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.