Chinese Herbal Studies Certificate Program


Chinese Herbal Studies Program Begins Fall 2020


Middle Way’s Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate Program (CCHM) is a post-graduate 1 year hybridized program in the study of Chinese Herbs and Formulas.  The format of this program utilizes monthly weekend intensives with supplemental online activity and a part-time clinical schedule to quickly and effectively train students to become proficient and knowledgeable Chinese Herbal Practitioners.  Successful completion of the CCHM will qualify graduates to sit for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Examination.

Students will learn over 300 single herbs, 160 formulas, and methods of preparation, dispensary and treatment.  In addition, promotion and establishment of ethical, sustainable, ecological, and healing relationships between the practitioner, the medicine, and the patient will be taught and encouraged.

Applicants must either be Licensed Acupuncturists, or have at minimum an ACAOM-accredited/pre-accredited master’s degree or master’s level program in Acupuncture.


CCHM-D (Didactic*) CCHM-B (Biomedically related Didactic Instruction) CCHM-CL (Clinic) Total CCHM Program
457.8 hrs 61.8 hrs 200 hrs* 719.6 hrs
 *approx. 25% of these hours will be hybridized    *Students will be required to complete some off-site observation  



Program Outline:

Semester 1

CCHM-D 801 Chinese Herbology – 226.8 hrs

CCHM-D 831 Chinese Herbal Patent Medicine – 9 hrs

CCHM-D 881 Semester 1 Assessment – 4.8 hrs

CCHM-B 811 Botany – 9 hrs

CCHM-CL 850 Clinical Hours – 60 hrs

Total Hours Semester 1: 309.6


Semester 2

CCHM-D 802 Chinese Herbal Formulas – 86.4 hrs

CCHM-B 812 Biomedical Red Flags and Herb-Drug Interactions – 9 hrs

CCHM-B 813 Herbal Research – 30 hrs

CCHM-D 821 Herbal Classics – 18 hrs

CCHM-D 832 Introduction to the Herbal Dispensary – 9 hrs

CCHM-D 833 Herbal Therapeutics – 36 hrs

CCHM-D 834 Herbal Preparation and Processing – 9 hrs

CCHM-D 835 Orthopedics – 9 hrs

CCHM-D 836 External Medicine – 9 hrs

CCHM-D 840 Women’s Health – 18 hrs

CCHM-B 841 Oncology – 13.8 hrs

CCHM-D 871 Integrating Eastern and Western Herbs – 9 hrs

CCHM-D 872 Bioregionalism and Domestic Production of Chinese Herbs – 9 hrs

CCHM-CL 850 Clinical Hours – 140 hrs

Total Hours Semester 2: 410.0 hrs


Tuition for the program is $15,450. Please call the school at (360) 336 6129 for details and an application.

Successful completion of this course will qualify graduates to sit for the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology Examination.


The Middle Way Acupuncture Institute Chinese Herbal Studies Certificate Program is not accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Graduates of this program are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or candidacy for professional licensure or other purposes. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to participate in the Federal grant and loan programs.