The Herbal Practitioner Program

The Herbal Practitioner Program is divided into two sections: lecture and case studies. To receive the Herbal Practitioner Certificate, the student must have completed the Family, Community, and Herbal Practitioner Clinical programs.

The Herbal Practitioner Program is an advanced level of study which emphasizes clinical skills, intake, assessment and business skills. After completing the program, potential job opportunities may include:

  • creating an herbal practice
  • working as a clerk in a health food<
  • teaching classes in herbalism and natural health
  • creating herbal products
  • writing freelance articles and blogs
  • adding herbal knowledge to an already existing practice

In the Herbal Practitioner Program, the student will learn about natural approaches to mental health issues, autoimmune disorders, common disorders, herb/drug interactions, and contraindications, cancer, and healthy aging. We’ll continue to look at the effect of nutrition on specific disorders and will be using this information in determining case protocols. We’ll also discuss case studies and offer free clinical consultations. Please check the class syllabus for a full list of topics.


To receive the Herbal Practitioner Certificate, the student must also have completed the ACNH Family Herbalist and Community Herbalist Programs.

Dates and Times

January – November 22, 2020

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


The Herbal Practitioner Program (HPP): Tuition is $250 a month for 10 months or $2,500.

Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact Phyllis.

Full-tuition is due on 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.

Please download the pdf application for enrollment below. (The pdf has fillable form fields so you may type on it, save the file, and email it back to Phyllis. Or print it and snail mail to address on the form.)

Click here for the Application

General Course Information

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 2020:

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 –
Food as Medicine – comprehensive lecture delivered online.

February 15 and 16 – 

Saturday and Sunday – Mental Health Weekend Intensive: Neurotransmitters. Natural approaches for mental health issues, including depression, addiction, etc. Review connections to methylation and epigenetics. Case studies.

March 21 and 22
Saturday and Sunday – Autoimmune Weekend Intensive. Discussion of common types of autoimmune disorders and their patterns of dysfunction. Natural approaches to autoimmune issues including herbs, supplements, dietary approaches, and lifestyle changes. Case studies.

April (delivered online) –
Saturday and Sunday – Common Disorders. 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 studies.

May 16 and 17 –
Saturday – Common Disorders – Burns, Tinnitus, Mononucleosis, Boils, Sunburn, Constipation, Ear Infections, Gum disease, Herpes, Osteoporosis, Warts, etc.
Sunday – Herb/Drug Contraindications and Herbal Safety. Case studies.

June 20 and 21
Saturday – Healthy aging and longevity. End of life care. Ten essential oils for the herbalist. Ten homeopathic remedies for the medicine chest.
Sunday – Cancer theories and natural approaches. Immune system. Dietary and lifestyle approaches. Case studies.

July 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. Case studies.

August 15 and 16 
Case studies and clinic.

September 19 and 20 –
Case studies and clinic.

October 17 and 18 –
Case studies and clinic.

November 21 and 22 – Present course projects. Food, fun, and happy memories. Certificates!!!!