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Professional Programs

FAQ: Professional Programs

How do I know which year (1st, 2nd or 3rd) is right for me?

Are you fairly new to herbalism? – Take a look at our year one program. Do you already have a strong foundation in herbalism through education and/or practice? – Check out our second year program. Do you have your herbalism education in place but need clinical supervision working with clients? – Check out our third year program. We encourage anyone who is considering applying directly to the Year 2 or Year 3 program to thoroughly read our Year 1 Syllabus and Year 2 Syllabus, as well as the Credit Submission Form, to better assess which level is best for you. We will also discuss the best level for you in more detail when you apply. Still have questions? Email – we are happy to discuss this with you!

When will the Professional Program classes be held?

Classes will start mid-September and go through mid-May. Year 1 classes will be held Wednesdays from 9-5 plus one weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) a month. Year 2 & Year 3 classes will be held Tuesdays 9-5 plus one weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) a month.

I love your program and want to start immediately – can I begin in January or mid-way through the semester?

All of our professional programs are year-long and they all begin in September. Because our curriculum is cumulative, we unfortunately cannot accept students into the current year’s program after the first day of classes in September. However, it is never too early to apply to next year’s program! We’ve also paired up with alumni collective, the Herbal Underground to host exciting community classes throughout the year, which are open to the public, as a way for you to begin your herbal studies with us now!

I love your program but cannot miss one day of work per week. Can I just take the weekend classes?

We currently only offer a full-time program (one weekday a week plus one weekend a month), as we have found that this is the best way for students to really learn the curriculum. Many of our students have successfully worked out a schedule with their employers to enable them to attend the weekday classes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.

Does ArborVitae accept federal financial aid?

ArborVitae is a registered school in New York, however, we are not currently an accredited school, which is required for federal financial aid. We do our best to make tuition affordable through a variety of payment plans that are outlined on our Tuition page.

Does ArborVitae offer or know of any available scholarships?

Unfortunately, there are not any scholarship opportunities for first year students through ArborVitae. Occasionally we become aware of grants available from outside organizations and do our best to pass that information along to applicants. There are likely many other opportunities that we are not aware of that you might be able to uncover through some searching on your own.

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To apply for the
Foundational Year Professional Herbalism Program. 

Visit our Application page to learn about what a complete application includes for all programs.