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

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BIO115 Human Biology

4

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

3

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

3

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

3

    ENG096, RDG096, or placement
  Professional Elective

3/4

    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

3

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

3

    ENG101
HST140 Counseling Methods and Interviewing Techniques

3

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

3

    MAT096 or placement
  Business Elective

3

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

Note: CIS127 is recommended

  Professional Elective

3

    Note: See above Professional Electives
  Humanities Elective

3

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

3

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

3

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

3

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

3

    Prerequisite: CHC101

Co-requisite: CHC220

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

  Professional Elective

3

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

General Elective

2/3

    PER Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Notes: PER130 recommended for transfer; see above General Electives

  Professional Elective

3

    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: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

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.