This online course offers an in-depth education in Herbal Medicine accredited by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and consisting of approximately 3,600 hours of taught and directed study, divided into 12 modules. It is rooted in the understanding that an authentic herbal medicine course must transcend the biomedical model, and support the growing body of knowledge of the healing power of plants.
Two pathways, a 3-year or 5-year version, are offered, to cater for the different circumstances of students. The 3-year version is designed for students who are able to devote between 21 and 30 hours per week (21 hours being a minimum level and 30 hours reflecting the amount of study required during intensive phases of the training). Clinical training, in years 2 and 3, is an additional time commitment, over and above the regular study hours, of a half to a full day per week.
The 5-year pathway is designed for students whose schedule, due to work or other commitments, makes it difficult to commit to the number of weekly hours required by the 3-year version. In the 5-year pathway, the expectation is that students will devote 14-20 hours to study each week (14 hours being a minimum level and 20 hours reflecting the amount of study required during intensive phases of the training). Clinical training, which can be undertaken from the middle of Year 2, but is expected to take place mainly in Years 3-5, is an additional time commitment, over and above the regular study hours, of a half to a full day per week when it takes place.
The course content and the total number of study hours and clinical training are identical in both pathways.
For details of the curriculum and content, please follow the links at this page to the pathway that interests you.