How can you choose the right holistic medicine school for you? That’s a great question!
Hi there, my name is Ava Rockwell.
I’m the Founder of the School of Holistic Medicine.
Today I want to give you some insight into my industry. I’ve learned a few things, both as a student and as the Founder of the SOHM, —and boy, do I have a lot to share with you.
When you first embark on your journey to choose a holistic medicine school, you are going to come across a ton of multimillion-dollar ads and gimmicks.
These are tools that try to drive sales funnels. The result would have you believe the ad is for “the best school for holistic medicine” or “ the greatest holistic medicine school on the planet”.
This plethora of advertisements, marketing, and good SEO (search engine optimization) represent marketing hype that try to manipulate you into decisions for profit.
I’m here to tell you that I almost fell for the schools that held the most dominance in Google.
I later realized these monopolies were just trying to peer pressure me to make a certain choice, obviously, but their programs weren’t the best for me, personally speaking.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need any school to tell you what’s best for you. You will know the right school for you by the program and vibe.
Seven years ago, when I was looking for an educator, none of the schools fully resonated with me or truly aligned with my heart center.
I felt the schools a., wouldn’t really prepare me to practice with the confidence and skill sets I needed and b., I was disenchanted by almost all the programs to some degree or another.
I also felt there was a stuffiness about most schools. I sensed a rigid, dogmatic, almost patriarchal inflexibility.
This was later reflected back to me in the stories I heard of the students who switched to our Rockwell School of Holistic Medicine.
Lastly, the other schools just didn’t inspire me or make me feel “proud” to be part of the community. It was all ‘meh..’.
However, I almost ‘settled’ for a big name in the industry even though I honestly and frankly perceived it to have a mediocre program and mediocre benefits. In the end, I just couldn’t do it.
Please don’t fall victim to this like I almost did.
Really take the time to do your research before making a commitment to an online holistic health educator.
That way, when you do choose the holistic medicine school of your choice, you’ll be all in. Whatever you do, don’t settle!
It’s also worth it to make sure it’s your choice and not based on any misleading info, falsities, or hype.
We see several students that come through our virtual “doors” who started programs at other schools only to realize the school in question wasn’t really right for them.
When you choose a school, you’re choosing a lifetime community.
Of course, several of our students have completed programs at other schools.
In our FAQ and blog, we talk about some of the other schools and organizations that we do work with and can confidently recommend.
We are totally honest here about stuff like that so we can help you make informed decisions.
Let me also say that the reason the school in question wasn’t for me, is because their program wasn’t adequate nor diverse enough for my personal tastes and preferences.
We’re all different though, and that’s just me.
In short, I just didn’t feel I’d have the confidence to practice with their curriculum.
If you’re curious who I’m referring to, it’s Trinity School of Natural Health.
This is also how I felt about New Eden School of Natural Health and Genesis School of Natural Health. I especially didn’t like any of their super outdated nutritional therapy courses they all used.
I have always been a ‘seeker’. I always seek the most current, up-to-date, cutting-edge nutritional science I can find.
In the end, choosing a program that resonates is the most important thing you can do.
Instead, these schools target prospective students with claims of accreditations.
That’s part of today’s topic which begs the question, —is ‘professional’ accreditation really a thing in the field of natural medicine?
Does it mean anything, —like does it actually mean anything for real?
At conventional colleges, accreditation has specific meaning which include 1. the ability to qualify a student for financial aid (FAFSA), 2., the ability to transfer some credits between institutions, and 3., that the program meets local, state, and national guidelines for the profession, because it’s a regulated industry which requires a standardized education.
So does ‘professional’ accreditation offer actual, practical applications? Does it matter? Does it determine one’s program or school’s worth over another? Are schools that don’t ‘fall in line’ with the ‘status quo’ better or worse? We say nope.
Let’s face it, even licensed naturopathic physicians, —who graduated from US Department of Education accredited med schools, still have to practice as ‘health coaches’ in states which do not offer licensure.
So how does it matter for unlicensed naturopaths if a school is ‘professionally’ accredited, yet not US Department of Education approved?
We still are friendly with all schools and all organizations which provide professional accreditation, we just don’t participate in it.
We do work with specific organizations for holistic licensure in all 50 states, such as the PWA or Professional Wellness Alliance whose course we are integrating into our programs.
We also are applying to the NANP (National Association for Nutrition Professionals) to have our AHND (Advanced Holistic Nutrition Doctorate) program approved for their professional certification and eligibility.
In the end, students deserve total transparency in terms of school choice. They deserve more than google page one monopolies and fear-based marketing.
You deserve to choose a school that resonates with you and aligns with your heart center.
That is all.