FAQs About The Avicenna Institute

Basic information about these courses can be found HERE.

Is there a time limit for the program?
No, each student has as long as they need to complete the program.

How long does it take to finish the program?
Some students with past experience (massage therapy students, aromatherapists, doctors, etc…) have finished the program in six months working as full-time students. However, the average time it takes to finish the entire Naturopathic program* is:

  1. 18 months for a student with previous experience and/or knowledge of anatomy.
  2. 18 months for students who already have a BS degree or degree in a natural healing area.
  3. 24 months for students who have experience as a hobby but without professional experience.
  4. 36 months for students who have no prior experience.

*These times are based on averages of  student that works part-time. Most of our students study as part-time students. Since students work at their own pace the time it will take you to finish your coursework will be very personal. If you send us a bit of background information on yourself (including how many hours each week you plan to study) at: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com we can give you a more accurate estimate.

Can I get a BA instead of a PhD?

We do not offer a BA. You can choose from the following: Certificate in Iridology, Certificate in Aromatherapy, Certificate in Reflexology, Certificate in Homeopathy, Certificate in Temperament and Typology, Certificate in Nutritional Well Being, Masters in Herbalism, or Ph.D as a Traditional Naturopath.

But how does this translate into hours? How many hours each week do I need to work?

The classroom credit hours for the Naturopathic well-being course are listed as 1,696. This is based on the classroom hours it takes for students to attend the classes in person. In these cases the student is listening to a lecture on the course as well as reading the same information in the online and physical text books. When practical concepts are introduced there are sometimes many hours spent with one example before the student does their practical exercise.

When you take the courses online you are reading the texts rather than listing to lectures and watching video tutorials instead of watching the practical demonstrations in a classroom so the average actual hours you will spend on the course would be 565. Of those, approximately 424 are practical hours. 

However, even with these numbers you still need to subtract hours if you have already read one or more of the books, have taken previous courses in the subject, have previous experience with the subject, or have a related degree in the subject matter. 

Each student is unique. To receive a more accurate estimate of the time it would take you to complete the course you can send specific information about your background and previous experience to: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com.

Is there any additional cost to the program?
Everything is included in the tuition cost listed on the website. Physical books are included as well as the final certificate and transcript. There are no additional fees once you pay the tutition cost.

Can I transfer credits?
Yes, you may transfer credits from related subjects to our school. We will need your transcript or certificate and a description of the class to do this. You can also transfer credits out of our school. Many institutions (see the link above) have accepted our credits. As with classes from any university, what credits they accept are usually on a case-by-case basis.

Are there prerequisites to take Avicenna Institute courses?
There are no prerequisites. However, if you have previous experience you may work more quickly through the classes as a student. Additionally, once you are a student, you can submit samples of previous work or course certificates that may allow you to “test out” of one or more sections of the course.

Do I need a college degree to enroll?
No, our program takes you through the credits you need for a bachelor’s degree and then takes you through the masters and doctorate after that. Some students who already have a bachelor’s degree are able to test out of some of the classes.

What are the classes like? 
Classes are taught with written and audio lectures and assigned readings. There are also mini video classes of subjects that require visual instruction (ie: How to Give an Iridology Reading). One of the most beneficial aspects of the course, however, are the interactions you experience in the lively student forum and the personal comments and feedback you receive on each assignment and exam. There are exams or written assignments at the end of each module. These are all open-book exams/assignments.

What certification do I receive for each course?
Each course has its own certification title. You can see these listed under each individual course on this page here. However, if your county, state, country or region requires that a different title be placed on your certificate please let us know. We can usually accommodate changes to the certificates as long as the meaning is the same.

Why is the cost for the series so low?
There are many factors that contribute to the lower cost of online education. Because these courses are online and student motivated (meaning instructors are not physically present for a specific class time because students read documents and watch videos of their lectures when it is convenient for them) this cuts down on many traditional university costs such as rent, salaries, building fees, city taxes, electricity costs, heating costs and much more. We still have teachers on staff that correct each exam and assignment personally. However, the cost for these services is much less than it would be in a traditional setting.

How can I translate the course credits into actual hours I will spend on each class?

You can see course credits for each course listed if you click on an any individual course from this page here. The way you would translate that into hours would be that you would first divide everything by three. Statistics have shown that students working online can absorb the same amount of information online in 20 minutes that they would in a one-hour lecture. Our class credits are calculated based on students attending one of our in-person lectures, seminars or workshops. However, online students typically need only 20 minutes for this same material.

For example, on this page here where it says “Credit Hours: 168” the actual hours for the average online student would be 56 hours. Additionally, this can sometimes be reduced if a student has previous experience or is a quick reader. These skills would cause them to read and absorb materials more quickly as well as complete assignments more rapidly.

Are these classes accredited?

We have been keeping the website up to date here: https://earthschooling.info/thebearthinstitute/legal-faqs/ and here: https://earthschooling.info/thebearth…/accreditation-page/. Regulations are always changing so what was accredited ten years ago is no longer valid. The links listed are up to date. However, remember – if we are not listed on an organization’s website it does not mean you cannot use us. There are hundreds of agencies worldwide and we don’t have the resources to apply to them all. However, we are willing to send in all the information you need (you can also find this information on the pages mentioned above). Students have been having a good success rate in requesting us to be recognized for their purposes.

Some new organizations students have been certified with using our program are: 

The American Association of Drugless Practitioners

Also see this information from our front page for additional organizations:

Educational Accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. There are a large number of these “external bodies” around the world. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency. As there are numerous agencies around the world it is impossible to apply to them all. If you have an agency you would like us to apply to please contact us. Accreditation does not assure that your degree will be accepted in your area of study. Accreditation of an institution has nothing to do with your ability to practice as a healer. Do not be fooled by an institution that claims accreditation and then says that this will accredit you as a healer, Your individual accreditation depends on the laws in your home state and/or country. The Avicenna Institute teaches you how to work within these legal and ethical boundaries and gives you the tools to work with your degree no matter what the laws of your home state and/or country are. Our students have gone on to open private practices, write for internationally acclaimed magazines, become consultants or teachers, and much more. The following institutions have reviewed and accepted the material offered by The Avicenna Institute:

Harvard Medical School

PictureHarvard Medical School approved the application of students for financial aid to take our course, The Medicine of Avicenna. These courses were deemed appropriate because they covered material not offered at the school. The courses also passed a review board who felt the material was of a high quality. (Note: Our courses are not medical courses and have not been officially accredited by this university)

The Board of Natural Medicine Certification Council

PictureStudents submit our courses to The Board of Natural Medicine Certification Council to gain credit for courses they have taken. BNMDP-NA is a non-profit organization established in 1998  as the Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners-North America(EBNMP-NA) as per World Health Organization Alma Ata 1962 accord, and is accredited and affiliated with the World Organization of Natural Medicine WONM-Registry by authority of its Registrar, accredited by the American Naturopathic Association (ANA) and acknowledged by the American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA). It serves as a Registry for  Traditional (Nature‚Äôs)Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners in North America and Its sub- boards are responsible for the administration of clinical competency examinations for certification.

International Organization of Nutritional Consultants

Courses from the Avicenna Institute are accepted by this organization and many more organizations around the world.

Lilipoh Magazine

PictureLILIPOH is an independently-owned natural health and lifestyle magazine, with a small staff of editors, writers, artists and friendly service people who care about and believe in the content we present.  After 14 years in publication, they have a solid editorial team, a lively family of over 100 advertisers, and a circulation of over 30,000 copies per quarter. Based in the US, LILIPOH is international in scope, often reporting on worldwide initiatives, with subscribers in over 16 countries. In the summer 2009 issue, Lillipoh published an article by instructor Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND on her theory of the temperaments and typology in healing and education.

International Conferences & Seminars

PictureKristie Karima Burns, MH, ND has been invited to speak at a number of Internationally recognized conferences in California, Colorado, Kuwait, Texas, New Hampshire and more. She is a regular speaker at the Waldorf in the Home Conferences on topics of healing and education. Her speaking engagements include topics like “Herbs for Kids”, “Typology and the Temperaments”, “Herbal Preparations”, “Iridology” and more.

Smithsonian Magazine and Others

PictureArticles by Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND have been quoted as expert sources in a number of magazines and books including Smithsonian Magazine, Cry on the Mountain (book), Beyond Natural Cures (book) and many more. We have a full list of these quotes we are preparing which will be ready in the near future.

Eat Right 4 Your Type Website and More

PictureKristie Karima Burns, MH, ND has written over 500 articles. Approximately half of these articles cover information about Middle Eastern Medicine, an area she studied in detail when she lived in the Middle East for 16 years. Dr. Burns is considered one of the foremost experts on the topic of Healing in the Middle East and how that relates to Western medicine and alternative medicine. Many of her articles have been reprinted or featured on hundreds of online websites, including the official website of Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo at Eat Right 4 Your Type.

Radio Shows

PictureKristie Burns, MH, ND has been asked to speak on a number of radio shows. One of her interviews is posted at: Business Talk Radio. In this interview she talks about her unique approach to healing. You can link here to listen to the interview: Business Talk Radio.


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