Diploma in Herbal Health

Purpose

The purpose of the Hope College Integrative Herbalist Diploma is to provide students with an educational experience positioning them to be qualified for entry level complimentary medicine practitioner or health food store consultant positions or for further education toward a baccalaureate degree.

 Uniqueness

The Hope College Integrative Herbal Health Diploma will offer students a number of unique pedagogical experiences including:

  • small student:instructor ratios offering close mentoring throughout the program;
  • delivery in a rural context with an acute sensitivity of integrative health care and health care in rural communities;
  • instructional practitioners – individuals not only qualified to teach but proven integrative health care professionals;
  • student practicum placements in both the first and second year of the program.

Course Title: Introduction to Biology I – BO 101A

The first of a two part course which introduces the biological sciences. Biological chemistry, cellular diversity, membrane structure and function, energy transduction, DNA replication, mitosis and the cell cycle, meiosis and sexual life cycles, Mendelian genetics, gene expression, evolutionary theory, and diversity of prokaryotes, protists, plants, and fungi.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Effectively discuss the fundamental concepts and underlying processes related to cellular and molecular biology;
  • Implement laboratory technical skills necessary for biological sciences; and
  • Work independently and in collaboration with others to compile, analyze, interpret, and present scientific data using oral, written, and internet formats.

Course Title: Introduction to Biology II –  BO 101B

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Effectively discuss the fundamental concepts and underlying processes related to cellular and molecular biology;
  • Implement laboratory technical skills necessary for biological sciences; and
  • Work independently and in collaboration with others to compile, analyze, interpret, and present scientific data using oral, written, and internet formats.

Course Title: Herbal Medicine I – BOT 101A

This course part I of the a two part course that provides the foundation required to understand the art and practice of herbal medicine. In this course students will learn how herbs affect different body systems, and formulas for treating each system. Strong emphasis will be on how to identify plants used in treatment. The course contains essential groundwork for practice and practical information for self treatment.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Indentify commonly used herbs in the wild;
  • Identify which herbs affect which body system and how they affect each system; and
  • Create treatment protocols for patients using herbal medicine.

Course Title: Herbal Medicine II – BOT 101B

This course part II of the a two part course that provides the foundation required to understand the art and practice of herbal medicine. In this course students will learn the chemical properties of herbs and their responsibility for therapeutic and nutritional effects explained. Expanded knowledge is presented on the reasons for various biological effects of herbs with up-to-date research material. The energetics and alchemy of botanicals is reviewed.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Have a strong understanding of the chemical properties of herbs and how the chemical constituents dictate their therapeutic use;
  • Understand the mechanism of action herbs in regards to their therapeutic use;
  • Know how to research therapeutic doses of various herbal treatments;
  • Understand how herbs biologically effect the human body; and
  • Become educated on the alchemy of botanicals and their energetic properties.

Course Title: Plant Identification – BOT 102

In this course students will learn plant nomenclature and taxonomy, as well as plant structure, morphology and anatomy.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify plants based on their nomenclature and taxonomy;
  • Use a plant key; and
  • Understand and explain plant structure, morphology and anatomy.

Course Title: Practical Phytotherapeutics I – BOT 201A

This is the first part to a two part course that goes through the primary body systems, how each system functions in health verses disease, and herbal protocols to treat the disease of each system. This course is a thorough review of the primary nutritional and herbal protocols used in the treatment of dysfunctions in each of the primary bodily systems. This course is divided into 14 modules, with each module consisting of a pathophysiological review of the system, differential diagnostics, allopathic treatment and holistic protocols.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the pathophysiology of the major body systems;
  • Be able to perform a different diagnosis of causes of illness based on presenting symptoms; and
  • Understand both the allopathic approach and Naturopathic approach to certain disease states.

Course Title: Practical Phytotherapeutics II – BOT 201B

This is the second part to a two part course that goes through the primary body systems, how each system functions in health verses disease, and herbal protocols to treat the disease of each system. This course is a thorough review of the primary nutritional and herbal protocols used in the treatment of dysfunctions in each of the primary bodily systems. This course is divided into 14 modules, with each module consisting of a pathophysiological review of the system, differential diagnostics, allopathic treatment and holistic protocols.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the pathophysiology of the major body systems;
  • Be able to perform a different diagnosis of causes of illness based on presenting symptoms; and
  • Understand both the allopathic approach and Naturopathic approach to certain disease states.

Course Title: Herbal Harvesting I – BOT 202A

This is a full year practical course that takes students through the process of herbal preparations. Students will be harvesting their own herbs and using them to learn how to dry and grind up herbs, create tinctures and perform various method of extraction. Students will also learn how to make oil macerations, skin creams, ointments and more.

This course will also cover contraindications and biological interactions between plant-based therapies and nutritional supplements with modern pharmaceuticals.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Harvest herbs in their home gardens;
  • Identify edible herbs;
  • Identify medicinal plants common to Alberta;
  • Create therapeutic tinctures, skin creams, ointments, and more; and
  • Research and identify contraindications and biological interactions between botanicals, nutritional supplements, and pharmaceuticals.

Course Title: Herbal Harvesting II – BOT 202B

Course Description:

This is a full year practical course that takes students through the process of herbal preparations. Students will be harvesting their own herbs and using them to learn how to dry and grind up herbs, create tinctures and perform various method of extraction. Students will also learn how to make oil macerations, skin creams, ointments and more.

This course will also cover contraindications and biological interactions between plant-based therapies and nutritional supplements with modern pharmaceuticals.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Harvest herbs in their home gardens;
  • Identify edible herbs;
  • Identify medicinal plants common to Alberta;
  • Create therapeutic tinctures, skin creams, ointments, and more; and
  • Research and identify contraindications and biological interactions between botanicals, nutritional supplements, and pharmaceuticals.

Course Title: Herbalist Practicum I and II – BOT 203A and BOT 203B

As a mandatory requirement for the Herbalist Diploma program, students will spend 50 hours applying their educational training in a professional setting. Settings include, but are not limited to, holistic nutrition clinics, chiropractic offices, health food stores, naturopathic clinics, independent herbalist’s practice, and herbal dispensary facilities. The Co-operative placement allows students to build confidence and become familiar with a clinical/practice setting in the alternative health field.

Upon completion of the course a student should be able to:

  • Obtain a working understanding of the roles a Herbalist can play within a health care setting;
  • Build confidence working as a Herbalist creating various tinctures, ointments, ect.;
  • Obtain on the job experience working with people as a Herbalist; and
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the day to day routine and occupational environment of a Herbalist.