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How to Become Doctor of Integrative Medicine

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Nutrition, a branch of the larger field of Integrative Medicine, is the practice of treating people with a holistic approach to medicine and health care, focused on not just the ailing part of the body, but where the entire mind, body, and spirit are taken into consideration. An 'integrative medical approach' views health issues as intertwined, where the solution to any ailment, illness or injury is encompassed in the er mental and physical aspects of the human body. Although nothing new, integrative medicine and Integrative Nutrition have begun to become more popular with the general populations of North America and the Western World over recent decades.

According to physicians at Duke University's Center for integrative medicine, a patient should be seen coming into the hospital, clinic or physician's office as a 'complete human being', instead of merely the 'sum of his or her illness, injury or ailment'. For this reason, medical doctors as well as nurses, nutritionists and dietitians, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists and even dentists and orthodontists, as well as numerous other health care professionals, have begun to focus their practice on a complete, holistic form of integrative medicine. By treating the entire body, mind and spirit, these health care professionals have continued to find that this approach to health care can provide faster, easier, safer and more long lasting affects on their patients.

Integrative Medicine Treatments

In addition to conventional Western medical practice including traditional medications, surgeries and other medical procedures, today's integrative health care professionals have begun to provide their patients with a host of alternative treatments and procedures to compliment their treatments. Most commonly referred to as complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, these treatments often including the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Herbal/Alternative Medicine
  • Fitness Regimes
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Biofeedback (A process of monitoring the body's various physiological functions using instruments in order to manipulate them at will.)
  • Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Naturopathic Medicine

Attributed partly to American's growing dissatisfaction with the country's worsening health care system, a er number of patients are seeking alternative methods of healing including Integrative Medicine and Integrative Nutrition. In fact, according to a study done by the American Hospital Association, the number of U.S. hospitals offering integrative medical treatment in addition to conventional treatments have doubled in percentage from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, from just 8.6 percent in 1998 to nearly 20% by the end of 2004. More hospitals each year are indicating that they plan to incorporate Integrative Medicine and integrative medical professionals in the near future. As such, many health care insurance providers are becoming more knowledgeable about the affects of integrative care, causing these types of treatments to become more and more likely to be reimbursed by insurance companies in the future.

Integrative Medicine Schools and Degrees

For those who want to become part of one of the fastest growing sectors in health care, there has never been a better time to look into a degree in one of the many Integrative Medicine categories. Whether your interest is nutrition, dietetics, homeopathy, naturopathy, massage, fitness or otherwise, be sure to review Nutritionist World's list of over 100 schools and programs across the US and Canada. The demand for integrative Medicine professionals has never been higher and is slated to continue to grow well into the next decade, news for any future graduate.

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            Holistic Health Practitioner

            Why Brightwood?

            Real-World Training

            We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

            BS in Nutrition
            • Programs include Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, Master of Health Care Administration, and more.
            • Students learn from instructors with experience in the health care field.
            • Capstone projects and clinical practicums that can help prepare students for more career opportunities.
            • Flexible, online and on-campus program available.
            • Online Courses
            Massage Therapy
            IntelliTec College , Grand Junction
            Good for Working Adults
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Voted one of the Best Technical Colleges in 2014 by The Gazette’s “Best of the Springs” magazine.
            • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2005.
            • Features public salons and massage clinics where students can get real-world experience.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Massage Therapy
            Good for Working Adults

            At American Institute, we believe you can become whatever you want to be, and we’re ready to help you get there. We pride ourselves on working hard to deliver quality, innovative education to our students that gives them the skills to begin or enhance their careers. We try to help our students meet their goals of changing or enhancing their careers, and also help prospective employers of our graduates in meeting the workforce needs of the 21st century while actively participating in the communities we operate within.

            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            Massage Therapy
            Good for Working Adults
            • Offers career programs in accounting, cosmetology, massage therapy, physical fitness training, and more.
            • Provides hands-on training led by instructors who have relevant, on-the-job experience.
            • Each campus features a public salon and spa for student practice.
            • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 11 campuses across California, Texas, Nevada and Idaho, as well as 8 additional Milan Institute of Cosmetology campuses.
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            Massage Therapy
            Lincoln Tech , Lincoln
            Good for Working Adults
            • Lincoln Tech is your LINC to a new career!
            • Lincoln offers convenient Schedules - 22 campuses in 14 states
            • A leading provider of technical skills training since 1946!
            • Get hands-on career training, student support services & much more!
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            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
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            Massage Therapy
            Good for Working Adults
            • Dedicated to highly-focused career training that teaches students the skills they need to enter a new job field since 1995.
            • Enables students to complete programs in massage therapy, dental assisting, and more in as little as 9 months. 
            • Provides career services including referrals, networking tools, and assistance navigating the online job search process.
            • Offers dedicated career-focused programs in the classroom, as well as real-world learning through internships and externships.
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            • Flexible Scheduling
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            Massage Therapy/Therapist
            • One of the largest massage therapy schools in the nation teaching since 1979.
            • First massage school in California to be nationally accredited.
            • Has a successful job placement record— 86% of graduates get placed into work in massage therapy.
            • Provides massage therapist education with multiple methods to ensure every student learns the material.
            • Offers lifetime career placement assistance and holds partnerships with a variety of employers.
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            • Flexible Scheduling
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            Massage Therapy
            Start your career with training from Blake Austin College - Beauty Academy. We offer programs in cosmetology, massage therapy, and holistic health, plus a combination esthetics/massage program.
            Therapeutic Massage

            The goal of Virginia College lies in its responsibility to its students, the technical and business communities, and the general citizenry. We have a long history of offering new direction to students.

            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Massage Therapist

            Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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            • Flexible Scheduling
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            Massage Therapy
            • Offers program in business, criminal justice, healthcare and more. 
            • Their fully-accredited campuses offer day,evening, and online classes. 
            • Gives graduates access to career tools and networking resources.
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            Diploma in Massage Therapy
            • Empowers students with knowledge and understanding of the human body.
            • Its graduates average a 90% passing rate on the state exam.
            • Has highly trained faculty deeply committed to honoring the diversity of each student.
            • Offers a student tutoring service where instructors are available to provide students with weekly private or group tutoring sessions. 
            • Has an on-staff placement coordinator who assists graduates in finding a job to start their massage career.
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            Massage Therapy
            • Features the Success Education Program, with numerous scholarship opportunities to students who qualify.
            • Offers a paralegal program and several healthcare programs including pharmacy technology, medical assisting, massage therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
            • Provides an active Placement Assistance Program for all qualified gradutes.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 7 southern California campuses available in West Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.
            • Part of the Success Education Colleges (SEC) group.
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            Massage Therapy
            Good for Working Adults
            • A leader in promoting career-focused education since 1959.
            • Its core programs include massage therapy, dental assistant training, health claims specialist, and medical assistant programs.
            • Provides students with one-on-one education support.
            • Requires students to complete an externship where they gain real-world skills and experience.
            • Makes refresher sessions available in courses students have previously taken, at no additional cost.
            • Offers career consultations to graduates.
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