Advanced Clinical Program

Is it time to take your herbal medicine studies to the next level? Become a Certified Herbal Practitioner through the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, now in its 15th year. Skills you'll learn include: holistic approaches to disease, how to take a medical history, how to determine what remedies to use, and traditional approaches from Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Practice your new skills in our Community Clinic under the supervision of Asheville, NC's leading herbalists.

Work with qualified herbal professionals and advanced students, like yourself, as you gain experience. As a part of the team, you'll conduct client consultations in small groups and participate in Clinical Round Table discussions.

Pre-requisites: Graduation from a 250-hour herbal education program or ability to show equivalent training is required. Students are expected to know anatomy and physiology, medicine making skills, and demonstrate a good working materia medica.

Classes: We will cover Advanced Physiology, Pathology (treatment of disease states), Applied Herbal Medicine, Clinical and Counseling Skills, and Energetic medicines (Chinese and Ayurveda). There is also a significant portion of class devoted to direct Clinic time, beginning with observation, then students seeing clients in small groups, and finally Clinical Round Table, where students discuss clients they have seen on their own time. For a more complete class listing, see below.

Faculty: The teachers in this program are some of the best herbal teachers in Asheville, with guest teachers from out of town. Program Director CoreyPine Shane and Assistant Director Sandi Ford lead a staff including Mimi Hernandez (Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild), Shannon Simpson, and Lorna Mauney-Brodek. Guest teachers include Dr. Brian Lewis, Rebecca Vann, Rae Swersey, and Steve Torma. Find out more about our amazing teachers here.

Topics covered include:

Holistic Philosophy – A paradigm for assessment and treatment
Utilizing Chinese medicine in the Western herbal clinic
Ayurvedic approach to constitutions
Traditional hands-on diagnostic skills

Advanced Physiology
Major Pathologies and Protocols
“Red Flags” – Signs and symptoms of potentially dangerous diseases
Reading Lab tests
Research skills, finding reliable sources
Auto-immune conditions
Sexual health – approach and treatment
Holistic approach to Psychological issues
Herbs for pain, with differentiations
Complex Endocrine disorders
Inflammatory process

Consent/Disclosure Forms
Intake forms
Taking a health history
Interviewing skills
Legal considerations
Compassion and non-judgment
Ethics and Confidentiality
Boundaries with clients, and protecting one’s energy
Scope of practice, and when to refer
Mindful listening
Clearing and preparing physical, mental, and emotional space for consult
Chinese tongue and pulse assessment for deeper diagnosis
Dietary Evaluation
Common mineral deficiencies

Small business management
Types of business structures
Creating Business cards, flyers, and brochures
Creating web presence, SEO, links, etc.

Writing research papers
Clinical Observation
Clinic Internship
Teaching classes

Dates: Class begins February 17, 2015 and runs through October 8, 2015. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 - 9 pm, with clinic time on Thursdays 2 - 5 pm.
Total class time is 450 hours including seeing clients outside of class.
Expect 4 - 6 hours of homework each week including reading, research, and personal reflection.

Tuition: Tuition for this class is $3600 and must be paid in full by February 15, 2015 unless on a payment plan (see below). Early-bird discount of $3400 for tuition paid in full by January 15, 2015.
A $600 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to reserve your place; this is applied towards tuition.

Payment plans are available for a $200 fee, using the following schedule:
- $600 deposit
- $1600 due April 5th
- $1600 due July 5th
Application: The application for the 2015 programming year is now open.  Application deadline is February 15, 2015

Please review our comprehensive Admissions Procedure page for a detailed window into how all this works.

PLEASE NOTE: A $100 application fee is due with your application and must be received before an interview is scheduled. This application fee is non-refundable and will be applied toward your tuition, should you enroll. The Paypal link is below.