The 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate program will prepare you to become a Professional Herbalist and to become an amazing asset to the professional, wellness community.
Our curriculum includes instruction on the following topics: Pathophysiology, Materia medica (formal study of plants and their therapeutic uses), Plant Classification, Plant Chemistry 101, Pharmacology 101, Herbal Preparations, Herb Safety, Herbal Folk Medicine, Herbalism clinical practice: intakes, evaluations, and proper dosages via a home-study program, Aromatherapy, Gardening (Soil Preparation and Planting), Field Trips to the Mountains to Identify Plants, Wildcrafting, Herbal Medicine Making, Winter garden preparation, Community Garden experience, and 150 hours of Clinical practice.
The program hours are divided into the following segments:
The 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate Program can be completed in Six months. The student has up to One year to complete the program.
This program includes the study of medicinal herbs within a pathophysiological paradigm–connecting plants with the body systems they affect. In addition, the program uniquely includes classes on soil preparation, gardening, and field trips to the mountains, so that each student can personally connect and be empowered to grow, identify, and understand the life cycle of plants. The program also includes classes on folk medicine, the traditional and ancient uses of herbal medicine from a variety of cultures. There will also be classes and practice with medicine making, wildcrafting, aromatherapy, as well as herbal intakes/evaluations, therapeutic herbalism sessions, building & working with an herbal apothecary, working at community gardens, and over 150 hours of clinical practice via a home-study program.
Occupational Objective: The graduate will have enough knowledge and experience to become a Professional Herbalist in Colorado, and the graduate should be able to attain an entry-level position as an Herbalist at a wellness center, natural health store, or holistic health clinic, as well as have the skill-set to become self-employed in a private practice.
In this course the student will study foundational physiology terms, definitions, body systems, and pathology. In this course the student will have a solid foundation of physiology and pathology in order to have a verbal and visual framework to apply to herbalism studies and clinical sessions. The classes include these topics: Stress and Adaptation, Intro to Physiology, Medical Terminology, Intro to Pathology, Cancer, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Endocrine system, Nutrition and Obesity, Lymph and Immune systems, Central and Peripheral Nervous systems, Integumentary and Digestive systems, Urinary and Reproductive systems, and the Musculoskeletal system. The student will learn a pathological approach to herbalism and will understand the various diseases and conditions that the student will face as a professional herbalist.
“Materia medica” (medical material/substance) is a Latin, medical term for the body of collected knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance used for healing. In this course, the student will study plants with an organization of the body systems they affect. The first three classes will be an introduction to herbal medicine and will include these topics: Defining Herbalism, Healing Paradigm Context, Plant Classifications, Plant Chemistry 101, Pharmacology 101, Absorption of Herbs, Types of Herbal Preparations (teas, tinctures, inhalation, topical), Bioavailability, Toxicity, Herb Safety, Adulteration of Herbs, Deciphering good products/sources, Folk medicine, and professional herbalism session models (intakes, evaluations, dosages). This course will always connect the pathophysiology class with the related herbs, for example, in the Materia medica class the student will study the herbs that affect the Cardiovascular system after learning about the Cardiovascular system.
The Herbalism Roots program is so unique because we are literally giving students foundational roots about herbal medicine but also about gardening, plant identification in the wild, and how to make herbal medicines. We believe that actual training in gardening (soil preparation, planting times, watering, sun exposure, harvesting) is essential to helping an herbalism student bond better with plants. Learning how to garden takes an herbalism student’s understanding of plants to a whole different level, experiencing the life cycle of a plant and understanding local plants. Because we’re in Denver, we focus on teaching about soil preparation, gardening, and plant identification for herbs that grow in and around Denver as well as in the Rocky Mountain regions. Our students will also learn about herbs that grow in other parts of the country and world, but the gardening and field trips will be specific to plants that can thrive in Colorado. In addition, this course includes instruction on Wildcrafting (harvesting plants from the wild for medicinal purposes), Ethical considerations of Endangered Species, as well as Medicine Making of Teas, Tinctures, Oils, Vinegars, Salves, and Lotions, and extensive training in Aromatherapy.
Practice makes perfect, especially practice with direct supervision from a Professional Herbalist. Another unique aspect of our Herbalism Roots program is that we offer an at-home study program supervised by an instructor to help the student integrate all of the class time material. An integral part of the learning process for a herbalist is to practice and receive proper feedback and to practice with many different injuries and illnesses. The at-home study clinic practicum helps students gain the confidence that is necessary to work with clients outside of the school setting,a and is also convenient for everyone’s schedules. We also have connections with many herbalism-related apothecaries & companies & the student can earn at least 90 hours via an internship with one of those places.
These studies outside of class include reading and homework for all of the above-mentioned courses. The topics covered are: Pathophysiology, Materia medica, Gardening, Soil Preparation, Botany, Plant Identification, and Herbal medicine preparations. This course will be completed via correspondence reading and homework outside of class.
Our Herbalism students will graduate with confidence in working with plants because they will have classes about soil preparation, gardening, plant identification in the wild, and harvesting. Our classes will include group projects where we work at local gardens, working together to prepare the soil, gather the seeds, and plant. In addition to the class time, each student will need to earn 50 Hours of volunteer work at the school garden and/or at a community garden. 25 of these hours can be completed on one’s own garden. These hours will be practical hours actually working with soil, seeds, plants, and harvesting.