Undergraduate Certificate in Horticultural Therapy
The Undergraduate Certificate in Horticultural Therapy is offered by the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida (UF) and is open to UF students as well as non-degree seeking students.
Completion of the certificate will enable students to apply principles associated with the use of horticulture to increase human health and wellbeing. Students will explore the human dimensions of horticulture and its use as a vehicle for increased quality of life. They will gain knowledge in treatment assessments, plans, and methods, as well as activity analysis and adaptation and how they apply to special populations and varied settings. Documentation, funding, and staff, volunteer, and program management will be examined, as will the use of plants, gardens, and greenhouses in therapeutic programming. This program prepares students to develop activities, treatment plans, and programs using plants to achieve therapeutic outcomes in diverse public and private settings.
The curriculum will align with the educational requirements of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) for professional recognition as Horticultural Therapist-Registered (HTR). The certificate program is currently seeking accreditation from AHTA.
Certificate Requirements: Twelve credits (four courses at 3 credits each) that consist of the courses below. Students are required to take the first three courses and then may choose between the work experience course or the independent study course as their fourth course. Students must maintain a C or better in each course to earn the certificate.
- PLS 3XXX Introduction to Horticultural Therapy - 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and/or permission from the department
- PLS 4XXX Techniques in Horticultural Therapy – 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy
- PLS 4XXX Program Management in Horticultural Therapy – 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy and Techniques in Horticultural Therapy
- PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience - 3 credit hours OR PLS4905 Independent Study of Plant Science - 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy, Techniques in Horticultural Therapy, and Program Management in Horticultural Therapy or permission by the instructor
For more information on certificate and course content, please contact:
Leah Diehl, HTM, RLA at Elizabeth.Diehl@medicine.ufl.edu or (352) 294-5003
For more information on registration procedures, please contact:
Danae Perry at email@example.com or (352) 392-1831