Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine
Our Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program is a postgraduate course for acupuncture practitioners who are seeking comprehensive training in Chinese Herbal medicine. The 24-month program teaches practitioners to safely and effectively incorporate the use of Chinese herbs into their clinical practice. Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for the NCCAOM certification exam in Chinese Herbology.
Next cohort starts November 2023.
For more information about the program and course offerings, click here for our Academic Catalog.
Many states require this exam and/or herbal certification to practice herbal medicine or for state acupuncture licensure including Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont.
Our hybrid program combines the best aspects of face-to-face and online learning. The convenient, modular format reduces travel time and offers more dynamic class assignments. Students can maintain their current practices while attending school. During the first two terms, classes meet in-person three times each term. During the final term, students attend monthly sessions to complete clinical internship training and a comprehensive review of program material.
Students explore the unique properties of over 300 individual Chinese herbs and the composition and therapeutic functions of over 150 traditional prescriptions. The curriculum also includes the study of prepared medicines, essential oils, food therapy, and drug-herb interactions. Relevant biomedical training is included to review important skills and stay up to date on information and procedures that can change over time.
Clinical training consists of 210 hours of supervised clinical practice creating and modifying formulas for patients. Clinical instruction includes case review where students evaluate the effectiveness of herbal prescriptions based on patient progress and discuss how to refine treatment plans based on patient feedback.
The goals for the CCHM program are to:
- Graduate knowledgeable, skilled Chinese herbal medicine practitioners who effectively diagnose and treat a broad range of health conditions.
- Develop caring, compassionate herbal medicine practitioners by fostering a healing presence in personal and professional interactions.
- Prepare graduates to pass the NCCAOM national certification examination in herbology.
Program Learning Outcomes
Building on previous Chinese medicine theory and acupuncture training, graduates of the CCHM program will be able to:
- Articulate the basic theories of Chinese herbal medicine and the foundational knowledge of Chinese herbs, herbal formulations, and associated natural products.
- Formulate skilled diagnoses and treatment plans using the theories of Chinese medicine.
- Provide safe and effective patient care using various forms of Chinese herbal medicine.
- Integrate relevant biomedical information into the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.
- Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of the program.
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Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, its masters-level program in Oriental medicine (MAOM), doctoral program (DACM), and certificate in Chinese herbal medicine program (CCHM) are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at: https://acahm.org/directory-menu/. ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAHM is located at 500 Lake Street, Suite 504 Excelsior, MN 55331; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; https://acahm.org/.