The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs is unique in the U.S. for integration of Constitutional Five-Element perspectives, classical Chinese medicine, Eight-Principle diagnosis, and Zang-Fu pattern differentiation. The program provides a deep and thorough understanding of Chinese herbs and formulas and applies them to the practical enhancement of health and wellness. It is rooted in the history of ideas of Chinese herbal medicine from the classics to contemporary practice. Graduates are confident in their ability to be effective and knowledgeable practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine. This program is designed for licensed acupuncturists, and its flexible weekend format is tailored to their needs. This 41-credit program is delivered on-campus and can be completed in 6 trimesters (2 years).
This program is designed for licensed acupuncturists that wish to enhance their practice and ability to support patients through the additional application and integration of Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture. The program complements acupuncturists’ knowledge and skill set and enhances the treatment of their patients by integrating classical Chinese medicine with a Constitutional Five-Element perspective.
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs at MUIH educates effective clinicians with a deep and thorough understanding of Chinese herbs and formulas who apply them to the practical enhancement of health and wellness and integrate their use with acupuncture approaches. The course of study integrates classical Chinese medicine and Constitutional Five-Element constitutional perspectives into the study of herbal medicine, yielding a uniquely deep and broad vision of the Chinese tradition. Graduate possess a well-rounded knowledge of the theory and philosophy of Chinese herbal medicine, its rich history, and contemporary applications.The program provides a deep and thorough understanding of Chinese herbs and formulas in the didactic component. Clinical training includes direct diagnostic calibration with experienced supervisors and practical dispensary training in MUIH’s extensive herbal dispensary. The program provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in prescribing Chinese herbs as well as the management of a Chinese herbal dispensary. It also provides the opportunity to apply the use of Chinese herbs to specialty topics, including gynecology, dermatology, oncology, gastroenterology, and traumatology. Students, taught by some of the brightest clinicians and prominent elders of Chinese herbal medicine in the U.S., receive knowledge and wisdom that carries the Chinese herbal tradition forward into an increasingly prominent place in the current healthcare landscape. Faculty in the program are highly credentialed faculty, and many hold the highest professional credential in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the U.S., issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
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Students who complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs are able to:
The program consists of 41 credits of required courses:
Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.
The career outlook for acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners is strong, and national statistics indicate that individuals pursuing such careers successfully earn income and either establish a solo practice or are hired into a number of different healthcare settings. The AOM career track has been categorized as a “BrightOutlook” occupation by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), indicating that this occupation is predicted to experience rapid growth during the years 2018-2028. BLS predicts a much faster than average (11%) employment growth for AOM practitioners during this time period. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) reports that approximately 72% of acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners are actively working in clinical practice with a majority of those practitioners reporting a solo practice being their primary practice setting. NCCAOM also reports that there has been a significant increase in employment in hospital and integrative care settings; the percentage of acupuncturists employed or contracted in these settings grew from 6% in 2008 to 10% in 2015. NCCAOM job analysis statistics indicate that 36% of AOM practitioners reported a total gross income (before taxes) of $40,000-$100,000 with 11% reporting gross incomes of $100,000 and above; the BLS reports the median average salary for AOM practitioners in 2017 was $73,830. View more about career opportunities.
This program is offered in the on-campus format. Click here to view MUIH’s definition of online, hybrid, and on-campus course and program formats.
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs is delivered primarily on campus with some online courses.
For trimester start and end dates, see the Academic Calendar.
The program is offered on-campus on weekends, approximately one weekend per month; where a weekend is Friday and Saturday, with some Friday through Sundays. Class times are generally Friday 8:30-4:30 and Saturday, Sunday 8:30-5:30. In the second year, students will begin participating in clinic. Clinic times are available on weekdays and weekends. The program also includes a limited number of online courses.
Graduates of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs are eligible to sit for the Chinese Herbology certification exam offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Interested individuals are encouraged to check for the most recent requirements with NCCAOM at nccaom.org.
Completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs does not automatically qualify graduates to begin practicing independently. Each state, including Maryland, has specific licensure or registration procedures that must be met. Governmental laws, regulations, legal opinions, and requirements differ from country to country and state to state. MUIH cannot provide assurance that completion of the program will qualify a graduate to be registered or accepted under a state law other than Maryland. However, MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine program is designed to provide basic, solid competence and the ability to practice safely, confidently, and with compassion. There may be a waiting period between the completion of the program and the legal recognition allowing the graduate to begin practice. Until a graduate receives official notification of legal recognition to begin practice, she or he may continue to practice only under faculty supervision. Most states require successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exam. For more information, refer to nccaom.org.
Graduates wishing to practice in Maryland may be licensed by applying to the Maryland Board of Acupuncture. MUIH is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to award a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Chinese Herbs degree, and the program conforms to Maryland laws and regulations regarding the practice of acupuncture. For requirements for licensure in Maryland, contact: Maryland Board of Acupuncture, 4201 Patterson Avenue, Room 311 Baltimore, MD 21215; phone 410-764-4766 or 800-530-2481; or online at health.maryland.gov/bacc/.
Qualified MUIH alumni who have completed the additional course of study required by the California Acupuncture Board are currently eligible to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination. This course of study will be available to individuals entering the program in spring 2020; it will not be available to individuals entering the program in fall 2020 and later trimesters. Individuals who wish to practice in California are advised to check the licensing requirements with the California Acupuncture Board, 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 180 Sacramento, CA 95834 916-928-2204; online at acupuncture.ca.gov.
For eligibility to apply for licensure, other states may stipulate additional requirements, such as completion of a course in Chinese herbs or clinical hours beyond what is required by MUIH. Individuals who wish to practice in a state other than Maryland are advised to check the licensing requirements of that state by contacting the medical or acupuncture regulating agency in each state.
Additional information regarding licensure is available in the Academic Catalog.
Alexandra York, M.S.
Interim Department Chair
Kerri Westhauser, M.Ac., D.A.O.M
Director, Chinese Herb Programs
Jennifer Schwing, M.A.
Chelsey Barrett, M.S., CHES
Student Support Specialist and Academic Advisor
Eric Brand, DAOM, Ph.D.
Anne Jeffres, DAOM
Steve Kaufman, L.Ac
Thomas Kouo, DAOM
Julie Ann Nugent-Head, MD (China)
Brandt Stickley, M.S. (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Sabine Wilms, Ph.D