Franklin Health was established in 2013 as the Franklin Institute of Wellness to raise the bar in integrative health professional training. Between 2013 and 2020, Franklin 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 and professional education through workshops, seminars, and continuing education events. This allows us to further empower the current field of professionals to expand their scientific knowledge and evidence base. As a result of this decision, the school discontinued accepting new students in early 2020 and graduated the final class of students December of 2020. The school closed in good standing at the end of 2020.
Today, Franklin Health focuses exclusively on research for the natural product and drug device industries. An overview of our 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 in October 2013 under its formal name: the Franklin Institute of Wellness. This authorization was renewed every year based upon an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.
In early 2020, we closed our professional training programs to new enrollment and made the decision to allow our authorization to expire at the end of the year. As a result, postsecondary authorization from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission expired on December 31, 2020 and the school was closed in good standing.
Previous students and alumni can request transcripts or access to academic records from Franklin Health 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 Franklin Health is an authorized continuing education provider for NAHA.
Prior to the discontinuation of our formal academic training programs, we were also authorized by NAHA to train professional aromatherapists. Graduates of our now-discontinued programs qualify for level 2 and level 3 professional membership.
National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching
Franklin Health is an approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching as a provider for continued education for Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWCs) CE #100102. We offer 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.
Prior to the discontinuation of our formal academic training programs, we were 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.