Genesis School of Natural Health

Clinical Master Herbalist & Traditional Dr. of Naturopathy with 500-Hours Internship

Genesis School of is committed to providing accredited professional-level natural health courses. Our comprehensive Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy training program prepares you to safely guide your clients on a journey back to health and vitality. In addition to up-date books and manuals our students complete a holistic, science-based internship. Our Clinical Master Herbalist course was designed for practitioners that wish to diversify and expand their modalities of care and for individuals that wish to become a professional herbalist as a stand-alone profession. The title, Clinical Master Herbalist, denotes proficiency in the use of herbs and natural health strategies. 

Our 4-phase educational system will guide you through the foundational and advanced classes that include anatomy & physiology, herbal remedies, homeopathy, essential oils, diseases and disorders, and more. As an herbal and naturopathy student you will learn that the holistic approach to healing takes into consideration the whole of an individual’s being (body, mind, and spirit) as well as the very important emotional component. Therefore, it is important that you have an in-depth regard of the physical, emotional, nutritional, historical, and environmental factors which may have created toxicity, deficiency, and/or weakness within your client.

Holistic Health Practitioner Program

CMH & Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy 4.5-Year Diploma Course

Students will complete 82.5 course credit hours/1320 study hours plus 500 internship hours. The estimated time to complete the course studies and final exam is 30 months but students will have 34 months – an extra 4 months to to allow for unexpected circumstances. 

The 24 month internship portion of your studies will start after you complete all tests. The internship requirements must be completed within 24 months + 6 weeks. To complete the Internship, students will need to set aside 20 hours per month/5 hours per week to devote to studies. 




Students will be given 4 specific case studies each month. [192 hours / 8 hours per month]


Full intake must be documented and herbs and nutrition and lifestyle factors must be listed. Students must also state why they were chosen as part of the protocol.


Real life clients the student acquires. Family, friends, neighbors are all ok. [96 hours / 4 hours per month]


Students will complete 2 case studies with real clients (4 hours per month). Friends, family, referrals... we can help you find clients if needed.


Two research assignments per month on given disease topics. [96 hours/4 hours per month]


Assignments will be 2 hours each and need to be typed and turned in every month. Include pictures of disease.


One assignment will be give each month for 20 months. One hour per assignment. [20 hours / 1 hour per month]


Modalities include light therapy, reflexology, grounding, hot and cold water therapy....

Our virtual internship has been designed to provide herbalists and other natural health providers with valuable hands-on experience, research skills, and health-specific knowledge. Internship classes will be lead by the founder of Genesis School of Natural Health, Sharlene Peterson. There will be limited enrollment to ensure that each student receives timely grading and answers to questions. 

Each month there will be a 3-hour online instruction class covering body systems, disease prevention, pathologies, and protocols to regain health. Students will also complete client case studies, client practicums, pathology, and modality assignments. To complete the Internship, students will need to set aside 20 hours per month/5 hours per week to devote to studies. Genesis School of Natural Health will award 32 credit hours (500 hours) to the student for the completion of the two-year internship. The internship requirements must be completed within 24 months + 6 weeks.


72 hours / 3 hours per month

  • Client Intake & Business Structures
  • Diets and Nutrition Systems
  • Liver/Gallbladder: bile function, detoxification, liver functions and production, heavy metals, viruses in relation to the liver, and more
  • Stomach & Intestines: digestion, leaky guts, parasites, bacterial overgrowth, bowel inflammation, food sensitivities, binding intestinal metals, and more
  • Pancreas: digestive enzymes production, insulin secretion,  beta-cell exhaustion, diabetes type 2, and more.
  • Lungs & Kidneys/Bladder: respiration, elimination, stones, toxicities, inflammation, and more
  • Heart & Blood Circulation 
  • Skin & Lymphatic System
  • Bones, Tendons, & Cartilage: 
  • Immune System Fundamentals & Blood Chemistry
  • Autoimmunity Diseases: root causes, genetics vs epigenetics, toxins, microorganisms, and more 
  • Q & A Discussion Group 
  • Endocrine System: Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenals (HPA-axis), adaptogens & tonics, stresses, vitamin & mineral support, and more
  • Thyroid: hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, iodine and co-factors, goitrogens, nodules, autoimmune, and more
  • Mental Health Issues: anxiety, depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, and more
  • Pain and Inflammation: fibromyalgia, sciatica, causes & considerations, and more
  • Fertility & Pregnancy: male, female, nutritional considerations during pregnancy and more
  • Microbiology (mycoplasmas, bacteria, viruses, and parasites) & Toxin Exposures
  • A Deeper Look: Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • A Deeper Look: Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancer and Considerations
  • Parkinson’s disease & Autonomic dysfunction (hypotension conditions)
  • A Deeper Look: Lyme Disease & Co-Infections
  • Q & A Discussion Group

Videos / Monthly Meeting Details

  • Each online meeting will be recorded and posted to the student portal. Students may view the video again or watch it when unable to attend the live class. 
  • Sharlene Peterson will be leading live monthly online lectures for at least 24 months (October 2024 – October 2026). All videos, homework, and resources will be added to the student portal as the internship progresses through time. 
  • Students that start the internship after October 2024 may join the current monthly online lecture but, it will be necessary to view the first  recorded session to understand the Client Intake and hear the questions and answers about the homework assignments.
  • When the 24 formal lectures have been completed in October 2026, incoming students will watch the recorded video lectures and attend the monthly meetings. Monthly meeting will include Q & A time and short topics or new research findings depending on student questions and interests. 


  • Students will have monthly meetings with an instructor
  • Students will have a discussion board specifically for the internship and instructor(s) will monitor and reply to students posting questions or comments.
  • Homework assignments will be read by and graded by an instructor
  • Students will be given up-to-date scientific information and relevant study lectures and homework

By choosing Genesis’s comprehensive training program you are investing in your future success as a Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy. Success includes the ability to transform the lives of those you serve as well as creating a successful business. This 500-hour internship training program empowers students with critical thinking skills, health information literacy, and expertise in herbal and natural medicine.

CMH & Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy: Tuition

Tuition: $7,725.00

Pay in Full and save 15%: $6,566.25

Payment Plan Option One: Tuition is $7,725.00 and the deposit is $2,225.00. Payments for the remaining balance of $5,500.00 will be $229.17 for 24 months.

Payment Plan Option Two: Tuition is $7,725.00 and the deposit is $2,000.00. Following the deposit there will be 3 invoices. The first invoice will be for $3,725.00 and it requires 24 monthly payments of  $155.21. Invoice #2 will be $1,000.00 and must be paid in full before starting the first 250 hours of internship. Invoice #3 will be $1,000.00 and must be paid in full before starting the last 250 hours of internship.

Discounts: Military, Police & First Responders receive 15% off diploma programs. This discount applies to all who have served, are currently serving, and their spouse. Tuition is the same if paying in full or making payments: $6,566.25 and the deposit is $2,000.00. Payments for the remaining $4,566.25 balance will be $190.26 for 24 months. Contact us if you need a plan similar to the Payment Plan Option Two. Contact us for the 3-invoice option similar to the payment plan option 2 offered above.

"I have loved every minute of my time at Genesis. In fact, although I have taken the long road to finishing, I am sad that my time as a student at Genesis is over. The support of the administration has been top notch. The curriculum is broad and very engaging. I truly enjoyed every class that was given. Whether you are hoping to start a new career helping others with their natural journey, or just gaining information for your family's future, Genesis is the place!"

Traditional naturopaths are not licensed medical practitioners and do not diagnose or prescribe treatments for disease. We are natural health professionals that use the client consult to consider the whole person, looking beyond presenting symptoms to uncover the root cause of their imbalance. 

Foundational to naturopathy is the belief that that body is designed to heal itself given the support it needs. It takes into consideration the whole of an individual’s being (body, mind, and spirit) as well as the very important emotional component. Therefore, as a traditional doctor of naturopathy, it is important that you have an in-depth regard of the physical, emotional, nutritional, historical, and environmental factors which may have created toxicity, deficiency, and/or weakness within your client. In addition to recognizing your client’s needs, you will also have the privilege and responsibility of determining how to safely guide them on a journey back to health and vitality. Our privilege and responsibility is to provide you with a holistic, professional level naturopathy course – a level of training that will prepare you to serve the public safely and effectively. 

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Education and licensing differ for the three types of naturopathic practitioners:

Naturopathic physicians generally complete a 4-year, graduate-level program at one of the North American naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, an organization recognized for accreditation purposes by the U.S. Department of Education. Some U.S. states and territories have licensing requirements for naturopathic physicians; others don’t. In those jurisdictions that have licensing requirements, naturopathic physicians must graduate from a 4-year naturopathic medical college and pass an examination to receive a license. They must also fulfill annual continuing education requirements.

  • Traditional naturopaths, also known simply as “naturopaths,” may receive training in a variety of ways. Training programs vary in length and content and are not accredited by organizations recognized for accreditation purposes by the U.S. Department of Education. Traditional naturopaths are not eligible for licensing. Licensing is a legal term for medical doctors. Traditional Naturopaths may choose professional accreditation/certification but it is entirely optional – not required to open an office or see clients.
  • Other health care providers (such as physicians, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, dentists, and nurses) sometimes offer naturopathic treatments, functional medicine, and other holistic therapies, having pursued additional training in these areas. Training programs vary.

What is Naturopathy? The following section is from 

Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to wellness. Naturopathy supports a person to live a healthy lifestyle. The foundations of naturopathy are based on the importance of a healthy diet, clean fresh water, sunlight, exercise and stress management. Naturopathy aims to educate the person to look after their own health and the health of their family, minimising symptoms of any illness, supporting the body’s capacity to heal, and balancing the body so that illness is less likely to occur in the future.

A naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques and these include (but are not limited to):

    • nutrition and dietary advice. A poor diet stops the body from functioning well and a build-up of toxins can lead to a range of illnesses. Whole, fresh and unprocessed foods are recommended
    • herbal medicine – herbs can support the body
    • homeopathy – homeopathic treatments are used to stimulate the body
    • hydrotherapy (water therapy). For instance, the use of hot and cold compresses might be used for certain conditions to influence the flow of blood and body heat
    • physical therapies – such as massage, Bowen, acupressure, bio-puncture or mechanotherapy
    • kinesiology and integrated bio-dynamics (IBD)
    • counselling techniques – emotional problems and stress can interfere with the healing process. Counselling techniques can include stress management strategies and life coaching.
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