Guide to Integrative Healthcare Credentials & Certifications (2020)

September 11, 2020

The integrative healthcare community prides itself on being interdisciplinary. While this includes medical doctors and osteopathic doctors, it also includes chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, registered nurses, acupuncturists, registered dieticians, and everything in between. Credentials overlap, compete, and sometimes contradict one another. Certifications often do the same. Figuring out what the scores of post-nominal letters mean, what they certify, and how they affect patient care can seem an overwhelming if not impossible feat.

In integrative medicine and the ever-changing healthcare landscape, there continues to be a need for transparency when it comes to identifying the cluster of credentials and certifications, what they mean, and what they allow a practitioner to do. Much like its 2019 predecessor, Integrative Practitioner’s 2020 edition of the Guide to Integrative Healthcare Credentials & Certifications helps decipher this confusion.

This guide is meant to serve as a comprehensive encyclopedia of credentials and certifications commonly designated by integrative practitioners. We have identified and categorized credentials and certifications that are most relevant to the integrative healthcare industry and taken a step further to define how a practitioner obtains each credential and the scope of practice it affords. Our goal was to create a reference guide to be used by practitioners to analyze qualifications and expertise for hiring, referral, or other professional purposes.

Included in this resource:

  • Over 130 integrative healthcare credential and certifications
  • Detailed entries highlighting what the credential certifies, standards and requirements, scope of practice, accreditation and governance, and continuing education
  • Background information on all license and certification entities, including its headquarters, type of organization, mission, and website, as well as newly added sections on leadership and contact information
  • An updated glossary of terms mapping out medical boards, credentialing agencies, and certification entities as well as common industry terms

Document length 165 pages. Available as a PDF download only. 

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