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Rush University College of Nursing is one of 15 institutions who have received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs on complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies.  For Rush University College of Nursing, the $1.2 million-dollar, five-year award was utilized to: a) integrate CAM content into its baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs, and b) develop a CAM continuing education program for practicing nurses and other health care providers. The goals of these educational efforts were to: (1) increase nursing knowledge of CAM therapies and their role in health and healing; and (2) provide nurses with expertise to assess the use of CAM therapies among diverse patient populations; critically appraise the safety and efficacy of CAM therapies; provide guidelines to patients concerning the use of CAM therapies; and collaborate with CAM practitioners to provide diverse patient populations with an integrative approach to care. Grant-related accomplishments pertaining to Rush’s nursing degree programs, as well as those related to CAM continuing education efforts are described within this site.  It is anticipated that sharing approaches to CAM education will provide a framework for others, as they look to integrate CAM content into their educational programs.

This award from NCCAM not only supported the development and implementation of the nursing educational programs outlined above, but additionally increased CAM awareness for students, faculty, and staff across disciplines.  Since the onset of funding, a number of investigative teams have received research support for CAM-related topics.  Also, a number of new clinical programs have emerged, including a Mind Body Skills program for older adults through Rush Generations and the Rush Cancer Integrative Medicine Program.  CAM program faculty and staff continue to offer educational programs to health care professionals and the lay public.  Program-related activities have been featured in local and regional print publications and the news media. 

The CAM Education Program for Nursing was supported by an NCCAM grant, R25 AT00559 to the Rush University College of Nursing. To view a summary of all NCCAM R25 grant-supported programs, please click here.

For more information on the CAM Education Program for Nursing, please contact either the program director, Dr. Janice Zeller, at 312-942-6205 or; or the program coordinator, Ms. Angela Johnson, at 312-942-5643 or


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