Holistic Nursing Online Graduate Certificate
A 9-Credit Online Graduate Certificate Program for Nursing Professionals

Initially launched in 2016, UConn's Holistic Nursing Certificate was the first 100% online graduate program in the nation.

To fill an important role in reducing a healthcare skills gap, the University of Connecticut's (UConn) School of Nursing developed the Holistic Nursing Online Graduate Certificate.

UConn's Holistic Nursing certificate program includes a total of three, 3-credit online courses that can be completed within one year beginning in the fall semester. The program is designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor's Degree or higher interested in integrating holistic principles and evidence-based approaches in their professional practice. Students will learn about the state of the science in holistic care and the latest research on the efficacy and safety of a variety of complementary and integrative health approaches.

The Holistic Nursing Online Graduate Certificate provides nurses the educational foundation required to take the national board certification examination in Holistic Nursing.

Students will learn:

  • The core principles, scope and standards of practice related to Holistic Nursing;
  • The theories, models, definitions, and popular perceptions of Holistic Nursing, and how to apply them to address issues in health systems, services, practices, policy and research;
  • The methods, effectiveness, and impact of holistic-based research, and how to apply them to develop evidence-based programs, policy, advocacy, and disseminate that information;
  • The skills for selected complementary and integrative health approaches relevant to Holistic Nursing; and
  • How to integrate the concepts and approaches of Holistic Nursing into professional nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.

Application Deadline:

Fall Semester: June 21

Early application to the program is advised to avoid last minute processing delays. 

Application Deadline

Fall Semester: June 21

Endorsed by The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation


What Students Are Saying?


Elle Moreno (2023)
Elementary School Nurse, Holistic Care

"If you’re going to go into nursing, this should be required… There’s a mental health crisis in healthcare, and so we really need to take care of our nurses. Not just so they can be nurses, but so that they can be present and alive and healthy… "... READ MORE

UConn Online Holistic Nursing Graduate Certificate, Audrey Stoppel 2

Audrey Stoppel (2021)
Radiation Oncology Nurse at Rush Copley's Cancer Care Center, Aurora, IL

“Since graduating from the program, I am now leading meditations for staff, physicians, and patients. The holistic nursing program gave me everything I need to fulfill my dreams in the holistic nursing arena."... READ MORE

UConn Online Holistic Nursing Graduate Certificate

Renae Martin (2020)
Project Coordinator for the Narragansett
Prevention Partnership, Narrangansett, RI

"I feel fully prepared to take the Holistic Nursing National Board Certification exam (HN-BC) after having successfully completed the Holistic Nursing Online Graduate Certificate program. "... READ MORE

UConn Online Holistic Nursing Graduate Certificate, Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson (’19)
Adjunct Faculty, Westfield State University, MA and Concordia University, NY

"Even though we were all located in different places, we were a very tight-knit group of people who care about looking at health from a holistic perspective. For anyone concerned about the online platform, don’t let that be a barrier"... READ MORE