This program consists of four English courses with the “MC” extension that infuse mindful communication and emotional intelligence into the teaching of core course content. Students who take those courses as part of their degree program can graduate with both an associate degree and a Mindful Communication certificate.

Mindfulness has been linked with an increased ability to focus, improved working memory, improved problem solving, reduced reactivity, reduced stress, and improved health. NHTI’s Mindful Communication courses and
certificate program are part of the mindfulness-based approach to the study, application, and teaching of
mindfulness as pioneered by leaders in the field at the Center for Mindfulness, Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The certificate is financial aid-eligible only when the MC courses are completed as part of a degree program.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
CourseTitleCLLABCR
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful303
ENGL 101MCEnglish Composition: Mindful404
ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
ENGL 294MC/COMM 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
 Total Credits11

This certificate makes students more marketable across a broad range of fields, including information technology, healthcare, business, education, and human services. Emotional intelligence (EI) is widely recognized as helping people succeed and move up in their careers. Studies suggest that those with high EI often earn higher salaries than those with low EI.

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“I am so grateful that NHTI offers mindful communication courses. Incorporating mindfulness into my studies has helped me a great deal in remaining focused and in gaining confidence. The thing I find most amazing about NHTI offering mindful communication is that people who have never had the pleasure of being exposed to mindfulness get that opportunity. Mindful communication is something that I will continue to practice in my personal life as well as my professional career.”

– Sarah Haxhija, Addiction Counseling major at NHTI

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