Herbalism Schools and Colleges with Training Information

Students interested in herbalism may take basic courses at a specialized training center, complete an undergraduate degree at a community college or university, or earn a graduate certificate online.

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Individuals who are interested in learning how to use plants to treat medical conditions and create medicines may take courses through the health services and alternative medicine departments of community and technical colleges, universities, and specialized natural health schools. Students may earn certificates, diplomas, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees in the field.

10 Schools with Herbalism Programs

These schools offer herbology programs at varying levels, including undergraduate and graduate programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Costs 2015-2016
Bastyr University Kenmore, WA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $24,275 (undergraduate tuition per year)*
Trinity School of Natural Health Online 4-year, Private Certificate $1,600 (total cost)**
American College of Healthcare Sciences Online 4-year (distance learning only), Private Diploma, Master's, Graduate Certificate $10,800 (undergraduate tuition per year)*
Minneapolis Community & Technical College Minneapolis, MN 2-year, Public Certificate $5,366 (undergraduate tuition per year)*
California School of Herbal Studies Forestville, CA <2-year, Private Certificate $6,795 (total cost)**
Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Boulder, CO <2-year, Private Certificate $5,600 (total cost)**
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate $3,766 in-state, $8,374 out-of-state (undergraduate tuition per year)*
Maryland University of Integrative Health Laurel, MD 4-year, Private Certificate, Master's $18,605 (graduate tuition per year)*
American Medical, Nutrition & Allied Health College & Clinic Tempe, AZ 4-year, Private Certificate, Diploma, Master's, Doctoral $480-$5,740 (total cost varies by program)**

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics, **School websites

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following when looking for an herbalism school:

  • Students who wish to become practicing herbalists should look for accredited programs that will prepare them for licensure.
  • If a student aspires to work in the healthcare field, they will need to pursue either an associate's or bachelor's degree in herbal medicine; certificate programs don't prepare graduates to become licensed practitioners and are appropriate for individuals seeking personal enrichment.
  • Healthcare professionals who want to increase their knowledge of herbal medicine may enroll in a graduate certificate program; these programs are often offered online or on the weekends to accommodate working professionals.
  • Students should seek programs that include hands-on training analyzing herbal properties and preparing herbal products.

Certificate in Herbalism

A master herbalist certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to cultivate herbs and produce herbal remedies. A master herbalist certificate can be completed as part of a degree program or as a standalone program.

Associate's Degrees in Herbalism

Associate's degree programs may be centered on Western herbalism, or herbalism and nutrition might be part of a broader study of complementary alternative medicine or holistic healthcare. These 2-year programs offer a combination of science classes and training in Western herbalism.

Bachelor's Degrees in Herbal and Natural Health Science

Bachelor's degree programs may focus on herbal sciences or natural health sciences with a concentration in botanical medicine. Some programs are 2-year completion programs designed for students who have already earned an associate's degree.

Graduate Certificates in Medical Herbalism

Graduate-level certificate programs in medical herbalism are designed for healthcare professionals who want to increase their knowledge of the medicinal uses of herbs and incorporate herbalism into their clinical practices. A bachelor's degree from an accredited university is usually a prerequisite, and some programs also require proof of licensure or certification.

Students who are interested in an herbalism program should look for accredited programs, which are available at a variety of degree levels. Students should also look for programs that offer hands-on training.

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