Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Herbal Studies Certificate Program

Prepare yourself for a career in the field of herbalism

Nevada's only comprehensive series on herbal studies.

TMCC's Workforce Development and Continuing Education department, located in Reno, Nevada, offers noncredit courses taught by local experts with years of experience and education. Join us for this noncredit class series on herbal benefits, preparations and more.

Empower yourself by:

  • gaining the skills you need to work in an herb-related business,
  • discovering how to create herbal products,
  • harvesting and using local/regional native plants for food and medicine,
  • better understanding wellness herbal uses, and
  • making better informed decisions when purchasing herbal health care products.

Take one class or pursue the whole series to earn a certificate of completion. In just one year, you'll possess a solid foundation that can lead to more advanced studies or an herbal apprenticeship. To earn the certificate, you must complete eight courses and at least seven shorter workshops for 250 hours of instruction. No prerequisites are required and courses may be taken independently of one another in any sequence.

TMCC's Herbal Studies program has "helped us build a more knowledgeable staff, has spurred innovation in uses and applications for our products and increased our value to our customers."

Dawn Wykoff, director of research and development, and Dr. Tom Jondiko, food scientist, of High Quality Organics, Inc.

TMCC's WDCE Herbal Studies Certificate emphasizes:

  • Field studies,
  • Hands-on experience, and
  • A focus on northern Nevada/eastern Sierra regional plants.

Herbal Studies

Plant Identification

Gain the skills you need to accurately identify our region's wild-growing plants. Delve into the basics of botany, morphology and taxonomy during this lecture, lab and field class. Develop your analytical thinking by learning to use a dichotomous key (a plant identification manual).

Medicinal Plants A–Z

Start developing your herbal expertise by learning how plants can promote better health. Incorporate your sense organs in learning about more than 40 of the most widely used medicinal plants, as well as important local ones. Learn about their properties, qualities, uses, indications and contraindications. Explore cultural, ethical harvesting and ecological concerns as well.

Practical Herbology

Gain hands-on experience in making your own herbal products and develop a deeper understanding of how plants support our health and well-being. In this lab that complements Medicinal Plants A-Z, learn the basics of making salves, tinctures, poultices, infusions, decoctions and more.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Explore the therapeutic uses of plant essential oils, how they affect the brain and body and the chemistry of these substances. Learn how to safely use these oils, as well as their manufacture and commercial value.

Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbology

Delve into these two ancient, in-depth herbal traditions. Enjoy learning from experts in Oriental Medicine and Ayurveda to better understand these comprehensive healing systems.

Medicinal Plants—A Systems Approach

Establish a strong foundation in herbal studies by discovering more than 40 important medicinal plants and how their uses promote overall well-being. Learn how they interact with the body's physiological systems, such as cardiovascular and digestive systems. Learn their appropriate uses, while touching and smelling both fresh and dried plant materials.

Practical Herbology II

Engage every sense as you build on the foundation of producing botanical medicines that was laid down in Practical Herbology I. In this hands-on lab, revisit some of the basics and expand upon them. Delve into tincture by percolation, essential oil distillation and medicinal jellies.

Herbal Formulations

Learn how to scrutinize a number of products that are currently on the market so you can make more informed purchases. Better understand why manufacturers create specific formulations and try your hand at theoretically formulating your own product.

Herbology Workshops

An array of short, one-day workshops are held regularly and include "Weeds, Worts and Roots: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants" and "Wildcrafting".