Herbalist Certification

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Passionate about herbal medicine? Turn your passion into a brand new career!

Data from the National Institutes of Health reveal that over half of Americans currently take dietary supplements, and that figure is rapidly growing. This booming industry is in need of highly qualified herbalists to develop premium products, meet with clients regarding the appropriate uses of herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, and essential oils, and consult with professionals in related industries.

The herbalism and dietary supplement industry contributes over $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year, producing over 450,000 jobs from supply to manufacture to sales. Approximately 53% of Americans use herbal products regularly, further contributing to this lucrative job market.

FSIHS offers two different pathways to herbalism certification: a graduate certificate and a diploma. The graduate certificate (CertHerb) provides a comprehensive foundation in herbal medicine for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. It is ideal for health professionals who are ready to integrate their practices to include herbal expertise. The diploma program  (DipDSS) provides a more in-depth education in not only herbalism but related areas of health including dietary supplements (nutraceuticals) and aromatherapy.

Graduates of the DipDSS program enter the field as integrative health professionals with an emphasis in herbalism. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the mean wage for related workers is $48,510, with an entry wage of $34,800.  Professionals who have an existing license in a medical field or are combining the Graduate Certificate in Herbal Science with a related profession see an increase in wage potential of $5,000 to $10,000 each year after earning an herbalism credential. 

Both programs are available fully online in an asynchronous format, allowing students to complete this program from anywhere in the world, regardless of time zone and current work schedule.

At a Glance

Delivery Format 
Fully Online

Contact Hours
Graduate Certificate: 180
Diploma Program: 550

Total Tuition & Fees 
Graduate Certificate: $3,560
Diploma Program: $5,775

Application Deadline 
Applicants accepted year-round

Authorization & Accreditation 
Authorized as a formal college program by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Other Details 
Herbal certification programs at FSIHS provide a comprehensive evidence-based approach to the science and practice of herbal medicine.