Second Year Program
Students with adequate background and studies may apply to begin in the second year.
Year Two Overview
The second year of this program provides a deeper and broader study of herbs and medicinal application, expanding the Materia Medica. Students learn about specific conditions and multilayered approaches for working with them, in addition to advanced energetics and diagnostics, including pulse and tongue reading. They study formulation and advanced medicinal preparations, while expanding on knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle for balancing energies. Students in the second year begin to consider clinical applications.
Second Year Curriculum
Applied Body Systems & Herbal Therapeutics
We delve into applied herbal therapeutics for particular body systems, imbalances, and ailments. An in-depth look at body systems will include a focus on cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, immune, reproductive, nervous, musculo-skeletal, and cutaneous and their holistic relations, along with specific conditions and how they manifest. Allopathic medical terminology will also be referenced. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of pathology, anatomy and physiology.
Botanical Materia Medica
Over 60 medicinal plants and mushrooms are reviewed in depth, including plants & fungi that grow in North America as well as medicinal herbs from other regions. Teachers introduce students an abundance of other botanicals throughout the curriculum. Students will build their own materia medica based on their studies, and will learn about herbal monographs and components: Latin name, common name, botanical information, herbal actions, energetics, system affinities, current and historical uses, specific indications, and herbal toxicity and safety.
Holistic Assessment & Energetics
Traditional systems for holistic and energetic assessment are studied in depth. We focus on Vitalist Western European/ Greek / American systems and tissue states, as well as the applied energetics in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students will have applied instruction on pulse, tongue, palpation, face and body assessment techniques from a variety of perspectives. Students will also learn various traditional assessment techniques including the diagnostic indications refined and taught by William LeSassier.
Botanical Materia Medica II
Botanical Actions, Formulation & Application
Herbal Apothecary: Advanced Studies in Gathering, Preparation & Use
We will cover in more depth the commonly used preparations that were introduced in year 1, and additionally:
Plant Identification, Botany
Clinical and Professional Skills & Ethics
– intake forms and the intake process
– Counseling skills and strategies
– Traditional assessment, including tongue, face, pulse, drop testing, etc.
– Constitutional assessment, including tissue states
– Interpreting lab results
– Research skills and resources needed to address specific clients’ needs
– Developing holistic and herbal protocols
– Formulation and dosing strategies
– Ethics, including informed consent, confidentiality, and disclosure
– Record keeping
– Legal issues
– Business management
The Law & Herbal Medicine
Extra Q&A Sessions
To apply for the 2nd Year Professional Herbalism Program.
Year Two Schedule
(dates subject to change)
Weekdays: 1 per week
Tuesdays 9 – 5
Sep 14, 21, 28
Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 *Harvest break 11/17-11/29
Dec 7, 14 *Winter break 12/15-1/10
Jan 11, 18, 25
Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 5, 12, 26 *Spring break 4/15-4/22
May 3, 10, 17
Weekends: 1 per month
Saturdays & Sundays 9 – 5
Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year
The program year includes a total of 343 program class hours, with 24 additional (optional) hours of Q&A time at no extra cost (367 total hours). There will be opportunities for extra educational hours via additional classes, mentorship meetings, and special events.