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Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health

Position yourself on the forefront of health care delivery when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health degree from Ashford University. Increasing cultural diversity has resulted in growing numbers of people who pursue complementary and alternative health practices.

The mission of the Complementary and Alternative Health program at Ashford University is to educate, empower, and inspire future leaders in the holistic health movement who will participate in the transformation of health care policy and delivery. The program also seeks to instill a passion for natural therapies by providing foundational, philosophical, applicable, and evidence-based curricula on holistic health that will foster an understanding of the interdependence between the human mind, body, spirit, and the natural environment. Finally, the program endeavors to inspire students to recognize their potential as catalysts for the advancement of natural approaches to health and for personal and societal transformation.

The vision of the Complementary and Alternative Health Program at Ashford University is to transform people’s present regard of health by instilling a deep appreciation of the mind, body, and spirit connection as regarded by ancient traditional medical systems as well as present day medical systems. In this transformative process we can instill in the learner a deep appreciation of these disciplines and a regard for those discipline’s impact on the health of our global community. It is in this endeavor that the program will inspire students to promote and advance natural health therapies and sciences by way of practice and promotion, scholarship, social/ecological stewardship.

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What you will learn

The Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health degree provides you the opportunity to study the history and delivery of major non-allopathic health systems including but not limited to the following: Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, naturopathic medicine, biofeedback, herbal medicines, chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure, reiki, reflexology, energy systems, and transpersonal health such as meditation, hypnosis, and prayer. Upon completion of your Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health degree program, you will be able to:

  • Explore the history and practice of non-allopathic health systems
  • Examine cultural influences as related to complementary and alternative health practices;
  • Analyze complementary and alternative health usage trends
  • Differentiate major complementary and alternative health systems
  • Examine complementary and alternative health practices integrated into US health care delivery
  • Analyze research in complementary and alternative health
  • Examine components of holistic health care service and delivery

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Your Courses in Complementary and Alternative Health

You will analyze complementary and alternative health studies as well as identify usage trends and integration into health services and disease management from multi-cultural perspectives.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Specializations in Complementary and Alternative Health

You may choose to delve into other areas of complementary and alternative health when you add a specialization to your complementary and alternative health degree program. A specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

This program offers the following specialization:

Health Care Informatics Systems

BA in Complementary and Alternative Health

Discover the Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health. In this video, Assistant Professor Dr. Erick Cervantes explains what you can expect to learn during the degree program and how it will prepare you for a rewarding career in complementary and alternative health.

Careers in Complementary and Alternative Health

Just a few of the many professional careers that often begin with a Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health degree include: Energy Practitioner, Complementary and Alternative Health Research Assistant, and Herbal Practitioner. Take a look at your potential career options.

Complementary and Alternative Health Careers

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.