Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) continues to increase, fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population.
The challenge to the industry will be to integrate CAM to most benefit the consumer, focusing on the complementary rather than the alternative nature of the wide variety of modalities available and leading the way forward to a wellness based concept of healthcare.
Those who would play a part in leading the industry to successful integration must be able to facilitate change in a holistic and encompassing manner in the context of rapid change in the health care industry.
ACHS has developed a unique and innovative approach to the degree of Master of Science in CAM, with a clear mission to educate outstanding men and women to provide leadership in the industry.
• Lifestyle Coach or Consultant
• Adjunct to an existing healthcare profession
Specifically, Graduate students in the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine program will:
- Demonstrate an in-depth, advanced knowledge base that maximizes the innovative use of information that reflects the current theories, best practices, and research in preparation for application or further research in the prevention and wellness industry.
- Develop a solid knowledge base of CAM modalities and be able to apply that knowledge by informing and assisting practitioners and consumers of CAM products and protocols.
- Evaluate and generate best practices for CAM evidence-based healing methods.
- Evaluate and provide guidance on the potential for herb-herb and herb-drug interactions.
- Locate, analyze and evaluate, and make effective use of CAM research from the scientific literature and provide guidance for practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders and manufacturer.
- Assist with designing and planning appropriate clinical studies elucidating the underlying mechanisms of action of CAM therapies, facilitating their integration into conventional medical care, and stimulating professionalism, integrity, and social responsibilities in the prevention and wellness industry.
Note that the MS in CAM is not a clinically oriented program and graduation does not confer a license to practice medicine.
Graduates of this program who are licensed providers of CAM services should refer to their medical boards and specialty societies (such as AMHA) for credentialing and board certification if so required by their state of residency.
|ACHS Degree Program||Program Level||Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code||Occupational Profiles [Source O*NET] and Website Link [Source O*NET]|
|Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine||5||21-1091.00 Health Educators ||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/21-1091.00|
|39-1021.01 Spa Managers||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-1021.01|
|11-9039.02 Fitness and Wellness Coordinators||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9039.02|
Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.
Tuition and Fees:
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Total Credits Completed
Elective credits needed
 Based on average completion time of program completers. Note that most students are adult students that study part-time and may take up to 4 years to complete the MS program by taking one course per semester.