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Apprenticeship Program

Clinical herbalist

Mentor under experienced practitioners with in-person supervised clinical practicums with the Wild Rose College Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship program.

Gain skills as a herbal practitioner directly from practicing clinical herbalists.

Clinical Herbalist

Learn hands-on skills from experienced herbalists with the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program. Tie all the pieces of your comprehensive online education together under the guidance of a herbal mentor.

Herbalism is a hands-on art and science, with knowledge traditionally passed from person to person. Continue on in this lineage in our in-person and on-line clinical blocks to effectively apply your knowledge to the real world–and real people.

Whether your goal is to see clients or simply to improve your formulating, product creation and diagnostic skills, clinical blocks offer invaluable foundational skills to all herbalists in training.

Practicum Cost: $750

Learn More Here: Program Details & FAQs

**Please Note: we now offer online apprenticeship blocks to provide accessibility and herbal mentorship to students across the globe, no matter where you are located.

Upcoming In-Person Practicums:

Tiffany Wyse – Toronto, ON (Intermediate to Advanced Students)

  • Monday, April 3rd to Monday, April 17th (Good Friday stat)
  • Tuesday, April 18th to Monday, May 1st
  • Tuesday, May 2nd to Monday, May 15th
  • Tuesday, May 16th to Tuesday, May 30th (Victoria day stat)
  • Wednesday, May 31st to Tuesday, June 13th

Dani Sweet – London, ON (Beginner to Intermediate Students)

  • March 13-17,19-24
  • April 17-21, 24-28
  • May 1-5, 8-12
  • June 5-9, 23-30

Flo Lavallie – Saskatoon, SK (All skill levels)

Ongoing practicums. Contact Student Services to request specific dates.

Upcoming Online Practicums:

Jeananne Laing – Cannabis Practicum (All Skill Levels)

  • March 25th
  • April 1st
  • April 15th
  • April 22nd
  • May 6th

Times for all days are 8 am – 4 pm mountain time.

This practicum will ensure that students understand the complexities and usefulness of cannabis-based medicines to help manage various health issues. We will learn about cannabinoids, terpenes, intake methods, safety, effective dosing, etc. Case studies will be presented throughout to ensure students understand practical applications.

Petra Sovcov – Autoimmune Disease Practicum (All skill levels)

  • April 24-28 9 am – 5 pm pacific

For the week of April 24th to 28th, study with Petra Sovcov (Clinical Herbalist/Doctorate of Natural Medicine) for a deep dive into autoimmune diseases.
During the week we will look at a few key topics: Understanding the role of chronic/silent inflammation in autoimmune diseases, the role of environmental toxins and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, SNP genetics, Stress/Trauma, and a deep dive into the pathology of the autoimmune reaction. We will look at a few specific autoimmune issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome, Graves disease, Hashimoto’s disease, MS, Celiac disease, Lupus, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, and RA. We will also review specific case studies for each disease and have a closer look at the herbs, supplements, dietary, private testing, and lifestyle modifications used to help clients/patients take action for their own healing.

Bree Nabholz – Women’s Health Practicum II (All Skill Levels)

  • June 26-30th 10 am- 4:30 MST

Learning outcomes: 

    • Understand the physiology and root causes of the following clinical presentations: Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, Vaginal Infections, “Post Pill Syndrome” (coming off of birth control), Fibrocystic Breasts, Pregnancy & Postpartum Support

    • Understand the important and often overlooked connection between thyroid health and the menstrual cycle 

    • Discover the specific herbs, herbal actions and therapeutic goals that are most helpful for addressing hormonal and reproductive imbalances 

    • Strengthen your knowledge in Herbal Energetics; Learn how to apply this important concept to herbal formulation in order to create unique blends that are suited to each client’s individual constitution type

    • Learn the art and science of herbal formulation (practice how to create a well-balanced herbal formula with confidence) 

    • Learn what questions are important to ask by observing clinical herbalist, Bree Nabholz, conducting clinical intakes in real-time  

    • Understand how to make dietary, nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for each client in order to support a holistic approach to healing

Sample Daily Schedule: 

  • 10 am- Welcome everyone!
  • 10-11:30 am- Overview of client’s case & deep dive into root cause/physiology (eg: menstrual cramps)
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm- Overview of herbs for condition
  • 12:30 pm- LUNCH
  • 1 pm- 2:30 pm- Intake with client
  • 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm- Discussion of herbal formulation, Herbal energetics as relevant to the client

Homework for students- Writing session notes for clients (includes recommendations we would like to make as it relates to diet, supplements, lifestyle and herbs in the formula. To be reviewed and discussed the next day as a group)

Begin Your Clinical Journey Today…

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Meet your Instructors

Clinical Instructors

Bree Nabholz, Cl.H.

Dani Sweet C.C.H.P., C.H.

Tiffany Wyse ND, RH

Evelyn Coggins, MHSc, CHT, RH(AHG)

Colleen Emery, MH, Cl.H.

Jeananne Laing, MH, Cl.H.

Katolen Yardley

Frequently Asked Questions

The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship is a program model that is totally unique to Wild Rose College. It is designed specifically to give you the practical skills necessary to begin to successfully pair herbs with people – helping you to apply your herbal education to the people who need your skills most.

The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program builds on the knowledge you acquire in the Practical Herbalist and Master Herbalist Diploma Programs (or equivalent education), allowing you to learn to apply your herbal knowledge with clients in a real clinical setting. The program allows you to train with experienced herbalists across Canada in accessible practicums that fit around your lifestyle.

Practical Herbalist Diploma

  • It is recommended that students hold a high school diploma if they intend to undertake our curriculum and basic English competency is expected.

Master Herbalist Diploma

  • Students must be enrolled in or have graduated from our Practical Herbalist Diploma, or have an equivalent education, if they wish to enroll in our Master Herbalist Diploma Program.

Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship

  • The Practical and Master Herbalist Diploma Programs are required to receive your clinical designation. However, you may begin your clinical training once you are enrolled in the Practical Herbalist Diploma Program and you have completed the Herbology 101 course.

Courses taken at another school may be accepted as substitutes for Wild Rose College courses upon submission of transcripts, course outlines or syllabus. In some cases students may be asked to write a challenge exam at a cost of $75.00+GST. Courses allowable for transfer must have been taken within the past ten years.

Students must receive approval from our Student Services team prior to enrollment. Please email for more information.

You will be eligible for Clinical Herbalist certification at Wild Rose College upon completion of the Master Herbalist Diploma program (or equivalent) and the completion of 350 hours of clinical herbalist training.

Wild Rose College requires a minimum of 200 hours, and up to 350 hours of clinical supervision, to be completed through the College’s Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program.

You can complete all of your clinical hours with just one or with several of our experienced clinical herbalists.

As much as we would love to see it, unfortunately experienced clinical herbalists are not found in every city. Therefore you may need to travel to complete your practicum hours, however, our practicums are designed so that you can complete a 40-hour block in 1 or 2 weeks rather than multiple weekends. Students who need to travel to practicums need to arrange their own transport and accommodation.

Our practicums are scheduled in 40-hour blocks and take place over 1 or 2 weeks depending on the practitioner.

You will be eligible for Clinical Herbalist certification at Wild Rose College upon completion of the Master Herbalist Diploma Program (or equivalent) and the completion of 350 hours of clinical herbalist training.

Wild Rose College requires a minimum of 200 hours and up to 350 hours of clinical supervision to be completed through the College’s Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program. The cost of completing 200 hours (5 practicum blocks) of clinical practicums through Wild Rose College is $3,750.

During your practicum you will cover (through observation or practical application) all aspects of running a clinical practice including, but not limited to:

  • Client intake
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Dietary and herbal recommendations
  • Making effective recommendations
  • Keeping a herbal dispensary/apothecary
  • Making referrals
  • Continuity of care
  • Discontinuing care
  • Responding to adverse reactions
  • Difficult patients
  • Formulating
  • Dosage
  • Legal issues
  • Office management

Wild Rose College will not be requiring students to disclose vaccination status to attend in-person clinical practicums. Students are reminded that while the College facilitates clinical blocks with various practitioners, they are not run by the College. As this is an evolving and ever-changing environment, we recommend that students inquire with individual practitioners prior to booking with regards to their policies around social distancing, masking, and any vaccine requirements to attend in-person clinical practicums. The College will be unable to confirm these varied details across clinical sites and is not responsible for the policies set with individual practitioners.

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