Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate

Add new skills to your practice and expand your therapeutic scope of practice.

Program Overview

Are you a licensed acupuncturist that wishes to incorporate Chinese medicine and herbal therapeutics into your practice? Over the course of two years, you’ll learn the therapeutic properties of over 300 herbs and other natural therapeutic substances, as well as a minimum of 150 herbal formulas. Graduates from this program will be eligible to sit for the Chinese herbology board exam.

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Program Length

2 years (9 quarters)

Credentials Earned

Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate


$850/credit hour (average)


Number of clinical training hours


minimum number of herbal formulas you'll learn


Minimum number of herbs and other therapeutic substances covered

Program Details

The CCHM is a postgraduate course of study that includes both didactic and clinical training. The minimum requirement for the CCHM is one of the following: a master’s degree in acupuncture from an ACAHM-accredited institution, a certificate in acupuncture with 10 years of documented clinical experience, or a current enrollment in a Master of Acupuncture program from an ACAHM- accredited institution. Applicants need to have completed or be in the process of completing the following coursework:

Intermediate Algebra - 1 course

General Psychology - 1 course

General Chemistry (allied-health level with lab) - 1 course

General Biology (allied-health level with lab) - 1 course

General Physics (allied-health level) - 1 course

The following classes are prerequisites and may be completed while taking CCHM classes: Survey of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology.

CCHM applicants must have a background in the basic sciences that is comparable to Bastyr University’s master’s curriculum. Upon review of past coursework, applicants may be asked to take a higher-level science course or complete a competency exam.

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  • Licensed acupuncturists (LAc) who expands their therapeutic scope of practice in the field of Chinese herbal medicine.
  • Acupuncturist who wishes to own & operate a Chinese herbal medicine dispensary.