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

According to the American Holistic Nursing Association, it’s expected that the Holistic Nursing specialty will grow nearly 20% by 2022. Despite this, Holistic Nursing is not typically covered in standard nursing programs.

To fill this gap, the University of Connecticut's (UConn) School of Nursing developed the Holistic Nursing Online Graduate Certificate in 2016. This program includes a total of three, 3-credit courses that can be completed within one year beginning in the fall semester. The program is designed for Registered Nurses 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. This certificate program 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.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester. The application deadline is Friday, June 24, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Note: Maximum cohort capacity is 12 students. 

Days Until Deadline
Application Deadline for Fall 2022 is Friday, June 24, 2022

The program is full for Fall 2021. Please look forward to the Fall 2022 cohort. 

Endorsed by The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation


What Students Are Saying?

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

UConn Online Graduate Certificate in Holistic Nursing

Devin Pray (’18)
Nurse Practitioner, Veterans Health Administration, West Haven, CT

"Earning the certificate adds a lot to your resume, showing that you have the additional drive to do something beyond what you get from graduating as a nurse or nurse practitioner. And with UConn’s outstanding reputation in the nursing field,"... READ MORE

UConn Online Graduate Certificate in Holistic Nursing

Selina Jose (’19)
Registered Nurse, Connecticut Children's Hospital, Hartford, CT

"It was so much better than I ever expected of online learning. The Zoom meetings and the discussion boards were phenomenal. I felt like I really got to know my classmates, some of whom I am still in contact with"... READ MORE