Natural Health Certificate

Program Overview

The Natural Health Certificate is a 2-year (4-semester) program that provides students with an overview of many natural health disciplines. The program can be taken as an independent certificate or can be an entry program into another school or program at PRC. 

Length: 4 semesters
Intakes: Winter, Summer, Fall semesters

Electives: 570 hours 
Total Training: 1395 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 Natural Health Certificate is a unique program that provides students with a thorough introduction to many health practices and philosophies including holistic nutrition, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal medicine, and biomedicine.
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The Natural Health Certificate allows students to choose nearly 600 hours of course electives so they can focus studies on the areas they more strongly resonate with.
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

A well-rounded base in the practice of herbal medicine, including the ability to make herbal products such as salves, tinctures, creams, and more.

Key Learning Outcome #2

A background in the biomedical understanding of the human body and in the biochemical structure of flora in the environment.  

Key Learning Outcome #3

An introduction into the principles of holistic nutrition, from ancient Ayurvedic philosophies to contemporary practices. 

Key Learning Outcome #4

A working understanding of the key foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine and physical movement practices to stimulate the flow of energy.

Key Learning Outcome #5

Professional skills including writing and public speaking to help career development.

Pacific Rim College, including the people who help run it as well as attend it, has been incredibly special to me, and frankly, has been the most positive and significant impact on my life to date. I really treasure PRC. Attending the school is incredibly significant to me, and I hold the College in high reverence.

– Latasha McMullen, Alumnus

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 Natural Health Certificate. Elective requirements may be satisfied by successful completion of any curriculum course offered in the School of Western Herbal MedicineSchool of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and School of Holistic Nutrition. Certain Continuing Education courses may also count as elective credits. Some course prerequisites do exist, and it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are eligible to enrol in any particular course. The Course Descriptions page indicates course prerequisites. Please see Study Options below for more information on course selection.

Ayurveda

AYU101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Total
 
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 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
BMS122
1 credit 1 crd
15 hours 15 hrs
BMS201/202
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Total
 
19 credits 19 crds
285 hours 285 hrs

Elective

Elective
Elective
38 credits 38 crds
570 hours 570 hrs
Total
 
38 credits 38 crds
570 hours 570 hrs

Nutrition

NU101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU202
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs

Oriental Medicine

OM103/104
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
OM111
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
OM112
1.5 credits 1.5 crds
22.5 hours 22.5 hrs
Total
 
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs

Professional Development

PD101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs

Western Herbal Sciences

WHS101
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
Total
 
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs

Total Requirements

Ayurveda
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
19 credits 19 crds
285 hours 285 hrs
Elective
38 credits 38 crds
570 hours 570 hrs
Nutrition
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Oriental Medicine
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs
Professional Development
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Western Herbal Sciences
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs
Grand Total
 
93 credits 93 crds
1395 hours 1395 hrs

Study Options

The Natural Health Certificate offers 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.

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 Natural Health Certificate 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 the Natural Health Certificate, 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 a template for the order of 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.

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

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 Natural Health Certificate are versed in a variety of indigenous and holistic modalities and philosophies. They can seek employment in the health and wellness retail sectors, offer community-based wellness consultations, produce natural health products and matriculate into a diploma program at PRC. Credits will transfer directly into a diploma program within the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Diploma of Phytotherapy and the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition.

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