Dual Diplomas of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition

Study Option Overview

The opportunity to earn dual diplomas in Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition from one institution is a world-first. The Diploma of Phytotherapy, the most comprehensive program of western herbal medicine available in either Canada or the United States, explores the medicinal uses of North American and European herbs in both traditional and contemporary practices. The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is the most comprehensive on-site program of Holistic Nutrition in North America and integrates nutritional philosophies of various indigenous cultures and medical viewpoints. Both 3-year (6-semester) programs can be completed within 5 academic years (10 semesters), or 3.5 years with year-round studies. 

Length: 10 semesters
Intakes: Winter, Summer, Fall semesters

Clinical Training: 870 hours
Total Training: 3390 hours 

I have been thoroughly impressed by Pacific Rim College. Pacific Rim holds high professional standards while maintaining an atmosphere of wellbeing and community. The environment supports students and challenges them to grow into skillful practitioners. I would recommend PRC to anyone who is seeking a place that has deep knowledge and embodied understanding in the field of health and healing.

– Jennifer Raye, RTCMP, RYT, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College is the most comprehensive on-site program of holistic nutrition in North America and includes studies in Ayurvedic nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine diet therapy, and common herbal remedies.
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The Diploma of Phytotherapy at Pacific Rim College is the most comprehensive and recognized program of western herbal medicine in North America and offers more than 500 hours of clinical training.
All programs at Pacific Rim College are approved by the Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

An in-depth understanding of the therapeutic properties and energetics of foods and how to use them to help clients reach their health goals. 

Key Learning Outcome #2

Thorough background of biomedical understanding of the human body, its structure, physiology, common pathologies, and also western diagnostic skills and pharmacotherapy. 

Key Learning Outcome #3

Extensive knowledge of traditional herbal medicine practices from various cultures alongside contemporary applications of herbal therapies. 

Key Learning Outcome #4

A deep understanding of the comprehensive materia medica of western herbal medicine and the therapeutic applications of those herbs.

Key Learning Outcome #5

Wide-ranging professional skills from writing and public speaking to cooking and business development experience needed to establish a private complementary health practice or to join an integrative health centre.

My proudest achievement is having studied at Pacific Rim College and completing the Diploma of Phytotherapy program. Pacific Rim College attracts the most passionate teachers, students, and healers, and that strong, positive energy is apparent on the PRC campus. I feel honoured to have learned from amazing teachers about the human body, ancient traditions and herbal folklore, modern scientific research, and in depth information on herbs and working with people from all backgrounds and health concerns. Years after graduation, I still find myself on campus often, visiting the herbal dispensary and utilizing the amazing student clinics. I am forever grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained and the amazing community of people I am a part of because of Pacific Rim College.

– Lauren Truscott, Alumnus, Herbalist, Practitioner at Body Blueprint Fitness, Wellness, & Education

Core Program Instructors

 

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

Clinical Training

Students in both the Diploma of Phytotherapy and the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition programs can complete all clinical training in PRC’s on-campus Student Clinic, or can participate in our Clinical Externship Program. 

Full-time students generally begin clinical training via observation during the very first week of studies.

Study Options

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. Both programs can be commenced simultaneously or at different times. 

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.

Admissions

Admission into the Diploma of Phytotherapy and Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or satisfactory post-secondary education. We will accept mature students on a case by case basis; eligible mature students must demonstrate they have achieved sufficient post-secondary education credits in lieu of high school credits.

All applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. English proficiency is evaluated on a case by case basis, and applicants 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).

To apply for either or both programs, please click on the link below. We do not have a set deadline for applications and will continue to accept students up until the start of classes, provided there is space within the program. Typically this program fills prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 6 months in advance. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on a per credit system. Although the college provides guidance for the order of course completion within each program, ultimately each student determines personal 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 the semester.

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

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. 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.

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Diploma of Phytotherapy can use knowledge and experience gained to establish a professional herbal clinic to assist clients with health issues, work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain herbal gardens, create herbal preparations, provide consultancy services to the herbal industry and work with natural health regulatory bodies.

Graduates are eligible for membership into the Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC), the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA).

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.

Program Accreditation

Graduates of the Diploma of Phytotherapy can use knowledge and experience gained to establish a professional herbal clinic to assist clients with health issues, work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain herbal gardens, create herbal preparations, provide consultancy services to the herbal industry and work with natural health regulatory bodies.

Graduates are eligible for membership into the Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC), the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA).

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition 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.

CANNPThe Diploma of Holistic Nutrition 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).

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is approved by the Health Coach Alliance (HCA), which is proud to fall under the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership to become a Registered Health Coach (RHC) or a Registered Health & Nutrition Counselor (RHNC). (Licensed will replace Registered in areas where Registered is not permitted)

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is approved by the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN). Graduates are eligible to use the designations of Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (RHNP) or Registered Holistic Health Practitioner (RHHP). (Licensed will replace Registered in areas where Registered is not permitted.)

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is approved by the the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals. CAHN-Pro is a professional association for the accreditation of holistic nutritionists.

Licensing Requirements

Practitioner licensing requirements vary based on region of governance.

Currently there are no government restrictions to the practice of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition in Canada. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they meet eligibility criteria in their chosen region.


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