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Certificate of Advanced Study in Integrative Addiction 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: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible


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.

This ground-breaking Integrative Addiction Therapies program is the first program of its kind 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.

Substance use disorders are among this country’s most ubiquitous health and social issues. This cutting edge program is designed to empower a wide variety of health care students and professionals from different disciplines to utilize complementary and integrative therapies within the scope of conventional healthcare practice to treat substance use disorders and enhance patient outcomes. The related disciplines include behavioral health counseling, couple and family therapy, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritional science, physician assistants, psychology, rehabilitation sciences, and the creative arts therapies. Courses are offered wholly online in a dynamic and interactive learning environment.

What you’ll learn

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.

Through this innovative graduate certificate program, 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. 

Courses in this certificate program are taught by internationally recognized leaders in Complementary and Integrative Therapies, and distinguished psychotherapists in the field of Integrative Addiction Therapies.

What makes the program unique?

  • Convenient format with courses offered wholly online.
  • Courses in this certificate program are taught by internationally recognized leaders in Complementary and Integrative Therapies, and distinguished psychotherapists in the field of Integrative Addiction Therapies.
    • Suitable for a wide range of health care students and professionals.
    • This "evidence-based" program will allow healthcare professionals to        integrate complementary therapies into their professional practice.


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 with a major in a health-related field from an accredited 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.


Not required.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Not required.

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