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Wellness & Alternative Medicine

Johnson State College - Johnson, VT

Bachelor of Science (BS)

An interdisciplinary collaboration between JSC’s Behavioral Sciences and Environmental & Health Sciences departments, the program employs societal, cultural, biochemical and global frameworks to investigate the history, principles and scientific evidence for the safety and effectiveness of diverse modalities to heal disease and to create wellness. 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. On-campus and EDP students may elect to co-enroll in approved certification programs to become massage therapists, yoga instructors, reiki masters and Ayurvedic consultants. (This option is not available to students enrolled in this program through JSC Online.) Graduates are prepared for initial positions in the wellness and fitness industry, hospital employee-assistance programs, social-assistance programs, the diet and supplements industry and as assistants to alternative medical practitioners. Many graduates go on to graduate and medical schools to become physicians, nurses, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, Chinese medical doctors, ayurvedic physicians and homeopathic doctors. You'll gain practical skills and training in this rigorous, science-based program while exploring the social, cultural, political and psychological dimensions of various healthcare systems and holistic models for health, wellness and healing.

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