Individual Courses Available
Certificate in Western Herbalism
How our courses work
Contintuing Education Credit
See also Frequently Asked Questions about our Distance Learning classes
Currently we offer distance learning classes, but do not offer a comprehensive certificate program (it is under development, see below). Our entry level distance learning class is the First Course in Medical Herbalism (See below) Our other classes are audio versions of our on-site classes, sold in albums of audio CD-ROMs which also include a data disk with lecture notes, readings, texts, and other resources for the course. Materials may be purchased and studied separately, or may be taken for credit with an extra payment for tuition.
Individual Stand-Alone Courses
Each course we currently offer may be taken for stand-alone or continuing education credit, and each earns its own certificate. Some of these courses may be later applied to our Distance Learning Certificate in Western Herbalism. See details here: Western Herbalism Certificate Program.
The following courses have been approved by the Colorado Department of Education and are available for sale.
First Course in Medical Herbalism (Beginning to Intermediate)
Fundamentals of Herbal Actions and Formulation (Intermediate)
Vitalist Therapeutics and Acute Symptoms (Intermediate)
Adverse Effects of Common Herbs (Intermediate)
Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics (Intermediate/Advanced)
Materia Medica Intensive (Advanced)
Certificate in Western Herbalism (distance learning)
We are developing a comprehensive 304-hour certificate course by Distance Learning. It has been approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board and we expect it to be complete in December of 2012. It will typically take about 2 years of home study to complete, but may be completed more quickly if the student has significant free time to devote to it. See more details here: Western Herbalism Certificate Program.
Each course is written and reviewed by practicing clinical herbalists and professional herbal educators.
Overview of Distance Learning
Most modern universities have Distance Learning courses available for full academic credit. Distance learning is now also common in the field of occupational education. This method of learning suits the needs of millions of North Americans who are highly motivated to learn, but cannot leave their localities to obtain the education they want. Distance Learning is especially well-suited to the study of medical herbalism and clinical nutrition, since these topics are taught in a relatively small number of locations in the country, and the great majority of individuals wanting this education cannot relocate to acquire it. (The clinical aspects of herbalism cannot be taught in this manner, and require on-site training.) A distance learning student requires a good deal of self motivation to complete a course.
The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism maintains the highest educational standards in our Distance Learning, including:
1) Our school and its courses are approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Education, Private Occupational Schools Board. Each Distance Learning Course is specifically approved for Distance Learning, Internet, and Continuing Education formats.
2) The great majority of our courses have a primary audio component, with recordings of actual lectures delivered in a classroom format, in addition to text materials, notes, and readings.
3) Students are assigned a faculty member to give personalized feedback through written, internet, or phone contact.
4) Student support includes an online reference library, and direct contact with administration representatives for technical assistance with problems relating to enrollment or administrative issues.
How our courses work
Courses usually include both written and audio materials. The audio CDs are actual recordings of classes at our institute, digitally edited and modified for a Distance Learning format. The student first purchases the materials for the course. For most courses, any written materials are included on a data disk, and extra textbooks are not required. After receiving the materials, if the student wishes to take the course for credit, he or she sends in the application and enrollment that come with the course materials.
Each course is divided into lessons, with exams or projects required to complete the lesson. Tuition is not all paid up front, but in periodic payments as the lessons are completed. This way, if the student decides not to complete the course part way through, they do not lose their entire tuition. The student is allowed a specified time to complete each course, requiring approximately three hours of study and/or project work each week. As each course is completed a Certificate for Continuing Education is awarded.
Continuing Education Credits
Our courses are approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to be offered for Continuing Education credit. You may also need to obtain additional approval from your professional regulating board. Any of our courses may be taken for continuing education credit, and we maintain a transcript of your work at the school.
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