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Advanced Herbal Materia Medica III Online

Course Description

Herb 504 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica III completes students’ herbal Materia Medica study with an in-depth review of tonic, adaptogenic, stimulant, antiseptic, stomachic, and hepatic herbs.

Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate an advanced knowledge base of the Materia Medica and principles of various concepts in botanical medicine, including acquiring a strong theoretical understanding of the efficacy based on current research.

Graduates of this course are also expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge base of specific therapeutic groups of herbs and to appraise and relate the botanicals to each physiological system of the human body.

To achieve this, students will locate, review, and critically evaluate primary research in order to appraise the efficacy of the therapeutic action, active constituents and methods of administration for each botanical, contraindications and drug-herb interactions for each botanical, and regulatory status for each, and effectiveness for CAM protocols.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Analyze various historical influences upon the use of the botanicals studied, the impact of the botanical on allopathy and vice versa, the current regulatory status of the botanical in the United States, Canada, UK and Australia, and contemporary developments in use of the botanical
  • Recall the family, Latin name and parts used, active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions and applications of the herbs studied
  • Distinguish, compare, and contrast the botanicals studied in terms of their constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, applications, research-based use, dosage, duration, safety issues, and other relevant concepts
  • Evaluate indications based on constituents, contraindications, precautions, potential adverse effects and toxicology
  • Evaluate indications based on constituents with specific emphasis on life cycles such as pregnancy, children, and elderly, as well as referral strategies
  • Explain the relevant phytochemistry of the botanicals studied, with the capacity to distinguish, compare and contrast the types of mechanisms of action (active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, and applications)
  • Make herbal preparations by hand from the botanicals studied, and critically evaluate various issues regarding selection of botanicals, preparations, dosages, and frequency of dosing with respect to their application to specific cases
  • Critically evaluate and describe potential herb/drug and herb/supplement interactions for the botanicals studied based on current research and constituents
  • Critically evaluate and critique various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field of herbal medicine
  • Critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining botanical medicine
  • Locate and evaluate botanical information and plant identification sites on the Internet, including general techniques for plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, harvesting status (i.e., the UpS endangered list) and field identification, and to apply these to plants studied in the student's environment
  • Understand the theoretical knowledge of the steps required to function as an herbalist under the Health Freedom Acts of California or Minnesota, including credentialing for Master Herbalists and educational training requirements (hours/credits) for professional memberships in organizations like the American Herbalists Guild
Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials cost (Course Pack) —including standard shipping within the United States— is $376.76 This includes:

  • ACHS Textbook eBook: Petersen, D. (2015). HERB 504: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica III. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $100
    (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $79)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100
  • ACHS Double-Walled Glass Tea Tumbler - $7.33
  • HERB 504 Herb Kit (pictured below) - $145.43

The Required Publisher Textbooks*:

Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $376.76 Course Pack = $1802.76

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.

Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading & Study Kits

Click here to view the Recommended Reading for this course.
Last updated 06/10/16

CE 511 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica Online

This 4-week, fully online continuing education course is recommended for anyone interested in learning about 10 botanicals with medicinal potential supported by research and clinical evidence.

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II Online

Herb 503 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II is an elective specialty for the Master of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This botanical specialty continues a student’s herbal materia medica study with diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, antispasmodic, tonic, stimulant, antiseptic, stomachic and hepatic herbs.

Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate an advanced knowledge base of the materia medica, principles of various concepts in botanical medicine including acquiring a strong theoretical understanding of the efficacy based on current research papers of selected botanicals such as diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, antispasmodic, tonic, stimulant, antiseptic, stomachic and hepatic herbs.

Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge base of specific therapeutic groups of herbs and to appraise and relate the botanicals to each physiological system of the human body.  Students of this course will also be expected to locate, review, and critically evaluate primary research in order to appraise the efficacy of the therapeutic action, active constituents and methods of administration for each botanical, contraindications and drug-herb interactions for each botanical, and regulatory status for each, and effectiveness for CAM protocols. Students will be expected to employ concepts and theory to complete projects, practical experiments and labs, and to critically evaluate various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field in relation to botanical medicine. Students will also formulate an experiment to prove a hypothesis of their design, analyze their results and present them in a format recognized by the science communities.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Analyze various historical influences upon the use of the botanicals studied, the impact of the botanical on allopathy and vice versa, the current regulatory status of the botanical in the United States, Canada, UK and Australia, and contemporary developments in use of the botanical
  • Recall the family, Latin name and parts used, active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions and applications of the herbs studied
  • Distinguish, compare, and contrast the botanicals studied in terms of their constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, applications, research-based use, dosage, duration, safety issues, and other relevant concepts
  • Evaluate indications based on constituents, contraindications, precautions, potential adverse effects and toxicology
  • Evaluate indications based on constituents with specific emphasis on life cycles such as pregnancy, children, and elderly, as well as referral strategies
  • Explain the relevant phytochemistry of the botanicals studied, with the capacity to distinguish, compare and contrast the types of mechanisms of action (active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, and applications)
  • Make herbal preparations by hand from the botanicals studied, and critically evaluate various issues regarding selection of botanicals, preparations, dosages, and frequency of dosing with respect to their application to specific cases
  • Critically evaluate and describe potential herb/drug and herb/supplement interactions for the botanicals studied based on current research and constituents
  • Critically evaluate and critique various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field of herbal medicine
  • Critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining botanical medicine
  • Locate and evaluate botanical information and plant identification sites on the Internet, including general techniques for plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, harvesting status (i.e., the UPS endangered list) and field identification, and to apply these to plants studied in the student's environment
  • Understand the theoretical knowledge of the steps required to function as an herbalist under the Health Freedom Acts of California or Minnesota, including credentialing for Master Herbalists and educational training requirements (hours/credits) for professional memberships in organizations like the American Herbalists Guild

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $381.02. This includes:

  • ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2015). HERB 503: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $100
    (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $101)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100
  • HERB 503 Herb Kit (includes 25, 1-ounce herbs for practical lab work) - $149.69
  • ACHS Double-Walled Glass Tea Tumbler - $7.33

The Required Publisher Textbooks*:

Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $381.02 Course Pack = $1806.02

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.

Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading
Click here to view the Recommended Reading for this course. Last updated 06/10/16
Advanced Herbal Materia Medica I Online

This graduate level survey course provides a comprehensive study of botanical materia medica. Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate an advanced knowledge base of the materia medica, principles of various concepts in botanical medicine including acquiring a strong theoretical understanding of the efficacy based on current research papers of selected botanicals such as alteratives, demulcents, cathartics, anthelmintics, astringents, digestives, anti-inflammatories, and diuretics.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have:

  • The ability to analyze various historical influences upon the use of the botanicals studied, the impact of the botanical on allopathy and vice versa, the current regulatory status of the botanical in the United States, Canada, UK and Australia, and contemporary developments in use of the botanical, as measured by objective and essay examinations.
  • A strong theoretical understanding of the botanicals studied, including the family, Latin name, and parts used, active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions and applications, as measured by objective examinations, essay examinations, peer-reviewed projects, and the application of principles to case studies and projects.
  • A solid knowledge base of the Materia Medica studied, with the capacity to: distinguish, compare, and contrast the botanicals studied in terms of their constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, applications, research based use, dosage, duration, safety issues, and other relevant concepts; evaluate indications based on constituents, contraindications, precautions, potential adverse effects, and toxicology.
  • Evaluate indications based on constituents with specific emphasis on life cycles such as pregnancy, children and elderly along with referral strategies as measured by essay and objective examinations and application of these botanicals to case studies.
  • A solid knowledge base of relevant phytochemistry of the botanicals studied, with the capacity to distinguish, compare and contrast the types of mechanisms of action (active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions and applications) of the alterative, demulcent, cathartic, anthelmintic, astringent, and diuretic botanicals studied as measured by objective examinations, essay examinations, peer reviewed projects, and the application of principles to case studies and projects.
  • The ability to make herbal preparations by hand from the botanicals studied, and the capacity to critically evaluate various issues regarding selection of botanicals, preparations, dosages, and frequency of dosing, with respect to their application to specific cases, as measured by practical and essay examinations, laboratory practice in making remedies, and application of these principles to case studies and case management.
  • The ability to critically evaluate and describe potential herb/drug and herb/supplement interactions for the botanicals studied based on current research and constituents as measured by essay and objective examinations and application of these botanicals to case studies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate and critique various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field of herbal medicine and the ability to critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining botanical medicine as measured by essay examinations and projects.
  • The ability to locate and evaluate botanical information and plant identification sites on the Internet, including general techniques for plant identification, ethical wild crafting, sustainable harvesting, harvesting status (is it on the UPS endangered list) and field identification, and to apply these to plants studied in the student's environment as demonstrated by objective examinations, essay examinations, projects, and labs.
  • The theoretical knowledge of the steps required to function as an herbalist under the Health Freedom Acts of California or Minnesota, including credentialing for Master Herbalists and educational training requirements (hours/credits) for professional memberships, such as the American Herbalists Guild.
Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials cost (Course Pack) —including standard shipping within the United States— is $189.27. This includes:

The Required Publisher Textbooks*:

Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $189.27 Course Pack + $493.89 Textbooks = $2108.16

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single course.

* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.

Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading Click here to view the Recommended Reading for this course. Last updated 06/10/16
Herbal Materia Medica III Online

Herb 304 continues the study of herbal Materia Medica, studying each botanical in depth, including its therapeutic actions, active constituents, methods of administration, cautions and contraindications, and current research. Botanicals include: fennel Foeniculum vulgare, sorrel Rumex acetosa, sweet basil Ocimum basilicum, watercress Nasturtium officinale, feverfew Chrysanthemum parthenium, shepherds purse Capsella bursa-pastoris, and rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Name the botanical and family name of the botanicals studied.
  • Discuss the primary uses of the botanicals studied.
  • Describe the botanical identifying characteristics of the botanicals studied.
  • Discuss dosage and administration including duration of the botanicals studied.
  • Explain the pharmacological action of the botanicals studied
  • Discuss the contraindications of the botanicals studied.
  • Identify and describe adverse effects, including possible drug and supplement interactions, of the botanicals studied.
  • Recall the regulatory status of the botanicals studied.

Maximum Enrollment: 30 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $432.75. This includes:

  • ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2015). HERB 304: Herbal Materia Medica III.
    Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $125
    (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $101)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $99
  • HERB 304 Herb Kit - $171.42
  • ACHS Double-Walled Glass Tea Tumbler - $7.33

The Required Publisher Textbook*:

Total Course Price: $975 (3 credits x $325 per credit) + $432.75 Course Pack + $23 Textbook = $1430.75

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.

Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading   Click here to view the Recommended Reading for this course. Last updated 06/10/16
Herbal Materia Medica II Online

Herb 303 continues the study of herbal Materia Medica, studying each botanical in depth, including its therapeutic actions, active constituents, methods of administration, cautions and contraindications, and current research. Botanicals include a selection from the following therapeutic groups: Diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, antispasmodic, tonic, stimulant, antiseptic, and hepatic herbs.

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the major active constituents and their therapeutic actions of the herbs studied: Diaphoretics, emmenagogues, expectorants, nervines, antispasmodics, tonics, stimulants, antiseptics, and hepatics.
  • Describe appropriate cautions and contraindications for the herbs studied, including potential herb/drug interactions.
  • Describe historical uses of the herbs studied.
  • Find and discuss current research on therapeutic uses of the herbs studied.
  • Ascertain the appropriate dosage for each of the preparation of the herbs studied.
  • Describe and prepare appropriate preparations for each of the herbs studied.

Maximum Enrollment: 30 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $396.22. This includes:

  • ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2015). HERB 303: Herbal Materia Medica II.
    Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $100
    (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $79)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $99
  • HERB 303 Herb Kit - $157.89
  • ACHS Double-Walled Glass Tea Tumbler - $7.33

The Required Publisher Textbook*:

Total Course Price: $975 (3 credits x $325 per credit) + $396.22 Course Pack = $1371.22

Does not include Registration Fee, which is  $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.

Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.

Optional Recommended Reading & Study Kits:

Click here to view the Recommended Study Kit for this course. Click here to view the Recommended Reading for this course. Last updated 06/10/16