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Reiki Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Reiki, translated as 'universal life energy', is a non-invasive healing procedure that balances and aligns energies of the human body, and programs are offered at first, second, and master's certificate levels. Continue reading to see what you should look for in a Reiki program, and to view some U.S. schools that offer Reiki training.

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Several schools offer courses in the practice of Reiki, typically led by a practicing Reiki Master and Teacher. Three degrees of Reiki training exist; students receive a certificate when they complete each one, which defines the stage of Reiki they are qualified to practice.

Schools with Reiki Courses and Programs

The following schools offer training in Reiki:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition*
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Tempe, AZ Private for-profit Certificate (combined levels) $1,500
College of International Esthetics, Inc Arvada, CO Private for-profit Certificate $85
The Reiki School Philadelphia, PA Private for-profit Reiki 1, Reiki 2, Reiki 3, Master Reiki $450 (for Reiki 1)
$600 (for Reiki 2)
$1,500 (for Reiki 3)
$4,000 (for Master Reiki)
SF Reiki Center San Francisco, CA Private for-profit Reiki 1, Reiki 2 $250 (for Reiki 1), $500 (for Reiki 2)

Sources: *School websites

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School and College Selection Criteria

Remember the following as you consider different Reiki programs:

  • Optional credentials for Reiki practitioners can demonstrate advanced understanding of Reiki styles and techniques, such as glyphs, healing and meditation; interested students should explore the availability of coursework in these topics at different schools.
  • Students interested in obtaining a professional license are encouraged to enroll in schools offering advanced certificate programs that extend past basic concepts and focus on becoming a Reiki Master.
  • Since there are no defined standards for Reiki, students should verify that the instructor is a qualified Reiki Master.
  • State regulations vary for Reiki practitioners, so it is important for students to compare the educational opportunities at a school to the requirements of the state in which they plan to practice.

First- and Second-Degree Certificates in Reiki

Basic certificate programs in Reiki are designed to prepare students for continuing Reiki education. Graduates are typically qualified to become Reiki practitioners, both in their personal lives and with others. Some schools offer multiple certificate programs in succession, while others provide a single 8-hour course. Energy directions that transcend both time and space are commonly available at this level. Students begin with several attunements, participate in meditation and learn to balance multiple energies within the body.

Reiki Master Certificate

Advanced Reiki certificate programs are available in order to prepare students to become Reiki Masters. These programs commonly require the completion of lower-level Reiki programs as prerequisites. Graduates of the program are generally qualified to refer to themselves as Reiki Masters and often enter an apprenticeship with an experienced Reiki Master, begin professional practice or teach the art to others.

There are multiple certificate levels at which students can study Reiki. It is important for students to evaluate the academic features and scheduling options of the programs offered at different schools in order to find the one that best meets their educational needs.

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