ACADEMIC Degree Programs

Biochemistry of Plants

100% Online | Asynchronous | 3 Credits/45 Hours

This course satisfies the Biology or Chemistry course prerequisite for the Doctor of Acupuncture Program completion track.

Course Dates

MAY 3 -JULY 12, 2021

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 as well as important toxicity considerations when utilizing herbal medicine.


Eligibility: 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 Program Director

Jacqueline serves as the CHP dispensary manager as well as the administrative director of the herbal program. She is a licensed oriental medicine practitioner and is board certified with NCCAOM. Along with expertise in Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine Program 50 acupuncture and oriental medicine, she is also a master’s graduate of the school of applied clinical nutrition at NYCC. Jacqueline currently works as an associate at Tao Integrative Medicine and teaches the herb dispensary practicum aspect of Clinical Skills and Observation.

Dr. Janet Leidy, DHSc, MAc, 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 DAC and AcS programs. She served as Chair of the Acupuncture Studies department from 2011 to 2016. She is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Oriental Medicine who is board certified with the NCCAOM. She is also a licensed massage therapist and is board certified with the NCBTMB.

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