Holistic Arts Institute

Integrating Ancient Wisdom and Modern Practice

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Here you will find helpful information and answers to frequently asked questions.





HAI program graduates qualify for Board Certification as Holistic Health Practitioners through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).  The application will be mailed to you upon graduation from any of our qualifying programs.  MORE INFORMATION! 


The AADP's national and international membership body is made up of MDs, NDs, DCs, OMDs, PhDs, DDs, RNs, Herbalists, and other "drugless" practitioners.  The AADP does not cater only to one field or practitioner, but unites all professional holistic health practitioners.  As other organizations' benefits are limited to educational discounts, car rental discounts, and seminars, the AADP's benefits can help promote you and your practice.


The application for AADP membership and Board Certification will be mailed to you upon graduation from any of our qualifying programs.  You may contact the AADP at 1-888-764-AADP or visit their website at www.aadp.net. 


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Is Holistic Arts Institute Accredited?


Holistic Arts Institute (HAI) is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).  Accreditation for Holistic Health programs in the United States is an entirely voluntary process.  Accreditation for an institution of higher learning represents a validation that the school programs have been thoroughly investigated and found worthy of recognition by a qualified body. 


Note: The AADP is a private accrediting body designed to meet the needs of nontraditional education.  This association is not affiliated with any government agency.


What is HAI’s relationship with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)? 


HAI has received Verification of Exemption from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).  The BPPE has determined that Holistic Arts Institute, Inc. has met the qualifications for exemption from regulation under the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, pursuant to California Education Code section 94874 (f). 


Can I enroll in a course or program at any time?


Because HAI’s typical student is an adult learner with family and professional responsibilities, our flexible learning format works within your own schedule.  You may enroll at any time and progress at your own pace as the rest of your life plan allows.  Although, learning at HAI is self-paced, we do ask that all courses and programs be completed within two years of the initial enrollment date. 


How long will it take to complete my course or program?


Most of our courses require about sixty hours of study time.  Some students are able to complete a course in as little as two weeks, while others may take a month or more.  Our programs then, each consisting of three to twelve courses, can easily be completed within one to two years or even less with a regular study routine. 


How much will my tuition be?


You can find current tuition prices on the HAI website, in a current catalog, or you may call 916-644-3168 or email admissions@holisticartsinstitute.com for assistance. 


Do you have financial aid?


While HAI does not offer grants or scholarships, we do seek to assist students through interest free financing options.  MORE INFORMATION!


May I waive courses I have already taken at another school?


With the exception of the HHP Program, you may receive credit for up to two courses per program for course work previously completed with another institution.  We are happy to review transcripts of previous course work prior to enrollment so you will know the actual course requirements for your program of choice.  Please send transcript review requests to admissions@holisticartsinstitute.com so that our Director may determine the transferability of courses previously completed. 


What kind of educational background do I need?


At HAI, we believe that students who can exhibit the desire, self-discipline, and motivation to learn through independent study are surely deserving of the learning opportunity.  Whether you are eighteen or eighty-eight, high school graduate or doctorate, homemaker or physician, our doors are open. 


Can you take HAI courses and programs from anywhere?


Yes, HAI courses and programs are available across the continental United States and around the world.  For areas outside of the continental United States, additional shipping charges will apply. 


What are the courses like?


The structure of each HAI course provides a pathway for learning and facilitates the comprehensive study of a topic.  Our courses are all taught through a distance learning format.  Courses consist of one or more textbooks, handbooks, or CDs, plus an HAI developed workbook.  Presented in a number of modules, the course workbook leads you step-by-step through reading and writing assignments, progress tests, and a final exam.  Most courses require projects that are designed to bring a practical dimension to your studies. 


How does distance education work?


Upon enrollment you will be sent materials necessary to complete your course or program.  You will read and study the texts (and supplementary material, if applicable) and then complete course assignments, which are designed to carry you through the text.  Most courses have progress tests and a final exam.  The exam questions vary in format and may be multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, or short essay questions. 


What if I have questions concerning my coursework?


If you need help or have questions or concerns you can email faculty@holisticartsinstitute.com or call 916-644-3168.


How should I submit my coursework when it is completed?


Submission per Word or PDF email attachment (Preferred submission method!).  Please label assignment files individually as follows:


Format:  last name, first name, student number, course, assignment

Example:  Smith, John, 12345, Energy Healing Essentials, Practicum


Submit your assignment files per email attachment to administration@holisticartsinstitute.com.


How long will it take to grade my coursework?


We make every effort to grade exams as quickly as possible.  Our current turn around time is three to four weeks.  A passing score is 80%; anyone who scores lower than this is offered an opportunity to repeat those sections that do not meet this standard.  When all of your academic and financial requirements have been met, you will receive an official course transcript along with your personalized course certificate.  Additionally, when all of the courses required for your program are completed, you will then receive an official program transcript along with your personalized program certificate or diploma. 


What are some associations that graduates of HAI can join?


HAI students, graduates, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply for membership within numerous affinity organizations that may offer opportunities for professional networking, educational enrichment, community service projects, inspired camaraderie, and/or group benefits.  HAI and/or faculty members are professional members of the following associations:


  • National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)
  • A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy (AWA) 
  • American Alternative Medical Association (AAMA) 
  • The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) 
  • International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) 
  • The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP) 
  • Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE)  
  • The American Association of Nutritional Consultants (AANC) 
  • The Flower Essence Society (FES) 
  • American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) 
  • The Herb Society of America (HSA) 
  • The American Herb Association (AHA) 
  • The Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)  
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) 


How can I become a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner?


As an HAI program graduate, you will qualify for Board Certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).  The application will be mailed to you upon graduation from any of our qualifying programs.  You may contact the AADP at 1-888-764-AADP.


What is the role of a Holistic Health Practitioner?


Being a holistic health practitioner is not so much a job as it is a mission in which you come to perceive the dimension of wholeness within yourself and then support others in discovering this dimension within themselves.  In essence, a holistic health practitioner is a teacher and a coach who empowers their clients to create internal and external environments that are conducive to holistic health. 


What are the laws in my state?  What do I need to practice?


Students are responsible for determining the legal issues involved in conducting a holistic health practice in their state or locality.  We recommend you contact your state or local government for legal interpretations as the laws differ from place to place.  In addition, we encourage you to conduct Internet research, and visit your public library for additional information as it is important for you to know what your legal boundaries are as a practitioner.