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  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care

    Overview

    The accredited online Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care provides students with a mind-body-spirit approach to end of life care. Graduates of the program develop mastery in providing compassionate spiritual care to patients and their families.

    The use of Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) within the scope of end-of-life care provides practitioners with the tools needed to treat the holistic spectrum of the patient and their family, while integrating an effective and efficient delivery of care. The program’s curriculum focuses on evidenced-based approaches and science-based clinical applications, while exploring culturally specific approaches and proven complementary and integrative modalities.

    Program Features

    • Taught by distinguished faculty trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies
    • Driven by the principle of patient-centered care that eliminates unnecessary hospital re-admission and costly medical treatments, while alleviating pain and suffering
    • Program Director, Stephanie Maxine Ross, M.H., M.S., H.T., C.N.C., P.D.M.T., is a pioneer and internationally-recognized expert in CIT
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students

    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 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
    CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
    CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
    CIT 623Multi-Cultural Perspectives3.0
    Total Credits12.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree with a major in a health related field from an accredited university, with a GPA of 2.75 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
    • 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
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $940 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1044 per credit)


    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • 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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