The purpose of the Certificate in Chinese Herbology is to provide the Licensed Acupuncturist the fundamental principles of Oriental Herbology to extend 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 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.
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 Certificate in Chinese 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.