Clinical Residency & Roundtable

483.5 total hours

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This program is open to graduates of the

Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition program with pre-clinical training

Registration for the next program starts January 2023

Clinical Residency & Roundtable

ONLINE Program 2022-23

September 12th, 2022 - May 22nd, 2023

Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 pm PST

Registration Closed!

​​​​​Course Description

All Clinic Sessions and Classes are held in real time on Zoom.


Our Clinical Residency & Roundtable Program is our third-year program that brings our students full circle in their herbal journey. All of the rigorous study our students have completed in the first-year program Footprints in Medical Herbalism and our second-year program Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition have brought them to the precipice of becoming a fully trained Clinical Herbalist. 


Our program is based on the Roundtable clinical format. Students will attend the ACORN School’s Online Clinic as interns to run complete private intake and follow up sessions with actual clients. Interns will write up each case and submit it to the faculty and student body for review and collaborative feedback. Each clinician will gain the experience and insight of every case that comes through our clinic.

Consecutively, interns will attend one roundtable meeting each week for teachings and discussion of topics that arise in clinical practice. Roundtable meetings create a sacred space to share the challenges, insights, and moments of celebration of working in a clinic setting. Come to these ready to be your most authentic self.

Total Program Hours: 483.5 

  • Client face time - 160 hours

  • Case Analysis - 190 hours

  • Case Review - 90 hours

  • Roundtable - 43.5 hours

​​​​​​​​​​​General Enrollment Information

  • Prospective students must fill out an application for enrollment.

  • You must have previous herbal education & training to apply (see Prerequisites).  

  • ​​There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.

  • Once applications are accepted there is a deposit required to hold your place in the program. 

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to attend classes. 


This program has prerequisite requirement of a minimum of 300 hours of pre-clinical training in vitalist herbalism, having attended our Advanced Herbalism in the Vitalist Tradition program or the equivalent. Prior to Advanced training students must have a minimum of 300 hours of Foundational herbalist education, having attended our Footprints in Medical Herbalism program or the equivalent. Together, this totals a minimum requirement of over 600 hours of study with the specific education in the methods of vitalist healing strategies to enter into our Clinical Residency and Roundtable program.  

Students who complete both our first and second year programs are certified in over 650 hours of Vitalist Herbalism. Those who go on to complete this Clinic Program, will have accumulated over 1000 hours of formal herbal education.

Clinical Program Schedule

​1st Day of Class: September 12, 2022  ~  Last Day of Class: May 22, 2023


Clinical Program is Completely Online 

  • Roundtable meetings are held weekly on Zoom.

  • Interns will perform thorough Client Intakes (average 2 hours) and Follow-up Sessions (1 hour).

  • These appointments are virtual (Zoom), allowing us to work with clients all over the country.

  • Each client case will be reviewed by Paul Bergner & Heather Luna.

  • Student clinicians will submit written cases with a complete analysis breakdown for community review.

  • Faculty and community feedback will be given on your clinic cases via Google docs.

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Total $2900

  1. Deposit of $500 is due on or before 8/29/22 (the deposit counts towards your total tuition)

  2. Tuition Balance $2400

    • Payment in full is due on or before 10/4/22

    • OR Make monthly payments with our ACORN Payment Plan

      • Once your deposit has been paid, you will have 8 monthly payments of $300 (see schedule below).

      • Custom payments plans are available upon request, please contact ACORN directly to inquire. 

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What our Graduates are saying about the Clinic program…

"Being exposed to the variance of people, outcomes, obstacles, and successes [in the Free Clinic] has shown me how our therapeutics are just a starting point for devising a personalized treatment plan. I learned how both you as the clinician, and your client, need to be flexible and open to adjustments and trial and error. With so much fluctuation and variability from client to client (and session to session), it is important to constantly be open to learning from your mistakes and from your client’s outcomes, and to accurately

investigate the information presented. This ultimately makes us better clinicians."

"Working with a variety of clients over the [school year] helped me expand my formulation techniques. Really spending the time to adequately tailor a formula to the client, and to select the best form of a formula, improves client compliance and clinical outcome. I find I enjoy this creative process, as if each formula I devise is a unique, personalized, gift to that person infused with my healing intentions. Seeing how other clinicians formulated for their clients was also a great opportunity to learn more from each

other and further refine this skill. It showed me how most importantly, we each offer something unique and special to our clients."

"Overall the transformation I have undergone during this program is life changing. I never imagined I’d be where I am today— looking at opening my own clinical practice, with a handful of clients who trust and support me—and I couldn’t feel more ready to begin this next chapter of my career."

Field Classes

We are excited to continue our in-person, outdoor Field Classes! These classes will be held independently from the Clinical Program curriculum and anyone is welcome to join (students or the greater community). Students enrolled in the current Clinical Program will receive a discounted price on Field Classes. 

​For complete details, schedule and pricing see our Field Classes page

Application Instructions

Applications will not be processed until the application fee is submitted. This fee pays our time to thoroughly review each person’s application, read their essay, and then schedule a private interview to discuss their enrollment. This is a non-refundable one-time payment. 


  1. Read the Clinical Program Handbook.

  2. Fill out this Application online and save it to your computer.

  3. Take pictures or scan your Required Documentation and save as files.

  4. Write your Essay in a word processor and save the file.

  5. Then send an email with all the items/files described above as attachments to:

  6. Finally, pay the application fee. 


Within 7-14 days you will receive an email from us about your acceptance. 

​Questions? Please contact Heather Luna, ACORN Director with any additional questions or concerns. 

Step #1
Clinical Program Handbook

Step #2
Clinical Program Application

Step #3
$50 Application Fee

(one-time payment)