FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine

 

Do you have questions about the Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program? Check out our frequently asked questions.

Q: HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM AND WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?

 A: The program is a total of two years in length with fall, spring, and summer terms each year. Classes start in fall term only. Lecture classes are held one weekend per month. The clinical internship starts in the third term of the program. Students have a variety of clinical shift options to choose from. Additionally, an online learning component allows students to review lectures and other course materials at their convenience.

Q: WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM

A. The Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate program is open to those who meet one of the following criteria:
1. Applicant is a graduate of an ACAOM-approved acupuncture program
2. Applicant is a licensed acupuncturist with a Bachelor’s Degree
3. Applicant is currently enrolled in an ACAOM-approved acupuncture program

To apply, applicants must complete an application form, send two letters of recommendation, a letter of intent and official copies of transcripts from their acupuncture school, and pay the $75 application fee.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM?

A: All applications must be completed by August 1st of the year the applicant is planning to enroll.

Q: CAN I ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM WHILE I’M STILL FINISHING MY ACUPUNCTURE DEGREE?

A: Students currently enrolled in the Acupuncture Studies Program at The Won Institute may apply for admission for concurrent enrollment in the Chinese Herbal Medicine Program starting in the third year of the acupuncture program. All students currently enrolled in any acupuncture program must have their letters of recommendation completed by current faculty at their institution and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

Q: WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING??

A: Study includes education in the use of over 300 Chinese herbs and more than 100 formulas. Students not only have extensive classroom learning but also get hands-on experience with more than 210 hours of clinical practice in our Student Clinic and on-
site herbal dispensary. The program focuses on both the Chinese medical theory that underlies the practice as well as the practical application of the medicine. Topics include Shang Han Lu, Wen Bing and Jin-Yuan master’s theory, and advanced treatment topics for gynecology, fertility, pediatrics, neurology, and oncology. For the full course schedule, access our Course Catalog on our website at www.woninstitute.edu.

 

Q: HOW MUCH TIME WILL I BE SPENDING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM??

A: Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week studying outside of class.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM??

A: Estimated annual tuition cost (2018-2019) for Certificate of Chinese Herbal Medicine program is $8,637.00. Please see the Tuition sheet for more information.

Q: DO YOU OFFER FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID OR SCHOLARSHIPS??

A: Yes. Federal financial aid is available to students who qualify. Scholarships are also available based on need and merit, and applications are provided to those accepted into the program.

 

Q: IS THE WON INSTITUTE AN ACCREDITED SCHOOL??

A: Yes, the Won Institute is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Graduates from this program will be eligible to sit for the NCCAOM Board Exam in Chinese Herbology..

 

Q: HOW DO I BECOME LICENSED TO PRACTICE HERBAL MEDICINE WHEN I GRADUATE??

A: If you are a licensed acupuncturist in PA, you will need to fill out the application for registration as a practitioner of oriental medicine at the State Board of Medicine website. If you are a licensed acupuncturist in another
state and are interested in increasing your scope of practice, please contact their specific state board for instructions.