There comes a time when a student of herbalism begins to ask: Have I found my life’s path? Have I found the trail I would like to follow further and explore as a means to sustain myself? Could these studies in fact enhance – or change the direction of – my career?
Regardless of your background, the Herbal Academy is here to help you take your studies to a professional level. We bring you a solid and challenging online multimedia Advanced Herbal Course. We have pooled together some of the most brilliant and well-known educators and authors, as well as clinical and folk herbalists from both the United States and abroad to teach you these lessons in advanced herbalism.
Renowned herbalists such as ABC Board Member, HerbalGram contributing editor, and author Steven Foster; international lecturer, author, and herbalist Matthew Wood; American Herbalist Guild President Bevin Clare; and medical herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and author Anne McIntyre are joined by medical herbalist, writer, and educator Pamela Spence; medical herbalist and Chinese medicine practitioner Steve Kippax; Emily Ruff, Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living; Katheryn Langelier, Owner, Farmer, and Formulator at Herbal Revolution Farm & Apothecary; Medical Herbalist Erika Galentin; clinical herbalists Ayo Ngozi, Erin Smith, Joseph Mulhollen, Maureen Robertson, Chris Marano, Sara Rooney, Maria Noel Groves, Stephany Hoffelt, and Veda West; Herbal Academy Director Marlene Adelmann; Herbal Academy Assistant Director Jane Metzger; and many others who have come together to collaborate, providing a comprehensive herbal learning experience.
Follow our team of educators as they lead your herbalism studies by leaps and bounds further down your path in an approachable, affordable fashion. Our Advanced Herbal Course is designed to support the educational standard required for those interested in becoming a professional clinical herbalist. This curriculum has been designed with the type of academic rigor that will solidify your knowledge base and encourage the critical thinking skills necessary for the hands on clinical training that you will need to acquire to become a clinical herbalist. The program will teach you how to make thoughtful and thorough decisions about developing your career.
The Advanced Herbal Course opens with a unit on Herbal Wisdom Traditions which sets the stage for the entire course and incorporates the history and wisdom of various traditions of herbalism and how they have informed the art and science of Traditional Western Herbalism.
Thorough and in-depth learning opportunities cover topics such as:
As a student, you will be exposed to case studies throughout the course which will highlight the larger clinical concepts of the lessons presented. Students will also learn more about client assessment and intake procedures, the philosophy of healing, and legal considerations for the practicing herbalist. The Advanced Herbal Course is a natural extension of the Intermediate Herbal Course, continuing the discussion on body systems with deep discussion of the Blood/Lymph, Endocrine, and Musculoskeletal systems, and exploring in more depth topics touched upon in the previous programs.
This program is representative of the depth and rigor that you require as you devise your own business or clinical practice. The Advanced Course will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need prior to gaining hands-on clinical experience with a local clinical herbalist or mentor.
The Advanced Herbal Course requires students to successfully pass 14 quizzes with a score of 80% or higher. In addition to reading and studying the lesson material throughout the course and passing the quizzes at the end of each unit, you are also required to complete the unit exercises presented throughout the course. These exercises have been developed to help students engage with and explore lesson content in more detail. You will also be asked to develop plant monographs for 20 herbs of your own choosing. We recommend choosing 3-4 herbs discussed in each body system unit or wellness unit in the course and experiencing and researching each of these herbs, compiling the information into plant monographs.
Upon successful passage of all exams and a passing grade on the final monograph submission, students will be notified of their graduation with a signed certificate of completion.
While this program is self-paced, students are expected to complete the Advanced Herbal Course in under three years. The three year clock is triggered with the action to “Start” the course (not at enrollment). On average, students should work on their studies at the rate of approximately 1-2 months per unit. We understand that special circumstances or life events may delay your studies, so we will offer extension options upon request for a small fee.
The Advanced Herbal Course has been designed to prepare students for the hands-on clinical training that will be necessary prior to opening their own clinics as professional herbal practitioners. Those who wish to pursue that path are encouraged to work or apprentice locally alongside a practicing professional herbalist, with the understanding that obtaining clinical hours and even additional course training is advised before opening their own practice. This program will include recommendations and resources for taking these next steps. This Advanced Herbal Course will benefit students interested in growing in their holistic health careers, expanding on their studies from the Intermediate Herbal Course, developing herbal products businesses, and offering herbalism education.
Benefits of this Course
The Advanced Herbal Course Outline
Our mission at the Herbal Academy is to provide quality education in herbalism that is both financially accessible and intellectually engaging, that honors our intrinsic connection with nature, and that combines modern science with a reverence for ancient traditions and knowledge. We joyfully believe that this Advanced Course exceeds that mission and enables students of herbalism to explore the depths of herbal arts and sciences within a safe and credible framework from the comfort of their own homes.
Don’t worry, you won’t be alone in your studies! Our program’s lively forums will allow you to meet and share other classmates, and faculty members are always just an email away. You will be a part of a warm and supportive community learning experience as our herbal community grows, all created to solidify and support your knowledge.