In 1997, in order to make holistic training available to Registered Nurses, New York College began the Holistic Nursing with Amma Massage program. The program included coursework in holistic nursing theory, Oriental medicine assessment and diagnosis, and Amma Massage, a hands-on bodywork technique. In 2007, Western, or Swedish, and Asian Bodywork replaced Amma Massage.
This 412.5 clock-hour program includes a supervised, 50 hour clinical internship. The classroom study is divided into four terms Contact hours are awarded at the completion of each term. For a program certificate of completion all phases must be taken sequentially and successfully completed. In addition the clinic must be successfully completed.
Since nurses come to our programs already well-versed in Western health science and clinical practice, their courses of study constitute an immersion in the principles and practices of holistic nursing healing arts. Students learn to integrate holistic nursing theory with Oriental clinical assessment and diagnostic techniques. Also included are courses in T'ai Chi Chuan, Western Bodywork, Asian Bodywork and implementation of holistic nursing theory to clinical practice.
New York College is committed to providing students with all necessary means to assist them in succeeding in school and in their goal of becoming holistic practitioners. Continuing Education loans are available to students in our Holistic Nursing programs.
The supervised clinical internship provides an opportunity for the student to integrate holistic nursing principles Western and Asian Bodywork techniques with their western nursing background. Nurses take their internship at the New York College Teaching Clinic.
New York College of Health Professions is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCCAOM exam for National Certification in Asian Bodywork. On successful completion of the NCCAOM exam, the candidate is granted the title of Diplomate of Asian Bodywork.
Graduates of the Holistic Nursing program who enroll in the New York College Massage Therapy degree program may have up to 24 credits waived. Graduates who enroll in the College's Graduate School of Oriental Medicine may have 6-8 credits waived directly from the Holistic Nursing program as well as additional credits from their academic nursing programs.
Registered Nurses in New York State, along with some other health care professionals, are exempt from the Massage Therapy Law requiring a license to touch. RN's may perform massage and bodywork under the scope of the Nursing Practice Act in New York State.