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Integrative Health and Medicine

The Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) Graduate Certificate Program is an interprofessional certificate program open to:

  • Physicians (MD, DO), physician assistants (PA), nurses (BSN, ANP, DNP), pharmacists (PharmD and Bachelor of Pharmacy), and dentists (DDS) who are licensed to practice in the United States or Canada.
  • Pharmacy students enrolled in ACPE or CCAPP accredited Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to apply to the IHM Graduate Certificate Program, applicants must meet one of the two following eligibility requirement categories:  

Licensed Practitioner

  • Licensed to practice in their respective discipline in the United States (U.S.) or Canada and are in good standing with the licensing agency.
  • Received a baccalaureate or enter-to-practice professional graduate degree from an accredited undergraduate or entry-level program.
Student
  • Currently enrolled in a US-based, ACPE or CCAPP accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Must have completed a minimum of two years within their pharmacy program's curriculum and are in good academic standing with a cumulative professional grade point average of at least a 2.0. Students who have completed at least one year of the curriculum within their program may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Requirements:

July 15 is the deadline to apply for the fall semester.  If the deadline falls on a weekend or U.S. holiday, then the deadline will be the next business day.  Contact the Distance Degrees and Programs (DDP) Office for any concerns about meeting the application deadline.  Otherwise, applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next admissions cycle. 

Unless noted below, applicants should email all required application materials to SOP.IHM@ucdenver.edu.  Documents that may not readily be provided by email (e.g., for university transcripts) should be sent to the DDP Office address:

University of Colorado

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Distance Degrees and Programs Office

Attn: Integrative Health and Medicine Graduate Certificate Program

12850 E. Montview Blvd., Rm V20-1116

Mail Stop: C-238

Aurora, CO 80045

 Application Form

 Personal Statement of Professional Goals

A one-page personal statement that addresses:  Why you are interested in enrolling in the IHM Graduate Certificate program, and how the IHM Graduate Certificate will help you reach your professional goals.2

 Professional Program Transcripts

Licensed Practitioner – Request an official transcript from all accredited, post-secondary colleges and/or universities to be sent directly to the DDP Office.

Applicants who received their undergraduate degree or entry-level professional degree from outside the United States or Canada must have their transcripts evaluated through a NACES member evaluation service and have the completed program evaluation sent directly to the DDP Office.

Student – Request an official transcript from the school in which the applicant is currently enrolled to be sent directly (see above for mailing address) to the DDP Office.  

NOTE: Transfer credit from other institutions will not be accepted.

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 Photo Identification

All applicants will submit a current, government-issued photo identification card, e.g. driver’s license or passport photo.​10

 Professional Licensure

Licensed Practitioner – Submit either a notarized copy of the applicant’s current professional license and a copy of the photo identification used in the license notary process, or the online verification of the applicant’s current professional license.  Information about your license(s) is to be listed in the application form.

Student – Submit a notarized copy of the applicant’s pharmacy intern license.  Information about your intern license is to be listed in the application form. 

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 Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation needs to be provided by an individual (not related to you) who is well acquainted with your professional, academic and/or personal achievements.  As such, it is recommended that the letter ​be submitted by one of the following individuals:  employer, supervisor, former faculty member, preceptor, or professional colleague.  References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted.  The name of the individual is to be listed on the application.  The letter of recommendation must use the standard University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Integrated Health and Medicine Recommendation Form, which can be downloaded from the website.
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 Professional Work Experience

Licensed Practitioner – A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV), including professional work/practice since graduating from the accredited undergraduate, entry-level professional or baccalaureate degree program.

Student – A current resume or CV, including professional work since entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

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 Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $100.00 (US dollars). Checks or money orders should be made out to the University of Colorado.​​​7

 Interview

The interview process is designed to assess an applicant’s communication skills and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others.  To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the interview process.  The DDP Office will contact applicants to schedule an appointment to complete the interview, which will be conducted via telephone.​11

 English Proficiency Testing: TOEFL Exam 

​​​TOEFL All applicants must be proficient in the English language, as detailed in the program’s technical standards. As such, all applicants who received their education outside the United States or Canada (except Quebec) will be required to take the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Scores from the exam will serve as one piece of the admissions process.
  • TOEFL Exceptions – At this time, exceptions to this requirement include:
    • ​Applicants who have graduated from a foreign institution where the language of instruction for the post-secondary degree was English, as noted on the official transcript or an official letter from the school where the applicant graduated.
    • Applicants who earned a master’s and/or above degree in the US or Canada (except Quebec).
  • ​TOEFL Score Requirements – An applicant must achieve a minimum composite score of 89 on the internet-based TOEFL exam.  The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the exam are as follows:  reading – 15, listening – 14, speaking – 19, and writing – 20.  The preferred scores for the individual components of the exam are as follows:  reading – 21, listening – 21, speaking – 25, and writing – 23.
    • ​TOEFL Exam Score Date – Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the application deadline date; otherwise, the applicant will retake the exam to complete the application process.
    • TOEFL Exam Testing Schedule – The TOEFL website provides more information about the exam testing schedule and how to sign up for each exam.  Applicants can use code number 8776 to indicate the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences iPharmCU® as the score recipient.
    • NOTE – If an applicant receives a low TOEFL, the applicant may also contact the University of Colorado Denver English as a Second Language (ESL) program to improve his/her English speaking and communication skills.  The University of Colorado Denver ESL program is located on the University of Colorado Denver campus, and the applicant will complete courses on the downtown Denver campus.  Online courses are not offered at this time. The applicant will complete the recommendation(s) identified by the testing process prior to the enrollment in the IHM Graduate Certificate Program, and will be subject to the Technical Standards policy.  Students may also be referred for ESL testing based on other components of the application process, such as submitted writing samples and/or interview conversations
OPI Applicants achieving the required composite TOEFL score, but who score at or below the preferred individual component levels on the internet-based TOEFL exam, will be referred for English as a Second Language (ESL) testing and complete an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
    • ​​​​Applicants must achieve a minimum level of oral proficiency in English defined as “Advanced Low,” per the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Guidelines for speaking.  Oral proficiency levels are assessed by participating in a telephone-based OPI (approximately 30 minutes), conducted by an ACTFL-certified language assessor, designated by the school.
    • The applicant will complete the recommendation(s) identified by the testing process prior to the enrollment in the IHM Graduate Certificate Program will be subject to the program’s Technical Standards.  Students may also be referred to ESL testing based on other components of the application process, such as on submitted writing samples and/or interview conversations.
    • ​NOTE If an applicant receives a low OPI score, the applicant may also contact the University of Colorado Denver English as a Second Language (ESL) [PJ2] program to improve his/her English speaking and communication skills. The University of Colorado Denver ESL program is located on the University of Colorado downtown Denver campus, and the applicant will complete courses on the downtown Denver campus. Online courses are not offered at this time.

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 Tuition Cost

Tuition is $300 per semester credit hour, making the total program tuition cost $2,700. 

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Application Requirements:

The DDP Office will email the applicant within two weeks of receiving the application materials to provide a status report and schedule an appointment to complete a telephone interview.

After the interview, the DDP Office will email the application to confirm admission into the IHM Graduate Certificate Program, or if the need to revise any application material exists.

Acceptance into the IHM Graduate Certificate Program will be honored for one year from the start of the semester for which admission was requested.  Students who fail to enroll in any course within one year from which admission was requested may be required to reapply.  

Admissions extensions to the IHM Graduate Certificate program will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  The Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider exceptions to the admissions guidelines on a case-by-case basis.