Accreditation is purely voluntary, but the Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine has applied to four different bodies in the UK and USA to comply with the high standards set down by the Commission.
It has been fortunate to have been accepted for membership to all of these bodies, and all students completing their studies at the Bachelor and Doctoral levels will be privileged to join either the CMA, UK and/or the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and/or the Pastoral Medical Association, USA and/or The Affiliation of Ethical and Professional Therapists, UK.
1. American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
The American Association of Drugless Practitioners Certification & Accreditation Board offers schools full board professional accreditation. The AADP is recognized by both, traditional and non-traditional holistic schools and colleges world-wide as an independent accrediting board for alternative health educational institutions and programs.
The Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine’s degree courses have been reviewed and accepted for accreditation by the AADP – this is an indication of the quality of the educational programs provided by the Da Vinci Institute, as well as the ethical business practices in all areas of natural health care.
Students who have graduated from the Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine with a Bachelors or a Doctoral degree are eligible to apply for board certification.
2. Accredited Member of the Pastoral Medical Association (PMA), USA
Coursework completed through the Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine will be accepted for licensure or certification programs offered by the Pastoral Medical Association. All students completing the Bachelors of Science in Holistic Medicine – BSc (HM) or the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine – DSc (HM) will be eligible to apply for full membership to the PMA.
Coursework is approved for PMA Commission and license educational requirements, and may be applied toward PMA annual CEU credit requirements.
It is important to note that unlike the many “certification” organizations that cannot confer any practice protection, PMA credentials provide practice rights in U.S. States and many other countries under pastoral exemption.
3. Member of the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA), UK
The Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine has been accepted by the Complementary Medicine Association in the UK as a Registered College Member. This means that all students qualifying from any of the Diploma courses, or the Bachelor/Dcotoral programmes offered will be accepted for full membership to the CMA with all the rights and privileges this brings to the student.
4. Affiliation of Ethical and Professional Therapists (AEPT), UK
The Affiliation of Ethical & Professional Therapists has been developed following discussions with a number of practising therapists both established and newly qualified, who have been looking for a unified therapist organisation uniting all levels of service providers.
All students completing courses can automatically join the AEPT as it has affiliated and recognised the excellence of the courses provided.
Why Become Accredited?
Accreditation is a process which assures the potential students that an institution has clearly defined the appropriate objectives, and maintains conditions under which the students achievement can reasonably be expected. It encourages improvement through continuous self-evaluation and review. It fosters excellence through the development of principles and guidelines for assessing pedagogical effectiveness. There are a few points worth bearing in mind regarding accreditation:
1. Accreditation is a non-governmental peer review process in which the integrity and good faith of an institution and its officers are essential.
2. The burden of proof in demonstrating compliance with standards rests with the institution, not with the Accrediting Commission. The institution must prove to the Accrediting Commission that it meets or exceeds the standards.
3. The Accrediting Commission considers information about an applicant institution from any source in reaching its conclusion.
4. Accreditation is by its nature a formal, but nonetheless, collegial process. It works best when there is a common agreement that the chief purpose for seeking accreditation is the identification of soundness, honesty and quality in the practice of distance education.
1. The Member should be committed to the continuous professional development of academic and administrative staff, instructors and trainers.
2. The Member is financially responsible and can meet its obligations to learners. A Member’s financial resources should afford all enrolled learners a reasonable prospect of completing their studies.
3. The Member adopts widely accepted norms of good business and employment practice including (but not limited to):
3.1. Having a clear, fair and effective procedure for dealing with complaints.
3.2. Having a fair and effective policy on refunds, which is made clear to the learner prior to enrolment.
3.3 Not discriminating, directly or indirectly, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, or religious or political belief.
3.4 Having adequate premises and equipment to conduct its business.
4. All staff are suitable for the positions they hold, and possess appropriate qualifications and experience.
5. Learner support is of high quality. Where a Member employs more than one tutor, trainer, or instructor steps are taken to ensure that support is consistent throughout the provision.
Such measures may include but are not necessarily limited to:-
5.1 The development of normative schemes for marking and assessment.
5.2 Guidance notes for instructors, trainers, and/or faculty.
5.3 Regular meetings of instructors, trainers and/or faculty.
5.4 Sharing information on good practice, problems and solutions.
5.5 Ongoing monitoring and review of tutors’/ instructors’/trainers’/faculty work, including random or systematic sampling of marking and comments.
5.6 An appraisal system for tutors/instructors/trainers/faculty.
5.7 Guidance for new academic / training staff in the special requirements of open, distance, and online learning.
5.8 Providing adequate administrative backup for academic / training and administrative staff.
5.9 Such other provisions as the provider deems appropriate.
6. Sufficient resources are available to ensure that every learner receives an adequate individual service
Right to Practice
Student agrees and understands that all coursework is given by correspondence. Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine Degree programs do not guarantee a graduate the right to practice in the field of natural health, health counselling and/or consultation, or to practice any form of medicine without approval in the country that they are practicing in.
It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether their own country will approve the practice of natural medicine as all countries have their own regulations regarding this.
Having said this, it must also be said the the majority of countries in both the Western world and developing countries DO NOT have legislation regarding the practice of natural medicine, therefore legally allowing all to practice freely.
The Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine Degree programs expressly reserves the right to change without notice all information contained herein; including, but not limited to, the following: fees and tuition, policy and procedures, degrees offered, required coursework and course offerings, and/or degree/academic requirements