Clinical Herbalist

The CLINICAL HERBALIST Program at ITM brings together some of country's most inspiring, skilled and engaging practitioners to guide students in the fascinating study of plant medicine. Students in this 2 year Professional Diploma Program participate in monthly weekend clinical sessions, classes and hands-on field trips, while immersing themselves in readings, assignments and home-studies throughout the month.

This program is designed to develop the mind, heart and skills of the student who is interested in pursuing a career as a Herbalist, Educator, Researcher, Integrative Health Professional.

All areas necessary to succeed at this profession are covered, including Biomedical Studies, Business & Ethics, Therapeutic Relationship Skills and of course, Herbal Therapeutics.


The Clinical Herbalist Diploma is a 2 Year Full Time Diploma.

Part-time Options are available. Please email for details.

Students meet in-class, one weekend a month over 2 years, for practical, hands-on experience in clinical skills, herbal medicine making, formulation and land-based experiences. This program is a monthly weekend hybrid online formate that enables you to integrate the demands of work and family with your education.

The core curriculum is spread over 2 years, and includes 24 weekends of in-class study, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-6pm. Students participate in an online learning space to ensure that learning, discussions and community support continue in-between the class weekends.

Students who are in-town and are available, are eligible to participate in additional in-class study options throughout the week for a variety of courses.


The Clinical Herbalist Curriculum has been designed to offer students a comprehensive foundation in herbal therapeutic studies, while assisting them in developing other essential skills as an Integrative Health Professional. These includes studies in Therapeutic Relationship Skills, Biomedicine and Business Essentials.

The Mindful Herbalist: Students enrolled in programs at ITM are also introduced to essential self-care, self-awareness techniques, tools and philosophies that enable them to become a mindful practitioner. These include meditation instruction and self-care practices.

The following are a list of courses included in the 2 year Clinical Herbalist Diploma

History & Philosophy of Therapeutic Herbalism
Materia Medicine I & II
Apothecary & Dispensary Skills
Plant Cultivation & Wildcrafting
Plant Chemistry
Botany & Plant Identification
History & Practice of Traditional Herbalism (Ayurveda, Eastern Medicine, Tibetan Medicine)

Therapeutic Herbalism I & II
Women's Herbal Therapeutics
Advanced Therapeutics: Pediatrics, Elder Care, Men's Health
Advanced Therapeutics: Cancer Care & Prevention
Psycho-Social-Emotional Health
Sacred Plant Medicines

Anatomy & Physiology I & II
Clinical Skills I: Assessment
Clinical Skills II: Differential Diagnosis
Pathophysiology I & II
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Ethical Research Skills
Capstone Project/Thesis

Therapeutic Relationships Skills
Integrative Nutrition I
Flower Essences
Integrative Nutrition II:Food Energetics/Cooking with Herbs
Homeopathic Medicine
Environmental Health & Sustainability
Ethical Business Management & Jurisprudence

Clinical Internship I, II, III, IV, V, VI


This certificate includes all the courses covered in the Clinical Herbalist program, but does not require the student to attend the clinical weekend components.

This program is ideal for students living outside of the province who are unable to attend the monthly weekend clinical sessions/internships. It is also ideal for Integrative Health Practitioners: Naturopaths, Osteopaths, Homeopaths, Physicians, Nutritionists, who would like to deepen their understanding, knowledge and experience of herbal medicine.

Professionals of Integrative Health also have the option of enrolling in specific courses of interest to supplement their previous studies in healthcare.

Options for condensed in-class clinical sessions can be arranged, as well as placements with local qualified Herbalists in their area/province, when possible.

After completion of the certificate, a student may choose to continue their studies with the Clinical Herbal Therapeutic Medicine Diploma by completing the Clinical Internship training.

Please inquire as to how learning Therapeutic Herbalism can meet your personal and professional interests and goals.