Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) (NA2130)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, CNLCP, COPS-KT, CRCC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, MSCC, RNs

Credit Hours: 4

CCM Credit Hours: 3

CDMS Credit Hours: 3

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming an increasingly popular practice for individuals. As CAM becomes increasingly common, healthcare professionals have a need to know the choices available to their patients. As awareness increases, the benefits and burdens of CAM must also be known.

This course provides an introduction to what CAM. We will highlight the varying choices available, potential benefits, and potential downsides of CAM. It is important to know who is using CAM and why patients are turning to it. We will also discuss CAM as an industry.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health are excellent resources, and several guides and reference materials will be provided in this course.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and the current information on who is using CAM.

  2. In reference to CAM, Distinguish between the terms complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine.

  3. Describe the governmental agencies involved with CAM and the missions of both.

  4. Discuss the Time to Talk program and where to find the resource for healthcare providers.

  5. Distinguish between what are mind-body practices and natural practices.

  6. Explain the risks and benefits of CAM.

  7. Present the argument regarding the business of CAM, potential conflicts, and funding for research.

Course Outline

  1. What is CAM and what is included under the name of CAM

  2. Government agencies involved in CAM

  3. Complementary practices

  4. Types of CAM

  5. Time to Talk guide

  6. Who is using CAM and why

  7. The business of CAM

  8. Free references for students regarding CAM

Customer Testimonial

This CEU was very good, I learned a lot of good information. I found it very relevant to my Case Management work,
Christine M.