Wellness and Alternative Medicine

Make a Difference With a Wellness and Alternative Medicine Degree from Northern Vermont University 

Northern Vermont University-Johnson is among the nation’s first accredited schools to offer a science-based undergraduate degree program in wellness and alternative medicine. This program is a great fit if you’re interested in science and want to:

  • Explore 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 (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

Opportunities to Earn Certifications in the Field

Our program is based on scientific standards set by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and Bastyr University’s School of Naturopathic Medicine program. You'll explore the social, cultural, political, and psychological aspects of different health care systems in the U.S. and around the world. You will gain the knowledge and skills to make informed health care decisions and lifestyle choices and to prepare for a career as a state-of-the-art doctor or other health care professional or veterinarian.

While you're at NVU, you may decide to co-enroll in certification programs to become a massage therapist, yoga instructor, reiki master, or Ayurvedic consultant. You will graduate prepared for medical- and health-related graduate programs and a career in holistic health care, naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapies, and other healing fields.

An Updated Curriculum

A revised curriculum reflecting advances in medical knowledge and modern practice took effect in 2015. The curriculum includes suggestions by two experts who reviewed the curriculum in 2012 and 2004 respectively: Georgetown University Medical School professor Dr. James S. Gordon, director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and a member of the advisory council for the NIH National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); and Dr. Joseph Jacobs, former director of NCCAM.

NVU-Johnson also offers a minor in wellness and alternative medicine.