Wellness and Alternative Medicine: Careers

The wellness and alternative medicine (WAM) program prepares students for careers such as these*:

  • Naturopath: Use non-toxic healing options before drugs and surgery.
  • State-of-the-art physician: Integrate alternative approaches to healing.
  • Chiropractor: Join the ranks of the nation's fifth-best-paying health care profession.
  • Acupuncturist: Help people quit smoking and manage the side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Reiki master: Help surgical patients speed recovery from anesthesia and post-operative healing.
  • Nurse: Reclaim touch and compassion in healing.


* Prerequisite entry requirements for medical schools and professional practitioner training institutes vary. Check with your preferred graduate institutions as early as possible in your undergraduate program to make sure you are fulfilling graduate program prerequisites.

You are also well-positioned to enter graduate studies in the social sciences of medicine and public health after completing this program.

Professional Practitioner Career Areas

WAM graduates are perfect candidates for further training and certification programs. Whether as independent practitioners or as team members in clinical or hospital settings, WAM-trained physicians, nurses and healers are increasingly in demand.

  • Holistic nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture and Oriental medicine
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Yoga teaching and therapy
  • Counseling
  • Homeopathy
  • Holistic allopathic medicine
  • Ayurvedic medicine
  • Holistic veterinary medicine
  • Non-Practitioner Professions
  • Public policy consultants and analysts
  • Public and environmental health administrators and researchers
  • Professors, researchers and practitioners in medical anthropology, medical sociology, ethno-psychiatry, history of medicine, comparative studies of medicine, medical ethics, medical law, public health and international health**


** The World Health Organization employs social epidemiologists, medical sociologists and anthropologists, medical ethicists and college graduates with backgrounds in social and environmental studies of medicine in various programs and capacities, including their Strategy on Traditional Medicine Initiative.

No matter what your career path, studying WAM will make you an active and informed health care consumer who knows how to evaluate optimal choices for healing and wellness from diverse healthcare systems.