Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate

Alternative medicines embrace a wide variety of approaches to health, healing, and wellness. These approaches include diet and nutrition, acupuncture, hypnosis, expressive/creative arts therapies, mindfulness, mind-body-spirit practices, and more. CELA’s Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate provides a foundation in alternative medical and holistic approaches in healthcare that can be incorporated into clinical, educational, and consulting professional practice.


General Education Requirement

CELA’s Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate Program requires completion of the following 7 classes. All classes are presented in module format:

  • Mod 1/AH01  Alternative Medical Approaches: A Survey
  • Mod 2/AH02  Theories of Holistic Care
  • Mod 3/AH03  Intro to Medical Anthropology
  • Mod 4/AH04  Environmental Illness & Eco-Health
  • Mod 5/AH05  Food as Medicine
  • Mod 6/AH06  Creative Arts in Health & Healing
  • Mod 7/AH00  Capstone Project


The Capstone Project

All Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate students are required to complete a capstone project. The capstone project planning begins at the start of your training and the final product is due after the successful completion of all coursework for Mods 1-6. Students design their capstone project as a culmination of their learning and focus on an area of alternative and holistic healthcare that is of special interest to them. Many students submit a paper while others have submitted projects in video and audio formats. Mod 7, Capstone Project, provides full details and instructions for the capstone project.


Program Overview

This is an online program and all modules are online. Each module has several lessons and each lesson is designed to take 1 week to complete. Students work at their own pace to complete the work of the program. The Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate Program is typically completed in approximately 6-8 months. Students have access to course materials for 12 months and can take up to 12 months to complete the program.


Transfer Credit

CELA does not accept transfer credit for the Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate Program. All courses must be completed through CELA.


Course Descriptions



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