Advanced Clinical Program

Applications will open in July for 2020 program

The Advanced Clinical Program runs for two years, with the first year focused on holistic assessment skills, pathology, and client care, and the second year a student clinic. The focus of the class is blending Chinese medicine principles with modern Western Herbal practice for a truly planetary approach to herbal practice. 

This program focuses on learning traditional diagnostic strategies and treatment protocols, balanced with a holistic view of what client-practitioner client should be. We teach an embodied and intuitive approach to interaction with clients combined with modern science and traditional approaches.
Pre-requisites: Graduation from a 300-hour herbal education program or ability to show equivalent training is required. Students are expected to know anatomy and physiology, medicine making skills, and demonstrate a good working materia medica. Our Holistic Herbalism Program will fully prepare you to succeed in this course. If students do not have a background in basic Chinese medicine there are a few courses we can suggest to help get you prepared for this class. For clarity, this is a Western herbal program but with a strong Chinese medicine influence.

Classes: We will cover Advanced Physiology, Pathology, Applied Herbal Medicine, Clinical and Counseling Skills, and Energetic medicines (Chinese and to a lesser extent Ayurveda). Other topics include: recognizing and working with food allergies, auto-immune conditions, Lyme disease, and cancer in its many forms. The modern herbalist needs to understand Western medicine so we will also be learning how to read lab tests, herb-drug interactions, and how to talk to doctors. And we will also have a series of classes on business skills so that you can leave this program with all the skills you need to open your own practice.

Faculty: The teachers in this program are some of the best herbal teachers in Asheville, with guest teachers from out of town. Program Director, CoreyPine Shane, leads a staff including Western herbal clinicians, Chinese herbalists and acupuncturists, and naturopaths.
Dates: Classes begin March 4 and go until October 15, 2020. Class days are every Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm.
Total class time of year one will be 400 hours. Expect up to 4 - 6 hours of homework each week including reading, research, and personal reflection.

Application: Please review our comprehensive Admissions Procedure page for a detailed window into how all this works.

Please Note: A $100 application fee is due with your application and must be received before an interview is scheduled. This application fee is non-refundable and does not apply toward tuition.
Tuition: Tuition for Year One is $4400 if paid in full by November 1st, or $4600 if paid by January 1st.

Tuition for Year Two is $3400

A $600 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to reserve your place; this is applied towards tuition.

Payment plans are available for an additional $200 fee.


Topics covered include:

Holistic Philosophy – A paradigm for assessment and treatment
Utilizing Chinese medicine in the Western herbal clinic
Ayurvedic approach to constitutions
Traditional hands-on diagnostic skills

Advanced Physiology
Major Pathologies and Protocols
“Red Flags” – Signs and symptoms of potentially dangerous diseases
Reading Lab tests
Research skills, finding reliable sources
Auto-immune conditions
Sexual health – approach and treatment
Holistic approach to Psychological issues
Herbs for pain, with differentiations
Complex Endocrine disorders
Inflammatory process

Consent/Disclosure Forms
Intake forms
Taking a health history
Interviewing skills
Legal considerations
Compassion and non-judgment
Ethics and Confidentiality
Boundaries with clients, and protecting one’s energy
Scope of practice, and when to refer
Mindful listening
Clearing and preparing physical, mental, and emotional space for consult
Chinese tongue and pulse assessment for deeper diagnosis
Dietary Evaluation
Common mineral deficiencies

Small business management
Types of business structures
Creating Business cards, flyers, and brochures
Creating web presence, SEO, links, etc.

Writing research papers
Clinical Observation
Clinic Internship
Teaching classes