Discover your path to a career in healing with Northern Vermont University Online’s B.S. in wellness and alternative medicine program. 

North leads us to question. To explore. To always seek something greater. Take the next step toward a career that you're passionate about with the NVU Online Wellness and Alternative Medicine degree program. The bachelor of science degree in wellness and alternative medicine offers students interested in a science-based undergraduate degree an opportunity to learn from experts in alternative health practices and pursue a wellness-based career. 

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You’ll learn the theory and practice of holistic medicine from experts in the field. This fully online bachelor of science degree offers students the opportunity 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

About Northern Vermont University Online

  • 100% online
  • In-state rates* no matter where you live; complete your coursework from your home or office.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA required

*The in-state rate does not apply to courses that NVU Online students take from other Vermont State College institutions or for non-Vermont students utilizing the face-to-face advising model or pursuing the hybrid B.S. in Early Childhood Education degree.

Overview of the Wellness and Alternative Medicine Distance-Learning Degree

  • 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 and 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.
  • 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 and Alternative Medicine, and a member of the Advisory Council for the NIH National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); and Dr. Joseph Jacobs, former director of NCCAM.

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This link will take you to the B.S. in wellness and alternative medicine degree requirements listed in the 2017-18 course catalog for Johnson State College. Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will become Northern Vermont University on July 1, 2018. The 2018-19 NVU course catalog will be available in early summer 2018. 

Preview a Wellness and Alternative Medicine Distance Learning Course

Curious about what it’s like to be a wellness and alternative medicine student through Northern Vermont University Online? Find out with our wellness and alternative medicine preview course, where you’ll find syllabi, course descriptions, sample assignments, and discussion prompts as well as get a feel for our online course delivery platform. This course is currently a part of Johnson State College Online. In summer 2018, all JSC Online courses will become NVU Online courses.

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