Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

Total Credits Completed
36

Nutrition State Law Disclosures

if you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. You can also view more information for each state online here. Please note this degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator at this time. [1]

 

Program Overview

Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) continues to increase, fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population. The challenge to the industry will be to integrate CAM to most benefit the consumer, focusing on the complementary rather than the alternative nature of the wide variety of modalities available and leading the way forward to a wellness based concept of healthcare.

ACHS has developed a unique and innovative approach to the degree of Master of Science in CAM, with a clear mission to educate outstanding men and women to provide leadership in the industry. Those who would play a part in leading the industry to successful integration must be able to facilitate change in a holistic and encompassing manner in the context of rapid change in the health care industry.

Highlights

approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (http://www.nanp.org)
Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (http://nanp.org/hncb)

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an in-depth, advanced knowledge base that maximizes the innovative use of information that reflects the current theories, best practices, and research in preparation for application or further research in the prevention and wellness industry.
Develop a solid knowledge base of CAM modalities and be able to apply that knowledge by informing and assisting practitioners and consumers of CAM products and protocols.
Evaluate and generate best practices for CAM evidence-based healing methods.
Evaluate and provide guidance on the potential for herb-herb and herb-drug interactions.
Locate, analyze and evaluate, and make effective use of CAM research from the scientific literature and provide guidance for practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders and manufacturer.
Assist with designing and planning appropriate clinical studies elucidating the underlying mechanisms of action of CAM therapies, facilitating their integration into conventional medical care, and stimulating professionalism, integrity, and social respons

Career Goals:

•    Scholar 
•    Educator
•    Advocate
•    Lifestyle Coach or Consultant
•    Adjunct to an existing healthcare profession

For all graduates, this program:

  • Is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professional (NANP)
  • Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (http://nanp.org/hncb), entitling successful candidates to use the title, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®”, in accordance with State laws.

 

Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

 

Gainful Employment Information:

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Tuition and Fees:

To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name below for each Total Course Price or click here for the projected maximum cost for this program, including materials that have the greatest outlay for students.

 

Recommended Sequence:

The recommended course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.

ACHS Program Fact Sheet

[1] This degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator.