Certified Herbalist

Certified Herbalist

This comprehensive 12 credit certificate program is designed to provide you with a high level of knowledge to practice as a ‘Certified Herbalist’, in addition to your other natural health specialties, such as nutrition and iridology. All subjects form part of the Natural Health Practitioner diploma program.

The course will present a thorough understanding of the human body and the inter-action of the practice of Herbalism on the individual, within a wholistic perspective. It will also provide a platform of how to use herbal preparations in support of other health disciplines and on an individual therapy basis. This knowledge supports the client’s overall healthcare program, as they work towards restoring and maintaining health balance.

Now designed to compete the full certificate in 5 semesters!

This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

“Pay as you go tuition plan” – tuition fees are paid at the time you take a subject or on a Defined Schedule Program basis.

Herbalist Specialization (7 credits)                             Professional Development (5 credits)

Herbal Therapeutics 1                                                     NHP Anatomy & Physiology 1-4

Herbal Therapeutics 2                                                    (4-1/2 credits)

Herbal Pharmacology                                                     First Aid (1credit)

Materia Medica  l & ll                                                      Nutrition 1 (1 credit)

Western Herbal Energetics                                            Practical Professional Theory (1/2 credit)

Clinical Case Studies                                                       Ethics and the Healthcare Practitioner (1/2 credit)

Fall Semester:

Herbal Pharmacology (Pre-requisite HT 1)

Thursdays 6pm to 8pm starting September 26 to December 12

Materia Medica ll

Thursdays 8pm to 10pm starting September 26 to December 12

Cannabis – A Natural Herbal Perspective

(NHP/CEU 1 credit) Saturdays 10:00am – noon October 5 to November 9

NHP Anatomy & Physiology 1, 2

Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm starting October 2 to December 18

Nutrition 1

Wednesdays 8pm to 10pm, October 2 to December 18

Herbalist Specialization

Course Descriptions

All Subjects are part of the Natural Health Practitioner diploma program

Herbalist Specialization

Herbal Therapeutics 1: This course takes you from seed to seed. Learn how to cultivate medicinal plants for peak nutrition and optimal constituents. Explore the ethics and practices of wild crafting.  Learn proper post-harvest handling and seed saving techniques. Gain an understanding of basic botany.(1 credit)

Herbal Therapeutics 2: An introduction to herbal preparations. Learn the basics of how to work with various solvents to extract the healing properties of plants for internal and external uses. Course will cover herbal infusions and decoctions, infused vinegars & honeys, herbal oils & salves, tinctures and more. (1 credit) Herbal Therapeutics 1 recommended.

Herbal Pharmacology:  This course will introduce students to the major classes of phytochemical constituents found in medicinal plants and how they interact with human physiology. Safety, toxicology and herb-drug interactions will be discussed. (1 credit) Prerequisite: Herbal Therapeutics 1

Materia Medica l & ll : An in-depth exploration of a broad diversity of medicinal and healing plants used by Western herbalists. This course will provide a basic understanding of what a Materia Medica is and how to use it to deepen your herbal practice. You will gain knowledge of the specifics of many common herbs including indications and contraindications, energetic applications, the most recent scientific research, modern usage and dosage information.  *Emphasis on local, bio-regional plants. (2 credits).

Western Herbal Energetics: Deepen your understanding of plant medicine beyond “What is this plant good for?”  Herbs shine when we move past treating the symptoms of disease and instead treat the whole person by matching them with the right plant.  When we use taste, herbal actions and the energetic spectrum, we have access to a much more nuanced and effective approach to herbalism.  These practical, sensory-based, organoleptic classes will transform the way you use herbs! (1 credit) Pre-requisite: Materia Medica 1 (or completing in the same semester)

Clinical Case Studies: Practical application of theory through the completion of case studies. (1 credit) Pre-requisite: See Administration

Cannabis: A Natural Herbal Perspective (NHP/CEU) Learn about the properties and qualities of cannabis from a natural health and herbal perspective. A CEU subject which is part of the NHP diploma.

Professional Development

NHP Anatomy & Physiology 1: Learn about the skeletal & muscular systems, as well as, general terminology, cell growth & structural units. (1/2 credit). No pre-requisite.

NHP Anatomy & Physiology 2: Study of the nervous, endocrine, reproductive & digestive systems. (1/2 credit) NHP AP 1

NHP Anatomy & Physiology 3: Study of the urinary, cardio-vascular, respiratory & integumentary systems. (1/2 credit) Pre-requisite: NHP AP 2:

NHP Anatomy& Physiology 4: Study of the immune system, liver function & detoxification. The maintenance of body temperature, glucose and fluid levels. (1/2 credit) Pre-requisite: NHP AP 3.

Nutrition 1: Foundations of Nutrition. Role of nutrition in overall health and comprehensive study of: macronutrients, micronutrients, food sources, daily requirements, metabolism, roles of water, fibre, free radicals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and key components of the new Canada Food Guide. (1 credit)

First Aid: Learn how to handle emergencies. The course includes life-like training models and natural remedies. CPR/St. John Ambulance Certification. (1 credit)

Practical Professional Theory: Practical issues about being a professional practitioner. An assimilation of guidelines that goes beyond basic training. (1/2 Credit)

Ethics & the Health Care Practitioner: This course is designed to introduce students to the professional role and commitment of practitioners as healthcare professionals. The focus is on developing the student’s ability to understand the professional role and commitment, meet professional and ethical requirements of practice, and develop skill in decision making. (1/2 Credit)



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