Choosing Holistic Medicine Schools and the Holistic Health Education Programs that are Right for You
Holistic medicine schools and naturopathic colleges offer holistic health education programs if you are interested in pursuing a career in alternative medicine or just want to learn more for your personal use.
Depending on your goals, you can attend alternative medicine schools online, in person, or by correspondence.
Holistic health and specialty area licensing degree programs offered through acupuncture schools, massage schools, and naturopathic colleges, are comprehensive rigorous educational programs that require you to attend on location.
Depending on school, state and national requirements, you are likely to invest hundreds or thousands of hours, and thousands of dollars in your training.
Correspondence degree and certification programs can also be comprehensive, demanding and expensive.
Expect to get very good education through correspondence schools. My certification programs through the Australasian College (now called the American College of Healthcare Sciences took almost as much study, effort and time as my college degree.
Online distance learning often requires reading, written lessons, audio/video instruction, and tele-classes. Modern technology even offers people attending distance classes the chance to talk with facilitators and communicate with other participants in break-out groups.
A very important consideration when choosing between licensing and certifying is this: With few exceptions, a certification may be worth something to the holder, some clients, and employers in natural health fields, such as health food stores owners or the media looking for an article or quote. It is of little or no value if you want a job in a recognized health field, or want local or national licensing, at least not in the U.S.
Here are some steps to take to help you choose the best holistic medicine schools or programs for you.
*Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, North York, Ontario
*National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon
*Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Tempe, Az
*University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bridgeport, Ct
*Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC, Canada
*National University of Health Sciences Lombard, Illinois
If you prefer to forego holistic medicine schools, your options to learn about holistic healing and wellness are still vast.
A great place to begin your holistic health education is with the seven week Natural Health and Healing E-Course offered free right from this site.
Whichever learning and career path you choose, it is important to choose the type of holistic health and healing programs that is right for you. The right on-line holistic medicine schools, training in specific modalities, or live training at one of the naturopathic colleges will not only prepare you for a career, but also for a healthier, transformed life.