Complementary and Integrative Therapies

Complementary and Integrative Therapies offers three advanced study certificates for nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare providers interested in expanding their professional reach.

Our interdisciplinary graduate programs are designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge in specific complementary and integrative therapies. Taught online, our certificate programs provide the convenience of online learning with the relative experience of a live classroom setting through the implementation of sophisticated, innovative technology characteristic of Drexel University.


Advanced Study Certificate in Complementary and Integrative Therapies
Bringing it together: Helping you introduce complementary and integrative therapies to conventional professional practice.

Advanced Study Certificate in Women's Integrative Health
This program provides a model of care that is most compatible and reflective of women’s emotional and psychological needs in the health care relationship

Advanced Study Certificate in Holistic, Hospice and Palliative Care
This program will provide practitioners the tools needed to treat the holistic spectrum of the dying patient and their family, while integrating an effective and efficient delivery of care.

Advanced Study Certificate in Integrative Addiction Therapies
This certificate program has been designed for the wide range of health care students and professionals from a variety of disciplines who are interested in a delivery of care and services that focus on integrating complementary and integrative therapies into their conventionally based healthcare backgrounds, offering an innovative, caring and holistic transition to an underserved population.

MS/MSN in Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare
The MS/MSN in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare prepares you to lead organizational efforts that improve and monitor quality metrics, improve safety for both patients and staff, and manage risks in a dynamic health care environment.

MS in Complementary and Integrative Health
This evidence-based program provides health care professionals with the tools to assess, guide, and evaluate patients by merging complementary and integrative health practices into the framework of conventional clinical practice.


News & Events



A team of health services administration students, all Drexel Society of Future Health Leaders members presented a case at the Health Care Leadership Network  of the Delaware Valley’s (HLNDV) 2nd Annual Student Case competition. Based on a report created by Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania abstracts were submitted on solution to the issue of  ‘primary care desserts.’  Competition was tough, as we competed with undergraduate students, as well graduate student from the Philadelphia area .This was a great experience that truly emphasized the importance of teamwork in the world of health care.
There were six students, in total, from CNHP. One group included Nick Mahoney, Karol Zhong and Julie Knerr and the other, finishing in second place, included Kelley Martin, Toni Ross and Maureen Dorce. 
A paper by health sciences student Taylor Collins and her professor, Krista L. Rompolski, PhD has been published. “Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Causes, Complications & Controversies” appears in Journal of Student Research in Volume 6, Issue 1.
Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award at the Annual Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The award recognizes Volpe’s outstanding contribution to research in the field of dietetics and her commitment to scholarship.
Margaret Finley, PT, PhD, associate professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, is one of six faculty to receive a career development award from the Office of Faculty Affairs for 2017- 2018. The award is designed for tenure-track faculty members to increase their exposure to colleagues at other institutions who will be mentors and collaborators. Finley’s proposal is the "Biopsychosocial Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain with Applications to Spinal Cord Injury." As part of her award activities, Finley will visit the labs of Richard Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA and Laura Frey Law, PT, PhD at the University of Iowa. Steven George, PT, PhD, Duke University, and Shields will give presentations at Drexel University. Collectively, the mentors will provide a foundation for application of genetic phenotype biomarkers and measurement of psychosocial behaviors in adults with spinal cord injuries. 
Ryan J. Clancy, MSHS, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA, clinical instructor in the physician assistant program, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of AAPA. Clancy earned this national recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his years as a physician assistant. He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement in the community of Philadelphia.
Health Administration Press (HAP) will be publishing a book co-edited by Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES, professor in health services administration about “Managing the Nonprofit Health Organization in the New Economy.” HAP is a leading publisher of health administration and is affiliated with the Association of Health Care Executives (AHCE).
CNHP is hosting the 6th Annual Philadelphia Area Simulation Consortium: Assessment and Evaluation in Simulation on June 15, 2017. The consortium provides opportunity for specialty-specific breakout sessions, presentations featuring innovative uses of simulation for education, research, simulation technicians, and administrators; and to promote regional networking for hospital based and academic simulation centers. Key note speakers include Tony Errichetti, PhD, CHSE and Kathie Lasater, EdD, RN, ANEF, FANN.
Sherry Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, Creative Arts Therapies department chair, moderated a panel discussion, "The Arts and Healing" on Thursday, April 6 as part of a performance by Jessica Lang Dance at the Prince Theater, presented by NextMove Dance. The panel also included veteran Mike Mulligan, who spoke about his use of the arts in his recovery and healing process. The performance that followed featured all new work by Jessica Lang Dance, including "Thousand Yard Stare," a physically riveting tribute to veterans set to Beethoven's String Quartet #15. The title refers to the blank and bewildered gaze of the shell-shocked soldier returning from war. 
The official establishment of The Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS), the first research center in the College of Nursing and Health Professions was recently announced. The Center is directed by Guy Diamond, PhD, associate professor and faculty member in the Couple and Family Therapy department. The CFIS will foster interprofessional collaborations among faculty interested in research that promotes family strengths and reduces barriers to child and family health and wellbeing. The Center is committed to working with diverse populations throughout the life span and in both university and community settings. PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in the College interested in family-centered interventions will have opportunities to engage in Center activities. The Center will also support training, clinical, and policy-related activities related to family intervention science. 
Sponsored Research
Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences was awarded $22,300 for her project Heart Healthy Cooking Lab: Youth Exploring Wellness through Gardening. 
Clare Milner, PhD, associate professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded $14,000 for her project Impact Shock and Risk of Stress Fracture in Walking, Marching and Running. 
Both projects involve interprofessional research teams. Funding is for one year. The findings will enable the investigators to apply for extra-mural funding.
Ming Yuan Low, student in PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapy was recently awarded a research grant by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association for his study entitled ‘The Music Interaction Scale: Examining Inter-rater Reliability of a New Nordoff-Robbins Scale’. This study will be in collaboration with the AJ Autism Institute at Drexel and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center at New York University. Low’s research advisor is Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, Associate Professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies.


Kevin Mitchell, PhD is the newest faculty member in Health Services Administration and brings extensive and impressive experience from academia and many areas of health administration. Mitchell graduated from Temple University with a degree in public health and went on to receive two advance degrees, an MBA from Eastern University, and a PhD in public health from Walden University. Those degrees helped him build a career combining corporate, academic and public experience, something he hopes will help him achieve his one goal at the College of Nursing and Health Professions — connecting students to the right organizations having the right competencies.
For the son of a third grade teacher and a University of Pennsylvania-educated engineer who worked for the Department of Defense, arriving at a career in healthcare administration was unexpected. “I always thought I had to do what my dad did. My sister studied engineering and is now a computer scientist, but it just wasn’t right for me,” Mitchell stated. “I gravitated toward my passion — health.” As it turns out, something very particular within healthcare administration grabbed his attention. “I’m keen on making sure there’s evidence and outcomes,” he explained.  “If there are resources being allocated to a program, I want to make sure they are being spent the right way, and if not, I want to figure out what models work for patients and organizations.” This all boils down to accountability; why does a program exist, what is it supposed to do and for whom? Is it working?
With every job Mitchell’s had, it seems that those questions remain top of mind, though manifested in various forms. He started at St. Mary’s Villa for Children as the director of health where he worked with therapists to help create health and recreation programs for the children as part of the whole treatment plan. He implemented and evaluated injury prevention programs when he worked for the Montgomery County Health Department. “I was the director of a residential treatment facility, assistant health administrator, then health services administrator, working with clinical and non-clinical teams making sure that we were leading and treating patients and getting good outcomes,” Mitchell related.
He also worked for Astra Zeneca in sales and marketing of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular medications. “That’s when I fell in love with clinical pharmacology — that is really my area of research interest.” Here too, responsibility is important to him. “My love deals more with medication adherence and pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications,” he said. In thinking about patients, initially he wonders when a person is prescribed a medication, are they taking it. But what he really wants to know is if the patient adheres to the prescription because he or she has an interest in understanding what happens once he or she takes the medication — how is it metabolizing in the body, do they care about the scientific part of it or is she or he only taking the medication because it was prescribed. “I believe public health and healthcare administration programs need to do a better job of accountability.”
Despite the political climate, Mitchell is a “quantitative guy,” so his focus will always be setting up health systems that are addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations. “It’s not just implementing programs, but measuring them and making sure they are effective,” he explained. Having taken part in a required needs assessment at the hospital where he currently works, he looked at the collected data and even then asked if the right population was assessed and if they could see an improvement in health. Mitchell stated that the business aspects of administration, like accounting, marketing and sales, human resources and legal, are important and have to be considered in the creation of programs. In his mind, it is critical to partner with everyone when in healthcare administration. That includes clinicians, specialists, quality assurance people and other administrators who all need to be on the same page, united for the same purpose. That way, the patient reaps the benefit of having the knowledge base of everyone on the team — doctor, nurse, therapist, etc.
Healthcare administration is so broad, fits in to so many areas and has very transferable skills and competencies, so it comes down to which area of the industry students want to go in to. “There’s a lot of opportunity and not just because I say so,” Mitchell pointed out. “It’s a growing industry, the largest sector in Philadelphia and we have to make sure we connect the student with the right opportunity.” As a professor, he wants to learn what interests students have so he is better able to assist in finding the right Co-ops
Because of another expertise Mitchell has, working with healthcare accrediting agencies, licensing and compliance, he can make sure students understand how those relate to future jobs as administrators. “It’s important to position the students to have the right qualifications to serve in a desired community — behavioral health, nutrition, a hospital, outpatient. There are so many different areas and Drexel is positioned well because of the Co-op program,” he said. 
Assuring students understand the accrediting standards and what the requirements are and assessing their qualifications are also part of what he considers his responsibility as an educator. “I see my job as making sure each student is prepared for whatever path he or she wants to follow be it licensure, developing skills and competencies or becoming qualified to do whatever is required by the healthcare setting they want to pursue.

Written by Roberta S. Perry


On January 11, US News and World Report published their 2017 Best Jobs list and 52 of the top 100 are in health care. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant are number two and three on that list with no surprise as the demand for more skilled health care professionals skyrockets. Susannah Snider, personal finance editor at U.S. News said in a press release about the jobs list, "Health care jobs often require a human element, so they can't be exported or entirely replaced by robots – at least not yet.
“Continued growth in the health care sector, low unemployment rates and high salaries make these jobs especially desirable. Plus, individuals can pursue a range of health care positions that require varying levels of skill and education," furthered Snider. While the opportunities for PAs and NPs expand practically every specialty — orthopedics, endocrinology, cardiology, pediatrics — a reported 80% of nurse practitioners choose primary care whereas a study from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states physician assistants tend to practice outside of primary care. 
Regardless of the position a person chooses, it’s all good news for CNHP. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics cited nurse practitioner and physician assistant among the fastest growing occupations with 35% and 30% growth respectively. This expansion can be attributed to a few factors including a move to patient-centered care models and an aging population. But another reason is the expansion of coverage for an additional 20 million people through Affordable Care Act. “The ACA recognized physician assistants as an essential part of the solution to the primary care shortage by formally acknowledging them as one of the three primary care health providers,” said Patrick Auth, PhD, MS, PA-C, CNHP clinical professor and department chair. “They also committed to expanding the number of PAs by providing financial support for scholarships and loan forgiveness programs, as well as by funding the training of 600 new PAs,” he continued.
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed millions of Americans to have access to insurance to pay for the cost of their health care. That meant hospitals and providers reduced their cost of indigent care.  While these figures have presented a hopeful outlook on what new health care reform may mean, one recent report has portrayed a potentially much different outcome.
The study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund revealed repealing the ACA, likely starting with the insurance premium tax credits and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility would result in a doubling in the number of uninsured Americans while having widespread economic and employment impacts. In 2019, the study predicts a loss of 2.6 million jobs nation-wide, primarily in the private sector, with around a third of them in the health care industry. Pennsylvania could see around 137,000 jobs lost. 
Elizabeth W. Gonzalez, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, associate professor and department chair of the doctoral nursing program and Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE ’09, associate clinical professor and department chair of the nurse practitioner program, both suggest that it is too early to tell what any real impact will be to healthcare or employment. “The ACA also lowered Medicare spending by allowing people to enter into share savings plans with accountable care organizations where providers are reimbursed based on the quality, not the quantity, of their services,” Gonzalez said. “This emphasis on quality has resulted in significant savings, lower cost of health care for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low income families, and children. The ACA encourages a focus on the patient experience and this has led to some wonderful innovations because clinicians are being paid to focus on ways to enhance the quality of the care they provide patients,” she added. 
“The Affordable Care Act introduced patients to the role of the nurse practitioner. Patients were forced to see us for primary care — nurse practitioners provided care at a lower cost,” stated Montgomery. “Now patients want to see us because of the level of care we provided.” There are just so many unknowns where the ACA is concerned. While the current administration seems determined to repeal the law, they haven’t yet put forth a replacement that will provide affordable healthcare for those who would undoubtedly lose what they currently have. It’s uncertain whether a new law might be proposed that would guarantee that no jobs created under the ACA are lost or if patient outcomes will decline.” But both Gonzalez and Montgomery feel that advanced practice nursing will continue to be a cost effective way to deliver outstanding clinical services. While it’s tough to speculate, Montgomery thinks opportunities for nurse practitioners will continue to grow regardless. “Who knows, it might make it better for the nurse practitioner especially because we provide high-quality, comprehensive care at lower costs,” she said.

By: Roberta Perry and Kinzey Lynch `17

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