Foundations of Holistic Nursing

Home study course – Earn 65 contact hours on your schedule
Order the course today. Order online, send in this order form or call  (800) 278-2462  (800) 278-2462 Ext. 21

Course Overview
The Foundations of Holistic Nursing, 5th edition home study course is designed for nurses interested in gaining a holistic perspective in nursing practice and daily living. Using the book, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 5th edition (not included), as a text, the 16-session course explores the art of holistic nursing through theory, research, clinical practice, and personal experience. By successfully completing this comprehensive home-study course, participants earn 65 contact hours.

More about the course...

         Price: $ 199                                 Non-member price : $ 349

Course format -
Designed as a paper/pencil course you can take with you wherever you go; the home study course was developed around the five (5) core values of holistic nursing.  The course arranges the book’s 36 chapters into 16 sessions to assist the learner in staying organized for the most fulfilling learning journey.   Participants have nine (9) months to complete the course.  
NOTE: The text book is not included or sold by AHNA and must be purchased separately through the publisher or your preferred book vendor, such as Amazon.

Take a look inside the course to see a session sample.

Upon prepayment, learners are mailed a course booklet, called the Exploration Guide, that offers a well-organized path through the course and text and includes:

  • chapter reading assignments with core value references
  • a goal setting outline & time recording log
  • invitations for exploration, movement & reflection
  • session educational objectives
  • 130 multiple choice question post test
  • A personal journal to reflect on your learning experiences
  • a course evaluation packet Click here to view the course evaluation form and educational objectives

Upon completion, participants mail in their post test answer sheet, time log and evaluation packet.  AHNA Staff scores the exam and notifies learners with results.

Topics covered in the coursework include but are not limited to

  • Scope and Standards of Holistic Nursing Practice
  • Current Trends and Issues in Holistic Nursing
  • Transpersonal Human Caring and Healing
  • Nursing Theory and Holistic Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Humor, Laughter and Play
  • Imagery, Aromatherapy, Touch, Music Therapy and Relaxation
  • Dying in Peace
  • Environment
  • Spirituality & Cultural Diversity and Care
  • Energy Healing
  • Holistic Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice
  • and so much more…

Benefits of this AHNA home study program –

  • An opportunity to independently study holistic nursing from any location
  • Allows you to work around your individual schedule
  • Receive contact hours and valuable information that may be applied toward the prerequisites for Certification in Holistic Nursing

 "For the past three weeks I gave myself the gift of a retreat-like atmosphere with this program...It...gave me the opportunity to renew my spirit. I highly recommend this program! "

 --  Deborah R. Folsom RN, MSN, HNC
Smyrna Hills, Maine


"I've been studying and really enjoying it. There are so many exciting ideas in it...This is the direction I would like to help steer nursing towards...It has helped me to clarify what I love about nursing...Thank you."

 --  Linda Sewell, RN, CPAN
Glendale, Arizona


    Steps to successful completion of the Foundations of Holistic Nursing course:

    • Order the course online, send in the order form or call  (800) 278-2462  to purchase a home-study course from the AHNA.
    • Order the text book Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, 5th Ed.  The book must be purchased separately; it is not included in the course price. 
    • Complete the home-study program within nine months of receiving it.
    • Send in your completed home study materials to the AHNA (includes home-study log, program evaluation, and posttest answer sheet).

    The AHNA education staff grades posttests and notifies learners of successful completion within 6 weeks of receipt of completed materials.  Learners earn 65 contact hours after successful completion of the posttest (passing score of 70%).
    (The posttest may be taken twice without reapplication or further fees. The second post-test must be completed within one month of notification of test results.)


    Prepayment of $199 is required for members of the AHNA; prepayment of $349 is required for non-members.  This cost does not include purchase price of the textbooks. Become a member today!


    AHNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the
    American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

    AHNA is additionally Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing,
    Provider number 10442.

    Contact hours privided by AHNA are valid in all 50 states & can also be used toward the contact hour requirement for holistic nurse certification through the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.


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