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.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BIO115 Human Biology


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
CHC101 Complementary Health Care


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
FYE101 First Year Experience


    ENG096, RDG096, or placement
  Professional Elective


    Electives: CHC102, CHC104, CHC105, CHC108, CHC110, CHC121, CHC202, CHC204, EXS102, EXS201, EXS203, HUM212, MTC101, PHL210, PSY280

Note: Only one EXS course may be used as a professional elective

CHC220 Mind-Body-Spirit Connection


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II


HST140 Counseling Methods and Interviewing Techniques


    PSY105 strongly recommended, may be taken concurrently
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)


    MAT096 or placement
  Business Elective


    Electives: ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO, MAS, MGT, MKT, PLS

Note: CIS127 is recommended

  Professional Elective


    Note: See above Professional Electives
  Humanities Elective


    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
  Social Science Elective


    Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
  General Elective


    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
BIO101 Introduction to Nutrition


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CHC230 Professional Issues and Ethics in Complementary Health Care


    Prerequisite: CHC101

Co-requisite: CHC220

Note: Restricted to CHC degree seeking students who have completed 45 credits

  Professional Elective


    Note: See above Professional Electives
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness Elective or

General Elective


    PER Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Notes: PER130 recommended for transfer; see above General Electives

  Professional Elective


    Note: See above Professional Electives
                                                Total: 60/62 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

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 page 23 of the college catalog).

Career options:  Coordinating programs at fitness centers, wellness centers, hospitals, and spas. Many practitioners may be self-employed or combine training with certification in other health disciplines.

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: ACC101, CIS127, MAS102, and MAS202.

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 Standards* for CHD and CHC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 66

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.