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Herbal Medicine Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Herbal medicine is the study of holistic and herbal remedies as they relate to treating illnesses and ailments. Students have relatively few herbal medicine schools to choose from in the U.S., though those they can choose from are highly specialized.

Herbal medicine can be studied at the certificate through doctoral level at a variety of different private institutions. Prospective herbal medicine students should check if programs are accredited.

Schools with Herbal Medicine Programs

These schools offer herbal medicine programs at varying levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Tempe, AZ 2-year, Private Diploma, Associate's $17,880
Bastyr University Kenmore, WA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $24,275
Northwestern Health Sciences University Bloomington, MN 4-year, Private Certificate $11,636
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - New York New York, NY 4-year, Private Certificate, Master's $12,205 (undergraduate), $11,285 (graduate)
Maryland University of Integrative Health Laurel, MD 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral $18,605
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine San Francisco, CA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral $16,393
Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine Santa Monica, CA 4-year, Private Master's, Doctoral $15,858
Tri-State College of Acupuncture New York, NY 4-year, Private Graduate certificate, Master's $23,995
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Chicago, IL, Racine, WI 4-year, Private Master's $71,611 (total program cost)

*Sources: School websites and the National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

There are a several important considerations to take into account when looking for herbal medicine schools:

  • It's important to find a curriculum that combines modern science with both Eastern and Western herbalism.
  • Prospective students may want to check if the coursework involves any business training, since many herbal medicine graduates go on to work in herbal medicine shops and other businesses related to holistic care.
  • Accreditation is important, because it lets potential employers know that the student has received education adhering to national standards.

Students interested in herbal medicine should look for an accredited program. Prospective students may also want to consider whether programs include training in business, modern science and Western medicine.

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