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College of Naturopathic Medicine

Dublin: 01 235 3094

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The Herbal Medicine Diploma course is divided into 3 levels.

Level I: 1-2 years
Level II & III: 1 year each.

Course Details
Length of Study: 3-4 years. 1-2 weekends per month.
Clinical Hours: 500 Clinical hours.
CNM Diploma: Dip. Herbal Med. and Dip. Naturopath.

The Herbal Medicine Diploma Course

The Herbal Medicine diploma course provides high quality training which equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured. Each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as Herbalists.

The course is delivered in 3 levels (I, II and III). A student has to complete one level before progressing to the next.

Level I

Biomedicine 1 year 10 weekends
Naturopathy Study 1 year 10 weekends
Herbal Medicine I 1 year 10 weekends


Level II

Naturopathic Principles 1 year 4 weekends
Herbal Medicine II 1 year 20 weekends, 200 clinical hours


Level III

Herbal Medicine III 1 year 20 weekends, 300 clinical hours



The Course Syllabus

Level I – Biomedicine

The aim of Biomedicine is to get students to understand how the body works, most common diseases, medical diagnostics, differential diagnostics and red flag symptoms. This way a future practitioner understands medical conditions, especially dangerous conditions and is able to decide what he can treat and when to refer to a specialist.

Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc, may not be required to take Biomedicine – please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.


  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of all Organ systems
  • Infectious diseases
  • Pharmacology, Laboratory, Examination methods
  • Differential diagnostics
  • Red flag symptoms

Level I – Naturopathy Study

The Naturopathy Study course gives the future CNM Herbalist additional therapeutic and diagnostic tools, which are of great benefit in clinical practice.


  • Naturopathy
  • First Aid Homeopathy
  • TCM (Chinese Diagnostics)
  • Iridology

Level I – Herbal Medicine

Level I Herbal Medicine gives a basic understanding of herbs and their use in clinical practice. Students will also study the basics of Ayurvedic and Chinese principles.


  • History and Philosophy
  • Basics of Herbal Medicine
  • Ayurvedic and Chinese principles
  • Usage of herbs
  • Practitioner development, research

Level II – Herbal Medicine II

The aim of Level II Herbal Medicine is to get students to understand how to treat common diseases. Students will observe live case taking of patients, following a standard CNM format.


  • Biochemistry/Pharmacology
  • Herbs/drugs interactions
  • Materia Medica
  • Botany, Plant identification
  • Internal/external use of herbs
  • Practitioner development
  • Clinical practice

Level II – Naturopathic Principles

The Naturopathic Principles course gives additional, invaluable tools to students, which will allow them to treat patients with various conditions successfully.


  • Naturopathy & Detoxification
  • Bach Flowers
  • Tissue Salts

Level III – Herbal Medicine III

This level gives the future Herbalist an in-depth knowledge in the use of herbs for special conditions.

The main focus however is on clinics, practice management and marketing. Students take supervised cases and learn how to best advise patients.


  • Advanced Materia Medica
  • Herbal Therapeutics
  • Practitioner development
  • PR/Marketing/Clinic management
  • How to treat various conditions such as cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal, digestive problems, skin, allergies, mother & child, pregnancy, men etc.
  • Clinical practice


Length of Study: 3-4 years

Locations: Dublin

Study Days: Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays)

Study Times: 10am – 6pm

Clinic Hours: 500 clinic hours

CNM Diploma: CNM Dip. Herbal Medicine and CNM Dip. Naturopathy.

Further Study: It is highly recommended that graduates of the Herbal Medicine course enrol onto the CNM Naturopathic Nutrition or Acupuncture courses to further their knowledge.

Junior or Leaving Certificate, or equivalent academic and/or work experience.


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