Interest in the use of plant-based natural products instead of synthetic-based products – both around the world and in Turkey – in the field of food, medicine and cosmetics has been increasing in recent years. Today, the protection of human health, as well as interest in herbal natural resources, is coming to the forefront. The power of human education is of great importance in the collection, growth, production-processing, marketing and usage methods of herbal products when based on scientific knowledge rather than traditional knowledge-based practices.

The Medical and Aromatic Plants Program, which has been initiated with quotas of 30 students starting from the 2010 to 2011 academic year is within the scope of the Vocational and Veterinary Production Department of our university. It provides education and training at Boztepe District, 15 km away from the center of Kırşehir. The program aims to raise the awareness level in society, using a rational approach, to be able to: recognize medicinal and aromatic plants from the wide variety of plants that exist in Turkey, to know the methods of obtaining drugs from these plants, to be able to use the devices in medical and aromatic laboratories, to cultivate plants under the risk of extinction, and to train technical staff who can work in the fields of conservation of medical and aromatic plant genetic resources, and sustainable medical and aromatic plant businesses.

Graduates receiving the title of Medical and Aromatic Plants Technician can be employed in the following areas: companies importing and exporting medical plants, laboratories manufacturing herbal medicines, sectors where these plants are cultivated or collected, business establishments producing and selling medicinal plant drugs, herbalists, beauty salons, pharmacies producing and selling herbal medicines, aromatherapy centers, the perfumery and cosmetics industries, as well as relevant organizations within the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock. This could also include: criminal and forensic laboratories working on narcotics and herbal trafficking, control of imported and exported herbal products through customs, and herbarium plant laboratories in related sections of universities as auxiliary technical personnel. In addition, they can establish business areas operating in this area using the information they learn.