School of Nursing
Minor in Holistic and Integrative Health
The holistic and integrative health minor is designed to provide the foundations and philosophies of a holistic and integrative approach to health care and to examine the fundamental world view, diagnostic methods, and healing techniques utilized in the practice of various complementary healing modalities. A primary focus of the minor is the exploration of the issues that arise in moving toward an integrative approach to the needs of body, mind and spirit. This minor is open to all USM students, and may be of particular interest to nursing and health profession majors, to students preparing for work in the complementary health care field, to students in psychology, social work, and anthropology, or to any student interested in addressing personal health in a holistic manner.
The minimum number of credits required to complete the minor is 18. Students may transfer up to six credits toward the completion of the minor from other universities.
Foundational Courses (6 credits, required)
CON 280 Holistic Health I
CON 281 Holistic Health II
Healing modalities (complete 6 credits from the following)
CON 261 Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
CON 283 Healing and Spirituality
CON 284 Botanical Therapies
CON 285 Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Therapy
CON 288 Reiki: Energy Medicine
CON 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults
CON 490 Therapeutic Touch
Wellness Knowledge and Development (complete 6 credits from the following)
CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness
CON 252 Human Nutrition
CON 270 Holistic Approach to Reproductive Health
NUR 203 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
Two 1.5 credit RHF courses may be substituted for 3 credits under this category. Examples include:*
RHF 102 Karate
RHF 109 Beginning Weight Training
RHF 117 Low Impact Aerobics
RHF 118 Yoga
RHF 122 Aerobic Kickboxing
RHF 126 Stability and Physio-Ball Exercise
RHF 127 Pilates
*Other RHF courses may be substituted with permission of appropriate faculty.
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
For 2012-2013, the USM School of Nursing had the largest number of first-time test takers of the NCLEX-RN exam, a licensing exam for US nurses, in the state of Maine. The group of 154 accounted for over 20% of first-time candidates and had a pass rate of 89.61% - surpassing the state average of 82.52% and national average of 84.3%.