Advanced Certificate in Herbology

Advanced Certificate in Herbology

The purpose of the Advanced Certificate in Herbology is to provide the Licensed Acupuncturist the fundamental principles of herbology, extending the scope of practice to include both herbology and acupuncture. Designed with the busy professional in mind, the herbology certification program is organized into three distinct phases, and is completed within six semesters.

In the first academic phase, fundamental theories are presented, along with learning the functions, indications and unique properties of individual traditional Chinese medicine herbs. As Clinical Associates in this phase, reinforcing their classroom studies, students assemble bulk herb formulas designed for patients by clinical interns under the supervision of licensed supervisors.

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In the second phase, courses present the full range of herbal formulas and their modifications while the student enters the internship and works in conjunction with a licensed supervisor to write formulas for patients.

In the third and final phase of the program, courses present case studies and advanced topics in internal medicine, while in the clinic, students are managing patients and following their progress.

The Advanced Certificate in Herbology is a three-year program consisting of 450 didactic hours and 240 clinical hours that qualify the student to complete the NCCAOM exam in Chinese Herbology.


PCOM gave me a foundation for a limitless future in the field of Chinese medicine. I learned Chinese medicine to a degree that my Chinese colleagues really appreciated. I feel that I gained an authentic and deep understanding of Chinese medicine during my time at PCOM, and I now feel that I have a lifetime of fascinating opportunities ahead of me in both Asia and the West. - Eric Brand, LAc

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