Complementary Health Care

Program Competencies for CHD

Upon graduation from these programs, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate information literacy through integrating information obtained from professional literature review into existing body of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various types of bodywork modalities that comprise a holistic and complementary approach to maintaining health and/or treating injury.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad spectrum of complementary and alternative modalities available to individuals interested in integrative medicine.
  • Complete an introductory study of one holistic modality through coursework, research, and portfolio review.
  • Communicate effectively and accurately through oral, written, and electronic means.
  • Demonstrate professional skills including presentation skills, and understanding ethical standards in the field.

Technical Standards1 for CHD and CHC

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering one of these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Continuously (2-4 hours) stand in place, twist, stoop, bend at the waist, pinch or grasp with hands, and reach with arms overhead.
  • Manipulate clients for positioning requiring lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • Demonstrate tactile ability commensurate with assessing muscle tonicity, in addition to tactile sensitivity to hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Demonstrate fine and gross motor skills commensurate with sustained pressure using thumbs, wrist, and hands for up to 60 minutes.
  • Respond to spoken verbal communication, as well as sounds that indicate changes in the patient’s physiological condition (i.e., breath sounds, slurred speech).
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety, and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit behavioral and ethical skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Complementary Health Care Certificate (CHC)

This program focuses on complementary health care philosophy, theories, and practices, offering an innovative opportunity to study complementary/holistic approaches to maintaining health and supporting recovery from injury or illness. Training in several modalities such as Reiki, yoga, and stress management are offered. This program is an excellent option for those who are working in healthcare, human resources, teaching, or other professions and wish to enhance their skills; professionals who need college credits to meet continuing education unit (CEU) requirements to maintain licensure in nursing, physical therapy, counseling, teaching, or other careers; students who wish to gain a comprehensive background in complementary health care as a focus toward a future degree; and those who are interested in complementary health care for their own personal growth. Benefits of MWCC’s program include a comprehensive, leading edge curriculum; highly-skilled instructors; courses that award academic credit; practicum experience; networking opportunities; and job placement assistance. Students completing this certificate program may want to consider advancing to the Complementary Health Care Degree program.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
BIO 115Human Biology 4
CHC 101Complementary Health Care 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
Professional Elective (see list below) 1 3-4
Spring
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection 3
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101) 3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
HST 140Counseling Methods And Interviewing Techniques 3
Professional Elective (see list below) 1 3-4
 Total Credits: 31-33
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Note: Only one EXS course may be used as a professional elective

 Professional Electives

Credits
Any CHC course3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
EXS 203Exercise Testing And Program Design4
HUM 212Medical Ethics3
MTC 101Massage Therapy I4
PHL 210Levels Of Being3
PSY 280Psychology Of Death And Dying3

See the complementary health care general information for technical standards.

Campus/format

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Transfer options

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Special requirements

Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see Selective Program Requirements).

Career options

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Earning potential

Varies according to industry.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

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Complementary Health Care Degree (CHD)

An innovative opportunity to study complementary/holistic approaches to maintaining health and supporting recovery from injury or illness, orienting students to complementary health care theories, principles, and practices. This two-year degree program provides a comprehensive background in various modalities.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
BIO 115Human Biology 4
CHC 101Complementary Health Care 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
FYE 101First Year Seminar 3
Spring
Professional Elective (see list below) 1 3-4
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection 3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
HST 140Counseling Methods And Interviewing Techniques 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Year 2
Fall
Business Elective 2 3
Professional Elective (see list below) 1 3
Humanities Elective 3 3
Social Science Elective 4 3
General Elective 5 3
Spring
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101) 3
CHC 230Complementary Healthcare (CAM) 3
Professional Electives (see list below) 1 6
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness (or General Elective) 5,62-3
 Total Credits: 61-63
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Only one EXS course may be used as a professional elective

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Business Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, MGT, MKT, PLS
CIS 127 Computer Technologies is recommended

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Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

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Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC

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General Electives: Any Course (See General Electives exceptions).

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PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness recommended for transfer

Professional Electives

Credits
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 104Reflexology3
CHC 105Introduction To The Chakra System3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 110Reiki: Traditional Usui Method3
CHC 121Healthy Steps Certification3
CHC 202Yoga II3
CHC 204Yoga III4
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
EXS 203Exercise Testing And Program Design4
HUM 212Medical Ethics3
MTC 101Massage Therapy I4
PHL 210Levels Of Being3
PSY 280Psychology Of Death And Dying3

See the complementary health care general information for program competencies and technical standards.

Campus/format

Click here for information on the campus/format.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) (see Selective Program Requirements).

Career options

For career options, please click here.

Earning potential

Varies according to industry.

Please Note: Students who may be seeking an administrative career in the complementary and alternative medical field are encouraged to take the following courses as their general electives: ACC 101 Principles Of Accounting I, CIS 127 Computer Technologies, MAS 102 Medical Terminology, and MAS 202 Medical Coding for Physician Offices.

Courses

CHC 101. Complementary Health Care. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the theories and practices of complementary health care. Wellness and disease are explored in terms of their relationships to lifestyle behaviors, responses to change and transition, and consciousness (mindfulness or moment-to-moment awareness). There will also be an introduction to several complementary treatments that can be incorporated into one’s lifestyle to improve and enhance health. Complementary health care practitioners will be guest speakers complementing the program with their expertise. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

CHC 102. Foundations of Yoga. 3 Credits.

This course will examine in detail the multifaceted jewel known as yoga from its earliest beginnings in ancient India to its contemporary applications in the health field. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, philosophy and psychology of yoga, yoga as a science of well being, and the psychophysiology of yoga. Students will practice techniques of yoga to include breath and mind work. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

CHC 104. Reflexology. 3 Credits.

This course, via lecture and laboratory practice, studies the origins and art of reflexology as an age-old method of facilitating health and wellness. How reflexology relates to other complementary practices is also discussed. Lab sessions focus on basic relaxation techniques and specific reflexology strokes such as thumb and finger walking. Students will be able to perform an entire reflexology session by course completion. National certification requirements will be covered. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

CHC 105. Introduction To The Chakra System. 3 Credits.

With an understanding of the Major Chakra System, students gain the knowledge to accelerate the healing process of issues affecting the body, mind, and spirit system. This course provides a thorough investigation into one process that can be used for preventive measures to keep one’s optimum health on track. Students will come to an understanding as to what is meant by energy healing, especially in reference to their Chakra system, the aura, meridians, and other vital points in the body system that are used to promote better health conditioning. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

CHC 108. Transforming Stress. 3 Credits.

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the subject of stress management in an academic context. Scientific research related to the causes and effects of stress will be examined. In this course students will be taught relaxation, meditation, and other strategies for transforming stress by comprehending the effects of stress on the human condition, analyzing one’s own stress triggers and levels, and practicing a variety of stress management tools to incorporate into one’s lifestyle. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

CHC 110. Reiki: Traditional Usui Method. 3 Credits.

Reiki is an ancient healing method. It is a natural healing energy that can be stimulated in the body through the hands of the practitioner to another person. Its gentle hand patterns are designed to bring the body and mind to a state of relaxation, which enhances the body's own natural ability to heal itself. No special belief systems are necessary. Through the assistance of the instructor, the student will learn the technique of stress reduction. Students will learn three practitioner levels of Usui Reiki. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

CHC 114. Introduction To The Trager Approach. 1 Credit.

The Trager Approach is an approach to body-mind integration that utilizes intentional touch and gentle non-intrusive, natural movements to release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and to facilitate deep relaxation, increased mobility, and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents, illness, or any kind of physical or emotional trauma, including the stress of everyday life. The therapeutic hands-on work is complemented by a client’s active mentally-directed movement called Mentastics. This course is intended to be an introductory course only and will not lead to certification as a Trager practitioner. It does, however, meet one prerequisite for those desiring to take level 1 Trager training or those desiring to pursue certification. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

CHC 121. Healthy Steps Certification. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the Healthy Steps Program. This program, formally known as the Lebed method, takes traditional movement and physiotherapy and incorporates music and dance to stimulate patients to move more freely. The breast cancer survivor or any individual with chronic illness will improve their physical and mental well being. The therapeutic exercises allow the participant to move with reduced pain, increasing range of motion, flexibility, strength, balance, and overall well being. This course leads to certification as a Healthy Steps Instructor. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

CHC 202. Yoga II. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with a more detailed view of yoga techniques and philosophy. Students will have a detailed instruction in the chakras. Students will develop and deepen their personal yoga practice and in turn connecting to yoga at a deeper level of awareness. Prerequisite: CHC 102.

CHC 204. Yoga III. 4 Credits.

This course will provide students insight into teaching yoga including detailed instruction in asana (postures/poses). This course includes the knowledge necessary to construct a yoga class. Students will discuss diverse population and how to modify yoga to meet the special needs of these populations. Students will also participate in a teaching practicum to be established during the first half of the course. Prerequisites: CHC 202.

CHC 220. Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the history and methods used to promote the ideas and concepts of creating an integrated, healthy life. The student will engage in exploration of the physiological and psychological mechanisms that maintain homeostasis and of the adaptation responses learned through the physical and social environment. The processes of engaging the human spirit (mobilization of energy or will), to deal effectively with change and stress will be addressed. While gaining knowledge of mind-body-spirit medicine from scientific sources, it is expected the student will learn how to listen to the body and challenge assumptions about ways of seeing the world. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Spring.

CHC 230. Complementary Healthcare (CAM). 3 Credits.

This course was designed to create a culminating experience for students interested in the growing industry of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will be expected to put together various components of their education, both theory and practice, in order to synthesize what they have learned into practice. Topics such as professionalism, ethics, legal aspects of practice, and career advancement will be included. Students will be expected to complete research and writing assignments relative to current CAM practices. Prerequisite: CHC 101. Corequisite: CHC 220. This course is restricted to CHC degree seeking students who have completed at least 45 credits.