When and why was the Center founded?
The first herb studies program was in 1981 and it has grown steadily for over 30 years. David started teaching this class because there was a profound ignorance in the U.S. about herbs and the use of herbs for healing. In spite of this, there were many people who wanted to know more about this topic and few places to study. So what started as a small class has continually grown and matured, and we now have hundreds of graduates throughout the US, Canada and the UK who are successful practitioners, educators and members of the natural products industry. The live on-line program is our most recent innovation and it was started in 2006, allowing people who are not within commuting distance to NJ to take the program. As far as we know it is the first live herbal studies program in North America.
What will I be able to do with this education?
Students usually utilize this training in one of four ways. First—they are already practitioners and use it in the context of the practice as a physician, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, chiropractor, veterinarian, nutritionist, etc. Secondly, they decide to become an herbalist themselves—some people become community herbalists helping their friends and family and community, while others become clinical herbalists with a full time practice. Thirdly, some of my students become or are educators. We have numerous students who have set up schools, teach in public and private schools, and do educational seminars. Lastly, some of our students use what they learned within the herbal/nutritional supplement industry. Some work in health food stores, some for manufactures (some of the largest within the United States), some are researchers and information specialists for these companies.
What type of certification will I receive?
Upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements, students will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and graduates may participate in more advanced programs as they are offered.
When our students finish the 2-year program they have a strong foundation that will allow them to go on and become successful in whatever way they choose to use this information. Our goal is to give our students the skills needed to be able to treat people rather than diseases. To have the necessary knowledge and depth of understanding that allows them to understand the complexity of human health and disease and how herbs, diet, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, etc. can help not only to prevent disease, but also help us to regain our physical, emotional and spiritual health.
What kind of commitment is required?
When any student accepts a seat in this program, they are making a two-year commitment in terms of time (weekly 5 hour class 43 weeks a year, supplemental reading, case histories, diagnostics practice and 2 class projects) as well as financially.
Our costs for the entire two-years are based on the number of students enrolled when we begin. Therefore, students will be required to submit a signed contract when accepting a seat.
What about the pre-requisite course, Anatomy & Physiology?
A. This class is required unless you have completed college level Introduction to A&P. Michael Anthonavage, M.A. is offering this course as a correspondence course. For further information, please email Michael or call 908-581-0363. Tammi Sweet also offers this course as on online program. Your local college may have this course available as well. Attending this class does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the DW-CHS program.
What is the application process?
Completed applications will be reviewed by admissions and qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview either by phone or in person. The DW-CHS program does not deny enrollment, or make any distinction of, students regardless of race, color, creed, nationality, sexual orientation or gender. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend classes.
Will I be able to interact with the class if I take it on-line?
Yes. In fact, you will be required to do so. This is a live webcast, where you will be able to send in questions and comments to a moderator while class is in progress. There are several factors which would contribute to your question not being asked live. For example, there is a 5-15 second delay in the broadcast, and there is a limit to how many questions can be asked during the Q&A session. Any questions you may have can be posted in the forums. David and his staff will review and respond to these postings every other Thursday that he is in town.
What are the computer system requirements?
It's not so much a system requirement as it is a combination of factors that produce the best live on-line experience. It's more a matter of making sure you have a quality internet connection and changing settings if necessary. If you use a wireless connection you are more likely to encounter issues such as freezing, audio/video sync issues etc. If you hard wire your computer to your modem you have the best chance of avoiding issues. After acceptance to class you will be invited to join us in a "test class" where you can make sure there are no problems. If you do run across a problem, we will work with you to make sure your settings, etc. are where they should be.
How will I receive textbooks and handouts? Is there an additional cost?
There is only one required text: The Web That Has No Weaver, by Ted Kaptchuk. You will also be provided with David’s recommended reading list, however, purchase of these books will be at the student’s discretion.
Extensive handouts are given for the majority of the classes and these will be available to students in the virtual classroom as downloadable files. Students are responsible for printing these handouts as needed for class.
I am a healthcare professional. Will this course be too basic for me?
Most classes have a variety of healthcare professionals enrolled. We routinely have medical doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, veterinarians, dentists, physical therapists, massage therapists, etc. For the majority of these practitioners, there is little in the class that would be redundant or too basic. The one exception would be acupuncturists, who may find the introduction to Chinese medical theory section of the class redundant. Students with a strong phytochemistry background may also find the phytochemistry module too basic. We will consider excusing licensed acupuncturists from the Chinese medical theory section of the class.
I am not a healthcare professional. Will this course be too in-depth for me?
Each class also has students who have no medical background but have a serious interest in herbal medicine. Many of these students go on to become clinical herbalists and others use this as a basis for further studies in medical arts. Care is taken to provide adequate explanations and descriptions of medical concepts that some students may be lacking, however you may have to spend some additional time during the week studying unfamilar terms presented during class. This will allow us to effectively teach students with and without a medical background.
In the 38 years we have been teaching this program we have been very successful at helping to effectively educate a generation of herbal practitioners.
How many classes are given each year?
The program meets 43 weeks out of 52 per year. We try to put out the quarterly school calendar a month in advance. There is a usually a winter break the between the end December and beginning of January. In the case of inclement weather, class cancellation will be decided and posted by 12:00 noon whenever possible.
What if I miss a class?
Students are allowed 7 absences per year. All students have access to the video archives of each class, so you will be able to view any missed classes, or review any others you wish, for the entire two years of the program.
What are the time requirements for the course?
You will be required to be in class (physically or virtually, according to your enrollment status) every Tuesday evening from 5:00-10:00 pm. ET, 43 weeks per year. In addition to class time all students are expected to do supplemental reading, diagnostics practice, submit one case history and two class projects (1 per year), as well as complete monthly quizzes.
What are the requirements for the class projects?
Class projects are extensive projects that are chosen by the student and David. They may include written work (40-60 pages typed), demonstration, videos, slides, lecture, etc. Specific guidelines are given at the beginning of the class.
I will be taking the program on-line. Can I come to class once a month?
No, unfortunately there are space limitations in the classroom. Each seat is filled, so we don't have the flexibility of having a student be both on-line and on-site. It's also very disruptive to all students. So we ask that you chose either on-site or on-line for the duration of the two years.
I chose to be an on-site student at the beginning of the program, but now things have changed. Can I switch to being on-line?
We ask that you chose carefully at the beginning of the program whether to be an on-site or on-line student, as our costs are determined before class begins and is based on the number of students both on-site and on-line.
Can I watch the classes on my ipad, iphone, smartphone, etc.?
Yes, you can view the classes from any device that has an internet connection. However, there are some serious considerations when viewing the live broadcast on these devices. First, any time you use a wireless connection you will not have the stability of a wired connection. For some people, depending on the area, time of day, etc., that is not a problem. For others, it's the difference between a broken up broadcast and a clear one. There is also more of a time delay in the live broadcast, as they need additional coding.
If you're watching the archives on these devices you will not have a problem.
Are there ever interruptions on-line?
Yes, there have been times when we have lost our connection due to either our internet provider, weather, even the Olympics! (There were so many people on-line watching them that our server was affected). We do everything possible to keep these interruptions to an absolute minimum, but sometimes on-line students do miss some of what’s going on on-site. Luckily, everything is being recorded, so on-line students can view what was missed once the archives are posted. Also – many times our students run into problems with their internet service. We found the best solution is to call your provider before the first class and let them know you’ll be watching a live streaming class for 5 hours every week. Some companies will give a little “boost” to your speed! We have also found that in some areas, using a wireless connection causes a lot of issues. It’s usually always best to hardwire your internet connection to your computer.
What if I need further information?
Please feel free to contact us to ask any questions you may have.