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Holistic Nursing Course Program


HOLISTIC & INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE SPECIALIST

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc., offers a full Continuing Education program of online courses for those Registered Nurses seeking Certification in Holistic & Integrative Health Care Practice.

Holistic nurse coursesUpon completion of the six (6) courses detailed below, applicants are eligible to apply for and receive certification as a Certified Holistic & Integrative Health Care Practice Specialist. Each course is provided for in a dedicated online classroom. The courses are designed as independent study/continuing education courses, with one-to-one faculty mentoring. There is open enrollment and students may register and begin the education program at anytime.

 

HOLISTIC & INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE PRACTICE

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM/COURSES

COURSE FEES

Below are listed the required courses for this curriculum. At the end of each course description you will find the course cost listed. All textbooks and learning materials are separate and not included in the course cost.  

The following CE courses have provider approvals: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc. is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida State Board of Nursing, CE Provider # 50-11975.
All of the following courses have provider approvals:  CE Provider # 50-11975 and is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. For additional information please access here.
The following CE Courses ( except for SM 530 Clinical Stress Management and SC 560 Intuitive and Energy Healing) also have Nursing Board Rule Provider Approvals:
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing CE Provider # 50-11975.

 

HN 500 – Holistic Nursing: Theory & Practice I

This course presents a comprehensive introduction and foundational concepts study of contemporary Holistic Nursing. Students begin their studies with an introduction of holistic nursing concepts and practice theories, and study scope of practice and nursing standards for this specialty practice. Current trends and issues in holistic nursing are examined. Study proceeds on major concepts of including transpersonal care and healing, the art of holistic nursing and the human health experience. The theory of holistic nursing practice is examined as well. Students then progress with an examination of ethics in holistic practice, the holistic caring process and assessments. Other focuses of this course in holistic practice are self-assessments, cognitive therapies and nutrition. This course provides the student with the comprehensive educational foundation to move ahead with the subsequent courses in this program. Course Code: HN 500. Contract hours of education: 50 hours. Course HN 500 Cost: $ 175.00. 

 

HN 510 – Holistic Nursing: Theory & Practice II

This course continues in the student’s study of the theory and practice applications of holistic and integrative nursing practice. New holistic/integrative nursing care theories and modalities are presented. All content is studied in a model of nursing diagnosis and practice from a holistic stand point. Students will study and learn theory and practice components related to exercise, humor and laughter. Also presented are relaxation modalities, imagery, music therapy, and touch. In depth examination proceeds related to relationships, dying, weight management counseling, smoking cessation, addiction/recovery counseling and aroma therapy. Students will study current theory and application of these concepts, as well as review related case studies depicting the nursing process within this holistic/integrative care framework. Course Code: HN 510. Contact hours of education: 50 hours. Course Cost: $ 175.00. 

 

HN 520 – Holistic Nursing: Theory & Practice III

This third course continues in the student’s study of the theory and practice applications of holistic and integrative nursing practice. New holistic/integrative nursing care theories and modalities are presented. All content is studied in a model of nursing diagnosis and practice from a holistic stand point. Students will study and learn theory and practice components related to relationship-centered care and healing initiative in a community hospital, an exploration of integrative medicine, holistic communication and the environment. In depth examination proceeds related to cultural diversity and care, body and mind healing, spirituality and health, energy healing research and evidence based practice. Finally, education issues for holistic nursing practice and holistic nurse self-care are examined. Students will study current theory and application of these concepts, as well as review related case studies depicting the nursing process within this holistic/integrative care framework. Course Code: HN 520. Contact hours of education: 50 hours. Course Cost: $ 175.00. 

 

MED 300/SM 550 – Relaxation Strategies

This online Continuing education course is the foundational course in meditation theory and practice. This course provides a comprehensive overview of breath work, concentration and the physiological effects on the central nervous system. Students learn anatomy and physiology related to breathe work, as well as physiology and anatomy of the central nervous system. The focus is on learning various types of breath work, the use of concentration and mantras, and the elicitation of the relaxation response. Students will study research outcomes related to meditation and its positive effects on overall health and well-being of participants. Many disease states are reviewed, along with research oriented outcomes related to the many benefits and positive outcomes of meditation as an intervention in disease states. Students also practice and become proficient in several types of meditative techniques. Spiritual issues related to meditation are also explored. Course Code: MED 300. Education contact hours = 35. Course Cost: $ 150.00. 

 

SM 530 – Clinical Stress Management

This online continuing education course provides a most comprehensive presentation of the theories, concepts and contemporary modalities in stress management. It continues were the introductory course, SM 500, leaves off. Students study foundational theories with greater depth of research review. There is a comprehensive presentation of stress psychophysiology as students understand and appreciate the mind-body-spirit connection in stress and stress management. Life-situations and perceptions are studied related to stress. Multiple dimensions of stress management interventions are presented and provide students with an excellent foundation for the further study of stress management modalities used in practice Spirituality and stress is also examined. Diversity in stress is examined, as well as various life and occupational situations related to stress. An in depth exploration of interventions is provided. This course also offers students a CD-Rom program that can be used with clients to conduct an interactive exploration of health and well-being. In addition, students receive additional online learning resources from the book publisher via their website. Course Code: SM 530.Contact hours of education = 30. Cost: $ 150.00.

 

SC 560 – Intuitive & Energy Healing

This course provides you with continued learning of spiritual principles for the practice of intuitive healing and energy healing. You study various facets of healing, especially in relations to intuitive knowledge, body and energy systems, and energy healing. This course focuses on “hands” on energy healing as well as an in-depth study of human energy systems and the chakras. The chakras are examined as they relate to body-mind-spirit disease and healing. You will learn how to effectively work with Divine energy and universal energy toward channeling energy for therapeutic benefits of clients. You will also be introduced to several dimensions regarding intuitiveness and its use in spiritual counseling. Assessing and intuiting energy blocks are also studied. Course Code: SC 560. Contact hours of education = 50. Course Fee: $ 150.00

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

    • Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: registrants must be: 1.) a registered nurse currently licensed to practice nursing in a state or country’s territory.
    • All courses are continuing education courses and are provided in online classrooms via our website. Upon enrollment a unique identification and password is provided for classroom access. The online classrooms provide full syllabi and course information, including the course exams and evaluations. Students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on the course examination to pass the continuing education courses.
    • Participants are given two (2) years from the date of enrollment into the first course, to complete the entire program of six (6) continuing education courses.
    • Upon completion of each course, you will be awarded the corresponding continuing education contact hours and receive the CEU certificate verifying course completion and the award of education credits. Registration may be completed online, by accessing the links below.
    • Participants must complete the entire 250 contact hours of education to be eligible to apply for certification. For information on the Holistic & Integrative Health Care Practice Certification program, access this link.
    • This program is not associated with the American Holistic Nurses Association, nor its certification program.

 

Additional Links

What is Certification?

“A certification is a third-party attestation of an individual’s level of knowledge or proficiency in a certain industry or profession. They are granted by authorities in the field, such as professional societies and universities, or by private certificate-granting agencies. Most certifications are time-limited; some expire after a period of time (e.g., the lifetime of a product that required certification for use), while others can be renewed indefinitely as long as certain requirements are met. Renewal usually requires ongoing education to remain up-to-date on advancements in the field, evidenced by earning the specified number of continuing education credits (CECs), or continuing education units (CE’s), from approved professional development courses. “ 1

Certification is an official recognition from a “Professional Organization” that one has met all of the established standards as determined by that professional organization to be conferred the specific “certification” by that professional organization.  Certifications are most frequently established and conferred by “professional organizations.” Certification is thus a validation that a professional has thus achieved a high standard of knowledge, learning and skills in a specific specialty area of practice. It attests to an achievement in professional practice that is beyond that achieved for licensure. It is also specialty practice specific, rather than generic in nature.

Certification is distinctly different from ‘licensing.” Licensure is conferred /granted by the Government. In most all cases, licensure is the responsibility of the State Government. Every state has its own government agencies that oversee and confer licensure to professionals, i.e. the state boards of nursing.  Licensure is established by “laws” and then specific rules and regulations which conform to the tenets of the state’s laws. Licensure is granted and over-seen by state agencies. Certification, on the other hand, is NOT licensure and is not established by any “laws.”  Licensing agencies generally do not “oversee” professional certifications, unless their specific laws mandate a certain professional certification, in order to practice. An example of this would be: for a registered nurse to receive and be conferred a license as a “Nurse Practitioner” most states require that the RN also have Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  So, in order to be licensed as a nurse practitioner, the nurse must hold certification from one of those two professional organizations. The State Board of Nursing does not oversee the certification, but rather requires it for nurse practitioner license.

Why Achieve a Certification?

“Professional certification shows consumers and potential employers that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. It gives them confidence in your abilities and knowledge. Certification makes you more valuable to employers, so you can expect to earn more than someone without certification. Certification also offers advancement opportunities.” 2  Other compelling reasons to consider a specialty practice certification include: Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in a sub-specialty health care practice: 1) Achieve national recognition for attainment of knowledge and skills by meeting established standards of professional advanced practice, 2). Enhance and expand your health care practice, 3). Increase your marketability, 4). Be viewed as a credentialed expert in your practice specialty, and 5). Become part of a professional group and network of recognized and certified health care specialists.

Report findings published on Nurse.com revealed the following regarding Nurses that held certifications: 1). Certified nurses make more money, 2). Certified nurses have respect and recognition, 3). Certified nurses have validated competence in their specialty area, 4). Certified nurses are more marketable and hirable, 5). Certified nurses perceive they have more power in their organizations, 6). Certified nurses have more professional opportunities, 7). Certified nurses have standing among their professional peers, and 8). Certified nurses are more confident. 3

While these study finds were specific to the nursing profession, we believe such benefits are applicable to all health care professionals who hold practice specialty certifications, especially related to recognition, opportunities in employment and validated competency in their practices.

Ongoing Learning

A major hallmark of quality Certification programs is the mandate that Certified Members commit to continued learning in order to maintain their certifications. This is most generally achieved by requiring a recertification process in which certified member’s document continued learning in their practice specialty by way of continuing education. Certifying bodies will establish quality standards for the requirements for its certified members to achieve contact hours of continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification status by the organization or association. 1, 2

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals upholds this high quality standard for recertification of its members by an established program of recertification via mandatory continuing education as well as clinical practice hours over a four-year time frame.  Certified members may recertify their status upon meeting the standards established for recertification of their practice specialties.

The AIHCP CE Model for Certification

The Model for Certification at the American Institute of Health Care Professionals is one based on a core curriculum of focused Continuing Education (CE) Courses. We feel strongly that the conferral of a professional certification requires the attainment of current knowledge and skills in a specialty practice and those who achieve certification should all have the same educational achievements and knowledge/skill base. We insure this by modeling our Certification programs on student’s achievements in a strong curriculum of continuing education in order to achieve our professional Certifications.

Why is continuing education important as a foundation of our model? There are several reasons why continuing education is important for health care professionals. First, it helps them keep up with the latest advances in their field. Second, it helps them maintain their skills and knowledge. Third, it helps them stay current with changes in the healthcare industry. Fourth, it helps them meet their licensure requirements. Finally, it helps them improve their patient care skills. With the rapid pace of change in the medical world, it is essential for health care professionals to keep abreast of new developments in order to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Another reason that we proposed continuing education courses as the foundation of our Certification model is that the benefits of continuing education courses are numerous. For one, they can keep you abreast of the latest developments in your field, which can be beneficial both professionally and personally. Additionally, they can help you network with other professionals in your field, which can lead to new opportunities. Finally, continuing education courses can simply be enjoyable and enriching, providing student candidates with a chance to learn new things and explore different topics.

Our model consists of several types of continuing education courses. Many of our CE courses are self-directed and self-paced with faculty-mentoring as required by the student candidates. Students utilize text books for the course and very often supplemental learning materials such as course handouts, articles and videos. Other types of courses we have include online video on demand lectures courses that provide for printable copies of the slides used in the videos.

All of our CE courses have examinations that must be successfully completed in order for students to receive credit for the courses and also receive a CE Course Certificate. Most all of the examinations on taken right online with a computerized system and are objective-type questions such as multiple choice and true/false questions. Students take the examination online and once completed receive immediate feedback of their examination score and the questions they may have missed including what the correct responses are to missed questions. Students must complete a comprehensive online course evaluation in order to receive their CE Course Certificate. Students may communicate with their course instructors regarding any questions they have about the examination both pre and post-test taking.

All of our CE Courses are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. We are an accredited provider of continuing education for the California Board of Registered Nursing. For many of our CE Courses we also have Board of Nursing Approval by the Florida Board of Nursing and the DC Board of Nursing. As well we are a Rule Approved Provider for CE by the following Boards of Nursing: Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and New Mexico. The AIHCP is also an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board. Our core Grief Counseling Courses are also co-sponsored by AMEDCO which is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team and thus has American Psychological Association (APA) approval for these courses.

Upon successful completion of our CE Courses, our student candidates receive a full-sized Course CE Certificate with the full name of the course, date of completion, number of earned contact hours as well as all Board and Organizational approvals for the course. As our student candidates are generally health care professionals they have the added benefit of being able to use their earned CE Course contact hours for their State re-licensing CE requirements and many can use them for their CE requirements for recertifications in other professionals organizations.

Our foundational model of CE for Certification is also based on the importance to stay current in the health care field as changes in technology and treatments occur rapidly. As a health care professional, you need to be able to provide the best possible care for your patients. Staying current also allows you to keep up with the latest guidelines and standards of care. Additionally, new research is constantly emerging that can impact patient care.

In conclusion, our foundational model of continuing education courses for certification for health care professionals is important in order to keep up with the latest advancements in health care. They also help to refresh and update the skills of those who have been working in the field for many years. All of our courses can be taken online and are self-paced for the student candidate’s easy of self-paced learning and many employers offer financial assistance to employees who enter our programs.

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_certification October 2018. Page 1.
  2. https://www.collegetransfer.net/AskCT/WhatisProfessionalCertification/ October 2018
  3. https://www.nurse.com/blog/2018/03/14/enjoy-the-perks-of-nurse-certification/ October 2018