Opportunities for VCIH Graduates

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Opportunities for VCIH Graduates

Graduates of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) can have their credits applied to a Goddard College degree. This joint learning opportunity enables VCIH students who seek a fully accredited college degree to apply learning (and transfer credits at the undergraduate level) to your personalized program of study in Godddard’s BA in Health Arts & Sciences or MA in Health Arts & Sciences program.

Students enrolled in VCIH programs will be eligible to transfer credits into Goddard’s BA in Health Arts & Sciences degree.

  • Foundations/The Family Herbalist Program: 11 semester-hour credits
  • Therapeutics: 22 semester-hour credits
  • Clinic: 13 semester-hour credits
  • TOTAL: 46 semester-hour credits

VCIH graduates who already have a bachelor’s degree may be eligible for admission into the accelerated 36-credit MA in Health Arts & Sciences.

To learn more contact admissions@goddard.edu or call 800-906-8312.


VCIH students gain access to the rich, diverse learning community offered by Goddard, acquiring a college degree, thereby expanding your scholarship and future career opportunities. Goddard students will gain intensive technical training in Western herbalism when you take part in the VCIH programs.

At the undergraduate level: After attending and successfully completing VCIH’s one- or three-year program, VCIH students who go on to enroll in the BA in Health Arts & Sciences undergraduate program can transfer completed VCIH course work, inclusive of transfer credits, directly into your undergraduate transcript, thereby shortening the time of study needed to earn your BA degree.

At the undergraduate and graduate level: Students currently enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate Health Arts & Sciences program may, as determined to be academically appropriate by the Health Arts & Sciences faculty advisor, embed VCIH offerings as part of your work in a Goddard semester study plan. Goddard faculty will require that additional reflection, research, and scholarship be completed during the Goddard semester appropriate to the undergraduate or graduate degree plan.

Upon graduation, students can work as herbal health educators, consultants to the growing nutrition and supplement industries, product-makers, health and wellness writers, or in numerous other fields, or you may pursue additional study.


The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) works to bring clinical herbalism to community practice through the weaving of science, spirit and grassroots activism, providing one of the nation’s most extensive clinical training opportunities, grounded in deep connection with the plants and place. Founded and co-directed by Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, and Guido Mase’, VCIH offers beginning herbal students a comprehensive 3-year training program that prepares them for work in the organization’s sliding-scale community clinics, which provided over 800 hours of service in 2010. The first year of the program offers a combination of hands-on apprenticeship and didactic time in the classroom, providing both direct experience with the plants and foundational knowledge in holistic physiology, energetic systems, and materia medica. This year can be taken by itself as the Family Herbalist course. Those interested in developing applied skills can then continue through the more intensive second and third years, focusing on understanding system dysfunctions, developing critical thinking and research strategies, and grounding in the skills an herbal health educator. The third year includes 240 hours of applied theory and practica, while also highlighting teaching and business development. VCIH’s training emphasizes the educational nature of the practice of herbalism and the development of practitioners-as-educators, who serve as partners to clients in realizing their health-related goals. Like a writing clinic, which hopes to give students tools to become better writers independent of their tutors, the herbal clinic is a place of learning where individually tailored information encourages client self-awareness, responsibility and empowerment. To learn more about the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, contact info@vtherbcenter.org or call 802-224-7100.


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