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Horticultural Therapy

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2015 Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program Application

Application deadline: November 1, 2014. This is a limited-enrollment curriculum. Early submission of complete application materials is highly encouraged.

To apply for admission to the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program, the following documents
are required:

  • A completed admission application (fill in online form below)
  • A one-page essay on why you wish to enter into the field of Horticultural Therapy
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • A current resume that highlights work experience relevant to your professional goals
  • One set of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Verification of all relevant training and professional experience
    (e.g., photocopy of professional licensure forms)
  • A current TB test, which may be requested and then submitted after provisional acceptance into the program

Guidelines for submitting materials

After submitting your initial online admission application, the following materials must be submitted together: one page essay, resume, documentation of all relevant training and professional experience, and when possible, the three letters of reference. Electronic files are preferred. Please label electronic files in the following format: Lastname_documenttype (e.g. simmons-hurt_essay.doc).

Please send accompanying application materials and transcripts to htcertificate@chicagobotanic.org or to this address:

Chicago Botanic Garden
c/oAmelia Simmons Hurt
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

You will be notified of your application status prior to December 1, 2014. Accepted students will receive detailed instructions via email on the registration and enrollment process with Oakton Community College. After students complete the Oakton application, they are batch registered into the appropriate courses by the Oakton Community College enrollment center. 

If you have questions about your application or the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program, please contact Amelia Simmons-Hurt at htcertificate@chicagobotanic.org.

*Please note that applications will not be finalized until all required application materials as defined above, have been received.


Admission Application


Items market with a * are required. Form will not send unless these fields are filled in.

*First name: *Day phone:
*Last name: *Evening phone:
Maiden name:
(if applicable)
*Street address:    
*Zip/Postal code:

Is English your native language?  Yes No

If not, please indicate your proficiency in English:

Beginner (basic spoken and written)
Intermediate (able to communicate in writing and speech)
Advanced (very comfortable communicating in writing and speech)
Fluent (like a native speaker)

Education History

Please include one set of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.

High School
Institution name:
Full address:
Graduation year:
GED (complete only if you did not graduate from high school)
Month and year:

1. Institution name:
  Dates attended:
  Full address:
  Degree/Credential earned:
2. Institution name:
  Dates attended:
  Full address:
  Degree/Credential earned:
3. Institution name:
  Dates attended:
  Full address:
  Degree/Credential earned:
Related Experience
  Professional Certifications, Licenses, and Memberships:

(Please include a list of professional certifications, licenses and memberships and a photocopy of your professional licensure forms.)
  Other relevant experience:

Please describe other experiences, such as volunteer work or training, clearly indicating their relevance to the horticultural therapy and the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program prerequisites.

Will you be applying for an exemption from HTC100: Introduction to Horticulture for Horticultural Therapists?

(Transcripts verifying appropriate college course work in Horticulture must be provided.)

Yes No

Optional Information

The Chicago Botanic Garden is dedicated to providing the best educational programs possible to the widest range of people. We ask that you provide the following information to assist us in our continuing efforts at improving the education programs.

Gender: Race/Ethnicity: Birthdate (mm/dd/yy):

How did you find out about the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program?

How do you anticipate applying horticultural therapy in the future?

* I certify the above statements are complete and correct. I understand that if I withhold or give false information on this application it may make me ineligible for admission to the college or subject me to dismissal.

*Applicant's Electronic Signature & Date (please type in name & date in the box below).

Please press the Submit button to send your information to the Chicago Botanic Garden.


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