Degrees in alternative/holistic medicine?

By | August 23, 2015

I’ve been looking at different colleges who offer such degree programs, I’ll have to do online distance learning because there are no schools near me. I’ve also come across articles written by skeptics that the colleges are some type of fraud because they are unaccredited or that the notable graduates have never been published in any medical journals. I feel that they are just skeptics of holistic practices in general. None of which are surprising because of the way our society can look down on holistic approaches to our health and well-being.

I guess the point of my question is are there any skeptics of colleges that are NOT skeptics of the actual practice of holistic medicine? Are there even accredited schools for natural health or is it just the “norm” in this field that the schools are non-accredited? I would also love to hear experiences from anyone who has recieved a degree or any certificates in holistic/natural nutrition and health :)

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8 thoughts on “Degrees in alternative/holistic medicine?

  1. justbeingher

    Look into Clayton College.

    I think it’s that the popular thought is that when you are studying something like medicine, it’s more credible to get your learning at a real-life bricks n sticks college or university where you actually interact with people. You could not expect to be effective or credible with online study alone.

    Case Western Reserve is one of the best med schools for holistic medicine.

  2. Flizbap

    No, there are no highly accredited holistic schools.

  3. PVA

    such courses to be studied through college only, for practical experience is the highest one than theory. personal interaction with professors, other students and patients can enrich your knolwedge well. knowledge has no end, so better it is to be done through some renowned college.

  4. Salerio

    I’d agree with JustBeing if it were medicine you wanted to study, seeing as it isn’t you can do your course anywhere you like. Why would you want to study at a non-accredited college? It means your degree would be meaningless because it would have no external body judging the quality of the courses.

    If you want to do medicine, why not go and do real medicine. Of course it will be a lot harder to get into a proper medical school, but that is because it’s a genuine field of study. If you’re not up to medical school do something related like biomedical electronics or pharmacology. Anything by non-accredited quackery.

    Have a look on PubMed and see how many papers have been published there from the institutions you are interested in.

  5. dave

    You have to ask the question: “What is there to stop anyone setting up a website, even a quite expensive looking one, in order to take your money and offer poor quality or even incorrect tuition in return?”

    The answer is accreditation. This applies to all learning centres, wherever they are. Also, if you intend to work afterwards (you’ll have to eventually!) employers need to be sure that their employees have genuine qualifications. Unaccredited = means the learning centre is not trusted by the state/country etc. This makes it far easier for anyone to decide whether your qualifications should be accepted as being valid (you can’t expect employers or customers to research the education centre where you got your qualifications from!)

    Accreditation exists to protect employers reputations and yours too. Why these places are not accredited is for someone else to answer.

  6. Dr. Suniel Kaushal

    I can not answer all alternative or holistic medicine systems as i am able to answer only Ayurvedic system of medicine which is 6000 years old and the first medicine system known to human and most success full where other than 23000 scientists two have been worshiped as most one is Rishi Sushruta who introduced operations and intra medicines (injection system, orthopaedic operations, cosmetic surgery etc.) was introduced by him and Rishi Charak is Famous for non invasive, non surgical medicine therapy so that non removal of organ and cure by herbal therapy.
    To learn alternative/holistic medicine you can chose any institute but to learn Ayurvedic medicine you will have to do a regular college degree course and internship and then you need experience as after 23 years experience i think i have to take up another 5 lives to learn Ayurveda.
    It is vast and to read thousands of books written by all scientists and to remember them all and experience patients where for one disease there are more than 20 medicines suggested for all different body constitutions and deciding to treat a patient is actually a Challenge.
    You can only become an Ayurvedic doctor if you in your brain think that you really wish to cure people but not to earn money as their is no money in Ayurveda. I have not earned anything to even have my own house. Ayurvedic medicines are the costliest in the world because of processing and diamond, gold, silver, pearl and other valuable purified bhasmas are used in it (very reliable if produced by good GMP certified companies) and in right quantity at right time.
    The investment is very high and returns are slow, so i will call it a social service but not a profession.
    Think before you chose it as your career.

  7. American Vet

    Check with a NATURAPATHIC doctor. (ND) They are accreditated in some states and have a national registry.

  8. irenaaneri1980

    I understand what your saying.Yes,the people that are skeptics of the colleges are sceptics of Alternative Medicine altogether or anything at all that is not Conventional Medicine and for the most part have no criticisms of Conventional Medicine at all or if they do they arn’t verbalising them.
    So because of biases towards anything Nonconventional Medicine, it would be unlikely that they would point out if there was a Natural College/school/Uni that they did feel had good standards or recommend one to you.

    There are also people in the Natural Medicine Industry that are skeptical of some certain colleges or find them without good standards.This will depend though on which country you are from.Im from Australia so i can only say regarding here sorry.Below are some links of courses that you can do distant which are accredited.You should still research further into them though regarding which are the best.
    If your from USA,you might find there is a huge range of courses/schools information online and you might become overwhelmed as to what is a “legit” school where you’ll receive a good education or what is a school that someone has just opened up for the interests of profit or is low standard.I suggest you ring up the The American Herbalists Guild and see where they recommend and where they dont recommend.
    I had a brief google look at Clayton College.It seems ok but maybe a bit unprofessional though and somewhat “cheesy”.

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