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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 2023-24 is closed

Check back in early 2024 for next year's registration

Clinical Residency & Roundtable

ONLINE Program

Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 pm PST

​​​​​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 meetings - 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.

Clinic Program Schedule

​1st Day: September 18, 2023

Last Day: May 27, 2024

Clinic Program is Completely Online 

  • Roundtable meetings are held weekly on Zoom; you will need your own Zoom account.

  • 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.

For complete program information, read the Clinic Handbook

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Tuition & Costs    

Total Program Cost $4000

  • $1200 - Tuition Deposit

  • $2800 - Tuition Balance 

Payment Due Dates

Once you are accepted into the Advanced program you will receive an Enrollment Packet with complete details, due dates and next steps to help you prepare for the first day of school.

  • Tuition Deposit of $1200 due 9/4/23 The deposit counts towards your total tuition. We encourage you to pay your deposit as soon as you can to help offset the initial costs and hold your place in the program. The deposit also helps keep the monthly payments affordable.

  • Tuition Balance of $2800 - Once your Tuition Deposit is paid, you will have monthly payments. Tuition payments are auto-billed on the 1st Tuesday of the month (dates given below). Please contact ACORN directly to make custom payment arrangements.  

What our Graduates are saying about the Clinic program…

​"...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."

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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. Student Handbook - Read the School Policies section (pgs. 9-12) of the Student Handbook, scroll to the bottom of this page for the link.

  2. Application - Fill it out online and save it to your device by adding your name in the file name, for example: “CP Application 2023-24_Jane Smith.pdf”

  3. ID - Take a picture of your ID and save it to your device.

  4. Herbal Certificate - Take a picture of your herbal certificate and save it to your device.

  5. Essay - Write a one-page essay that describes your previous herbal education, and why you wish to join us in the clinic. Write the essay in a word processor and save the file as a .doc, .pdf, or share it as a Google Doc file to the email address below.

  6. Application Fee Pay the application fee using the payment button below.

  7. Send an Email – Attach the following: Completed Application, copy of ID & your Essay. 


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
Clinic Program Handbook

Step #2
Clinic Program Application

Step #3
$50 Application Fee

(one-time payment)

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