Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate Requirements

NYBG's Therapeutic Horticulture Certificate Program emerges from a health and wellness model of human development, combined with research supporting nature as an effective therapeutic medium. This program trains students to design, implement, and operate innovative therapeutic horticulture programs in settings such as urban farms, healthcare facilities, schools, supportive housing, correctional facilities, and more.

Those in pursuit of a Certificate must complete 176 course hours (160 required + 16 elective), 10 site visit hours, and 100 hours of field experience.

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NYU is recognized as having one of the longest-running therapeutic horticulture programs in the country. This visit offers an insider's look at the broad array of programs that the team facilitates both in the hospitals and in the community. Visit more...
251THP525 07/23 Tu 9:00am-2:00pm Horticultural Therapy Services


This user-friendly intro course surveys the major plant groups-flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes-focusing on their form and structure. Become botanically literate and gain practical experience in dissecting and analyzing plant structures.
251HRT300BO 08/12 Mo 6:00pm-8:00pm Thomson

Explore the basics of successful, environmentally friendly gardening. Topics include soils and their improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation, planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching, and disease and pest control. This course is also required for the Horticultural Therapy Certificate.
251GAR301D 08/15 Th 10:00am-12:25pm Davis
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