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  • MS in Complementary and Integrative Health


    This evidence-based program provides health care professionals with the tools to assess, guide, and evaluate patients by merging complementary and integrative health practices into the framework of conventional clinical practice. Coursework explores topics such as phytomedicine, functional nutrition, and mind/body modalities, providing a solid foundation in core competencies, as well as a theoretical basis for applying these practices.

    Available Concentrations:

    • Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Integrative Addiction Therapies
    • Women’s Integrative Health
    • Customized to meet your specific goals

    Program Outcomes

    Graduates will be eminently positioned as leaders in this specialty field in roles such as:

    • Consultants
    • Educators
    • Hospital Administrators
    • Integrative Health Care Practitioners
    • Program Developers

    Program Features

    • Courses taught by integrative health care practitioners and internationally-recognized leaders in the field
    • Congruent with the educational standards set forth by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) and meets the core competencies of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health*
    • Available entirely online

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.
    *Program endorsement through the American Holistic Credentialing Corporation anticipated soon.


    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. 

    Core Requirements 
    CIT 503 / NURS 539Holistic Living for the Caregiver3.0
    CIT 502 / NURS 529Foundations in Complementary & Integrative Therapies3.0
    CIT 501 / NURS 551Foundations of Phytotherapy3.0
    CIT 511 / NURS 561Spirituality, Health, and Healing3.0
    CIT 552 / NURS 552Integrative Advanced Relaxation Techniques3.0
    CIT 619 / NURS 619Principles of Bioenergy Therapies3.0
    CIT 626Translational Research in Complementary and Integrative Health3.0
    CIT 656 / NURS 656Traditional Healing Systems3.0
    CIT 657 / NURS 657Functional Approach to Clinical Nutrition3.0
    CIT 696Integrative Health Strategies I3.0
    CIT 697Integrative Health Strategies II3.0
    CIT 698Senior Seminar3.0
    Choose from one of the following Concentrations:9.0
    Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care 
    CIT 621 / NURS 621 Spirituality, Hospice, and Palliative Care  
    CIT 622 / NURS 622 Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care  
    CIT 623 / NURS 623 Cross Cultural Issues  
    Integrative Addiction Therapies 
    CIT 624 / NURS 624 Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapy  
    CIT 625 / NURS 625 Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation  
    CIT 631 / NURS 631 Intro to Nutritional Neuroscience  
    Women’s Integrative Health 
    CIT 534 / NURS 589Witches, Wise Women, and Women Healers   
    CIT 602 / NURS 640 Women's Integrative Health  
    CIT 658 / NURS 658 Advanced Women's Integrative Health  
    Total Credits45.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • Open to licensed health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, including:
      • Nurses, physician’s assistants, psychologists, women’s health practitioners, members of oncology organizations, clinical nutritionists, and couple and family therapists
      • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a major in a health-related field
      • GPA of 3.0 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 supporting document submission guide.

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
      • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • Personal Statement
      • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
      • Additional requirements for International Students


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $900 per credit.

      • This rate applies only to new online students.
        • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • This program is 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.


      Academic Calendar

      2016-2017 Academic Year

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2016     

      September 19, 2016

      December 3, 2016

      December 5, 2016

      December 10, 2016

      Winter 2017 

      January 9, 2017

      March 18, 2017

      March 20, 2017

      March 25, 2017

      Spring 2017 

      April 3, 2017

      June 10, 2017

      June 12, 2017

      June 16, 2017

      Summer 2017 

      June 26, 2017

      September 2, 2017

      September 5, 2017

      September 9, 2017

      2017-2018 Academic Year

      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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