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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.

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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.

Schools with Programs in Holistic Medicine

These schools offer programs related to aromatherapy at the certificate, diploma, associate's and master degree levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
American College of Healthcare Sciences Portland, OR 4-year, Private Certificate, Diploma, Associate's, Master's $10,800
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Certificate $48,791
Front Range Community College Westminster, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,527 in-state, $13,244 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate $3,429 in-state, $13,145 out-of-state

Source: *School websites, National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some 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.
  • Some programs offer internships or preceptorships, which allows students to get work experience.

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.

Students who wish to become aromatherapists should find a school that meets any state requirements regarding practicing and licensure. Other considerations include coursework regarding law, regulations and treatment, as well as the possibility of internships to gain experience.

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