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    Jan 25, 2020  
American University Catalog 2018-2019 
American University Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychobiology of Healing (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by the Department of Psychology , College of Arts and Sciences , the Psychobiology of Healing (Graduate Certificate) provides a thorough understanding of the science of healing and the therapeutic mechanisms that elicit healing responses. Through understanding the application of scientific method to the evaluation of integrative healing strategies, students will be prepared to design clinical trials, evaluate the scientific data from these trials, and discern the clinical potential of healing methodologies. In studying the psychobiology of healing, students will learn the mechanism of action of healing strategies. This program also provides a thorough review of the historical and scientific developments in the field of healing and enhances students’ knowledge of health as well as holistic, integrative, and other lifestyle modalities for preventing and recovering from illnesses and for sustaining well-being.

Admission to the Program

Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. In addition, applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation. International students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (100 on the Internet-based test).

Certificate Requirements

  • 16 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at or above 600-level, with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit

Course Requirements