The Herbal Medicine Diploma course is divided into 3 parts.
Part 1: 1-3 years
Part 2: 1 year
Part 3: 1 year
Length of Study: 3-5 years. 1-2 weekends per month.
Clinical Hours: 450-500 Clinical hours.
CNM Diploma: Dip. Herbal Med. and Dip. Naturopath.
The Herbal Medicine Diploma Course
The Herbal Medicine diploma course provides high quality training which equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured. Each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as Herbalists.
The Herbal Medicine Course consists of 3 parts.
Part 1 Biomedicine, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Naturopathy Study, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Herbal Medicine I, 1 year, 10 weekends or 20 weekdays
Part 2 Naturopathic Principles, 5 weekends or 10 weekdays
Herbal Medicine II, 1 year, 23 weekends or 46 weekdays
Part 3 Herbal Medicine III, 1 year. 24 weekends or 47 weekdays
The Course Syllabus
Part 1 – Biomedicine
The aim of Biomedicine is to get students to understand how the body works, most common diseases, medical diagnostics, differential diagnostics and red flag symptoms. This way a future practitioner understands medical conditions, especially dangerous conditions and is able to decide what he can treat and when to refer to a specialist.
Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc, may not be required to take Biomedicine – please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.
- Biomedical Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
- Medical Terminology & Research Methods
- Medical & Naturopathic Pharmacology
- Medical & Naturopathic Clinical Diagnostics incl. Examination Methods & Laboratory Testing Techniques
Part 1 – Naturopathy Study
The Naturopathy Study course gives the future CNM Herbalist additional therapeutic and diagnostic tools, which are of great benefit in clinical practice.
- First-aid Homeopathy
- TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Part 1 – Herbal Medicine
Level I Herbal Medicine gives a basic understanding of herbs and their use in clinical practice. Students will also study the basics of Ayurvedic and Chinese principles.
- History and philosophy of Herbal Medicine
- Theoretical basis of Western Herbal Medicine
- Ayurvedic and Chinese principles
- Plant anatomy and physiology
- Usage of herbs
- Interaction of herbal medicine with conventional medicine
- Cultural and legal basis of professional practice
- Practitioner development and ethics
- Clinical observation & experience
Part 2 – Herbal Medicine II
The aim of Level II Herbal Medicine is to get students to understand how to treat common diseases. Students will observe live case taking of patients, following a standard CNM format.
- Herb/drug interactions
- Herbs and safety
- Materia Medica
- Botany and plant identification
- Preparation of herbs for internal and external use
- How to dispense herbs
- Clinical skills
- Clinical practice
- Practitioner development
Part 2 – Naturopathic Principles
The Naturopathic Principles course gives additional, invaluable tools to students, which will allow them to treat patients with various conditions successfully.
- Naturopathy & Detoxification
- Bach Flower Therapy
- Tissue Salts
Part 3 – Herbal Medicine II
- Advanced Materia Medica
- Herbal Therapeutics
- Respiratory system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Nervous system
- Cardiovascular system
- Urinary system
- Endocrine system
- Autoimmune and infectious diseases
- Skin and allergies
- Female and male reproductive systems
- Paediatrics & Geriatrics
- Clinical diagnostic skills
- Clinic Management
- Practitioner development
- Research project
Length of Study: 3-5 years
Study Days: Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays)
Study Times: 10am – 6pm
Clinic Hours: 450-500 clinic hours
CNM Diploma: CNM Dip. Herbal Medicine and CNM Dip. Naturopathy.
Degrees: CNM graduates are fully equipped to become successful therapists. Statistics have shown that more than 80% of CNM graduates are practising. To advance therapeutic skills, CNM offers post-graduate courses and additional training. CNM graduates are eligible to enrol on BSc or MSc programmes at various universities. CNM is happy to guide its students in choosing the best programme for their individual needs.
Junior or Leaving Certificate, or equivalent academic and/or work experience.
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