FSIHS was established in 2013 to raise the bar in integrative health professional training. Between 2013 and 2020, FSIHS admitted students from multiple continents to our online training programs, and we are proud to have graduated some of today's leaders in the natural health field.
In 2020, our board determined the best way to meet the evolving needs of the natural health industry is to prioritize our emphasis on clinical research for the natural products industry and speaking at workshops, seminars, and continuing education events to empower the current field of professionals to expand their scientific knowledge and evidence base. Therefore, as of 2020, we are no longer admitting new students into our academic programs, and the current body of students will be the last FSIHS program graduates. An overview of our current and previous academic authorizations is listed below:
Tennessee Higher Education Commission Postsecondary Authorization
The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences was authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization is renewed every year and is based upon an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. FSIHS was first authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in October of 2013 and has been successfully reauthorized each year since that time.
In early 2020, the FSIHS ceased new enrollment in our professional training programs and began the process of closing its academic side. As a result, the FSIHS did not seek renewal of its authorization beyond the current year and its postsecondary authorization from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission will expire at the end of 2020. Current students are participating in a teach-out process and remain unaffected by this change.
Previous students and alumni can request transcripts or access to academic records from the FSIHS indefinitely and from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission permanently.
Memberships and CEU Approvals
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Our research team is highly involved with the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. Our Director, Dr. Jessie Hawkins, is the NAHA Research Committee Chair and the Tennessee Director. Lead Researcher, Christy Hires, MPH, is on the NAHA Research Committee and is a Colorado Director. Continuing education workshops and seminars taught by our faculty qualify for NAHA CEU credits and FSIHS is an authorized continuing education provider for NAHA.
Prior to the discontinuation of our formal academic training programs, the FSIHS was also authorized by NAHA to train professional aromatherapists. Graduates of our now-discontinued program qualify for level 2 and level 3 professional membership.
National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching
The FSIHS is an approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching as a provider for continued education. FSIHS offers a wide range of continuing education options for health coaches, including professional skills, holistic health coaching skills, and topics on clinical aromatherapy and herbal medicine. Board certified health coaches can use continuing education workshops and seminars from FSIHS to meet the requirements of continuing education for renewal of board certification.
Prior to the discontinuation of our formal academic training programs, the FSIHS was also authorized by the NBHWC to train National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches. Graduates of our now-discontinued program qualify to sit the exam for National Board Certification.