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. All courses are available through distance technologies, including on-line or live video. Required courses may be taken over a maximum of three years.
Holistic health offers an integrated approach to health and well being. The School of Nursing Foundations of Holistic Health certificate program introduces students to the importance of addressing the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions of health. The courses will examine foundational principles of holism; the basic philosophies, diagnostic techniques, and healing methods offered by many complementary healing modalities; benefits and challenges of alternative therapies; and the 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.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
Requirements: Students must take four 3-credit courses for completion of the Certificate program, including two required courses and two electives from the list below.
Grade Point Average: A grade of C or better is required for all courses taken toward completion of the certificate program.
For more information about this certificate program, please contact the School of Nursing
Holistic Health 1 (CON 280) – This course explores the realm of holistic health, emphasizing the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Specific techniques and therapies will be introduced, including but not limited to nutrition, stress management, meditation, therapeutic movement and massage, music, and others. Primary goal is to bring greater self-confidence, increased knowledge, and self-responsibility about health into each student’s life. (Credits: 3)
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (CON 219) – The primary emphasis of this course is to teach students how to take control of their personal health and lifestyle habits. Major areas will include nutrition/weight management, fitness training techniques, flexibility, coronary risk factor management, muscular strength/endurance, stress management and other wellness related topics. (Credits: 3)
Elective Courses (Choose 2)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (NUR 203)– Mindfulness is about paying attention without judgment to what is being presented to us in our lives. The core of this course will be the practices of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program developed at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Students will study the results of research which show benefits of practicing Mindfulness. After learning these practices, students will explore ways to integrate Mindfulness into work, family, health, and relationships, particularly into teaching, nursing, social work, and counseling health professions. Cr 3.
Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine (CON 261)– This course offers a comparative study of conventional and Naturopathic medical models, as part of the Minor in Holistic and Integration Health. Naturopathic medicine integrates current medical science with traditional natural therapies, to promote health and to prevent disease. Students will gain an understanding of Naturopathic principles, philosophy and treatment modalities including nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, mind-body techniques and environmental medicine. Cr 3.
Healing and Spirituality (CON 283) – Explores the links between spiritual understandings and physical and mental health. Focusing on global spiritual and religious traditions, the course will examine the determinants of health and the healing techniques utilized in each faith. Ways in which religious values and expectations become internalized and affect interpretation of wellness and illness will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to explore spirituality as it relates to healing, both personally and institutionally. (Credits: 3)
Reproductive Holistic Health (CON 270) - This course will enable the student to look critically at reproductive health options through the lifespan and to weigh evidence related to alternative, complimentary, and natural approaches to managing reproductive health issues. This course will take a life span, growth and development approach, focusing on sexual development briefly while exploring natural family planning methods, discuss contraception and pregnancy from a holistic view, encourage the development of birth support skills, and discuss care of the newborn after birth. In addition, adult reproductive issues will be explored including menopause, erectile dysfunction, sexuality in aging and some common conditions in adulthood related to reproductive health. (Credits: 3)
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Therapeutic Touch (CON 490)- This course will introduce the theory and practice of the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch (TT). Concentration will be on the practice of Therapeutic Touch as an intentionally directed process of energy exchange, using the hands to facilitate the movement of energy, and restoring balance to the energy system of the human body. The course will focus on the understanding of the basic principles of the human energy field; intuition; intentionality; benefits; theory, principles, process, and experiential learning of the Therapeutic Touch technique. Through readings, lecture, demonstrations, and practice, students will integrate the TT process with considerations of creating a healing environment, the ethics of practice, and integrating holistic health and self-care. No prior experience is necessary. (Credits: 3)
Holistic Health 2 (CON 281)- Seeking a more fulfilling life or working in the field of holistic health requires us to look at our own lifestyle, exploring the realm of holistic health in greater depth to begin a journey of self-discoveries and self-awareness in better understanding our own lifestyle patterns. This course will provide students with integrative philosophies relevant to recognizing what creates balance, good health, success, and joy in one’s life. A strong component will focus on approaches to healing, including such topics as nutrition, meditation, forgiveness, body movement, energy fields and vibration, living joyously and effortlessly, and thought communication. The primary goal is to become conversant with holistic approaches that are widely used in promoting and supporting self-healing and transformation in both self and others. (Credits: 3)
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Please note: course costs are concurrent with the current undergraduate tuition and fee schedule