Herbal Practitioner Program ~ Advanced Herbal Training

The Herbal Practitioner Program is an advanced level of study which emphasizes clinical skills, intake, assessment and business skills. After completing the program, potential jobs include:
• begin a private practice
• work in a health food store
• teach classes in herbalism and natural health
• create herbal products
• write freelance article and blogs
• grow herbs.
However, this class isn’t only for those wishing to open a practice or work in the natural health field, it’s also for anyone wishing to delve deeper into using herbs as remedies for self, family, and friends.

In addition, you’ll learn about methylation, epigenetics, phase 1 and 2 detox, herb/drug interactions and safety, the Krebs cycle, neurotransmitters, and herbs for mental health disorders, common disorders such as Lyme, arthritis, or acne, 19 common autoimmune disorders, and how herbs and foods can help us age healthily. Please check the class syllabus for a full list of topics.

We’ll continue to look at the effect of nutrition on health and well-being, especially the effect of nutrition on specific disorders.

The third year brings together previous studies and skills for a well-rounded approach to herbal practice. The Herbal Practitioner Program takes a deeper look at the functioning of the human body, disorders and ailments and the role herbs, foods and lifestyle choices play in reducing risk factors for chronic disease and rebuilding health.


Pre-requisites to this program includes previous studies from an approved herbal program or the completion of ACNH Family Herbalist and Community Herbalist Programs.

Dates and Times

January 28 – October 29, 2017

The Herbal Practitioner Program (HPP) is a certificate program, held one weekend a month for ten months, beginning in January and ending in October.  Class times are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday.


Tuition is $2,500.00 for ten months, or $250 per month.
Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact Phyllis.

Full-tuition, $2,500.00, is due the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made. A monthly payment plan option of $250.00 per month is available for your convenience, but must be worked out in advance. Please note, that once you commit to the program whether or not you pay in advance or pay by the month, you are responsible for the month’s payment even if you miss a class. Missed classes can be recorded and notes can be borrowed from other students.

Please contact ACNH if you are coming in from out-of-town and need overnight accommodations.

There is one partial work exchange program offered for a local student. This goes fast so apply early if you are interested..

General Course Information

Weekend classes include lecture, demonstration, discussion and assignments. Homework can be submitted online or brought to the next class, however, all homework must be completed before the awarding of the course certificate. The student will continue to build an herbal materia medica primarily focused on the medicinal herbs of the Southeast as well as Western herbs. Please keep in mind that many of these plants grow from the Gulf Coast to Maine, in the Midwest, in the canyons of the West and along the West coast of the United States.

Each month, weather permitting, we’ll do an herb walk. Weekend classes combine lecture, plant identification field trips, case studies, research, hands-on practical skills and classroom discussion. Homework, collaborative contact via the internet and required readings will further facilitate the learning experience.

There are no required texts for the class. All lesson material will be provided.

Check the class syllabus for a full list of topics and dates.

Herbal Practitioner Program Syllabus for 2017:

Information on homework, special assignments and projects will be emailed upon receiving registration form.
 Most classes meet on the 3rd weekend of each month unless otherwise noted.

January 28 and 29 –
Food as Medicine – comprehensive lecture. Saturday, we’ll cover vitamins, their excess and deficiency symptoms, and food sources. Sunday, we’ll discuss minerals. Physical signs of nutritional deficiencies will be covered. Nutrients that may be missing in certain disorders and diseases will be highlighted. Will also cover other supplements commonly sold in health food stores such as CoQ10, 5HTP, fish oil, malic acid, resveratrol, etc.

February 18 and 19 – 

Saturday – The intake process: how to do an intake. Creating an intake form. Purpose of informed consent. Using educational language. How to do a case study for class homework.
Sunday – Listening and counseling skills. Marketing your practice. Creating community outreach. Building a working relationship with allied healthcare professionals. Legal issues for the practitioner. Ethics in practice. Discuss homework assigned in January.

March 18 and 19
Saturday and Sunday – Review of Southern Folk Medicine. Review of assessment techniques – understanding the a person’s story and tongue and nail assessment.
Bring your intake form to class for practice of the intake process with others in class. Case study or herb walk. Discuss homework assigned in February.

April 15 and 16 –
Saturday – Liver – Actions and processes of liver not related to digestion. How the liver processes toxins. Phase I and II detox systems. The process of methylation. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle support for good liver health and methylation. Epigenetics
Sunday – Herb/Drug interactions/safety. Herb walk or case study. Discuss homework assigned in March.

May 20 and 21 –
Saturday – Mitochondria. Supporting the Krebs cycle. Discussion of popular natural healing techniques such as energy medicine, foot baths, biofeedback, etc.
Sunday – Children’s health. Pet care. Discuss homework assigned in April.

June 24 and 25 (4th weekend)
Saturday – Healthy aging and longevity. End of life care. Taking care of the caregiver.
Sunday – Cancer theories and natural approaches. Immune system. Dietary and lifestyle approaches. Case study. Herb walk. Discuss homework assigned in May.

July 15 and 16 – 
Saturday and Sunday – Mental Health Weekend Intensive: Neurotransmitters. Natural approaches for mental health issues, including depression, addiction, etc. Herb walk or case study. Connections to methylation and epigenetics. Discuss homework assigned in June.

August 19 and 20 
Saturday and Sunday- Autoimmune Weekend Intensive. Discussion of 19 common types of autoimmune disorders and their patterns of dysfunction. Natural approaches to autoimmune issues including herbs, supplements, dietary approaches, and lifestyle changes. Case study. Herb walk. Discuss homework assigned in July.

September 16 and 17 –
Saturday and Sunday – Common Disorders Weekend Intensive. Discussion of common disorders such as Lyme’s disease, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Macular degeneration, Acne, Arthritis, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Eczema, Gallbladder problems, Flu, etc. Case study. Herb walk. Discuss homework assigned in August.

October 28 and 29 (4th weekend) – Present course projects. Food, fun, and happy memories. Certificates!!!!