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Environmental Horticulture: Horticultural Therapy Practices Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 16.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2005


The Environmental Horticulture: Horticultural Therapy Practices Competency Certificate provides students with the background, skills, and experience that will allow them to incorporate horticultural therapy into an existing job environment or equip them for further horticultural therapy coursework. The program of courses focuses primarily on techniques, methods, and structures used in horticultural therapy with a diversity of populations in a variety of settings.

The program includes information concerning treatment alternatives that would be appropriate for a wide range of therapy professionals, educators, students enrolled in SRJC Horticulture and/or Human Services certificate programs, and interested individuals.

The Horticultural Therapy Practices Competency Certificate is one rung in a career ladder. Students interested in pursuing further coursework may wish to review information regarding first level registration as a horticultural therapist assistant or obtain information about university level horticultural therapy programs, American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) accredited certificate programs, and internship opportunities through the AHTA

Horticultural Therapy uses horticulture, nature, and plant-related activities to assist in the therapy and/or rehabilitation of people with special needs. With increasing interest in using plants to provide healing, social, and therapeutic benefits to people, there is a growing need for individuals trained both in horticulture and the therapeutic use of plants.

Men and women who work in the horticultural therapy field find that job opportunities are plentiful in the United States and internationally. The following list (adapted from Kansas State University's Horticultural Therapy website) is representative of horticultural therapy employment sites: arboreta and botanic gardens, community gardens, community mental health centers, corporate gardens, correctional facilities, cooperatiave extensive services, city parks and recreation departments, extended childcare facilities, farmers markets, horticultural industries, medical hospitals, Peace Corps and international agencies, physical rehabilitation medical centers, psychiatric hospitals, public school gardening programs, retirement communities, substance abuse programs, special education schools, V.A. medical centers, and zoo horticulture departments.

For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Environmental Horticulture: Horticultural Therapy Practices Certificate program are:

  • Complete 16.5 units from
    • Environmental Horticulture: Horticultural Therapy Practices Requirements

Environmental Horticulture: Horticultural Therapy Practices Requirements - complete 16.50 units
COUN 90Introduction to Human Services3.00
HORT 50.1Introduction to Horticultural Science1.50
HORT 69.1Introduction to Horticultural Therapy3.00
HORT 69.2Adaptive Horticulture3.00
HORT 69.3Horticultural Therapy For Special Populations3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
HORT 54Plant Materials: Summer/Fall3.00
HORT 55Plant Materials: Winter/Spring3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2005

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2006

Previous Versions:

Horticultural Therapy Practices - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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