The school offers a 6 year part-time course resulting in a professional qualification called the Advanced Diploma in Herbal Medicine, which will enable the successful student to practise as a Medical Herbalist, join a professional association and be insured. The school is actively working towards course accreditation.
By the end of the course, successful students will be competent to conduct professional consultations with patients, to prescribe effective herbal treatment and offer suitable dietary and lifestyle advice. Furthermore, they will be able to recognise and wildcraft the plants they need, and to grow and harvest their own herbs, using their pharmacy skills to prepare them for use by their patients. Qualifying herbalists will, in addition, possess the necessary tools to further their clinical, botanical and practical studies in order to enhance their own knowledge and to develop themselves within this vocation.
The School aims to produce competent, knowledgeable and confident herbal practitioners and will especially suit students who have work and family commitments. Our course is based on the European Herbal & Traditional Medicines Practitioners Association [EHPTA] core curriculum guidelines. Attendance for taught sessions is two days a month for 10 months of the year and a five day school at Easter with exams in July. Students will also need to complete 500 hours of clinical training in their final 4 years. In addition, students will be required to follow our extensive study guides and also writing assignments.
The Herbal Medicine Course
The School provides an academically rigorous 6 year course which will lead to an Advanced Diploma in Herbal Medicine, and this qualification will enable students to become established as Medical Herbalists. The academic year runs from September to July. Each year contains 6 modules, which are carefully and fully integrated to build and reinforce learning in a logical and coherent manner. We appreciate that not everyone will want to study 6 modules in a year, and it is possible for those students is to take fewer modules and thus work at their own pace. The course is built around the blended learning model whereby students receive comprehensive study guides for each module that they are taking. Attendance at all taught sessions is compulsory.
The cost of the course is £500/module, so a full year of 6 modules would be £3,000 which can be paid by monthly installments. This includes all course materials, seminar fees, clinic hours, exam fees and a hot lunch each day. There are no hidden costs with our course and we believe our prices compare very favourably with other courses. However, B&B costs are not included and we will help students find suitable reasonably priced accommodation when needed.
The modules include both theoretical and practical aspects of herbal medicine. This includes current medical knowledge and the use of medicinal plants, based upon both traditional and contemporary evidence. The final four years will provide a strong emphasis on student-patient interaction.
Modules include Materia Medica, Anatomy & Physiology, Herbal Therapeutics, Pharmacy, Botany, Pharmacognosy, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Clinical Medicine, Clinical Practice, Physical Examination. Nutrition, Cell Biology and Pathology are interwoven into the Anatomy & Physiology Modules.
No special qualifications are required to enroll on this course, although students will need a good level of written and spoken English. What we need from our students is genuine passion for the subject and commitment to the hard work it involves.
We are extremely fortunate to have been awarded a grant by the NIMH Education Fund. Please visit our Facebook page The School of Herbal Medicine, and our blog at swherbschool.wordpress.com.