NAT 504

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Pathology & Protocols
Holistic Medicine

This graduate course focuses on principles of complementary and alternative therapies in relation to diseases of specific body systems.

The varied techniques and modalities that a CAM practitioner employs are covered such as aromatherapy, homeopathy, dynamic phytotherapy, herbal medicine, dietary supplements, reflexology, cell salts, color therapy, nutrition and lifestyle changes. Studies show that anywhere up to 42% of the American population use CAM protocols on a regular basis. As such, anyone working in the health care industry, whether as a practitioner, scholar, educator, and advocate, needs to broaden their education to include evidence-based CAM. 

It is important to remember that the desired outcome of any holistic health or CAM protocol to increase the natural vitality of the client and bring the system back into balance. The student will examine the belief fundamental to CAM that the human body contains a strong power to heal itself, which is also known as vital energy or vitalism. While examining this belief, students also look at how the CAM practitioner is able to stimulate this power by educating each client in how to maintain health once it is achieved, increasing vitality and building up one’s resistance through improved nutrition and a harmonious lifestyle.

With successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • A strong theoretical understanding of underlying principles of holistic health and CAM, including the role of vitalism in CAM and principles of CAM to enhance holistic protocol skills in clinical practice, health care education programs, or retail environments;
  • 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 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;
  • 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: educational training requirements (hours/credits), for professional memberships.
Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials cost (Course Pack)—including standard shipping within the United States—is $124. This includes:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100

The Required Publisher Textbooks*:

Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $124 Course Pack + $86.95 Textbook = $1635.95

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

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Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading
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Last updated 03/11/16