Distance Learning Certificate Programs in Holistic Wellness

Online certificate programs for holistic wellness are rare, although options are expected to increase as this field gains popularity. Keep reading to explore program options, certificate coursework and online learning methods.

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Overview of Programs

Holistic wellness suggests that the body's overall health relies on the maintenance of the brain, body and emotions. Students enrolled in a distance-learning holistic wellness certificate program study such topics as nutrition, healthy eating habits, preventive healthcare and physical fitness through courses and assignments completed online. Healthcare professionals may become certified health consultants by completing one of these programs.

Private institutions catering towards health-related academic programs, along with some public universities, offer online certificate options in this field. Some holistic wellness programs are at the graduate level, which requires prospective students to have bachelor's degrees. While many programs are delivered totally online, some do have on-site requirements.

Online Certificate Options

Online coursework is delivered to distance learners in a virtual classroom containing lecture materials, assignments and communication tools to foster class interaction. Some programs in holistic wellness may contain hybrid courses and/or field experiences. The following certificate programs are among those available to distance learning students.

Holistic Nursing and Wellness Counseling Certificate

The distance-learning certificate program for holistic nursing and wellness counseling prepares students to offer certified guidance to patients with health issues or those seeking disease-prevention measures. These programs could be open only to licensed nurses who are seeking to supplement technical nursing knowledge. Some schools may offer online courses, while others hold on-site sessions at various locations off campus. In some cases, students may acquire college credits upon award of the certificate. Coursework might cover topics such as the following:

  • Holistic nutrition
  • Wellness communications
  • Integrated pathophysiology
  • Clinical use of Traditional Chinese medicine techniques
  • Energy system of the human body
  • Anatomy and body mechanics

Certificate in Wellness Consulting

In the distance-learning wellness consulting certificate program, students learn the essentials of becoming what is called a certified wellness coach. There are several modern health issues that are stressed within this holistic wellness curriculum, such as natural health issues, chronic diseases and obesity. The online coursework, supplemented by textbooks, may take up to 16 weeks to complete. Course topics include:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Holistic protocols
  • Acute health problems
  • Biochemical imbalances
  • Legal issues in wellness consulting.

Those who acquire this distance-learning certificate are qualified to create and support an independent holistic healthcare consultation practice.

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