500-hour Herbalism Program

The 500-Hour Herbalism Certificate program is a solid foundational program that prepares you to work with family, friends, and communities as a Professional Herbalist. Through the study of medicinal herbs within a pathophysiological paradigm – connecting plants with the body systems they affect – it prepares you to safely and effectively assist people with herbal recommendations to facilitate wellness.


Our curriculum includes classroom instruction in Pathophysiology, Materia Medica (formal study of plants and their therapeutic uses), Field Botany, Phytochemistry 101, Herbal Pharmacy, Botanical Safety, Herbal Folk Medicine, Aromatherapy, and Gardening/Permaculture.

It also includes hands-on, “in the field” learning experiences in Ethical Wild Harvesting, Plant Identification, and Medicine Making during two weekend Field Trips to the Mountains. The curriculum includes off-site Gardening/Permaculture experience and 150 home-study Practicum hours.

Division of the 500 program hours:

Part I: Materia Medica

100 Hours

Materia Medica is the formal study of Herbal Medicine, delving into each plant’s medicinal details, organized by body system.

This course meets 2 Monday nights per month for 6 months (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm) live via Zoom. You have an option to join the live zoom classes or watch recorded zoom classes.

Part II: Pathophysiology

100 Hours

Pathophysiology is the study of disease systems & body systems.

This course meets 2 Thursday nights per month for 6 months (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm) live via Zoom. You have an option to join the live zoom classes or watch recorded zoom classes.

Part III: Medicine Making, Aromatherapy, Gardening & Plant Identification

100 Hours

Hands-on, practical application of herbal medicine, from making medicines to learning how to identify them in the wild, to cultivating them in your own garden.

This course meets one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) a month for 6 months (10 am – 4 pm) & will include classes on-site at our school and classes outside of the school (hiking, gardening locations, etc.).

Part IV: Clinic Practicum

200 Hours

You have multiple options for the Clinic Practicum portion of the program.

At-home curriculum options created by the school to guide you deeper into your herbalism knowledge.

Internships at local businesses.

50 hours of gardening is part of this course, & can be done at a community garden, a farm, at the school, or at your own garden.


Students with applicable adjacent industry experience are eligible for ‘Comped Hours’. Comped hours do not decrease the amount owed for tuition. Instead, applicable industry experience reduces the required practicum hours.

Please contact the office at info@herbalismroots.com for additional information about comped hours.