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.
In order to apply to the IHM Graduate Certificate Program, applicants must meet one of the two following eligibility requirement categories:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
All application materials should be submitted within the IHM online application. Official transcripts and notarized documents should be mailed to the DDP Office address:
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Distance Degrees and Programs Office - Integrative Health and Medicine Program
12850 E Montview Blvd V20-1116 MS C238
Aurora, CO 80045
Complete the IHM Application Online. Contact the Distance Degrees and Programs Office if you experience any problems accessing or submitting the online application.1
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
Licensed Practitioner – Request an official transcript from all accredited, post-secondary colleges and/or universities to be sent directly to the DDP Office.
Applicants earning their degree(s) from outside the United States or Canada will have their transcripts evaluated through World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. Completed transcript evaluations should be 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.3
All applicants will submit a current, government-issued photo identification card, e.g. driver’s license or passport photo.10
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. 4
One letter of recommendation is to be submitted through the online application. Recommendation forms will be sent electronically to recommenders listed in the online application. Contact the DDP Office with questions about this process.
Recommendations will be completed by people who know the applicant's professional, academic, and/or personal achievements or qualities well. As such, references must be from professional contacts, such as employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors or professional colleagues. References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted. 5
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. 6
A nonrefundable application fee of $100.00 (US dollars). 7
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
The Integrative Health and Medicine Graduate Certificate Program requires all applicants be proficient in the English language. All applicants will demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following items:
1) Earned a primary bachelor's degree in the U.S or Canada (excluding Quebec) and/or are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. or Canadian school of pharmacy (excluding Quebec).
2) Earned a master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec).
3) Complete an evaluation of English proficiency by taking either the internet-based Test of English Language (TOEFL) or academic-based International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. NOTE: Only exam scores completed within two years of the application deadline will be accepted.
- TOEFL Score Requirements – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 89 on the internet-based TOEFL exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the test are: listening 20, speaking 23, and writing 21.
- IELTS Score Requirements - Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 7.0 on the IELTS exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores on each of the individual components of the test are: listening 6.5, speaking 7.0, and writing 6.0.
- Exam Score Date - Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the program application deadline date. If completed more than two years, the applicant will need to retake the exam to complete the admissions process.
- The DDP committee may request an applicant complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) on a case-by-case basis, and with the requirement that a level of Advanced Low be achieved.
The Integrative Health and Medicine program consists of nine semester credit hours of graduate-level courses at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Graduate-level tuition for the 2019-20 academic year is $650 per semester credit hour. 9
Following the application:
The DDP Office will email the applicant within two weeks of receiving the application materials to provide an update on the application and next steps. DDP Office will schedule an appointment to complete a telephone interview for applicants selected to move forward in the admission process.
After the interview, the DDP Office will email the application to confirm admission into the IHM Graduate Certificate Program.
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.