School of Nursing

Certificate in Foundations of Holistic Health

The Foundations of Holistic Health certificate program is designed for students interested in exploring the realm of complementary healing. Many courses are available online. Required courses may be taken over a maximum of three years.

Holistic health offers an integrated approach to health and well being. The Foundations of Holistic Health certificate program introduces students to the importance of addressing the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions of health. Courses will examine foundational principles of holism; basic philosophies, diagnostic techniques, and healing methods offered by many complementary healing modalities; benefits and challenges of alternative therapies; and activities, attitudes, and choices that lead to whole and integrated health over a lifetime.

Note: Matriculation in the University of Maine system is not required, although students may choose to matriculate and transfer credits from the certificate program once completed. Course costs are concurrent with the current undergraduate tuition and fee schedule.

Students must take four 3-credit courses to complete the Certificate program, including two required courses and two electives from the list below. A grade of C or better is required for all courses taken toward completion of the certificate program.

The following courses are required:
     HIH 280 Holistic Health I
     REC 219 or SPM 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness

Students choose 2 elective courses from the following:
     HIH 203 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (formerly NUR 203)
     HIH 261 Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
     HIH 270 Holistic Approaches to Reproductive Health
     HIH 281 Holistic Health II
     HIH 283 Healing and Spirituality
     HIH 288 Reiki: Energy Medicine
     HIH 490 Therapeutic Touch

For more information about this certificate program, please contact the School of Nursing.

Candidates for admission must submit:

  • Online application for Certificate Program;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Additional or other special admission requirements specified by program.

The application for certificate programs is available online at the Office of Admissions Web site at http://usm.maine.edu/apply. Please note, students who are enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.

For more information on course scheduling, please visit Mainestreet and select "Class Search" in the Quick Links menu on the left.

Application for completion and certificate award