You can learn more about our programs by viewing this PDF from a virtual Open House we held in August 2015 or by watching this recording from January 2021. If you have any questions about our programs or application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for the 3rd Year Professional Herbalism Program, please inquire about applications. Year 3 applicants must interview.
Before applying, we ask that you review carefully the curriculum and syllabus of the 1st and 2nd year programs to ensure that if any gaps exist in your education you can address them. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
The Advanced three year program consists of the first year foundational program plus more clinically focused years two and three. In order to enroll in the third year program, students must have previously taken years one and two, OR have extensive education and training in herbalism.
Here is the ArborVitae Year 3 Materia Medica
Here is the ArborVitae Year 3 Book List
Here is a sample Year 3 Syllabus from 2019-20.
Year 3 classes for the 2021-2022 school year will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, plus one weekend a month.
The program year includes a total of 367 program class hours, with 46 additional (optional) hours of Q&A time at no extra cost (413 total hours). There will be opportunities for extra educational hours via additional classes, mentorship meetings, and special events.
Year 3 Fall 2021 Semester
- Sep 14, 21, 28
- Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
- Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 *Harvest break 11/17-11/29
- Dec 7, 14
Weekends: Saturdays & Sundays
- Sept 25-26
- Oct 23-23
- Nov 13-14
- Dec 4-5
Year 2 Winter & Spring 2022 Semester
- 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
- Jan 22-23
- Feb 12-13
- Mar 12-13
- Apr 2-3
- May 14-15
*Dates are subject to change
Student Clinic, including Holistic Assessment
A significant percentage of time spent in year three will be supervised clinical work, in which students conduct intakes, assess cases, and develop protocols for individual clients under the guidance of qualified practitioners. The bulk of other topics covered in year three as described below is oriented toward this practical application. Students wishing to have more hours conducting clinical work can sign on for additional hours of supervised clinic and/or individualized mentorships.
Applied Body Systems & Herbal Therapeutics
Building on the knowledge gained in years one and two, we delve more deeply 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. Focus will also be on the holistic connections and mutual influences of body systems in health and illness. We will cover specific conditions, patterns, and syndromes as well as conventional medical terminology.
Students will closely examine and analyze studies that have been conducted as well as data and citations in the medical and herbal literature, and learn the skills needed to deconstruct citations and claims both pro- and con- for their accuracy and legitimacy.
Botanical Materia Medica III
Over 60 additional medicinal plants and mushrooms are reviewed in depth with specific indications, including plants & fungi that grow in North America as well as medicinal herbs from other regions. Herbs covered in year three are those generally more appropriate for practitioners and advanced students, including those with a more narrow therapeutic index as well as more specific applications or contraindications. The following components are covered for each herb: Latin name, common name, botanical information, herbal actions, energetics, system affinities, current and historical uses, specific indications, and herbal toxicity, safety, and interactions.
Herbal Apothecary, Formulating & Compounding
This class is taught in conjunction with the Student Clinic. Students will learn under supervision to apply their skills and knowledge to the clients they are working with, in developing individualized protocols incorporating herbs, diet, supplements, and lifestyle modifications. A particular focus will be on formulating and compounding for clients. The triune system and other methods of formulation will be explored in more depth. Appropriate dosing and dosing strategies, as well as interactions and other safety concerns will be covered at a more advanced level.
Students will continue to incorporate nutritional and dietary information into their overall clinical skills and knowledge base in working with clients, including macro-nutrients, vitamin, mineral and other food constituents, and the use of food and supplements in specific cases. Skills in recognizing particular and general deficiencies along with food sensitivities will be developed. The focus for year three is on applying these skills in the clinical setting.
Plant Identification & Botany
Students continue to hone skills in field botany and identification, as well as participate in regional field trips and outings, although the bulk of time spent in botany in year three will be for those choosing to specialize in it.
Clinical and Professional Skills, and Ethics
Taught in conjunction with the student clinic, students will further hone their skills in the intake and consultation process by applying these skills and techniques to their clients. Topics covered will include:
– Intake forms and the intake process
– Counseling skills and strategies
– Traditional and constitutional assessments, including tongue, face, pulse, bodily signs, tissue states and drop testing
– Interpreting lab results
– Research skills and resources needed to address specific clients’ needs
– Developing holistic and herbal protocols
– Formulation and dosing strategies
Students will also build on the information they learned in year two on how to create a successful small-scale business as an herbalist:
– Ethics, including: informed consent, confidentiality, and disclosure
– Record keeping
– Legal issues
– Business management
The Law and Herbal Medicine
This class will delve more deeply into legal considerations and ramifications for the individual herbalist. Topics will include legal considerations in having a practice, and how this is impacted by the current lack of licensing for herbalists, and private credentialing, Laws governing manufacturing will focus on the relevance for the individual herbalist who prepares remedies and/or compounds formulas.
Extra Q&A Sessions
Included in the curriculum and tuition, we offer extra (optional) Q&A sessions, which enable students to meet with the core faculty in a more intimate setting and ask any questions they may have. The sessions are held outside of classroom hours and are optional; however, students receive additional credit hours for attending the sessions. Dates and times of sessions are announced at the beginning of the school year so that students can plan ahead if they would like to attend a session.