Certificate Programs

We offer three certificate programs:

Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate

Alternative medicines embrace a wide variety of approaches to health, healing, and wellness. These approaches include diet and nutrition, acupuncture, hypnosis, expressive/creative arts therapies, mindfulness, mind-body-spirit practices, and more. CELA’s Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate provides a foundation in alternative medical and holistic approaches in healthcare that can be incorporated into clinical, educational, and consulting professional practice.

Program Requirements

CELACare & Eco-Health

CELACare Eco-Health Certificate Programs prepare candidates for multiple roles working in support of people living with chronic environmental illnesses. It is essential for those who are living with environmental illnesses to receive supports from people trained in understanding these illnesses and how they impact the lives and needs of individuals, their families, significant others, and the ways in which supports are provided.

Choose from our two Eco-Health Certificate Programs:

The CELACare Eco-Health Care Certificate Program

Appropriate for individuals who currently or would like to provide care and support for people with  chronic environmental illnesses—such as medical and healthcare professionals (e.g., nurses, CNAs, at-home care providers, life coaches,  practitioners, facilitators), regular education and special education teachers and specialists, consultants, case managers, family members and significant others.

Eco-Health Care Certificate Program Requirements

The CELACare Eco-Health Home Health Aide Certificate Program

Appropriate for CNAs, at-home care providers, nursing home and assisted living staff. You do not have to be a CNA to enroll.

Eco-Health Home Health Aide Certificate Program Requirements


What are environmental illnesses?

Environmental Illness (EI) is an overarching term that is used to describe the illnesses that some people have whose symptoms occur or worsen when they are exposed to chemicals and substances in the environment, on other people, and on themselves. People with an EI can have mild to life-threatening reactions when they are around the substances that make them react. Some common reactions include difficulty breathing; swelling of lips, tongue, airway; rashes; hives; flushing; itching; watery eyes; blurred vision; anxiety; feelings of impending doom; cognitive impairments; flu-like symptoms; anaphylaxis—and this is a partial list.

I’ve never heard of EIs!

Yes, you have! Asthma is an EI. Lung cancer from cigarette smoke is an EI. Mesothelioma, the malignant cancer people often get from exposure to asbestos, is an EI. Mastocytosis and mast cell activation related disorders are EIs. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) encompasses EIs triggered by substances in the environment. Allergies—food allergies (for example, to nuts or strawberries or fish), allergies to pollen, dust, mold, pets—are all EIs.

Click on the Certificate Program that’s right for you!

Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Certificate

CELACare Eco-Health Care Certificate

CELACare Eco-Health Home Health Aide Certificate

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