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  • MS in Complementary and Integrative Health

    Overview

    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

    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.



    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. 

    Core Requirements 
    CIT 503 / NURS 539Holistic Living for the Caregiver3.0
    CIT 502 / NURS 529Foundations in Complementary and 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 698Graduate Seminar3.0
    Choose from one of the following Concentrations:9.0
    Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care 
    CIT 621 / NURS 621 Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care  
    CIT 622 / NURS 622 Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care  
    CIT 623 / NURS 623 Multi-Cultural Perspectives  
    Integrative Addiction Therapies 
    CIT 624 / NURS 624 Foundations of Integrative Addiction Therapy  
    CIT 625 / NURS 625 Spirituality, Empowerment, and Transformation  
    CIT 631 / NURS 631 Introduction 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

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    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

      Tuition

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


      • This program is 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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