Herbal Education Programs
FSIHS offers two herbalism certification programs. The Diploma in Dietary Supplement Science (DipDSS) program requires completion of 5 class blocks, while the Graduate Certificate in Herbal Science (CertHerb) program requires completion of 2 class blocks. Full time students typically complete 1 class block per academic quarter, and part time students take 2-3 quarters to complete a class block.
DipDSS blocks of classes provide 110 contact hours of education through 1 core herbal science class of 50 contact hours and 2 key integrative health science classes at 30 contact hours each. CertHerb blocks provide 90 graduate-level contact hours of education through 2 classes of 45 graduate hours each.
For planning purposes, a contact hour reflects 50-60 minutes of instruction delivery and requires an additional 1-3 hours of study time. Graduate classes typically require more study time with advanced projects and assignments. Instruction delivery may be online lectures, hands-on assignments, textbook reading, or reading research studies. Additional study time is determined by your unique learning style and previous experience with the subject.
You are not locked in to a workload. At the start of each quarter, you will be given the option to enroll full time or part time and you will be billed for only the workload you have requested for that quarter.