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.