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, as well as how to combine more than 100 common herbal formulas.


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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.

Clinical Internship

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.


Students will graduate from this program with a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, and may apply to take the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Certification Exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, graduates may become Diplomates of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM). In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, graduates that pass the exam and are licensed acupuncturists may apply for Licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine (L.OM) status.

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Experienced Chinese Herbal Medicine Faculty, Exceptional Education

The Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program is taught by industry leaders in acupuncture and oriental medicine. Our faculty will work with you to ensure your path to licensure is a successful one.

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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 2016, the graduation rate is 86%.

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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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