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Certificate Program

Certificate – Program

Distance Education – On-line

Hours – 1000

Completion Time – 12 months

Entry Level-

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One of the most prevalent approaches to healing involves the use of “natural medicines” derived from herbs. This program is designed to introduce the student to the theory and use of herbs as a healing modality. It includes an introduction to botany, herb preparation and study of Western, Chinese and Asian, and Ayurvedic herbs.

Healing embraces a clinical strategy based on the principle that Life, Nature, and the Great Spirit from which they arise are fully present in all the tissues of the body, the psyche, the spiritual heart, and the soul.

Master Herbalists employ clinical strategies and methods, which support life force through encouragement of nourishment, digestion, rest, and appropriate activity, identification of purpose, connection with nature, and identification and removal of obstacles to cure on all levels. A Master Herbalist avoids using methods, which suppress or distort life processes and disease, while incorporating all empirical observation, instinct and intuition.

After completion, the graduate will receive a Diploma/Certificate of Completion. They may then start or continue their vocation as a “Master Herbalist”. It authorizes the graduate to assist in the herbal education, detoxification, healing, and empowerment of others according to California SB 577.

Graduation from this training does not include the right to diagnose or treat any condition. In California, you must abide by the rules of SB 577, which can be located at

A required reading list for this training may be found on-line at CCNM does not sell books, however, we do provide sources for purchasing all reading materials.

There will be no refunds after a password is issued for each module.

Evaluations and testing will occur after the completion of each module. Upon request by email, tests will be emailed or faxed to the student. A passing grade is 70% or above.

Module 1: 500 Hours

Anatomy and Physiology


Naturopathic Toxicology

Detoxification Pathogens and Pathways

Drug / Herb Interactions

Overview of Chemical Constituents of Plants

Module 2: 500 Hours

Introduction to Western Plant Medicine

Introduction to Chinese Plant Medicine

Introduction to Ayurvedic Plant Medicine

Practical Botany for Making Plant Medicines

2017 SPFS Master Herbalist

2017 Annual Report

Online and residential classes

Student Tuition Recovery Fund
Total Tuition and Fees
Equipment and Other Fees
NOT included

All payments will be made payable and mailed to:

California College of Natural Medicine

Mailing Address
1237 South Victoria, #169, Oxnard, CA 93035

Physical Address
143 Figueroa, Ventura, CA 93002

Student Tuition Recovery Fund

The Students Tuition Recovery Fund (“STRF”) was established by the Legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary institution from losing money if they prepaid tuition and suffer a financial loss as a result of the school closing, failing to live up to its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgment.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident and reside in California at the time the enrollment agreement is signed or when you receive lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction. Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who hold student visas, are not considered California residents for this purpose.

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate is fifty cents ($ .50) per thousand ($1000) of institutional charges.

We also accept and payments, unless you choose to finance your program.

Except for those fees specified above, there are no other fees for equipment, housing, transportation, books, necessary supplies, materials, shop fees, or other fees the student will incur upon enrollment from California College of Natural Medicine. All textbooks may be purchased from outside sources of student’s choice.

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