Top Herbalism Schools and Colleges

Jul 26, 2018

Learn about three of the top herbalism schools and colleges in the U.S. See more about school accreditations and programs so that you can compare similarities and decide if one of these schools is right for you.

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Herbalism programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is possible to earn a certificate or degree in this field, though many universities consider herbalism a pseudo-science. Let's profile some of the best schools in the country for studying herbalism. Each of these schools have been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, or ACAOM for short. The ACAOM is a well-respected professional organization.

These schools offer degrees or certificates in herbalism that are generally well received in the field.

1. Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA

School Highlight: The school's grounds are home to a public reflexology foot path, which is the first of its kind in North America.

This herbalism college offers a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences for individuals who have already completed two years of undergraduate coursework. Additionally, licensed acupuncturists can pursue a certificate in Chinese herbal medicine. Students can utilize the school's medicinal herb garden, managed by students, volunteers, and two garden managers.

2. Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD

School Highlight: All of the school's herbal medicine programs are offered in online or hybrid formats.

This school, formerly known as Tai Sophia, was the first acupuncture school in the U.S. to be accredited by the ACAOM. All of the school's herbal medicine programs are offered in online or hybrid formats.

This top herbalism college offers an online Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism, as well as various programs in herbal education. Novices can enroll in an 8-month herbal studies certificate program. There is also a medical herbalism certificate program for health care professionals and a Chinese herbalism course for acupuncturists and select herbal college graduate students.

3. New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

School Highlight: Offers classes and clinical training at a site in Manhattan, which is a borough of New York City.

The college offers a four-year master's in Oriental Medicine in addition to courses in acupuncture, there are also two series of courses in Chinese herbology. In the first series of courses, students learn about 400 herbs, and in the second series, they are introduced to over 250 herbal formulations.

Another option at the school is a graduate certificate in Chinese herbology, which is intended for acupuncturists who want to boost their careers through advanced studies in the field.

This program takes one year and eight months to complete and graduates are eligible to take the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology exam.

Top Herbalism Schools

Let's look at a few other good schools for herbalism:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Northwestern Health Sciences University Largest natural healthcare services provider in the state Bloomington, MN
American College of Healthcare Sciences Offers an online associate's degree program in complementary alternative medicine with a specialization in herbal medicine Portland, OR
Minneapolis Community & Technical College Offers an Herbal Studies Certificate that introduces students to the 50 best selling herbs in the country Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Offers an advanced certificate in herbology for licensed acupuncturists who want to expand their knowledge in the field New York, NY

Students who are interested in herbalism can find excellent, alternative health focused programs at professionally accredited institutions that provide hands on training in herbology.

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