Dual Diplomas of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition

students in class at pacific rim collegeStudy Option Overview

This opportunity to earn dual diplomas in Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition at one academic institution is a world-first. Both 3-year (6-semester) programs can be completed within 5 academic years (10 semesters). By electing a year-round study option, a student can complete both programs in 3.5 years.

Curriculum

Below is a list of all courses that must be completed for a student to be eligible for graduation with a Diploma of Phytotherapy and a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. Some course prerequisites do exist, and it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are eligible to enrol in any particular course. Please click on course links below to see more course information including descriptions and prerequisites. 

Ayurveda

AYU101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
AYU201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
AYU211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
12 credits 12 crds
180 hours 180 hrs

Biomedical/Biological Sciences

BMS101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS112
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS113
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS121
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
BMS122
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
BMS201/202
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS212
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS231
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS232
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS431
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
35 credits 35 crds
525 hours 525 hrs

Nutrition

NU101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU111
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU202
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU204
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU221
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU311
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU312
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU313
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU314
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU315
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU316
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU322
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
45 credits 45 crds
675 hours 675 hrs

Nutrition Clinical Practice

NCP101
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
NCP200
3 credits 3 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
NCP300
6 credits 6 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Total
 
15 credits 15 crds
360 hours 360 hrs

Oriental Medicine

OM103/104
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
OM203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs

Phytotherapy Clinical Practice

PCP101
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
PCP200
3 credits 3 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
PCP300
11 credits 11 crds
330 hours 330 hrs
Total
 
20 credits 20 crds
510 hours 510 hrs

Professional Development

PD101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD303
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
PD304
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
16 credits 16 crds
240 hours 240 hrs

Western Herbal Sciences

WHS101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS102
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS103
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS111
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS151
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS202
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS204
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS301
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS303
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS305
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS306
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs
Total
 
51 credits 51 crds
765 hours 765 hrs

Total Requirements

Ayurveda
12 credits 12 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
35 credits 35 crds
525 hours 525 hrs
Nutrition
45 credits 45 crds
675 hours 675 hrs
Nutrition Clinical Practice
15 credits 15 crds
360 hours 360 hrs
Oriental Medicine
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs
Phytotherapy Clinical Practice
20 credits 20 crds
510 hours 510 hrs
Professional Development
16 credits 16 crds
240 hours 240 hrs
Western Herbal Sciences
51 credits 51 crds
765 hours 765 hrs
Grand Total
 
203 credits 203 crds
3390 hours 3390 hrs

Study Options

Both the School of Phytotherapy and the School of Holistic Nutrition offer year-round educational opportunities with an academic calendar based on 3 semesters per year. New students may enrol every January, May and September and students may either choose to pursue year-round studies or to take a semester or more off at their discretion. By choosing their course load each semester, students may complete any semester on a part-time or a full-time basis.

It is a great privilege to be involved in the work of PRC – a visionary institution buzzing with excitement and inspiration and amazing students. If I had to retake my herbal training anywhere in the world right now – I would do it at PRC, without hesitation. It does my heart good to see herbal medicine flourishing in such a perfect setting on the wild and beautiful West Coast.

– Peter Conway, Author, past president of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy

Students who wish not to enrol in any program are also eligible to take individual courses for personal enrichment provided that applicable course prerequisites have been met. Please see Non-Matriculating Students below for more information.

Clinical Training

Students in the Diploma of Phytotherapy and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition can complete all clinical training in PRC’s on-campus Student Clinic, or can participate in our Global Outreach Program or Clinical Externship Program. Full-time students generally begin clinical training via observation during the very first week of studies.

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Diploma of Phytotherapy are eligible for membership into the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC), the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and the Modern and Traditional Herbalists Guild of BC.

From the incredibly knowledgeable teaching staff to the friendly administration, PRC really does a lot to nurture and inspire its students. Our clinical training is extensive and unparallelled in the field of herbal medicine, giving students an opportunity to gain real therapeutic experience in a professional setting with expert supervision.

– Tony Acworth, Alumnus

Graduates of the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition have the most comprehensive training offered in Canada with more than three times the on-site education than any other diploma program in the field. Having completed a minimum of 360 hours of clinical training, and having received specific education in practice management and business development, graduates are poised to be successful nutritional practitioners and consultants. Additionally, graduates can also seek employment in other sectors of the health and wellness industry by filling positions such as retail consultants, product developers, teachers, fitness advisers, restaurant consultants, spa managers and more.

nanp This program is recognized by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as an approved and recommended education program. Graduates who have sufficient professional experience are qualified for professional membership with NANP and to sit for the holistic nutrition national board exam offered through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). Successful exam candidates will become Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

CANNPThis program is approved by the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP). Graduates are eligible to be considered for the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners designation of NNCP (Natural Nutrition – Clinical Practitioner).

CHC AllianceThis program is approved by the Canadian Heath Coach Alliance (CHC Alliance), which is proud to fall under the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. Graduates of are eligible to apply for membership to become a Registered Health Coach (RHC) and a Registered Health & Nutrition Coach (RNC-II).

CAIN Approval This program is approved by the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN). Graduates are eligible to use the title of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN).

Licensing Requirements

The Diploma of Phytotherapy and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition programs are recognized by numerous practitioner bodies and organizations, but there is currently no governance for either the practice of Phytotherapy or Holistic Nutrition in Canada. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they meet eligibility criteria in their chosen region.

Dual Diplomas of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition1Admissions

Admission into both the Diploma of Phytotherapy and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or an equivalency test. In addition, all non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. Any foreign applicant may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).

Pacific Rim College is determined to produce only the highest quality health practitioners. As a result, we reserve the right to admit and to retain only students who demonstrate the potential to achieve at the upper-most level. Applicants will be evaluated based on merits such as high academic achievement, emotional maturity, humanitarian activities, morality, community involvement and health-related experience.

To apply for admission, please click on the link below. Applicants are encouraged to apply apply no less than 6 weeks prior to the start date of the semester. Applications will still be accepted beyond this point, and will be evaluated, but enrolment space may not be available until the next semester. Upon favourable review of your application by our admissions committee, you may be contacted for an interview, which may be carried out via telephone if a person-to-person interview is not possible.

All successful applicants must submit a non-refundable enrolment deposit of $200, which is credited toward tuition fees. Should a student decide not to enrol for the specific semester of study as stated in the application form, the fee is forfeited and cannot be used to offset any charges that the student may incur. All accepted applicants must submit this deposit within 14 days of the date of acceptance if accepted more than 60 days prior to the semester start date, or within 7 days of the date of acceptance if accepted 60 days or fewer prior to the semester start date. Official date of acceptance is the date indicated on the applicant’s acceptance letter. Enrolment space will not be reserved without this deposit.

Transfer Students

Diplomas of Phytotherapy and Holistic NutritionStudents who have completed credits at another recognized college or university may apply for credit transfer into the Diploma of Phytotherapy and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition by submitting a completed application for Prior Learning Assessment for each eligible course prior to matriculating into the program.

International Students

International students are welcome to attend Pacific Rim College and are encouraged to apply. Canadian law requires foreign students to have a valid study permit to study in Canada. Pacific Rim College provides international students with the necessary documentation to receive a valid study permit. In some cases students can apply for and obtain a permit upon entering Canada.

My proudest achievement is having studied at Pacific Rim College and completing the Diploma of Phytotherapy program. I am forever grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained and the amazing community of people I am apart of because of Pacific Rim College. 

– Lauren Truscott, Alumnus

New changes to the International Student Program, effective June 1, 2014, allow full-time international students enrolled at designated institutions in certain programs to work part-time off campus and full-time during scheduled school breaks without a work permit. According to regulations, international students are 1) eligible to work off campus without a work permit; 2) allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks; and 3) able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting 6 months. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information.

pacific rim college herbal dispensary Non-Matriculating Students

Students who wish to take courses at PRC without enrolling in any particular program are welcome to do so as non-matriculating students. Provided that a student has satisfied course prerequisites, he or she is eligible to enrol in virtually any diploma program course. Enrolment priority is given to program students, and full course tuition is due at time of course registration. Any student who has previously been denied admission into any program at PRC or has had an enrolment position revoked must receive written permission from PRC Administration before enrolling as a non-matriculating student. PRC reserves the right to academically dismiss any non-matriculating student who knowingly or blatantly interferes with the learning of program students. Please click on the link below to see a current selection of courses and for registration info.

Academic Calendar

  Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Winter 2018
Orientation April 30 September 4 January 2
First Day of Class May 1 September 5 January 3
Reading Break July 3-7 October 10-13 February 13-16
Holidays May 22 (Victoria Day)
July 3 (Canada Day)
August 7 (BC Day)
October 9 (Thanksgiving) February 12 (BC Family Day)
March 30 (Good Friday)
Last Day of Class August 21 December 22 April 24
Graduation Ceremony
  September 9  

 

Class Schedule

Please click below for the current and upcoming (when available) course schedules for the Diplomas of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on a per credit system. Although the college provides a template for course completion within each program, ultimately each student determines his or her course load and schedule and thus per semester tuition. Audited credits do not apply towards graduation requirements. All prices listed are in Canadian dollars. For each semester, full tuition payment is due on the first day of class.

Credits: $225/credit

Auditing: $150*/credit / $80**/credit

*plus tax

**Discount Audit tuition is available to current program students and diploma alumni. Current program students must maintain the equivalent registration of 9 semester credits to be eligible and pay the regular rate should registration drop below that threshold. Discounted audit rate is not available for courses for which there is a waitlist, weekend workshops, or CPR and First Aid. Diploma alumni no longer enrolled in a program are required to pay all applicable tuition at the time of course registration.

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

These programs are approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. Students can also pick up a paper application from PRC or any other academic institution registered with Canada Student Loans. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.