Natural Health Schools

Natural health schools offer a variety of degree and certificate programs in holistic medicine disciplines. Prospective students can find programs at natural health schools to learn how to become health care professionals with a naturopathic or nutritional approach to healing. When considering a program, the person should consult the school for information about accreditation, costs, and if the required courses will fit in the person’s schedule.

A few unaccredited programs have lured students with quick and easy degrees or certificates that end up being rather meaningless since the schools lacked accreditation. Therefore, it’s crucial for a student who wants to use the degree or certificate to enter a career in holistic medicine to check the natural health school’s accreditation.

Several websites for natural health universities display Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business status. This is not the same as education accreditation for institutions of higher learning. If the school is not accredited by the United States Department of Education, the students cannot receive federal financial aid towards the tuition and costs of the program.

In addition to being accredited by the Department of Education, some natural health schools are recommended by professional organizations related to holistic medicine. The American Massage Therapy Association, The Acupuncture Board, and other natural medicine organizations may recommend certain schools based on their standards.

Some natural health schools offer courses that can be taken from home. These online or correspondence classes provide a flexible schedule for busy students. A holistic school may have a blend of classes taken on campus and online courses. When searching for a school, the prospective student should be aware of the attendance expectations and types of courses that are being offered.

Acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal studies, Chinese medicine, reiki, and nutrition are some areas that are studied at natural health schools. Examples of degree programs include Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition, and Associate of Science in Applied Nutrition.

Nutrition consultant, herbal studies, aromatherapy, traditional Thai massage, homeopathy, and massage therapy certificates are a few of the certificate programs offered by various institutions. Each institution has its own standards for completing these certificate programs.

When students complete some two-year programs, the natural health school awards them with a diploma rather than a certificate or degree. Diploma programs include diploma of eastern therapies and bodywork, diploma of phytotherapy, and diploma of acupuncture. Phytotherapy is the use of American and European herbs as supplements for health.

People who wish to enter the field of holistic healthcare should consider which program would teach them what they want to know for their chosen career path and if the diploma, certificate, or degree would impress potential employers or clients. Some natural health schools provide assistance to graduates to help them find jobs.

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My Master Herbalist Path

The Path I Took To Becoming A Master Herbalist

For many years, I must admit, that I abused my body by consuming foods that did not provide optimal health.  I survived testicular cancer at the age of 21 and yet continued my rogue ways when it came to diet and lifestyle.   By the time I was in my thirties, I began to have an awakening of sorts.  I could bore the reader with the details, but I don’t think that will add to the value of this article.  Let’s just say that I began to have an interest in obtaining a healthier lifestyle.  I was also interested in the possibility of a supplemental career in the nutrition and wellness field.   After researching many options, I enrolled in the Academy of Natural Health Science’s Clinical Nutrition program and found my new passion.

Because of the knowledge I gained in the Clinical Nutrition program, I had an interest in learning more about herbal remedies that would assist the body in achieving optimal health. I felt honored to be engaged in the creation of the Academy’s Master Herbalist Program.  I am very proud to have put in the hours, effort and research to come up with such an intense, yet easy to follow Master Herbalist online course.

Although I felt a true sense of accomplishment when the course curriculum was completed, I didn’t comprehend the benefits I was yet to receive.  Even after all the years that I have been an herbalist, the rewards continue to bless my life.  I thought that being an herbalist would simply allow me to give a modicum of meaningful advice to a curious few.   What I found, is that my herbalist experience has allowed me to contribute to the health of so many individuals as well as their families.  And what better mission can there be than helping people?

Additionally, I feel that the impact the Academy’s Master Herbalist Program has made on  graduating herbalists is immeasurable.  I believe that the knowledge these students gain from the Academy’s herbalist program is second to none.  Knowing this, reassures me that when these students begin to share their knowledge of herbs, they are doing it with confidence and integrity.

Along with the level of knowledge the Academy’s Master Herbalist Program provides, there are additional benefits.  In these rough economic times, people are always looking for the best financial deal.  In my opinion, this program is the most reasonable herbalist program one will find.   There are other herbalist programs that charge thousands of dollars, where the Academy’s Master Herbalist program comes in under a thousand dollars.  A student who completes this course understands the true value they have received.

Finally, and most importantly, the Academy’s Master Herbalist program comes with perpetual academic and professional support.  Those who attend the Academy’s herbalist program (as well as any of their other quality programs) will receive ongoing support at no charge.  I am a personal testimony to this aspect of the program(s).

For anyone interested in becoming an herbalist I would suggest visiting the Master Herbalist link on the Academy’s website.  Review the curriculum and gather a firm understanding of what this master herbalist course can do for you.  Call the Academy of Natural Health Sciences to have your questions answered.  I hope the information provided in this writing will assist the reader in choosing the best herbalist program available. If you are seeking the highest quality education at the fairest tuition, then you’ve found it.

By Mark Mocarski C.N.C, CL.N., M.H.

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Student Experience For A Clinical Nutrition & Holistic Health Program Servicing NJ NY PA

My Nutrition & Holistic Health Training Experience

At the point that I decided to continue my education and become a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, I spent a lot of time researching different nutrition programs in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. I was willing to both travel and spend time away from home to get the best education, but it turned out that I didn’t need to do either.

After speaking with Dr. Frank Auriemma, I decided to pay a visit to the
Academy of Natural Health Sciences in Woodbridge, N.J., and meet with him personally.

He took the time to address all of my questions at length and explained to me that the Clinical Nutrition and Holistic Health Program at his school was the only one accredited by the NJ Department of Education. The criteria for accreditation is testing, and at the Academy, each student is tested at the end of every section to assure they have learned what Dr. Auriemma has taught.

Dr. Frank teaches each of the clinical nutrition and holistic health program sixteen sections himself. No stone is left unturned as the coursework includes: Basic Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition, Herbology, Homeopathy, Nutrition & Immunity, Detoxification, Weight Loss Systems, Chronic Diseases, Sports Nutrition, Fitness & Exercise, Healing Psychology, Health Assessments I, Health Assessments II, Clinical Assessments, Counseling Practicum and Business Practicum.

Even hands-on techniques such as kinesiology nutrition testing are covered, taught and actually practiced in the classroom. The student is supplied with extensive study guides and materials for each course which highlights the important nutrition and holistic health information which he or she will be tested on. Dr. Frank’s teaching style is, of course, holistic, scientific and nutritionally based.  However, he imparts respect for the medical community as well. He is extremely knowledgeable about both sides. What you will receive at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences is not just information, but an education.

Upon graduation, your relationship with Dr. Frank doesn’t end. He guides you to become affiliated with as many professional organizations as possible. He no longer treats you as a student, but as a colleague, and makes himself readily available by phone or email for any question, big or small.  Whether it be guidance on how to set up a practice or just a simple vitamin recommendation.

I was honored to recently have him take a great deal of time to read, review and put his name on my first book about nutrition. I am very proud to be a graduate of the Academy of Natural Health Sciences.

Michele Jacobson, CL.N.
Clinical Nutritionist,
Book Author & Lecturer

Academy of Natural Health Sciences
Massage, Nutrition & Holistic Health School
Servicing New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.
Woodbridge, NJ  07095  USA

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