Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

With increasing student and practitioner interest in exploring culture, spirituality and healing options including the use of integrative therapies, the Center offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices. This innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program enables healthcare students and healthcare professionals to acquire advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their professional careers, their own lives as well as the lives of their patients.

Students can individualize coursework and focus on an area of interest:

  • Health Coaching
  • Clinical applications – including botanical medicine, mind/body interventions, music and essential oils
  • Leadership in Optimal Healing Environments
  • Nature-Based Therapeutics

Benefits of our Graduate Certificate:

  • Individualized program-based unique learning needs
  • Flexible scheduling options/formats including online and distance learning
  • Faculty: world class researchers, teachers and clinicians
  • Community-based learning within healthcare institutions and community organizations

The Bakken Center's certificate is a graduate-level program. It can be completed concurrently with another graduate program or completed independently.


Twelve (12) semester credits are required to complete the certificate. It is possible to complete all coursework online. Required courses are:

Students are encouraged to choose the remaining 8 credits from courses (5000-level or higher) consistent with their academic training and professional goals (with the exception of those courses specific to the Health Coaching program). A faculty advisor will work with the student in designing a program plan that accommodates the student’s unique learning objectives. To earn the certificate, students must complete all 12 credits, including the two required courses, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Up to 5 credits may be completed prior to entering the program as a graduate non-degree seeking student or while enrolled in another master, doctoral, or professional level program at the University of Minnesota. Students must be admitted to the program before completing the remaining seven required credits. A maximum of 3 credits may be counted in common between two University Certificate programs.

For class descriptions visit our Courses page.

For more information about how to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student, please contact Christina at [email protected].