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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program

Description of Program
“Americans, and people of all countries, use the methods and products called CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for better or worse. They deserve to be informed by ‘best evidence.’” ……George D. Lundberg, M .D. in Micozzi, M. (2015). Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (5th ed.)

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals, both clinical and non-clinical who want to increase their knowledge and expertise in Complementary and Alternative Health Care. As the use of complementary and alternative therapies has increased in the past decade, the need for advanced educational preparation in patient care management has emerged.

Program Content 
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, and case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty.  Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty. Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to study guides, within discussion boards, or via email. The modules cover the foundations of CAM, Mind, Body and Spirit Connections, Energetics and Manual Healing, Bodywork and Yoga, Natural and Alternative Western Therapies, and will take a look at a number of Global Ethnomedical Systems.

A textbook is required for this program. Upon registration, you will receive detailed information to purchase the textbook.

Program Schedule
This eight-week activity is offered twice a year. The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the start date by 8 a.m. CDT.

2019 Dates

Start

End

March 11

May 3

September 9

November 1

2020 Dates
Start End
March 9 May 1
September 14 November 6

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this program is enable the health profession to recognize the risk and benefits, educate patients on their use, and incorporate the various CAM therapies into patient care through interprofessional collaborative practice.

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the differences between the characteristics of the traditional health care (allopathic) system and Complementary/Alternative/Integrative care.
  2. Describe the benefits of an integrated medical model.
  3. Discuss key challenges and ethical issues in an integrated medical model.
  4. Describe the key areas of Global Ethnomedical Systems, including Asia, the Middle East, Africa, China and India.
  5. Discuss the key treatment modalities and techniques used in naturopathic medicine.
  6. Discuss the application of key mind/body/spirit interventions for quality of life and disease prevention.
  7. Discuss the uses, dosages, and contraindications of the 10 most commonly used herbs.
  8. Discuss the use of massage and bodywork, touch and energy therapies in medical practice.
  9. Examine the impact of spirituality and religion on health.
  10. Discuss the impact of the creative and expressive arts and humor on health.
  11. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.  

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for 40 contact hours for nurses.   

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion 

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of study guides and learning activities for each module, and submission of program evaluation.
  • The certificate of completion will be sent via email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.    

Ethel Elkins, DHSc, MHA, MA

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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