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Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine

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About the Program

Application Deadline August 1

The Won Institute’s Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine Program (CHP) focuses on the therapeutic use of Chinese herbal medicine with an emphasis on classical and modern approaches to treatment. The experienced faculty at the Won Institute provide instruction and insight that allow students to develop an understanding of Chinese herbology and medicine by learning the use of over 300 traditional chinese medicine herbs, how to combine more than 100 common herbal formulas and practice meditation which is incorporated into class time to enhance mindfulness in learning and clinical practice. Through the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine Program, students learn how to use acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbal medicine to support and treat patients more effectively.

Program Details

Designed for both current acupuncture students and licensed acupuncturists, the Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate program is flexible, takes two years to complete, and prepares students to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Chinese Herbology Exam. Classes are held one weekend per month (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate students have a variety of clinical shift options to choose from for the clinical internship.

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Students spend the final thirteen months of the program treating patients in the Won Institute’s Chinese Herbal Medicine Student Clinic. Using a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, packaged on-site at the Institute’s herbal dispensary, students develop an understanding of how the two branches can be used to support one another and treat patients more effectively. The Chinese Herbal Medicine clinical internship provides students the opportunity to perfect their diagnosis and technical skills, while also learning to create integrated acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments for their patients.

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The Won Institute’s Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program is a post-graduate certificate which provides comprehensive herbal medicine training for licensed acupuncturists and third year acupuncture students. The Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program is designed to be completed within two years and must be completed within three years. As of Fall 2018, the graduation rate is 87%.

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The Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate program prepares students to enter the following fields as described by the US Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification codes:

  • 29-9099.00 – Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other
  • 29-1199.01 – Acupuncturists – Because the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine is a post-graduate certificate for currently licensed acupuncturists or current acupuncture students, all of our Chinese Herbal Medicine alumni are qualified to enter this occupation. (Note: Many students are able to enter this occupation prior to earning this certificate; however this certificate is required for the occupation in some states, e.g. Delaware, California, etc.)

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