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Practical Herbalist Diploma
The Practical Herbalist Diploma program is comprised of 9 comprehensive on-line courses to lay the foundation for your herbal education. You will learn everything from the history of herbal medicine, the functioning of our body systems, an understanding of wholistic nutrition, gain a strong, foundational knowledge of Herbs for the body systems and by chemical groups through 2 extensive Herbology courses, as well as the science–and esoterism– behind it all.
Instructional Video Lessons
Plant Monograph Thesis
Hours Of Study
Months Access To The Herbal Village
Why Practical Herbalist with Wild Rose College?
Our on-line programming is the result of 40 years of teaching, and decades of study and work in this field. The video content and written material is insightful and in depth, providing quality herbal education to folks at any stage of life.
The Practical Herbalist Diploma Program offers:
-On-line learning (with printed manual option) & in-person clinical opportunities
-Self guided study at your own pace; 3 year program completion
-Instant access-start anytime & study from anywhere with an internet connection
-Interactive courses with excellent student & community support
-1 year free Herbal Village Membership
Want more details? Scroll down to for more course info, as well as our program FAQ’s for admission requirements, access and more program logistics.
Herbology 101 is your essential herbalist starter course, outlining herbalism history, herbal folklore, plant identification and herbal terminology, as well as modern herbal research.
Biology & Biochemistry
This course examines the chemical interactions within living cells essential for sustaining life, crucial to understanding the art and science of herbalism and the way medicinal herbs affect our biology.
Anatomy & Physiology
Focusing on the organic and systemic interrelationships in an optimally functioning body, our Anatomy & Physiology course covers all of the major bodily systems, organs and tissues.
Herbology Advanced provides essential framework for herbalists working towards a professional practice, going into detail about herbal constituents and their role in facilitating health.
Nutrition 101 delivers a comprehensive overview into the world of whole foods and the link between nutrition and food as preventative medicine, offering essential knowledge for the holistic practitioner.
History of Herbal Medicine
History of Herbal Medicine offers an anthropological view into the long-standing relationship between humans and herbal medicine. Become acquainted with its rich history.
Botany for Herbalists
Botany for Herbalists is designed to understand the plant kingdom. The practice of herbalism is incomplete without the familiarity with plant botany, plant ID, and plant families.
Western Materia Medica I
Take a deeper look into over 50 medicinal herbs commonly used in Western herbalism in this course, providing key information on the theoretical basis of single herbs and their use.
Western Materia Medica II
This course provides key information on the theoretical basis of single herbs and their use, and draws upon the rich and diverse literature, both scientific and folkloric, that explores each herb.
"I highly recommend Wild Rose College ALL THE TIME anyone and everyone who is interested in nourishing their herbal path. Thank you, Dr Terry, Jacqui, Yarrow, Marie, Becky and all the Wild Rose team for being voices of green wisdom! Blessed be."
- Melanie Mucciarone, May 2020
"The Practical herbalist course was exactly was I was looking for. I absolutely loved every minute of it! The reading material and the videos are filled with wonderful knowledge and the teacher is very stimulating which made it easy to integrate the information. The staff is great and easy to reach. Would definitely recommend this course!"
-Véronic Cormier, May 2020
"I am beyond grateful for the knowledge I have gained through this course. It is methodical, enchanting and inviting. I appreciate the videos of the plants and the wealth of information in the text books. Thank you!"
- Melanie Mucciarone, December 2019
Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Practical Herbalist Diploma Program at Wild Rose College
What are the course and program prerequisites?
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 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 enrolled in the Practical Herbalist Diploma program and have completed the Herbology 101 course
When can I start?
You can start right now!
To begin, choose your Diploma Program and payment option (either a one time payment or monthly instalments). Once your payment has been processed you will immediately receive your course material and access to your courses.
How do I enroll in a herbal diploma program at Wild Rose?
You can enroll in our programs and courses by selecting a payment option and processing your tuition payment through your cart. Once you have processed your tuition payment, you will gain access to all the materials required to complete your studies via your student dashboard.
It is recommended that students hold a high school diploma if they intend to undertake our curriculum and basic English competency is expected.
Can I transfer course credits from other schools?
Courses taken at another school may be accepted as substitutes for Wild Rose 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 [email protected] for more information.
Do I need to attend full time or at specific times?
All courses can be completed online and at your own self guided pace. Video lessons can be accessed at all times from anywhere with an internet connection-no need to attend class at a specific time.
Our courses are designed so the most casual or serious learner can take part. Our delivery ensures you will be able to participate in our in-depth teachings while working or maintaining other commitments.
Any courses that have live sessions will be announced in advance for a certain date and time. These can be accessed online and will be recorded so that they can be reviewed at a later date.
How long will it take to complete a program?
Our programs at Wild Rose Herbal College were created so the most casual or serious learner can take part. Our timelines and delivery ensure our students will be able to participate in our in-depth teachings while working or maintaining their other commitments.
Depending on your other obligations as well as how quickly you absorb the information, it is possible to complete a Diploma program in as little as 1 year. However, students are given 3 years to complete the requirements and extensions are available upon request. Lifetime access pertains to course materials and course videos only.
What are graduation requirements?
The passing standard for all mandatory courses at Wild Rose College is 70%. In order to receive credits for a course, students must fulfill all requirements set by the instructor for that course. All requirements for a program must be completed within 3 years (with the option to apply for a 1 year extension if required).
Course grades are calculated based upon 60% quiz results with 40% final exams.
Student must also complete a Plant Monograph Research Project as a final research project and pass with a minimum grade of 70%.
What are my payment options for the Practical Herbalist Diploma program?
We accept Mastercard, Visa, Visa/Debit, Paypal, and e-transfers*. Our Diploma programs can be purchased in one initial payment or via enrolment in our 12-month payment plan.
Payment streams for our Practical Herbalist Diploma Programs:
For those that prefer making affordable monthly payments: 12 monthly payments in total x $225.45= $2705.40 CDN
Pay in Full
1 initial payment of $2497 CDN upon registration, which works out to a total savings of $208.40 CDN from our full course payment of $2705.40 CDN.
*If you wish to pay by e-transfer please contact our College Coordinator at [email protected] for instructions.
Do I Need to Purchase Course Manuals?
All Wild Rose College Courses & Diploma Programs include downloadable .pdf course manuals. Wild Rose College does offer the option to optionally add coiled and bound printed course manuals upon initial registration (or you may alternatively purchase as few or as many as you like at any time during your studies).
Purchasing printed course manuals is not required, however some students prefer the printed and bound manuals to study off-line, so it is entirely a personal preference. We are also able to offer them at a competitive price and there may be a cost savings to printing them yourself.
What can I do with my Practical Herbalist Diploma?
With your Practical Herbalist Diploma, you will have a solid foundational knowledge of the world of plant medicine and the human body.
The Practical Herbalist Diploma is the beginning of cultivating your learning and understanding of plant medicine, through a systems approach pairing herbs for body systems, the foundation of nutrition, and learning botany and plant ID.
With what you learn throughout your program, you will be able to assist family, friends, yourself and your community with their health as well as working in the health and wellness sector and continuing on with your education through our Master Herbalist program.
I’m a senior – do I get a discount?
Senior Citizens (60+) are eligible for a 10% discount on full price online courses and diploma program tuition.
Note that this discount cannot be combined with sale pricing, seasonal courses or any other offers. To receive this discount you will need to provide documentation of your birth date by contacting Student Services at [email protected]. You will need to enter the promo code at checkout in order to receive the discount, no exceptions can be made.
What about student loans and tax receipts?
RESP funds and government loans cannot be used to pay for tuition. Additionally T2202A slips cannot be issued. Taking this into account, Wild Rose Herbal College offers affordable payment plans for all Diploma programs.