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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 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.

Program Details

Designed for both current acupuncture students and licensed acupuncturists, the CHP certificate is a flexible two-year program that prepares students to sit for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Exam. Classes are held one weekend per month (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and the clinical internship is held on alternating Sundays or Mondays starting in the third term of the program.

Years to Complete
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Clinical Internship

TRADITIONAL CHINESE Medicine & Five Element Acupuncture

600 Total Clock Hours | 210 Clinical Internship Hours

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 clinical internship provides students the opportunity to perfect their diagnosis and technical skills, while also learning to create integrated acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments for their patients.

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Applications are accepted throughout the year with new students beginning only in the fall. Completed applications must be submitted by August 1. Students who are currently enrolled in an ACAOM-approved acupuncture program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and provide letters of recommendation from current faculty members familiar with the applicants work.


Applicants must either:

  • Be a licensed acupuncturist with a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Have graduated from an ACAOM-approved Acupuncture program
  • Be currently enrolled in an ACAOM-approved acupuncture program

Lisa Baas, B.A., B.S., MPS, L.OM.B.A., Friends World College B.S., Mercy College MPS, Mercy College[email protected]

Cara Frank, B.P.S., L.OM (PA), Dipl.OM. (NCCAOM)B.P.S., Empire College[email protected]

Jacqueline Lacava, Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine Director, Herbal Dispensary Manager MSAOM, L.OM, Dipl. OM MSAOM, Fingerlakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineMSACN, New York Chiropractic College B.S., Le Moyne College[email protected]

Elizabeth Liddell, L.OM. Dipl. OMMSOM, Southwest Acupuncture CollegeB.A., Bucknell University[email protected]

Pam Milask, L.OM. Dipl.OMM.Ac, Eastern School of Acupuncture & Traditional Medicine Cert. Chinese Herbal Pharmacology, Ted Kaptchuk [email protected]

Daniel D. Nemer, M.Ac., L.OM., Dipl.OM.L.OM. (PA), Dipl.OM. (NCCAOM) M.Ac., Tai Sophia Institute B.Mus., Ithaca College[email protected]

Teresa Tat, L.OM., Dipl.OM. MAOM, New England School of Acupuncture [email protected]

Hong Yu, DAOM, L.OM L.MO (PA), L. Ac (NY), EAMP (WA) DAOM, Bastyr University (Kenmore)MSAOM (the US equivalent), Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (Beijing) BA, Xi’an Conservatory of Music (Xi’an) [email protected]

The Won Institute participates in the Financial Aid program. To qualify for
assistance, students must  meet the following basic eligibility requirements:
1. Demonstrated financial need
2. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
3. Registered with the Selective Service, if required
4. Not in default on a loan,or owe a repayment on Title IV aid received at an institution
5. Enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program of study
6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.

The first step is to complete an application for financial aid (FAFSA) at The school code for the Won Institute is G39493. The FAFSA should be completed online at least one month prior to the start of classes, but maybe completed earlier. Won Institute students are eligible for a Direct Loan or a Direct Graduate Plus
Loan. Information about these loans and how they differ is available from the Department of Education.

External Scholarships

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Up to 220 hours of Chinese herbal medicine coursework completed at an ACAOM approved program may be transferred with approval of the Program Director. The minimum acceptable grade for class hours transferred is a B (3.0). No clinical hours may be transferred.

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Additional Gainful Employment Information

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%.

See Chinese Herbal Program pricing page for additional details 

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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