[RMHI Home]
[HerbalThinkTCM software] [Tutorials]
[RMHInet] [Courses/Certification] [FAQ]
[Articles] [About]
[Follow] [Contact]

— updated 2020-07-19


Courses, activities, and certification options — programs in clinical Chinese herbology and environmental health sciences

A quick-reference chart of courses, activities, and certification options at RMHI.

International students:   Herbalists' BootCamp, RMHInet, and Levels 1H, 1 and 2
are accessible entirely by distance-learning without any travel to the U.S.

See also: More information about our courses and options

Subtopics on this page…

Copyright ©1997-2020 by RMH-Publications Trust; all rights reserved.

Herbalists' BootCamp
more information here
(brainstorming network for health, wellness, and longevity

more information here
Personal and family health
(Family Health Educator program):
Level 1-H, Supervised Self-Study Course
Professional-level clinical Chinese herbology curriculum:
Level 1: Supervised Self-Study Course Level 2: Supervised Clinical Studies and Cases Level 3: On-site Clinical Seminars
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Purpose — what you will achieve Prepares you to ask questions about specific health problems in a detailed, concise format that TCM practitioners require before offering suggestions about diet, herbs, and formulas. Provides a forum for you to ask questions and share ideas about health, wellness, and longevity with other members worldwide, using TCM as a basic framework for applying this information practically. Intended for individuals primarily interested in improving their own health and that of family members. Familiarity with and application of basic TCM theory and definitions, ability to differentiate basic symptom-sign patterns of illness, basic knowledge of materia medica.
Who should take this course option?
Mastery of TCM theory and definitions, ability to differentiate over 130 symptom-sign patterns of illness, advanced knowledge of materia medica. Ability to apply Level-1 theory and data to helping people solve real clinical problems. Mastery of basic techniques in tongue inspection, pulse palpation, complex syndrome analysis; handling the practicalities of managing an herbal consulting practice.
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Topics covered How to use important features and modules of the HerbalThink-TCM software; basic theory; how to take a thorough, accurate health history. Any health topics and issues of interest to members; open debate/discussion. TCM theory and health assessment; materia medica; herbal formulation; office procedures; diet, nutrition, environmental health issues; doing Internet searches, evaluating the trustworthiness of information sources; legal, historical, and political issues affecting herbalists. Practical application of the material in Level 1 in analyzing clinical cases of your own: taking health histories; real-life complexities in pattern analysis; designing herbal formulas for your clients; dietary and environmental health considerations. The on-site seminars focus on hands-on experience with pulse palpation, tongue inspection, and practice analyzing health histories of volunteer clients. Misc. topics include introduction to plant taxonomy (local field trip); handling herbal inventory, dispensing, and preparation; counseling issues; TCM perspective on music and health with demonstrations.
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Format A series of online tutorials supplemented by email/phone consultations with instructors and/or other participants. Participation in our members-only social-media platform. People from anywhere in the world are welcome to join. Interactive computer software and instructional material; distance learning via RMHInet, email, and phone consultations. Distance learning via RMHInet, email, and phone consultations. On site seminars in Hot Springs, Montana, USA, scheduled on demand
Students are encouraged to ask questions about course material on RMHInet — for RMHI students, graduates, and invited guest herbalists.
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Convenience Members from anywhere in the world may complete Herbalists' BootCamp via online tutorials.
 (Participation in local groups is optional but encouraged if available in your area.)
Participation in RMHInet and completion of Levels 1-H, 1, and 2 requires no travel. You can complete all requirements in the convenience of your own home or office. Requires travel to Montana
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Getting started — prerequisites, admission Just follow the instructions in online tutorial #1, and then submit your application for admission.
 (Alternatively, individuals may contact us regarding on-site versions of BootCamp.)
Successful completion of Herbalists' BootCamp is required for membership in RMHInet. Good skills in abstract reasoning and natural pattern recognition. Successful completion of Herbalists' BootCamp and membership in RMHInet are prerequisites for admission. Completion of at least 50% of the material in Level 1
Additional information:
    · FAQ — frequently asked questions
    · Getting started; applying for admission; guidelines for Level-1, 1-H students
    · Admissions/enrollment agreement
    · Who should study Chinese herbology at RMHI
    · The history behind HerbalThink-TCM software — why it was developed
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Required materials HerbalThink-TCM Test option HerbalThink-TCM Basic option HerbalThink-TCM Pro option HerbalThink-TCM Pro option
  (1) textbook: Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia
  (2) Herb kit of 90 of the most commonly used Chinese herbs.
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Participation/ completion requirements Successful completion of all online tutorials within the BootCamp series is required for membership and enrollment in all other RMHI programs and courses. Participation is on-going. Maintaining your membership requires one or more of the following:
  (1) regular participation in group online discussions;
  (2) upgrading to HerbalThink-TCM Basic or Pro option;
 or (3) purchasing at least one AutoSage-TCM individualized health analysis report during each calendar year.
  · This software-based Course allows course participants to study at home at their own pace, yet receive detailed feedback from both the self-quizzing software and by participating in an Internet distance-learning forum. Self-quizzing software interactively monitors and displays a user's progress, progressively introducing and recommending new material as appropriate. Successful completion requires achieving at least minimum target scores as recorded in the user's progress file.
  · Target score requirements for Level 1 are higher than for Level 1-H. (Score requirements for Level 1H certification are the same as the admission requirements.)
  · Additionally, participants must submit a total of 12 (monthly) brief reports on topics of personal interest within the domain of environmental health issues, diet and nutrition, and holistic anatomy/physiology.
To be completed are:
  · 10 personal case studies/analyses of friends, family, or clients; each written case record to include health histories, dietary and environmental health assessments, recommended herbal formulas, and at least one followup report. Submitted case reports must meet minimum RMHI standards of accuracy and completeness.
  · Active participation in RMHInet.
Attendance at a minimum of two on-site seminars; completion of a practical exam in tongue and pulse techniques and health history analysis. (Minimal time is spent on lectures; all participants are required to have studied basic course material prior to attending.)
All RMHI students are expected to participate regularly in RMHInet.
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Estimated time requirements Estimated: 24-48 hours. Estimated: only several hours per week to maintain your ongoing membership and participate in group online discussions. 200 hours of self-study time, work at your own pace; it is possible to complete within one year by regular study of about 5 hours per week. 610 hours of self-study time, work at your own pace; it is possible to complete within one year by regular study of about 15 hours per week. 160 hours, estimated. 120 hours of seminar time (one 60-hour seminar is scheduled each year)
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Schedule Flexible, must be completed within 6 months of start date. Ongoing. Totally flexible. Occasionally, special group events like chat sessions on social media may be scheduled. Begin at any time. Participants are encouraged to complete within one year of start date. Begin at any time. Participants are encouraged to complete within two years of start date. One-week seminars offered on demand for minimum class of three students, generally during the summer of each year.
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Certification None. A certificate is awarded after successful completion of each Level (1, 2, 3). The certificate states your name, the Level completed, a brief course description, and the estimated number of hours involved.
If you are interested in receiving credits toward professional CEU requirements or a university degree, please refer your professional organization or university department to the following page: Detailed curriculum outline. (Please note that RMHI is not a college and does not itself award academic degrees.)
BootCamp RMHInet Level 1H Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Tuition, fees, and software licenses $160 tuition fee for enrolling in Herbalists' BootCamp.
  (Free to all previous RMHI professional-course graduates and to HerbalThink-TCM Basic/Pro licensees, all versions.)
See participation/ completion requirements, above. For the first 12 months of enrollment:
   Option 1: A single payment of $1200;
   Option 2: $1500 in two equal payments.

If student requires additional time:
   A single payment of $600 for each additional year.
HerbalThink-TCM Basic or Pro software is required.
$350 per case, payable at the start of each case (estimated total of $3500 for the 10 required cases). The standard fee includes up to 4 hours of email/phone consulting time per case. $950 per seminar, tuition due one month in advance (estimated total of $1900 for the two required seminars)
Software license fees:
Anyone may purchase an HerbalThink-TCM license, you do not have to be an enrolled RMHI student.
You may install HerbalThink-TCM Test, Basic, and Pro software on a maximum of two computers, if you are the sole user of both.
  • HerbalThink-TCM licenses:
    • Test option — 6-month trial support included as part of Herbalists' BootCamp)
    • Perpetual licenses (good for up to three sets of activation codes):
      • Basic option — $695
      • Pro option — $1295
  • Upgrades from previous versions of HerbalThink-TCM:
    • v4.x-Pro from 4.x-Basic — $725.
    • v4.x-Pro from 2.x/3.x-Pro — $795.
    • v4.x-Pro from 2.x/3.x-Basic — $1150.
    • v4.x-Basic from 2.x/3.x-Basic — $450.
  • If you wish to order a site license or multiple licenses (special discounts may apply), to request special shipping options (such as CD-ROM backup copies), etc., please contact us.
AutoSage-TCM reports/phone/email consulting:
  • AutoSage-TCM individualized health analysis reports — $120, each report; report includes up to 30 minutes free phone/email consultation. AutoSage-TCM reports are available only to individuals who have successfully completed Herbalists' BootCamp, especially the tutorials on CaseQuery and AutoSage-TCM.
  • $120/hour for email/phone case consultations — for RMHInet members, RMHI enrolled students and graduates only.