This graduate level course is a comprehensive exploration of the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and CAM treatment of disease. Organized by body system, the anatomy and normal physiology is studied, then the disease processes and abnormalities that can occur within that system and CAM protocols.
Behavioral factors, life-style choices, and environmental factors on the cause and progression of disease are covered as well as the most current advances in genetic research. This course will guide when clients should be referred to their licensed care provider for diagnosis of the ailments studied. A comparative review of both allopathic and holistic treatment modalities for a number of conditions is also covered.
Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate:
- A strong theoretical understanding of underlying principles of pathophysiology, including the interactions between genetic and environmental factors in the development of a given disorder; as measured by students' performance on essay and objective examinations and application of principles to case studies
- The ability to recognize and employ pathophysiological terms to describe disease characteristics; as measured by students' performance on essay and objective examinations and application of principles to case studies
- A solid knowledge base of pathophysiology, with the capacity to distinguish, compare and contrast clinical manifestations, including identifying the human structures and functions that need to be assessed, explaining how normal human structures and functions have been altered, as measured by students' performance on essay and objective examinations and application of principles to case studies
- The ability to differentiate, compare, and contrast various pathological processes and diagnoses from allopathic medical perspectives, with the capacity to critically assess when to refer CAM clients to allopathic physicians, as measured by students' performance on essay and objective examinations and application of principles to case studies
- A solid knowledge base of various CAM protocols, with the capacity to distinguish, compare, and contrast allopathic and various holistic protocols and modalities and other relevant concepts, as measured by essay and objective examinations and application to case studies
- The theoretical knowledge of the steps required to function as unlicensed Complementary and Alternative practitioner under the Health Freedom Acts of California or Minnesota, including credentialing and educational training requirements (hours/credits) for professional memberships; as measured by students' performance on essay and objective examinations and application of principles to case studies.
Required Materials (Course Pack)
The Required Materials cost (Course Pack)—including standard shipping within the United States—is $136. This includes:
- Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100
The Required Publisher Textbooks*:
- Copstead, L.E. & Banasik, J. (2013). Pathophysiology (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders. ISBN# 9781455726509** $116
- Copstead, L.E. & Banasik, J. (2013). Pathophysiology: Study Guide (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders. ISBN# 9781455733125 $37.95
- Pizzorno, J. & Murray, M. (2012). Textbook of Natural Medicine (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 9781437723335** $252
Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $136 Course Pack + $405.95 Textbooks = $1966.95
Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.
* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.
** This textbook is also available as a Kindle eBook from amazon.com.
- Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
- Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
- Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
- Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
- Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online