Integrative and Holistic Medicine Education
Integrative and Alternative medicine careers require different levels of education. Here are your curriculum and degree paths.
What holistic medicine degrees are available?
From certificates to doctoral degrees, the alternative medicine arena offers a wide range of educational resources for those interested in joining this growing field.
If you plan to work as a naturopathic doctor (ND), you’ll need to earn a doctoral degree in order to practice. This type of program teaches students about all the areas of natural health and prepares them to work in a private practice or clinic.
Other alternative medicine programs, like CHN and HWC are typically geared toward those with an ND (or MD) and come in the form of diplomas or certificates. Many naturopathic doctors use nutrition and natural wellness therapies to complement their existing treatments. If you’re interested in studying an area of alternative medicine as a hobby, you can also find courses effective.
What certification will I need?
Your field of expertise will determine your licensure requirements. Licensure is done through the state you plan to work in, while certifications are generally provided by industry organizations. Certification does not necessarily mean you are licensed to practice.
Not all states distribute licenses for alternative medicine practitioners, but the following states do, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.
• North Dakota
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
What will I learn in my courses?
Naturopathic degree programs train students to become an expert in the field of alternative medicine as well as how to work with patients seeking a different form of holistic medical therapies. ND programs are rigorous and prepare students to work as a holistic primary care physician.