plant-based oils and drugs

Online certificate in natural products science

Be an expert in this growing industry

This certificate will deliver helpful knowledge to healthcare providers on the growing use of natural medicines. Gain the understanding to ask your patients the right questions and confidently discuss treatment options. Deliver more complete care with a stronger awareness of the what, how, and why's of plant-based supplements and drugs.




Earn 12 credits in this
4-course certificate program

Course Schedule

Online classes are in
accelerated 8-week sessions

Natural products have vast therapeutic potential, as treatments for skin and body diseases, add-on agents to enhance the actions of approved medicines, and even medicinal agents themselves.

Professor Chris Cunningham, Ph.D., Program Director

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doctors and plant-based medicines

Specialize your certificate

Grow your expertise in this plant-based drug that is a legal treatment option in specific states. This specialization will cover a breadth of facts, research, and trends to ensure you have all the latest information.

Curriculum Overview

  • Therapeutic benefits and risks
  • Classification and scope
  • Development, discovery and legal aspects
  • History of natural medicines

You must have a BA or BS degree and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 to be eligible for this program.  

cost per credit
start date
A new session for this certificate is scheduled
to start in the summer of 2024.
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Funding your education

Concordia's payment plan allows you to break tuition into automatic monthly payments

Scholarships and financial aid are available for qualifying students.

Learn more

This certificate program is an ideal opportunity to learn from experts that practice the science of developing and using medicinal herbs and supplements as therapeutic products. Earning this certificate will show your employer and patients that you are specially trained in natural products-based medicine, their health benefits, and their dangers. Herbal medicine is not covered in great depth in medical schools so our program can help build that knowledge.

  • Doctor                       
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Nurse midwife
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Nutritionist or dietician
  • Athletic trainer