Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program
their careers through an in-depth exploration of skills and innovative methods using plants
and the growing environment to heal and rehabilitate people. Taught by practicing horticultural
therapists, this program trains students in the design, implementation, and operation of
programs for individuals and groups in a wide variety of health care settings and human
- Understand the characteristics and etiologies of the various populations served by horticultural therapy.
- Demonstrate skills in goal setting, activity planning, risk management, evaluation methods, plant selection, and accessible design.
- Prepare proposals to deliver horticultural therapy programs in various venues including public settings, not-for-profit organizations, private companies, and independent contracting services.
Certificate students must complete 189 total course hours (181 required + 8 site visit hours), plus a 100-hour internship.
|Introduction to Horticultural Therapy||THR 301||15|
|Horticultural Therapy for Older Adults||THR 401||P||15|
|Horticultural Therapy for Exceptional Youth||THR 402||P||15|
|Horticultural Therapy for Physical Rehabilitation||THR 403||P||15|
|Horticultural Therapy in Behavioral Health Settings||THR 404||P||15|
|Horticultural Therapy Methods and Materials||THR 406||P||15|
|Activities Analysis for Horticultural Therapy||THR 407||P||15|
|Garden Design for Special Populations||THR 408||P||15|
|Horticultural Therapy Program Management||THR 409||P||15|
|Fundamentals of Gardening||GAR 301||12|
|Introduction to Plant Science||HRT 300||16|
|Plant Propagation I: Basic Principles||HRT 411||P||18|
|Horticultural Therapy Site Visits (see below)||8|
|TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS||189|
|NYU Langone Medical Center, Therapeutic Horticulture Services||THR 525||P||5|
|The HSNY's GreenHouse Program on Rikers Island||THR 537||P||6|
|Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center: The Garden of Hope||THR 546||P||4|
* = Courses offered in the Fall–Winter season
P = Courses with a prerequisite before you can register
The Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program is accredited toward registration with the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). Horticultural Therapy courses are eligible for college credit and can be applied toward voluntary Professional Registration through the AHTA.