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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, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, 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), Advanced Practice Nurses, PA's and Pharmacists 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 4-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 Center for Integrative Medicine.
Can I receive continuing education credit for completing the Program?
Can I receive continuing education credit for completing the Program? Continuing education credit is available for RNs and RDs both for some of the online coursework as well as the Educational Retreat in Tucson. Currently there are approximately 20 CE hours are available for the Tucson Retreat. The over 25 hours of continuing education credited course work, also has CME--students may be able to submit these to their professional organizations--please verify if this is an option with your CE needs.
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?
Select the "Apply Now" button to see the important dates and details for applying to the program. We are now accepting applications for 2016 Summer class, beginning January 11, 2016.
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.
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