Aromatherapy Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Aromatherapy schools and colleges in the U.S. are available as both for-profit and not-for-profit educational institutions, in either two- or four-year programs. Aromatherapy involves utilizing essential oils as a method of improving health and providing relaxation.

How to Choose an Aromatherapy School

Aromatherapy programs can be found at 2- and 4-year schools, most commonly as a certificate program. Many schools also offer aromatherapy as a concentration in a program like alternative or complementary medicine, holistic health or integrative health practices.

Other things to consider when choosing a program:

  • Find out if your state has any specific educational requirements that prospective aromatherapists need to meet in order to practice.
  • Make sure state or local licensure exists for a program.
  • Consider recommendations from practicing aromatherapists on what may be the best programs available.

Program Information

A good school will provide a full course of education. Aromatherapy training programs should include basic chemistry and biochemistry or physiology, if these are not prerequisites for admission. Coursework should cover law and regulations for the state the college or school is in, as well as the ethics of health practice. Students may also look for coursework in diagnosis, recommending correct treatments, contraindications for aromatherapy use and allergic reactions. Courses may also train students in understanding the actions of various essences, choosing and blending quality oils, as well as identifying the most useful delivery methods and techniques for massage or reflexology.

Being an aromatherapy practitioner involves working with people, delivering treatments in a session and educating them about healthy living. An internship or practice placement is invaluable. Some schools place students in preceptorships, either near the campus or near the students' homes.

10 Schools With Programs in Holistic Medicine

College/University InstitutionType
American College of Healthcare Sciences 2-year, Private
Anoka-Ramsey Community College 2-year, Public
Ashford University 4-year, Private
College of the Atlantic 2-year, Private
Drexel University 4-year, Private
Front Range Community College 2-year, Public
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 2-year, Private
Pitzer College 4-year, Private
Prescott College 4-year, Private
Red Rocks Community College 2-year, Public

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