General Admission Recommendations and Requirements for All Offerings
Well-rounded individuals with backgrounds in the humanities, arts, or social sciences are often excellent candidates for the medical profession. PIHMA CPED encourages a broad range of life experiences rather than a narrow basic science foundation. Criteria for selecting applicants for admission to PIHMA CPED’s programs and courses include motivation, intellect, and character essential to becoming a practitioner. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, maturity, and demonstrated humanitarian qualities. Work and/or volunteer experience in health care, coupled with an awareness of the field of natural medicine, is strongly recommended.
Applicants for admission are evaluated on their:
- Affinity for and prior experience with homeopathic medicine.
- Letters of recommendation.
- Overall scholastic record.
- Dedication to service, compassion, critical thinking skills, ability to communicate, and self-discipline.
- Understanding and appreciation of health care issues.
- Application including essays.
- Other achievements such as awards or accomplishments
In addition, applicants must possess certain skills that allow them to safely and effectively practice homeopathic medicine. These skills include:
- Motor Skills
- Observational and Sensory Skills
- Communication Skills
- Conceptual Skills
- Social Skills
- Computer skills
PIHMA CPED students must possess the following general qualities: critical thinking, sound judgment, emotional stability and maturity, empathy, physical and mental stamina, and the ability to learn and function in a wide variety of educational settings. In all phases of homeopathic education, students must use their intellectual ability and must maintain emotional stability, particularly when under stress. Graduates of PIHMA CPED must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and render a wide spectrum of patient care. These skills and qualities will be assessed based on the applicant’s resume, essay, interview, and references.
Clinical Homeopathy Program
There are no prerequisites for the Clinical Homeopathy Program.
Acute Care and Introduction to Homeopathy Program
There are no prerequisites for the Introduction to Homeopathy and Distance Learning Programs.
Integrative Medicine Program
There are no prerequisites for the Integrative Medicine Program.
Homeopathic Practitioner Program
All applicants must possess an Associate’s degree (for exceptions see Prior Learning Assessment Policy below). A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in all post-secondary work. Non-medically licensed applicants must also successfully complete the following course work either during or prior to the program at an accredited college:
- Anatomy: 3-semester credits (33 hours of lecture)
- Physiology: 3-semester credits (33 hours of lecture)
- Pathophysiology: 4-semester credits (40 hours of lecture)
- CPR Training
Prerequisite courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review. Classes can be completed prior to or concurrent with the program, as co-requisites. Off-campus students enrolled in the Homeopathic Practitioner Certificate Program are required to have a computer with high-speed internet access and basic computer familiarity. Only those applicants who can achieve the program learning objectives will be admitted to the program.
Prior Learning Assessment Policy:
For applicants to the Homeopathic Practitioner Program who do not meet the Admission Requirement of an Associate Degree, the following is available.
Individuals can receive up to 45 academic credits through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) for life experience, work experience, and non-traditional coursework. if interested, apply directly to CAEL (www.CAEL.org).
PIHMA CPED will use official CAEL credit determination toward the Associate Degree Requirement.
Applicants With Disabilities
Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state, or federal law. In accordance with Section 504 of the 1974 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Public Law-101-336), PIHMA CPED has established the aforementioned essential functions of medical students and physicians. PIHMA CPED must ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students or physicians as a result of substantially impaired intellectual, physical, or emotional functions. Students will be assessed not only on their scholastic accomplishments but also in their physical and emotional capacities to meet the full requirements of the curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners of homeopathic medicine. Applicants who believe they may not meet the criteria listed above should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss his or her specific circumstances. The Office will coordinate assessment and accommodations as deemed appropriate.
In addition to the requirements for US citizens, international applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- International transcript evaluation (for all work completed in a foreign country); Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international transcript evaluation service. Fees for the service are the responsibility of the applicant.
- Satisfy visa application requirements by completing a financial guarantee form and proving evidence of adequate financial resources to cover the anticipated cost of study. Sufficient funds must cover the cost of the first year of school, books, students’ fees, and all living expenses.
- PIHMA CPED reserves the right to require international applicants whose first language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. PIHMA CPED requires a score of 550 on the written exam or 213 on the computer exam.
Applicants who are unable to confirm completion of prior postsecondary education must apply to the International Education Research Foundation (http://ierf.org/) or World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/) for a statement of educational equivalency as part of their application. The student is responsible for paying for the cost of this service.