ACADEMIC Degree Programs

Biochemistry of Plants

100% Online  | Asynchronous | 3 Credits/45 Hours

This course satisfies the Biology or Chemistry corequisite for the Doctor of Acupuncture Program.

Course Dates

MAY 2 -JULY 11, 2022

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the relationship between the science of plant chemistry and herbal medicine. Students study the basic principles of phytochemistry and learn common chemical compounds located within plants of the Materia Medica.  Topics explored include cannabinoids and pain management, essential oil chemistry and healing, and the chemical compounds in plants that act as medicinal agents.


To register, students must have completed an accredited Master of Acupuncture program or be currently enrolled in a Master of Acupuncture program.

Course Costs

$453/credit + $100 registration fee. Payment plans are available through the Registrar's Office.

Meet The Instructors

Jacqueline Lacava, MSAOM, LOM, Dipl. OM

Chinese Herbal MEDICINE Program Director

Jacqueline Lacava serves as our Dispensary Manager as well as the Director of the Chinese Herbal Medicine Program. She is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and is board certified with NCCAOM. Along with expertise in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, she is also a graduate of the School of Applied Clinical Nutrition at NYCC.

Dr. Janet Leidy, DHSc, DAc, LAc,LOM, Dipl.OM., BCTMB, LMT

Doctor of Acupuncture Program Director

Dr. Janet Leidy serves as the Director of the Doctor of Acupuncture Program and also serves as Associate Professor in both the Doctor of Acupuncture and Master of Acupuncture programs. She served as Chair of the Acupuncture Studies department from 2011 to 2016. She is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine who is board certified with the NCCAOM. She is also a licensed massage therapist and is board certified with the NCBTMB.

  1. Fill out the fields below to create an account and begin your registration. Complete and submit the registration form that populates on the next page.
  2. Have official copies of your transcripts sent to [email protected] or our mailing address. If you already sent in your transcripts to apply to an academic program, you do NOT need to resend them. Once the above items are received, you will be contacted by our Registrar’s Office when the summer term registration period begins.
NOTE: Currently enrolled Won Institute students do NOT need to fill out the registration form. Please email [email protected] to register for the course.

For students who take CHP632 prior to enrolling in the CHP program, they will have their CHP 632 tuition credited toward their CHP tuition.