I love ACHS. The format, content, delivery methods. I was worried that distance learning classes would be easy- not challenging. It is challenging and fun.

-Mary Yamaguchi

As with my other two classes, I have enjoyed having Scott Stuart as a teacher and guide through these lessons. I would also like to add it was a bonus this class to have Dr. Arianna Staruch as our instructor. Her comments were fresh and different as well as very helpful. My thanks to everyone at ACHS for a great term. A special thanks to those who work in the store for exceptionally prompt service. Thank you and see you next term, Ginger Meredith Herb 302

This course helped bolster my confidence as a student. It was the first step in a direction that I have always been interested in. Herb 101 gave me a great foundation and rekindled an interest in holistic living that will benefit everyone I know. I look forward to using the information from this class to continue my education in the holistic health field!  Herb 101 Erin Briggs

I feel like I have so many more ways to work with herbs now than I did before. Additionally, the homework assignments have really helped me to synthesize material from a variety of sources, including ones outside of the course materials.

Herb 101 Amy Bartlett

This Diploma program is a rigorous and extensive program designed for the serious student seeking a professional working knowledge of herbalism. This program is ideal for medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into their practice, including MDs, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers.

Career Goals:
  • Master Herbalist
  • Clinical Herbalist
  • Herbal Educator

This program:

  • Meets the education requirements to apply for professional membership with the American Herbalists Guild to achieve the designation Registered Herbalist - RH (AHG). (http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/becoming-ahg-professional-member)
  • Is ideal for medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into their practice, including MDs, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers.

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Diploma in Herbal Studies Master Herbalist will be able to:

  • Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics, including AHG ethics and ARC requirements, keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness counseling
  • Locate information from state regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local and state requirements
  • Educate others about appropriate holistic health protocols using herbs and natural products to support and rebalance the body and restore wellness for general good health
  • Discuss herbal medicine, its history, and status of current research, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals
  • Indicate when to refer individuals to their licensed healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment
  • Discuss and describe the body’s structure and function in a healthy state
  • Understand and identify the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances to be able to address system imbalances and provide education that individuals can use to restore wellness
  • Identify the major active constituents, safety issues, historical uses, latest research results, including drug-herb interactions, uses, preparations, and more, for popular botanicals and educate others about the botanicals studied
  • Understand common issues in plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, field identification and safety procedures and be able to educate others about these issues
  • Use and understand appropriate medical terminology to facilitate discussion with licensed healthcare providers and facilitate integration of CAM into the healthcare system, yet understand the appropriate terminology for use with consumers
  • Use and understand the language of herbal therapeutic actions from alteratives to vulnerary herbs

Current Instructors: 

View all ACHS instructor bios, photos and courses taught online here.

Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Fees:

To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name below for each Total Course Price.

Required Sequence:

The required course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.

Total Credits Completed

39

Program Availability

  • Summer 2014
  • Summer Accelerated 2014
  • Fall 2014
  • Fall Accelerated 2014