Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine - Online

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  • Entry 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 prior to enrollment.

    An admissions interview and recommendation for admission from the Dean of Admissions.
  • Course description
    Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Modalities (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.

    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.

    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.

    Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (MS) Degree Program Core Curriculum

    Note: The MS degree is not a clinically oriented program and graduation does not confer a license to practice medicine.

    Graduates of this program who are licensed providers of CAM services should refer to their medical boards and specialty societies (such as AMHA) for credentialing and board certification if so required by their state of residency.

    Core Curriculum    Credits
    NAT 501 Anatomy & Physiology I    3
    NAT 502 Anatomy & Physiology II    3
    NAT 503 Integrative Pathophysiology          3
    NAT 504 Complementary and Alternative (CAM) Pathology & Protocols      3
    CHEM 501 General, Organic & Biochemistry    3
    CHEM 502 Principles of Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry     3
    BOT 501 Botany & Plant Identification for the Holistic Practitioner     3
    TOX 501 Fundamentals of Toxicology & Safety in Botanical Medicine    3
    RES 501 Assessment and Integration of Research    3
    CAP 501 Graduate Capstone Project     3
    Total Credits in Core:    30

    Elective Requirements    Credits

    AROMA 501 Aromatherapy Science        3
    HERB 502 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica I     3
    HERB 503 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II       3
    HOM 501 Homeopathy     3
    HOMB 501 Dynamic Phototherapy     3
    NUT 501 Advanced Applied Holistic Nutrition     3
    TOTAL CREDITS:                                                    Minimum of      6

    Study Time:

    Each course within the MS degree is completed over 16 weeks. Minimum study time recommended for each course is 9 hours per week. Graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine [MS].


    See each course description for the required materials.

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