Northern Vermont University-Johnson is among the nation’s first accredited universities to offer a science-based undergraduate degree program in wellness and alternative medicine (WAM). This program allows students interested in science to:

  • Explore bold new horizons in health care.

  • Examine the mind-body connection and its role in personal wellness and well-being.

  • Understand the role wellness plays in the development of sustainable communities.

  • Learn the science, theories and histories of Western (i.e., allopathic) and alternative and complementary health care therapies, including acupuncture, naturopathy, Ayurveda, chiropractic, homeopathy and Native American healing.

  • Understand mind-body therapies, including meditation, yoga, massage, biofeedback and other stress-reduction techniques.

Students in this program explore the social, cultural, political and psychological dimensions of various systems of health care. It is a rigorous, science-based undergraduate program that emphasizes holistic models for health, wellness and healing. Based on the scientific protocols set by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine and Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical School program in Seattle, Washington, it provides the scientific knowledge and practical skills needed to make informed healthcare decisions and lifestyle choices and to prepare for careers as state-of- the-art healthcare professionals, veterinarians and doctors.

Students study conventional, allopathic medicine in the U.S. as well as alternative medical models from around the world. While completing their degrees, students may elect to co-enroll in certification programs to become massage therapists, yoga instructors, reiki masters and ayurvedic consultants. Graduates are prepared for medical- and health-related graduate programs and careers in holistic health care, naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapies, and other healing occupations.

Explore degree requirements for the B.S. in wellness and alternative medicine.  (This link will take you to the current Johnson State College academic catalog. On July 1, 2018, Johnson State and Lyndon State colleges will become Northern Vermont University. The 2018-19 NVU academic catalog will be available in early summer.)

A revised curriculum reflecting advances in medical knowledge and contemporary practice took effect in fall 2015. The new curriculum incorporates suggestions by two experts who reviewed the curriculum in 2012 and 2004, respectively: Dr. James S. Gordon, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine Program at Georgetown University, former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary & Alternative Medicine and a member of the Advisory Council for the NIH National Center for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); and Dr. Joseph Jacobs, former director of NCCAM.