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Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible


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 graduate certificate 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 the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and more. Courses are offered wholly online in a dynamic and interactive learning environment.

What you'll learn

This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge in specific complementary and integrative therapies, which includes women's integrative health, clinical aromatherapy, mind–body therapies, spirituality, and bio-energy therapies.

Graduates of the program are equipped with the cultural and theoretical basis for applying complementary and integrative therapies while focusing on the skills and techniques of specific therapies. This knowledge allows them to assess, guide and evaluate patient use and to integrate CIT into their professional practice.

Program courses are taught by internationally-recognized leaders in Complementary and Integrative Therapies and faculty trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies. The program content is congruent with the educational standards set forth by the 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).

What makes the program unique?

  • Convenient format with courses offered wholly online.
  • Courses taught by internationally recognized leaders in their field.
  • Suitable for a wide range of health care students and professionals.


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.

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework.

Standardized Tests:

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliate with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.


Two letters of recommendation.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
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; and
How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program.

Not required.


Nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who hold licensure or a certificate: copy of license, eligibility for licensure, or certificate.

Specific work experience not required.

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:

a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

Application Link (if outside organization):


MSA: This program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.