Johnson State College is among the nation’s first regionally accredited colleges to offer a science-based undergraduate degree program in wellness and alternative medicine (WAM). This program is a great fit if you’re interested in science and want to:
- Explore bold new horizons in health care.
- Examine the mind-body connection and its role in personal wellness and well-being.
- Understand the role wellness plays in the development of sustainable communities.
- Learn the science, theories and histories of Western (i.e., allopathic) and alternative and complementary health care therapies, including acupuncture, naturopathy, Ayurveda, chiropractic, homeopathy and Native American healing.
- Understand mind-body therapies, including meditation, yoga, massage, biofeedback and other stress-reduction techniques.
About JSC Online
- 100% online
- In-state rates no matter where you live
- 2.0 cumulative GPA required
- US residency required (residents of Massachusetts are not eligible at this time)
JSC Online students living outside Vermont receive a scholarship that effectively lowers the tuition they pay to the in-state rate for courses they take from Johnson State College. The in-state rate does not apply to courses that JSC Online students take from other Vermont State College institutions.
Overview of the Wellness & Alternative Medicine Distance-Learning Degree
Students in this program explore the social, cultural, political and psychological dimensions of various systems of health care. It is a rigorous, science-based undergraduate program that emphasizes holistic models for health, wellness and healing. Based on the scientific protocols set by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine and Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical School program in Seattle, Washington, it provides the scientific knowledge and practical skills needed to make informed healthcare decisions and lifestyle choices and to prepare for careers as state-of-the-art healthcare professionals, veterinarians and doctors.
Students study conventional, allopathic medicine in the U.S. as well as alternative medical models from around the world. While completing their degrees, students may elect to co-enroll in certification programs to become massage therapists, yoga instructors, reiki masters and Ayurvedic consultants. Graduates are prepared for medical- and health-related graduate programs and careers in holistic health care, Naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapies, and other healing occupations.
A revised curriculum reflecting advances in medical knowledge and contemporary practice took effect in fall 2015. The new curriculum incorporates suggestions by two experts who reviewed the JSC curriculum in 2012 and 2004, respectively: Dr. James S. Gordon, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine Program at Georgetown University, former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary & Alternative Medicine and a member of the Advisory Council for the NIH National Center for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); and Dr. Joseph Jacobs, former director of NCCAM.
Johnson State College is a nationally recognized institution of higher education established in 1828 and accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. As a public, nonprofit college, we are driven by what best serves our students, not profits.
Preview a Wellness & Alternative Medicine Distance Learning Course
Curious about what it’s like to be a Wellness & Alternative Medicine student through JSC Distance Learning? Find out with our Wellness & Alternative Medicine Preview Course, where you’ll find syllabi, course descriptions, sample assignments, discussion prompts and get a feel for our online course delivery platform. PREVIEW OUR WELLNESS & ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE COURSE