Complementary Health Care

Certified Program
Expert Program

The growing, complementary health awareness of western industrial society brings new professional challenges for nursing! In addition to conventional allopathic healing methods, much is invested in holistic and alternative health promotion. Healing, in the complementary sense, is a philosophical term which, depending on many factors, requires a perception of man as a whole in his surrounding environment. By complementing and bringing together different health systems, complementary options for action, which are the key to an improved state of health, are achieved.

Complementary care and action means striving for a state of harmonization of body, mind, soul and emotions with the help of holistic methods from various traditional concepts such as traditional Chinese healing methods, Ayurveda and more recent holistic care models, such as the theories of the American nursing scientist Martha Rogers, using scientific methods and based on evidence-based care. Complementary Health Care covers a complex area of counseling, support and assistance, intervention, self-healing support for clients and prevention of increasing Western civilisation diseases.

Students acquire skills to

  • to consciously grasp themselves and their environment,
  • to perceive and advise clients holistically,
  • apply complementary methods such as Therapeutic Touch, Prana Vita, Tui Na and biological-energetic concepts in nursing practice,
  • to create a new basis for complementary fields of action in health promotion, prevention and nursing in reflection with what has been learned, and
  • to reflect and demonstrate ancestral expert knowledge in different roles and activities of complementary health care against a scientific background.
Target Group

Senior Health and Nursing Staff

Course Options
Certified Program
Expert Program
Admission requirements
Study or work experience according to regulations
Study or work experience according to regulations
Learning format
2 Semester, part time
3 Semester, part time
Course fee
EUR 3.200,--
EUR 7.300,--
max. 24
max. 24
24 February 2020
on Demand
Study location
Danube University Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems


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