The Health Arts and Sciences Program offers a special learning partnership for nurses who wish to attain a bachelor or master of arts degree. Goddard offers students who successfully complete the Integrative Healing Arts Program (IHAP) at the BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation in Florence, Massachusetts, eligibility to earn their bachelor or master of arts degree through the low-residency Health Arts and Sciences Program in a reduced period of study.

After successful completion of the IHAP program at BirchTree Center, students receive a certificate in holistic nursing. At the undergraduate level, applicants to Goddard’s low-residency BA in Health Arts and Sciences Program can submit their BirchTree Center transcript to Goddard College, which can allow them credit for up to 15 undergraduate transfer credits, the equivalent of one academic semester. Taken in combination with credits gained from earning an associates degree in nursing, graduates of BirchTree’s IHAP program will usually need three more semesters (45 credits) to complete their 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite to achieving board certification in holistic nursing, which confers greater professional standing in most institutions and communities. For more information, contact the Goddard College Office of Admissions.

BirchTree Center logThe mission of The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation is to serve healthcare professionals and organizations in manifesting their potential for caring, healing and transformation through innovative education and consultation resources.

Nurses in the Health Arts and Sciences Program usually focus on an area of integrative health, including interdisciplinary studies and practices such as spirituality and hospice care, visionary leadership and nursing, aromatherapy in hospital care, self-care practices for personal and professional transformation, integrative midwifery, and botanical healing.

“I am delighted to have formed such a strong partnership with Goddard’s Health Arts and Sciences Program in support of nurses wishing to continue their education. This opportunity provides nurses with an avenue to follow their passion and evolve their nursing practice.” Marie Shanahan, BSN, RN, HN-BC, and president, the BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation

“In my exploration of holistic nursing, I have found the union of Goddard and BirchTree to wonderfully complement and support my journey by enhancing, weaving, and integrating concepts more deeply and from different directions.” Melinda Briscoe, RN and BA in Health Arts and Sciences Program graduate (’08)