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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. Coursework explores topics such as phytomedicine, functional nutrition, and mind/body modalities, providing a solid foundation in core competencies, as well as a theoretical basis for applying these practices.

Available Concentrations:

  • Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Integrative Addiction Therapies
  • Women’s Integrative Health
  • Customized to meet your specific goals

Program Outcomes
Graduates will be eminently positioned as leaders in this specialty field in roles such as:

  • Consultants
  • Educators
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Integrative Health Care Practitioners
  • Program Developers

Program Features

  • Courses taught by integrative health care practitioners and internationally-recognized leaders in the field
  • Congruent with the educational standards set forth by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and meets the core competencies of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health*
  • Available entirely online

State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.
*Program endorsement through the American Holistic Credentialing Corporation anticipated soon.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admissions Criteria

  • Open to licensed health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, including:
    • Nurses, physician’s assistants, psychologists, women’s health practitioners, members of oncology organizations, clinical nutritionists, and couple and family therapists
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a major in a health-related field
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework

Required Documents
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
  • Two professional letters 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
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
  • Additional requirements for International Students

Tuition: Information on Tuition can be found here.

Curriculum

This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits. Visit this page to use our quarter to semester credit converter to calculate the difference.

Core Requirements

 

CIT 503 / NURS 539

Holistic Living for the Caregiver

3.0

CIT 502 / NURS 529

Foundations in Complementary & Integrative Therapies

3.0

CIT 501 / NURS 551

Foundations of Phytotherapy

3.0

CIT 511 / NURS 561

Spirituality, Health, and Healing

3.0

CIT 552 / NURS 552

Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques

3.0

CIT 619 / NURS 619

Principles of Bioenergy Therapies

3.0

CIT 626

Translational Research in Complementary and Integrative Health

3.0

CIT 656 / NURS 656

Traditional Healing Systems

3.0

CIT 657 / NURS 657

Functional Approach to Clinical Nutrition

3.0

CIT 696

Integrative Health Strategies I

3.0

CIT 697

Integrative Health Strategies II

3.0

CIT 698

Senior Seminar

3.0

Choose from one of the following Concentrations:

9.0

Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care

 

CIT 621 / NURS 621

Spirituality, Hospice, and Palliative Care

 

CIT 622 / NURS 622

Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care

 

CIT 623 / NURS 623

Cross Cultural Issues

 

Integrative Addiction Therapies

 

CIT 624 / NURS 624

Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapy

 

CIT 625 / NURS 625

Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation

 

CIT 631 / NURS 631

Intro to Nutritional Neuroscience

 

Women’s Integrative Health

 

CIT 534 / NURS 589

Witches, Wise Women, and Women Healers 

 

CIT 602 / NURS 640

Women's Integrative Health 

 

CIT 658 / NURS 658

Advanced Women's Integrative Health

 

Total Credits

45.0

Accreditation

The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.