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Here you can find herbal and holistic educational programs of all kinds, including distance learning programs. I cannot personally speak to the practices and curriculums of each and every one of them. Please contact the schools directly for more information. Their inclusion here is for informational purposes only. Please contact me if you would like your school or educational program added to this list. Also see my pages on Herb Websites and Herb Organizations.

Online Directory of Alternative Medicine Schools
Search this comprehensive directory of over 70 systems and modalities of alternative medicine education, from acupuncture, homeopathy and naturopathic medicine, to aromatherapy and massage. Introduce yourself to a whole new world of natural medicine education.

American Herbalists Guild
Offers directory of herbal education resources, which contains a comprehensive description of the programs, including information such as the specific herb tradition taught and type of certificate awarded, a review of the instructors if known, and it is all arranged state by state. ($12.00 for members, $14.00 for nonmembers)

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Programs and courses by location


Clayton College of Natural Health
Offers a variety of courses including: natural health, iridology studies, naturopathy, herbal studies, and holistic nutrition.


Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
Prepares students to become naturopathic physicians educated and trained in the principles and practice of naturopathic medicine.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine
Now in its 25th year, the program gives rigorous training for three types of students: (1) Those who wish to practice as herbal therapists in multi-disciplined clinics, (2) Health
professionals wanting to integrate herbs into their practice, and especially (3) Those who wish to learn wildcrafting, herbal pharmacy and dispensing in order to supply practitioners and stores or to themselves retail herbs and allied products with a sound knowledge of herbs, the trade, the craft . . . and PLANTS.


Ancient Earth Wisdom
A working farm located in the Ozarks of NW Arkansas that offers herb walks and workshops.

Cedar Creek Nature Studies
Offers classes on primitive skills and tracking along with hands-on instruction for identifying and preparing wild edible and medicinal plants.

Old World Apothecary
Offers classes and workshops on the use of herbs for overall health and well-being.


Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley
Offers a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. Instruction includes training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western medical models of the human body, and in the underlying philosophy, theory, and clinical applications of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Offers Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree.

American School of Herbalism
Founded by Michael Tierra and Christopher Hobbs.Offers various classes that may be taken individually as well as a 300 hour training program for a Certificate in Herbal Medicine.

American University of Complimentary Medicine
Certificates, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and graduate degrees in Homeopathy, Ayurvedic Medicine and Holistic Health. The Masters programs emphasize research, allowing students to participate in the advancement of Mind/Body Health and Healing, in addition to education.

Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies with Jeanne Rose
Offers, classes, workshops, correspondence courses with certifications.

California College of Ayurveda
Offers a two year (500 hour) California state-approved program, leading to certification as a clinical Ayurvedic specialist.

California Institute of the Healing Arts and Sciences
provides certified training in Holistic Health /Alternative Healing Careers.

California School of Herbal Studies
Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, the California School of Herbal Studies is one of North America's oldest centers for herbal education. Offers classes, workshops, and certification programs in herbal studies.

California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism
Although primarily offering classes in herbalism, the school also stresses an understanding of curanderismo, the healing techniques and philosophies of Native-Hispanic California.

EverGreen Herb School
Dedicated to educating people using holistic principles that honor the body, mind, and spirit. These principles empower the person with the vital self-awareness needed to make their own health care decisions.

East West School of Herbology
Founded by Michael Tierra, the East West Courses are a unique combination of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbology. Many graduates of the 36 Lesson Professional Herb Course program have obtained professional membership status in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).

Flower Essence Society
An international membership organization of health practitioners, researchers, students, and others interested in deepening knowledge of flower essence therapy. Offers various classes and workshops.

Natural Healing Institute
Offers professional license & certification programs in: Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Herbology, Massage Therapies (MT), Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Spa & Massage Therapist, Sports Therapist & Performance Enhancement, Aromatherapy, Thai Medical Massage, Lomi-Lomi/Hawaiian Healing Arts, Counseling Skills and Professional Hypnotherapy. NHI also offers classes and workshops in other areas, including: Naturopathic Physician (NP), Holistic Health, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Traditional Therapies. In addition to License and/or Certification, classes are approved for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) Credits.

The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy
International certification course in Aromatherapy, correspondence courses, classes, workshops.

Pacific School of Herbal Medicine
Offers community classes and a professional clinical training program in American herbal medicine based in Western physiology and anatomy, modern clinical use of plants, and the gentle traditions of simpling, wildcrafting, and folk medicine.

Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies
Emphasizes the use of medicinal herbs and native plants through hands-on experience in the garden and in the field.

Therapeutic Herbalism
A clinically orientated approach to the use of herbal medicine via correspondence course offered by David Hoffman 2068 Ludwig Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95407 Phone: (707) 525-9772


Artemis Institute of Natural Therapies
Clinical herbal medicine professional certification program, offering a variety of training. Classes are suitable for students and health professionals at different levels of experience.
PO Box 1824 Boulder, CO 80306 Phone: (303) 443-9289 Fax: (303) 443-6361

Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Offers a graduate level educational program with a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine with a grounding in Western medicine, all as it is currently taught in mainland China.

North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Inc
Herbal Education in the Vitalist Tradition. Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Education Private Occupational School Board

Ruseto College Chinese Herbal Medicine
Classes in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. 2900 Valmont Rd., E-1 Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: (303) 449-1686

School of Natural Medicine
Dr. Farida Sharan. Courses offered are Master Iridologist Diploma, Master Herbalist Diploma, Naturopathy Diploma & Natural Physician Diploma. Home study programs, summer school and apprentice training also available.


Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies
Offers certificate programs in Western & Chinese Herbology, aromatherapy and Bach Flower Essences.

University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine
A nonprofit, co-educational professional institution which grants the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree to graduates who successfully complete four academic years of study including clinical training.


Renewal of the Spirit Institute
Offers local and correspondence classes in herbalism, naturopathy, aromatherapy and natural cosmetology.Certificates and degrees. Also train people who want to be ministers and use natural health as a healing ministry.


Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy
Provides information, education, and certification in the field of Aromatherapy. Offers seminars, workshops, and self-study correspondence courses

Florida Vedic College, Department of Ayurveda
Offers a Certificate of Training, Master and Doctorate degrees in Dhanvantari Ayurveda.


Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy
Diploma Course in Professional Aromatherapy, programs in Clinical Aromatherapy, Aromatic Acupressure™ and Aromatic Indian Head Massage™.

Living with Herbs Institute
Classes, workshops. 931 Monroe Drive #102-343 Atlanta, GA 30308 Phone: (404) 607-8222


Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ICAOM)
Master’s of Science Degree Program in Oriental Medicine

Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Accredited Masters Degree program in Oriental Medicine.


Chicago College of Healing Arts
Offers courses in Bodywork & Medicinal Herbalism.

Chicago School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Offers a non-degree program especially designed for practicing medical professionals who wish to integrate aspects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into their medical practice.


Blessed Maine Herb Farm School of Herbal Medicine
Herbal apprenticeships and herbal study programs.


Blazing Star Herbal School
Classes, seminars, workshops, & apprenticeships.

Boston School of Herbal Studies
Offers the herbal apprenticeships and classes.

Cedar Spring Herb Farm
Offers classes and workshops.

Green Witch School of Herbalism
Dedicated to the understanding and use of herbs and natural energies as a way to heal the body, mind, and spirit while achieving optimal health and well-being.


Midwest School of Herbal Studies
Offers a two-year, 1280-hour, Master-Herbalist diploma program, largely by distance education, with an emphasis on clinical herbalism.

Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MCAOM)
Located on the campus of Northwestern Health Sciences University. Offers a master's degree in Oriental Medicine and a Master's degree in Acupuncture.


Elixir Farm
Offers workshops and apprenticeships.

Prairiewise Herbal School
Offers workshops, prairie and wild plant walks, lectures, a one-year general herbalist program and a clinical herbalist program.


Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute
RMHI provides clinical-case-oriented educational programs in Chinese herbology to health professionals: 3 levels of educational certification, interactive-learning and database software, distance-learning, and seminars.

Sweetgrass School of Herbalism
Provides instruction in beginning, intermediate and advanced skills and offers classes including, but not limited to: ethnobotany, pharmacy, pharmacognosy, identification of plants, poisonous plants, toxicology, phytotherapy, physiology, holistic modalities, materia medica and the techniques of preparing herbal products.

New Hampshire

Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs
Offers Foundations of Herbal Healing course, as well as other classes and workshops.

New Jersey

Herbal Therapeutics, Inc. School of Botanical Medicine
David Winston offers an intensive two-year Herbalist’s Training Program.

New Mexico

Ayurvedic Institute
Provides instruction in the traditional therapy of East Indian Ayurveda including herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, Yoga, Sanskrit, and Jyotish (Vedic astrology).

Foundations in Herbal Medicine
Offers a comprehensive correspondence course with video instruction.

International Institute of Chinese Medicine
Offers a comprehensive, fast-paced academic and applied certification program of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

National College of Phytotherapy
Training program, classes. 3030 Isleta SW Albuquerque, NM 87105 Phone and fax: (505) 452-3468

New Mexico Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts
Offers massage and medicinal herb programs.

New Mexico College of Natural Healing
Offers a 570 hour herbal medicine program and an 830 hour massage therapy program.

New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics
Offers two 750-hour six-month full-time program as well as two twelve-month part-time programs in Natural Therapeutics with a holistic approach.

North American College of Botanical Medicine
Founded by Amanda McQuade Crawford to meet the growing demands for definitive herbal education and the need for trained professional herbalists to work in private practice, in clinical settings and in partnership with established health care providers. Offers Bachelor of Science and herbalism certification courses.

University of Natural Medicine
Offers various diploma and degree programs in naturopathy and natural medicine via correspondence.

New York

American Institute for Aromatherapy & Herbal Studies
Offers various classes in Aromatherapy.

Ayurveda Holistic Center of New York
Correspondence course, classes, workshops.

National Institute Of Ayurvedic Medicine
Offers classes, seminars, and workshops.

Northeast School of Botanical Medicine
7Song, Director, offers: a 6 month, 3-day per week intensive (450-Hour) Program, a 6-weekend program from May through November, and an apprenticeship program.

The Herbal Bear School of Botanical Medicine
Offers classes, workshops, seminars, and weekends in herbal medicine.

The New York College of Health Professions
(formerly the New York College of Wholistic Health Education and Research)
Offers programs in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Massage Therapy, Advanced Asian Bodywork, and Holistic Nursing, as well as integrative holistic health care.

New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
NYCTCM offers Bachelors/Masters degree programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Teleosis School of Homeopathy
Offers Professional and Clinical courses in the study of Homeopathy.

Wise Woman Center
Susun Weed offers classes, workshops, intensives, apprentice programs, and correspondence courses.

North Carolina

Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
Offers a 5-month Herbal Training program, a Weekend Herbal program, which meets one weekend a month from November - May, and workshops and plant walks are offered throughout the year.

North Carolina School of Natural Healing
Offers courses in massage therapy, botanical medicine, and meditation and energy healing.


Healing Heart Herbals
Offers classes, workshops, apprenticeships, and correspondence courses.

Ohio Academy of Holistic Health
Offers certifications programs in:
Clinical Hypnotherapy,Clinical Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Iridology, Clinical Reiki, Herbal Health, Holistic Nutrition, NLP Practitioner, Non-Directive Imagery, and Specialized Kinesiology.


American Herbal Institute
Offers a certified home study course in Modern Herbal Studies. 3056 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305; 888-437-2539

Australasian College of Herbal Studies
Offers accredited distance learning programs in aromatherapy, flower essences, and iridology. Veterans and DANTES funding approval for most courses. State Licensed Certificate and Diploma programs. CE Credits. Student Loans.

Blue Iris School of Herbal Studies
Classes, workshops. PO Box 10914 Eugene, OR 97440 Phone: (541) 744-1013

National College of Naturopathic Medicine
NCNM offers two graduate professional degrees in accredited and recognized programs that prepare you for licensed practice in many states and provinces: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Offers master's degree program in traditional Oriental medicine.

Oregon School of Herbal Studies
25031 Lavell Rd., Junction City, OR 97448 503-998-3698

Traditional School of Healing Sacred Arts
Offers courses in Traditional Medicine, traditional cultures and spiritual healing.


American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Offers Masters of Science degree in oriental Medicine.

Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Offers degree in Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.


The School of Natural Healing
Offers correspondence courses in Herbology, Iridology, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy, as well as local classes.


Heart of Herbs
Offers distance learning programs in herbalism and aromatherapy, as well as workshops and apprenticeship programs.

Herbal Healing Arts
Correspondence course in herbal medicine.

Partner Earth Education Center
Offers classes, workshops, intensives, and apprenticeships.

Sage Mountain Herbal Center and Native Plant Preserve
Rosemary Gladstar offers correspondence courses, classes, workshops and apprenticeships.

Washington D.C.

First National University of Naturopathy
Offer degree programs in Naturopathic medicine.


Bastyr University
One of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences. Bastyr offers a range of graduate and undergraduate programs including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition, health psychology, exercise science and herbal sciences.

Hermit's Grove
Offers classes, workshops, and correspondence courses.

Northwest College for Herbal & Aromatic Studies
Offers local and correspondence course in aromatherapy.

RavenCroft Garden
Offering day classes, residential apprenticeships and two core 9-month programs.

West Virginia

Augusta Heritage Center
Offers classes in herbs and a variety of other classes and apprenticeships in folk arts and traditions.


Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Offers degree programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Offers a four-year, full-time professional program in naturopathic medicine. Graduates receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) diploma.

Coastal Mountain College of Healing Arts
Diploma and Certificate Programs in Herbology and Counseling. Alternative health care courses available 1745 West 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC Canada V6J 1M2 Phone: (604) 734-4596 Fax: (604) 734-4597

Dominion Herbal College
Offers various local and distance herbal training programs.

Living Earth School of Natural Therapies
Offers general interest, industry-related and professional courses and programs in herbal studies. Certificate and diploma programs.

Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
Offer a comprehensive (2176 hour) Phytotherapy Program that is 51 courses in length and Diploma is Pending approval by the Ministry of Education and Training.

West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy
Offers distance learning courses in aromatherapy.

Western Canadian Institute of TCM Practitioners
Offers 3,-year Acupuncture program leading to licensed acupuncture of Traditional Chinese Medicine(R.Ac), a 4-year Herbalogy program leading to licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCMP) and a 5-year Comprehensive T.C.M. program leading to licensed doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.(Dr.TCM).

Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
Offers three Diploma programs: Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.), Master Herbalist (M.H.), and Wholistic Therapist (W.T.). Some distance learning course available.


Brighid's Academy of Healing Arts
Offer instruction in medicinal herbalism, becoming a professional herbalist, Celtic ethnobotany, esoteric herbal traditions, botany, gardening and wildcrafting of herbs. Education in history, myth, legends and traditions of the Celt and Irish Traditions are also part of the curriculum.

The Irish School of Natural Healing
Offers a four year part time training in Herbal Medicine with an emphasis on the use of Irish herbs in the tradition of European herbalism from Hippocrates and the Greek tradition down through medieval herbalism and North American herbalism, inspired by the work of the world renouned herbalist Dr John Ray Christopher.

New Zealand

International College of Herbal Medicine
Provides a two-year active online program of continuing professional development and postgraduate study. The College has designed a course for Medical Herbalists and Health Professionals who want to receive advanced and clinically oriented training from mentors who are internationally recognized experts in Herbal Medicine.

Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine
Day attendance and correspondence are available. Introduction to Herbal Medicine, Certificate in Herbal Studies, Advanced Certificate in Herbal Medicine, Diploma in Herbal Medicine.


The Scottish School of Herbal Medicine
Offers a range of professional training courses, including Massage and Clinical Aromatherapy, herbal courses from introductory Home Help Herbal Medicine, Evening Classes and Correspondence Courses to BSc (Hons) Degree and MSc.

United Kingdom

College of Phytotherapy
Situated in Sussex, UK, near Horsham, The College of Phytotherapy is dedicated to the education and training of safe, effective and reflective practitioners of herbal medicine who will have the potential to become the leaders of their profession.

Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy
Diploma Course in Professional Aromatherapy, programs in Clinical Aromatherapy, Aromatic Acupressure™ and Aromatic Indian Head Massage™.

School of Natural Health Sciences
Offers various distance learning courses for individuals and alternative practitioners.

Tisserand Institute
Offers a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy







































































































































































































































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