Bachelor - Complementary and Alternative Health

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When you enroll in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program, you'll have an opportunity to study integrative health, spirituality, health, healing, and other relevant topics. Read on to learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program is designed to teach you about the foundations of complementary and alternative health, spirituality, health, and healing, integrative health, cultural diversity in health and illness, and holistic health. The degree program does also cover research methods used in the field and it concludes with a capstone project. Other topics covered include community and public health and health and wellness promotion throughout the lifespan.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program, you should have an interest in alternative health practices such as Ayurveda, reiki, acupunture, and Chinese medicine. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program consists of 120 total credits, including 52 general education credits, 36 major credits, and 35 elective credits. Students who transfer credits may not be required to take all of the courses listed below.

Complementary and Alternative Health Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Courses
EXP 105Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202Adult Development and Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
ANT 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
HCS 415Community & Public Health
HCS 323Health & Wellness Promotion Throughout the Lifespan
HCS 326Holistic Health
SOC 313Social Implications of Medical Issues
HCS 321Foundations of Complementary & Alternative Health
HCS 316Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness
HCA 430Special Populations
HCS 435Spirituality, Health, & Healing
HCS 338Integrative Health
HHS 460Research Methods for Health & Human Services
HCS 495Complementary & Alternative Health Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed the Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program, you have an opportunity to pursue careers in the field. Some graduates may choose to go into business on their own, while others may work for alternative health centers and clinics. Job candidates should have strong communication and interpersonal skills:

Some careers that you could pursue include:

  • Yoga instructor
  • Wellness consultant
  • Holistic health practitioner
  • Herbal practitioner

Advanced Degrees

When you have finished Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health program, you can choose to pursue an advanced degree in the field. A master's degree in alternative health may include courses such as western practice of eastern medicine, complementary and alternative medicine in oncology, and mind-body skills. A research project may also be required.

Some degrees you could consider include:

  • Master of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Science in Acupuncture

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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