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MS in Complementary and Integrative Health

Complementary and Integrative Health Recorded Virtual Open House

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.

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

American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, Inc. has endorsed Drexel University’s Complementary and Integrative Health Master's and Certificate Programs, which allows graduates of these programs to sit for the nationally accredited board certification in holistic nursing.

What is the Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) / Integrative Health or Wellness (IHW) Coaching Pathway Program?

Students from Drexel University’s online MS in Complementary and Integrative Health degree program are eligible to apply and concurrently enroll in the University of Arizona's Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching (IHW) certification program. The concurrent completion of the AWCIM IHW coaching program can count toward the 9 elective credit requirement for the Drexel MS in Complementary and Integrative Health program. The AWCIM IHW Coaching program is approved by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching. Graduates of Drexel’s MS in Complementary and Integrative Health in combination with the AWCIM IHW Coaching program would then be eligible to sit for the national exam. If you are interested in this option, you may either answer the related questions on the Drexel MS in Complementary and Integrative Health application or you can let your academic advisor know of your interest. Learn more about the program.


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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.

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Application Deadline

August 22, 2022

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.


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


CIT 502 / NURS 529

Foundations in Complementary & Integrative Therapies


CIT 501 / NURS 551

Foundations of Phytotherapy


CIT 511 / NURS 561

Spirituality, Health, and Healing


CIT 552 / NURS 552

Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques


CIT 619 / NURS 619

Principles of Bioenergy Therapies


CIT 626

Translational Research in Complementary and Integrative Health


CIT 656 / NURS 656

Traditional Healing Systems


CIT 657 / NURS 657

Functional Approach to Clinical Nutrition


CIT 696

Integrative Health Strategies I


CIT 697

Integrative Health Strategies II


CIT 698

Senior Seminar


Choose from one of the following Concentrations:


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



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