Program Endorsement & Endorsed Programs

AHNA brings you the highest standards in holistic education

The purpose of Endorsement by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is to support continuing nursing education (CNE) programs that present content congruent with the mission, vision and purpose of AHNA, with the Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice and with the state of the science/practice of holistic nursing. 

AHNA wishes to encourage the growth of programs that explore the integration of holistic principles, practices and modalities into the practice of nursing and to recognize those programs which will improve the quality of care nurses can provide. 

Why choose an AHNA Endorsed Program?

AHNA Endorsed Programs foster the growth of holism; have a scientific research base and are already approved for continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours by AHNA, ANCC or an ANCC accredited approver of CNE.

In addition, Endorsed Programs must offer content based on a well-developed body of knowledge consistent with the philosophy, mission, and purpose of AHNA and the Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice and/or teach skills that can be legally integrated into nursing practice in congruence with the various Nurse Practice Laws in the U.S. 

Endorsed Programs must complete a rigorous peer-review process to receive endorsement by the AHNA Board of Directors

Contact hours earned through AHNA Endorsed Programs can be applied to the contact hour requirements for Holistic Nurse Certification and Recertification through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.

AHNA endorses the following programs

Contact each program for course schedules and further information.

Become an RN Patient Advocate
This learning intensive program is educating experienced clinical RNs to become independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs) - agents for change in the current healthcare climate, focusing on a holistic approach to patient-centered care, education and empowerment of our clients/patients. Qualified RNs completing the program all establish their practice with the same mission statement: To Empower People in their Health Care through Advocacy, Education and Guidance through the Health Care System. Learn more...

RN Patient Advocates, PLLC
Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA
3400 West Goret Road
Tucson, AZ 85754
or call: 520-743-7008

Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health

The field of integrative health is growing rapidly due to the changing health care climate, a growing need for a “different” health care system, and a recognition of the benefits of combining the external, physical, and technological successes of medicine with the internal, nonphysical exploration of healing. This 12-course program includes courses in holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, healing elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, healing effects of physical activity, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and energy healing.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, MBA, HN-BC e-mail: or
Caroline Young, MPH
or call  (760) 231-9678

Certificate in Spirituality, Health and Healing

Spirituality, religion and culture play a crucial role in health and healing. Knowledgeable providers who can deliver compassionate, effective care and meet their clients’ spiritual needs are in dramatically increasing demand. This 12-course, 36-hour program offers methods for spiritual assessment, discusses the influence of the environment on healing, explores therapeutic interventions for various stages of patient concerns, examines the role of culture and rituals on spirituality, explores the spiritual dimensions of end-of-life care and examines the unique considerations required when providing spiritual care to children and aging adults. 

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, MBA, HN-BC e-mail: or
Caroline Young, MPH
or call  (760) 231-9678


Clinical Acupressure
The Clinical Acupressure (CA) Certification Program is a wonderful opportunity to learn acupressure skills under the personal guidance of a qualified Clinical Acupressure instructor or a Certified Practitioner. Certified CA practitioners are skilled at tailoring therapeutic sessions to address specific symptoms within the context of the whole person. The certification process includes 138 hours of coursework, including 60 hours of direct faculty supervision and training during the intensive practicum series. Certified practitioners have also completed a community service requirement, and have passed written and practical skills evaluations at the conclusion of their training. The CA program is available in multiple locations across the United States. 

Soul Lightening International
Email: or Call:978-456-0300

Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

This program is designed to educate nurses and healthcare professionals in the clinical use of essential oils in their practice. Students gain knowledge in the application and controlled use of essential oils for specific, measurable outcomes. This four module course encompasses the history, core concepts, research and chemistry of aromatherapy and essential oils with an emphasis on the key concepts of the use of essential oils within a health care framework. Specific references for stress, psychoneuroimmunology, inflammation, pain, insomnia, cancer, AIDS, and women's health are covered in the course.  250 contact hours.

R.J. Buckle Associates LLC
Carol Scheidel, RN
email: or call: (817) 456-6761

The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Training Programs
This program offers an in-depth and practical educational experience in craniosacral therapy and somatoemotional release.  Students both learn to practice this exceptional healing art and receive numerous healings during the course of this 16 day program which is divided into two modules.  Nurses receive 120 AHNA approved contact hours for successful completion of this course.

The Great River Craniosacral Institute (GRCI)
e-mail: or call  (845) 358-4815

Healing Beyond Borders
This multi-level program in energy-based therapy utilizes the hands, incorporating touch and a variety of energy-based therapies, to influence the human energy system  to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields thus affecting physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and healing.  The program moves from beginner to advanced practitioner and is complementary to healthcare.

Healing Beyond Borders
call  1-303-989-7982

Healing Touch Program (HTP)
HTP is an international multi level educational program in energy based medicine therapy which utilizes light or near-body touch to clear, balance and energize the human energy system to promote healing for the mind, body and spirit. The program progresses from beginning to advanced practice and offers both practitioner and instructor certification. The HTP curriculum and teaching materials enhance the student's learning experience and insure a consistent, informed and complete education in Healing Touch.

Healing Touch Program Inc.
e-mail:  or call  (210) 497-5529

Holistic Coaching Training Program

Intrigued about how you might incorporate holistic coaching into your practice or become a holistic coach? Join students from around the country for this 60-hour course that incorporates evidence-based skill training and the integration of modern and traditional wisdom. Nurses from all fields list the benefits from the classes as personal growth and a renewed love of nursing. The course companion “The Wisdom of the Whole: Coaching for Joy, Health, and Success” received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2012 Book of the Year award in the category of Professional Development and Issues. This course is certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is also approved for continuing nursing education credit that can be applied towards board certification in Nurse Coaching.

“Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy (formerly Bark Coaching Institute)” 
e-mail: or call (510) 864-2006
Free Teleclasses!

Holistic Stress Management Instructor Certification

This certification workshop, taught by Dr. Brian Luke Seaward, is designed to train all allied health professionals with an interest, passion and background in “Holistic Stress Management” (mind-body-spirit integration) to teach, direct or facilitate the highest quality presentations/workshops/classes/retreats in any setting for personal growth and professional development.

Paramount Wellness Institute
e-mail: or call  (303) 678-9962

Integrative Aromatherapy ® Certificate Program 
This 310 contact hour comprehensive program builds upon the scientific foundation and chemistry of essential oils and their skilled use in the clinical setting.  Mentored students will learn how to take individual assessments for client specialty blending, utilize integrative methodologies and body systems to evaluate care and develop program implementation. 
Contact:The Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy
Laraine K Pounds RN, MSN - email: or call  (888) 282-2002  or (303) 545-2002
Valerie Cooksley RN, OCN, FAAIM -   email: or call  (877) 363-3422

Integrative Healing Arts Program
This 120 contact hour certificate program prepares nurses for pivotal roles in the evolving healthcare paradigm of wellness and health promotion. The unique curriculum in holistic nursing and integrative therapies provides the educational and experiential foundation required for holistic nursing practice. Nurses may apply clinical learning and contact hours toward board certification in holistic nursing (HN-BC).

The BirchTree Center For Healthcare Transformation
e-mail: or call  (413) 586-5551 

Transcendental Meditation for Nurses

Transcendental Meditation® for Nurses provides an effective solution to the problems of compassion fatigue and burnout that many nurses face. The technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM®), verified by more than 380 peer-reviewed scientific studies is shown to provide: deep rest, reduced stress, increased energy and stamina, decreased anxiety and depression, improved sleep, improved communication and leadership skills, increased job satisfaction and career success.

The Transcendental Meditation program is unique among meditation techniques, distinguished by its simplicity and profound, immediate results. It is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle. It is easy to learn in a short course and enjoyable to practice, requiring no effort, concentration, or special skills.

Nurses can earn 23 contact hours when they take the TM for Nurses course.

Trancendental Meditation for Nurses
Amy Ruff RN, BSN, WOCN
Call: (641)451-1592 or Email:


3-in-1 Whole Health EducatorTM for Nurses Program
Educate, Advocate, CoachTM

This 400 clock hour, 200 ANCC approved contact hour program earns you a provider NPI Credential in Patient Health Education to  transform your work in health care, nursing or health education!

Add more joy and meaning to your work, and an additional Scope of Practice with our 3-in-1 Whole Health Program exclusively for Nurses.

The National Institute of Whole Health
e-mail: or call (888) 354-HEAL(4325)

Eligibility to apply for AHNA Endorsement

Holistic continuing nursing education (CNE) programs may apply for AHNA endorsement if the program is already established and provides CNE contact hours to nurses. The contact hours must be:
  • Approved by AHNA’s Education Approver Committee OR
  • Provided by an ANCC recognized Approved Provider OR
  • Provided by an ANCC Accredited Provider

Application for AHNA Endorsement

Click here to download the Application for AHNA Endorsement

Benefits and Value of AHNA Endorsement


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