15 classes • 550 contact hours • fully online
If you are ready to become an herbalist and help others achieve health through herbs, supplements, and essential oils, the Diploma in Dietary Supplement Science is the perfect program for you. The DipDSS is an in-depth herbal medicine course covering all aspects of herbalism, with the inclusion of nutraceuticals (dietary supplements) and essential oils. 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.
If you are ready to become an herbalist, the DipDSS from FSIHS is your school for herbal medicine. FSIHS provides you the academic and professional herbalist training you need to gain a competitive advantage in this rapidly growing field. This fully online program combines core sciences of herbal medicine with product development and professional herbalist training, providing 550 contact hours of evidence based education.
FSIHS offers rolling acceptance, so you can start your path towards becoming an herbalist at any time, and with four convenient start dates each year (January, April, July, October), you are never more than a few weeks away from starting the program!
International Student Body – Join instructors and students from all over the world
Fully Online & Blended Options – Complete the program from your own home or supplement your learning with optional on-site workshops
Academic Success – Go beyond the basics to fully master the art and science of herbalism
Student Dedication – With a 92% graduation rate, FIW has a track record of ensuring that students succeed
Graduate Success – A whopping 94% of graduates now work in natural health using their diploma
The diploma consists of 15 total classes, ranging from 30-50 contact hours each (equivalent to 3-5 quarter credit hours each). With accelerated terms of only 11 weeks and 4 start dates each year, you can earn your DipDSS in as little as 15-30 months!
In such a rapidly growing field, it is important to confirm the legitimacy of your herbalism training. As evidence of the higher standards you will find at the Franklin Institute of Wellness, we are proud to be fully authorized to grant college certificates and degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This commission oversees college education and ensures that diplomas and certificates issued by the FIW are recognized as legitimate college credentials nationwide.
This authorization is renewed annually and is based on standards concerning the quality of higher education offered by FIW, ethical business practices, student success rates, instructor qualifications, and fiscal responsibility. Franklin Institute of Wellness has been approved as a higher education institution since its foundation in 2013 and annual reviews have found that the school continues to meet those high standards each year.
The Franklin Institute of Wellness is also an approved school by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the only NAHA approved school with a PhD researcher directing the program. Our Director, Dr. Jessie Hawkins, is also the Tennessee Regional Director for NAHA and a frequent speaker at NAHA events.
Herbalist Certification Curriculum
The Diploma in Dietary Supplement Science program covers not only in-depth herbalist training, but also health sciences, nutraceuticals, aromatherapy, and much more. This comprehensive curriculum ensures that you are able to achieve success as an herbalist upon graduation from the program. The required classes for the DipDSS can be taken in 5 full time academic quarters, 10 part time academic quarters, or a customized course schedule that reflects your unique budget and availability.
Required classes for the DipDSS (herbal medicine diploma) include ten core classes, which are 30 contact hours each, and five concentration classes, which are 50 contact 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. Instruction delivery may be online lectures, hands-on assignments, textbook reading, or reading research studies. Additional study time is determined by each student’s unique learning style and previous experience with the subject.
Explore the Classes in the DipDSS:
Academic work at the Franklin Institute of Wellness is rigorous and comprehensive. Returning to college to earn a diploma is a challenge that requires commitment. However, our faculty members are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you have fully mastered the content in the classes. Upon graduation, you will have achieved expertise in the field of herbalism that rivals some of the greatest experts in the field.
The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences provides some of the most affordable college programs in the nation. Billing is flexible and easy to budget. You are billed at the start of each academic quarter for the classes you will take during that quarter. Quarterly tuition is controlled by the number of credits you take each quarter, but total program tuition does not change.
To ensure that you remain unaffected by any tuition increases that may occur while you are a student at FSIHS, upon admission, you enter into a program agreement with the school. This program agreement confirms your graduation requirements and tuition totals. This agreement protects you from any tuition increases or program requirement changes that may take place while you are a student at FSIHS, ensuring that your budget and timeline are unaffected while you earn your diploma. The program agreement is valid as long as you remain a student in good standing at FSIHS. This is determined by adherence to attendance policies and our code of conduct.
Tuition is paid per class and is $315 per 30 contact hour class and $525 per 50 contact hour class. TOTAL TUITION (including fees) for the DipDSS is $5,775, paid in increments with each quarter’s registration.
Example Tuition Schedules:
Tuition does not include costs associated with textbooks or supplies for required class projects. You will need to budget additional funds to cover the costs of materials you use to formulate your own botanical products and to purchase the textbooks required for completion of some courses. The cost for textbooks and fees can vary dramatically depending on your personal selections for your projects and your preferred textbook store.
The Future is Bright
Upon completion of a DipDSS, there are many potential employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. 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.
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 for this field. Professionals who have an existing license in a medical field or are combining the DipDSS with a related profession see an increase in wage potential after earning a DipDSS.
Careers with a DipDSS
Dietary Supplement Specialists operate private practices worldwide, offering personal consultations for clients. While the herbal and natural product industry is rapidly growing, accurate information on safe and appropriate use is lacking. A private consulting practice enables you to work directly with clients to provide them the education and empowerment they need to make safe and healthy decisions for their families through natural and herbal products.
Dietary Supplement Specialists also work for the natural products industry as a product consulting, providing valuable expertise in product safety and efficacy. Or develop and market your own line of custom formulated botanical products and dietary supplements.
If you already hold a license in a medical field, you can increase earning potential by adding a DipDSS to your existing credentials and turn your practice into an integrative profession. With over half of Americans currently using natural products, your patients will appreciate your mastery of additional expertise in this field.
Learn More About the Program
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students for whom English is not their first language will also be required to submit an English proficiency test to ensure ability to benefit. All applicants must submit official transcripts (issued directly from your previous college or high school), 2 letters of recommendation, and an admissions essay.
This program is open to professionals and aspiring professionals alike. It is ideal for current health professionals, including doctors, chiropractors, nurses, and nurse practitioners, as well as health enthusiasts, doulas, trainers, and bloggers. Whether you are looking for a career change, to enhance your existing career, or to launch a new career, this program provides the academic foundation you need to thrive in the herbal products industry.
The Application Process
The Application process includes submission of the required materials, an admissions interview with Dr. Jessie Hawkins, and an orientation workshop, which can be completed online. A complete application includes several parts: the application itself, an admissions essay, two letters of recommendation, high school transcripts (these must) be sent to us directly from your secondary school, and college transcripts if you are applying for transfer credit.
The best way to get started is to begin compiling your admissions materials. Think about who may provide your letters of recommendation and begin requesting that your transcripts are sent to us from your previous schools. Then join us for an Open House, Admissions Webinar, or other event outlined above. Keep in mind that admissions typically takes 2-3 weeks, so if your desired program start date is approaching, you will want to reach out to admissions right away to discuss expedited admissions options.
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