SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, an approved provider for continuing education by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), has announced a new course offering:Holistic and Integrative Health: An Introduction.

Holistic and Integrative Health: An Introduction (1.5 contact hours; $15. Expiration date: June 20, 2015)

Course description: The past several decades have brought tremendous growth in the number of health care facilities and providers offering integrative health care training and services. Consumers in the U.S. use these complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in greater numbers than ever before. Why is this occurring? How do integrative medicine and traditional medicine differ in their approach to care from conventional Western medicine? What integrative health care practices do practitioners and patients use?

The goal of this course is to provide today’s health care professional and interested individuals with an introduction to the differences between CAM and integrative health, and a review of evidence-based research about integrative health, integrative medicine, and CAM.

Learning objectives: Upon completing this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define complementary medicine, alternative medicine, integrative medicine and integrative health.
  • Describe how extensively integrative therapies are used in the U.S. today.
  • Examine the defining principles of integrative health care.
  • Describe the history of the development of integrative health care.
  • Describe the four criteria of conventional Western medicine.
  • Describe the shared elements of complementary and alternative medicine and integrative medicine.
  • Examine the profound shifts in culture, science, technology and communication that shaped the philosophy of complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Describe elements of success for health care organizations that want to incorporate integrative health into their range of provided services.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions began in 1994 as a developer of more than 200 vocational, baccalaureate and master’s-level degree programs for schools and colleges. ALLEGRA quickly expanded, creating more than 300 online courses and content for more than 2,000 U.S. schools and colleges, customizing content for publishers, writing two highly successful books and achieving national endorsements for the quality of their work. ALLEGRA’s courses and certificates have been nationally accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and other accrediting agencies. For a complete list of courses, visit