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Certificate of Advanced Study in Complementary and Integrative Therapies


Core Courses (9 credits)
CIT 501Foundations of Phytotherapy3.00 credits
CIT 502Foundations of CIT3.00 credits
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.00 credits

Electives (3 credits) (Choose one of the following)
CIT 513Yoga for Enlight Practitioner3.00 credits
CIT 600Clinical Aromatherapy3.00 credits
CIT 601Integration of CIT3.00 credits
CIT 602Women Integrative Health3.00 credits

Course Descriptions

CIT 501 Foundations of Phytotherapy - 3.00 credits

This course serves as a foundation for the safe, effective and rational approach to using some of the most commonly known herbs in clinical practice. Includes a review of primary uses, active constituents, pharmacological actions, known contraindications, drug interactions, potential side effects, and review of the clinical research.

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CIT 502 Foundations of CIT - 3.00 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the theories and cultural concepts and contexts that underpin complementary and alternative therapies used increasingly by consumers of healthcare worldwide. The CIT world-view will be compared to the traditional medical model. Evidenced based research in these areas will be identified and addressed.

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CIT 503 Holistic Living For The Caregiver - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to take students on an experiential journey toward a holistic way of living that emphasizes a mind-body-spirit approach. Emphasizes development of healthy, nutritious eating, effective exercise, and guidelines for incorporating basic supplementation. Students stress reduction and management techniques including breathing, walking and music. Integrates spiritual concepts.

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CIT 513 Yoga for Enlight Practitioner - 3.00 credits

Yoga is an ancient path to self-awareness. This course will guide students on an inward journey using ancient Indian spiritual texts and yogic practices. From a holistic perspective, it becomes the responsibility of the practitioner to foster a deep awareness of self in order to better serve others.

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CIT 600 Clinical Aromatherapy - 3.00 credits

This course provides the foundation for the safe and effective use of 20 therapeutic essential oils including clinical application, organic chemistry, safety, dosages and contraindications. Essential oil biosynthesis, specific plant morphological structures, extraction methodologies, primary avenues of absorption, and history of aromatherapy. Adheres to standards of National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

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CIT 601 Integration of CIT - 3.00 credits

This course is an overview of the availability, utilization and integration of complementary and integrative therapies in the United States today. Emphasis is placed on the coordination of traditional and non-traditional healing practices and the roles and responsibilities of the provider as the coordinator of the patients' health care.

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CIT 602 Women Integrative Health - 3.00 credits

This course presents an Integrative Mindy-Body approach for supporting states of health imbalance specific to women's issues. Applied integrative strategies highlight the use of dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicines and other specific healing modalities. Included are Eastern philosophies of energetics, and the physical, spiritual, psyche and soma.

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