Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Questions? Contact: Wes Harwood

The Herbalism Professional Series is an interactive online program, consisting of six modules conducted over two years. It is designed for those interested in enhancing their herbalism skills, becoming a credentialed professional herbalist developing a professional practice, and entering the rapidly expanding complementary medicine, natural health and organic food industry. The program covers:

  • Herbal therapeutics for each body system
  • Specific healing properties of over two hundred individual herbs
  • Basic principles of herbalism from three major traditional herbal healing systems

In order to sit for The American Herbalist Guild (AHG) exam and receive Registered Herbalist (R.H.) status, you must complete Year 1 and Year 2 of training. PCC Institute for Health Professionals offers the first three modules (Year 1) of the program. Year 2 can be completed through the International Integrative Educational Institute (IIEI).

Each module is one term in length and includes weekly online classes and reading assignments. It concludes with a take home, open book, multiple choice test that represents the skills developed in the module.

Class times and content are designed for adult learners and nontraditional students. CLIMB intentionally designed the Herbalism Program so that students could begin any term as they are not in a required "order". Every topic draws from, and contributes to, each of the other topics so students who begin Winter or Spring term are not at any learning disadvantage from a student who begins in Fall, for example.

Online courses require that students have basic to intermediate computer savvy, and are skilled in personal discipline, task organization and time management. High-speed internet access (DSL, cable modem, or satellite) is required in order to meet online learning technical requirements.

Students should expect to invest a minimum of 2-3 hours of study time for every hour of lecture in order to be successful in this course.

Is it right for you?

The demand for trained herbalists is growing. This 3-module curriculum offers a solid foundational level of herbalism knowledge and skills. It is the perquisite for Year 2 training, which after successful completion student can apply for professional membership in the American Herbalists Guild. If you want to gain the knowledge necessary to consult privately, in a clinic, work in the dietary supplement industry, in a health food store, herbal import/export industry, or education, this course of study is for you.

Next Steps:

For more information on this program contact: Wes Harwood, or climbhealth@pcc.edu

To Register:
  1. View the current schedule of classes for Herbalism and write down your CRN.
  2. Visit Non-Credit Registration and create a new account. Returning PCC Students can skip this step.
  3. Register for your course online using MyPCC.