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Certificate of Horticultural Therapy

The Graduate Certificate Program in Horticultural Therapy is built around the busy lives of health and human services professionals, horticulturists and educators that work with people with disabilities, older adults and those recovering from illness. The 12-credit hour program of study is offered online. The program is designed to enhance the credentials and professional stature of working professionals in their current positions and to help them advance in their career.

For detailed information on admissions and program requirements go to the K-State Global Campus.

Schedule of Classes

FallHORT 751 Human Issues in Horticultural Therapy
HORT 753 Clinical Skills in Horticultural Therapy
HORT 755 Practicum in Horticultural Therapy
SummerHORT 752 Horticulture in Horticultural Therapy
HORT 753 Clinical Skills in Horticultural Therapy
HORT 755 Practicum in Horticultural Therapy

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the graduate certificate program in horticultural therapy students will:

  • Be able to explain the delivery models and systems used in settings where horticultural therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service
  • Have achieved entry-level competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education
  • Be prepared to articulate and apply horticultural therapy theory and evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes
  • Be prepared to be a lifelong learner and keep current with evidence-based professional practice
  • Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the horticultural therapy profession
  • Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the horticultural therapist
  • Be prepared to advocate as a professional for the horticultural therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services
  • Be prepared to be an effective consumer of the latest research and knowledge bases that support practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge

The educational objectives will be achieved through program content that will include:

  • Foundational content: prerequisite coursework in the behavioral and horticultural sciences
  • Basic tenets of horticultural therapy: the history and philosophical base of the profession; the application of horticulture as therapy in various settings and with various population groups; the role of horticulture in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease and disability; client and facility assessment to formulate an intervention plan (HORT 751, HORT 753)
  • Horticultural therapy theoretical perspectives: describe theories that underlie the practice of horticultural therapy; compare and contrast models of practice; how to use theories and models in horticultural therapy evaluation and intervention (HORT 751)
  • Screening, evaluation, and referral: the use of standardized and non-standardized screening and assessment tools to determine the need of horticultural therapy intervention; the selection of appropriate assessment tools based on client needs and contextual factors; procedures and protocols when administering assessments; factors that might bias assessment results, such as culture, disability status, and situational variables; documentation procedures to adhere to facility, local, state, federal, and reimbursement agencies (HORT 753, HORT 755)
  • Formulation and implementation of an intervention plan: the use of evaluation findings based on appropriate theoretical approaches, models of practice, and frames of reference to develop horticulture-based intervention plans and strategies based on the stated needs of the client as well as data gathered during the evaluation process in collaboration with the client and others (HORT 752, HORT 753, HORT 755)
  • Context of service delivery: the differentiation among the contexts of health care, education, community, and social systems as they relate to the practice of horticultural therapy; the current policy issues and social, economic, political, geographic, and demographic factors that influence the contexts for practice of horticultural therapy; the role and responsibility of the practitioner to address changes in service delivery policies to effect changes in the system, and to identify opportunities in emerging practice areas; the trends in models of service delivery and their potential effect on the practice of horticultural therapy (HORT 751, HORT 753)
  • Management of horticultural therapy services: how the various practice settings (e.g. medical institutions, school systems, community systems) affect the delivery of horticultural therapy services; the impact of contextual factors on the management and delivery of horticultural therapy services; how to plan, develop, organize, and market the delivery of services (HORT 753, HORT 755)
  • Research: the importance of research, scholarly activities, and the continued development of a body of knowledge relevant to the profession of horticultural therapy; how to locate, understand, and evaluate information, including the quality of research evidence; the use of research literature to make evidence-based decisions; how to understand and critique the validity of research studies, including designs (both quantitative and qualitative) and methodologies (HORT 751).