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  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies

    Overview

    The accredited online Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) is designed to provide practicing healthcare professionals with an "evidence-based program" in complementary and integrative therapies. You'll be taught to assess, guide and evaluate patient use and to integrate CIT into your professional practice. The program provides you with the cultural and theoretical basis for applying complementary and integrative therapies while focusing on the skills and techniques of specific therapies.

    This program is applicable to a wide range of healthcare professionals including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, creative arts therapists, couple and family therapists, women's health practitioners, members of oncology organizations, members of holistic health care organizations and more.

    The program is congruent with the educational standards set forth by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA.) The Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy course that is part of this certificate adheres to the level one educational standards set forth by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA.)

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


    For questions, please contact:

    Redian Furxhiu
    Student Services Manager
    267.359.5691
    rf53@drexel.edu


    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    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.

    Required Courses 
    CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
    CIT 502Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Therapies3.0
    CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
    Select one of the following:3.0
    CIT 511Spirituality, Health and Healing 
    CIT 512Body Movement Therapies 
    CIT 513Yoga for the Enlightened Practitioner 
    CIT 552Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques (I-ART)  
    CIT 600Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy 
    CIT 602Women's Integrative Health 
    CIT 617Qigong: Bio-energy Therapy  
    CIT 618Principles of Holistic Nursing  
    CIT 619Principles of Bioenergy Therapies 
    CIT 620Integrative Meditation: Where East Meets West  
    CIT 628Special Topics in Complementary and Integrative Therapies 
    CIT 690Independent Study  
    Total Credits12.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA 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 Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
        • Why you are choosing this particular track
        • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
        • Your plans upon completing the degree
      • Detailed resume
      • Nurses, Physicians Assistants and other health professionals who hold licensure or a certificate must provide a copy of license, eligibility for licensure or certificate
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      Tuition

      The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $913 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1014 per credit)


      • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
        • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
        • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
        • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
        • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

      Program Director

      Stephanie Maxine Ross, MH, HT, CNC
      Director of the Complementary and Integrative Therapy Program

      View a collection of Professor Ross's published articles on Herbals and Nutritional Supplements

      Stephanie Maxine Ross is an internationally recognized expert in Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT), a distinguished educator, with expertise in phytomedicine, clinical nutrition, and a specialty in women’s integrative health. She is a pioneer in the vitally important area of bringing Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) education to nurses, physician assistants, medical students, and to other healthcare professionals throughout the United States.

      Stephanie Ross is the founding Director of the Program in Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) and Clinical Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. In addition to her teaching, she is expert advisor in CIT and the research and content specialist in curriculum and program development.

      Academic Distinctions:
      Professor Ross is honored to have been the first recipient of the Drexel Online Outstanding Educator Award, and is listed in Who’s Who in Health Sciences Academia. She is also the Associate Science Editor for the prestigious peer-reviewed Holistic Nursing Practice Journal where she is a featured author. Ross is an extensively published writer, whose work is cited in books and in international scientific journals in areas of phytomedicine, clinical nutrition and clinical applications of integrative medicine.

      Professional Society:
      Professor Ross is an internationally recognized presenter on Complementary and Integrative healthcare, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Natural Healing Science at Dongbang Graduate University, Seoul Korea. In 1996, she was appointed Director of Botanical Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine where she initiated the first courses in Botanical Medicine to be offered in a medical school in the United States. She has served on the advisory board for the Center For Frontier Sciences, and the speaker’s bureau for the American Botanical Council. Ross was primary consultant in the development of the Botanical Medicine curriculum at the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, under the directorship of Andrew Weil, MD She has held the position as Director of Education and Science Advisor for the internationally renowned phytomedicine company Lichtwer Pharma USA.

      Academic Calendar

      2017-2018 Academic Year

      Term

      Classes Begin

      Classes End

      Exams Begin

      Exams End

      Fall 2017

      September 25, 2017

      December 9, 2017

      December 11, 2017

      December 16, 2017

      Winter 2018

      January 8, 2018

      March 17, 2018

      March 19, 2018

      March 24, 2018

      Spring 2018

      April 2, 2018

      June 9, 2018

      June 11, 2018

      June 15, 2018

      Summer 2018

      June 25, 2018

      September 1, 2018

      September 4, 2018

      September 8, 2018

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