Guide to Integrative Healthcare Credentials & Certifications (2021)

June 25, 2021
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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, licensed acupuncturists, registered dieticians, and everyone in between. Credentials overlap, compete, and sometimes contradict one another. Certifications often do the same. Beyond that, scores of new credentials and certifications are developed and released every year that align with the continuous advancements in the greater healthcare industry. 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 predecessors, Integrative Practitioner’s 2021 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.

Included in this resource:

  • Over 135 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, website, leadership, and contact information
  • An updated glossary of terms mapping out medical boards, credentialing agencies, and certification entities as well as common industry terms
  • New color-coding scheme for quick identification of credential or certification type

Document length 170 pages. Available as a PDF download only. 

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