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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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Integrative Health & Lifestyle (IHeLp) FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?
To qualify for IHeLp you must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree AND be a licensed, registered, and/or certified health professional from the following areas: Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Psychologist, Therapist and Counselor (MSW, LCSW, LPC, MFT, PhD, PsyD), Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Medical Speech Pathologist, Acupuncturists/TCM/OM practitioner, Chiropractor, and Naturopathic Physician. We understand that some professions who would like this level of training are not included here. We may revisit this for future classes and always welcome your feedback and thoughts.

Who is NOT eligible?
Physicians (MD, DO), Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives are not eligible, as they are eligible for our 2-year integrative medicine Fellowship. This is an in depth, vigorous education for clinicians in general practice or specialties.

Any individual who does not meet either the IHeLp or Fellowship requirements above is currently ineligible, but may take any of our online courses.

What would my time commitment be?
IHeLp is a 6-month program. Participants spend approximately 8-10 hours of home study per week and are required to spend a 3-day retreat in Tucson. Participants must maintain current academic progress throughout the 6 months of the program.

What will I receive upon graduation from IHeLp?
After successful completion of all program requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion through the University of Arizona and Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Can I receive continuing education credit for completing the Program?
Continuing education credit for all professions eligible for this program is not currently available. We continue to investigate this need.

What role does Dr. Weil play in the program?
As the Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Weil guides our initiatives, including this new program. He is not an instructor for the program, but continues to contribute to curriculum development.

When can I apply to the Program?
Applications are being accepted beginning August 5th. We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2014 Winter, beginning June 16, 2014. Applications received after April 20th may be placed on a waiting list or deferred to the next class. If the class fills anytime before April 20th, all additional applications will be moved into consideration for the class beginning January 2015.

What if I'm not currently in practice? Can I still be accepted into the program?
It's most beneficial for program participants to be in an active practice because the learning experiences involve interaction with patients/clients, however if you are temporarily not in active practice or you are teaching other health care professionals, an exception may be made. Please contact us.

Which license, registration, certifications (I have at least two) should I submit in the application process?
Please submit ALL of your current Licenses/Registrations/Certifications according to the application instructions.

The tuition is prohibitive for me. Are there any scholarships or financial aid funds available?
Since the program is not a degree-granting program with the University of Arizona, there is no financial aid available through federally sponsored student loans, and no scholarships are available at this time. There are a number of payment plans available. Also consider talking with your employer about sponsoring you for some of the enrollment expenses.

What are the technical requirements for my computer hardware?
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Audio capability (speakers/headphone jack)
Additional equipment recommended, but not required:
DVD player
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