Course

Course Description

The Aroma 507 Aromatherapy Chemistry course provides students with a systematic approach to learning the chemical functional groups and pharmacological actions of essential oils. Written by Joy Bowles, renowned author of The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, this interactive, online, instructor-led course will help you to make sense of the chemistry of aromatherapy. This course is suitable for anyone who needs to understand the science and efficacy of this healing art, including: nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and other allied health practitioners.

The focus of the ACHS Aromatherapy Department is holistic aromatology. Holistic aromatology focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils. We use the terms “aromatherapy” and “aromatology” interchangeably throughout the program. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person, the physical, emotional, and spiritual, can health and wellness occur.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Discuss essential oil constituents and their therapeutic actions
  • Recognize odor samples of constituents.
  • Understand polarity and solubility.
  • Discuss pharmacology in relation to aromatherapy.
  • Conduct aromatherapy research.
  • Discuss what atoms and molecules are, and how they make up the material stuff of the universe.
  • Get essential oils to disperse in water.
  • Describe how essential oils are absorbed, metabolized, and excreted by the body.
  • Understand what quality criteria you need to consider when buying essential oils.
  • Propose a hypothesis, design a study, complete an experiment using the scientific method, and compose the analysis in a format used by scientific research journals.

Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $141.43. This includes:

  • Online Materials and Library Resouces (OMLR) $100
  • Essential Oil Constituents Kit
  • Aromatherapy Candle

The Required Publisher Textbooks & Media are:

Total Course Price: $1335 (3 credits X $445 per credit) + $141.43 Course Pack + $88.90 Textbooks = $1565.33

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online

Course Description

The Aroma 505 Materia Medica includes the study of the therapeutic uses, active constituents, methods of administration, and cautions and contraindications for each of the oils studied; oils are studied alphabetically.

The focus of the aromatherapy department is holistic aromatology. Holistic aromatology focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils. We use the terms "aromatherapy" and "aromatology" interchangeably throughout the program. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person--the physical, emotional, and spiritual--can health and wellness occur.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Identify, discuss, and safely use the organic or wildcrafted essential oils studied, including: Botanical information, identification, sources, historical uses, parts used, cultivation, harvesting, production, characteristics, active constituents, therapeutic actions, medicinal uses, evidence-based uses, household uses, and perfumery
  • Create lifestyle plans and aromatherapy programs to support optimal health
  • Identify, describe, and discuss appropriate and safe uses of a full range of administrative methods for the oils studied
  • Synthesize the aspects of the body of aromatherapy research
  • Build on skills gained in earlier aromatherapy courses, and continue to learn to interpret and evaluate aromatherapy research
  • Discuss the concepts in evaluating the validity of aromatherapy research
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review aromatherapy research
  • Explain the hierarchy of research (case study, a case series, pilot study, and trials)
  • Understand the importance of and perform aromatherapy research in order to maintain a practice of independent study to maintain and further develop expertise in the clinical uses of essential oils
  • Understand the critical process and evaluate it with a critical eye and identify ways to perform your own research study
  • Understand the importance of and perform aromatherapy research in order to maintain a practice of independent study to maintain and further develop expertise in the clinical uses of essential oils
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a case study and/or report on aromatherapy

Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $375.39. This includes:

  • Online Materials and Library Resouces (OMLR) $100
  • Aroma 505 Essential Oil Kit
  • Lab: Jasmine Perfume Oil
  • 2 oz /60 ml amber bottle
  • Lab: Body Oil Kit
  • Lab: Hand and Nail Butter Kit
  • Lab: Lavender Hydrosol 2 oz
  • Lab: Lavandin Hydrosol 2 oz
  • Aroma 504/505 Basic Blending Kit
  • 5 ml  Amber Bottles with Cap and Orifice Reducer (25)

The Required Publisher Textbooks & Media are:

Total Course Price: $1335 (3 credits X $425 per credit) + $375.39 Course Pack = $1710.39

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online

Course Description

The Aroma 504 Materia Medica includes the study of the therapeutic uses, active constituents, methods of administration, and cautions and contraindications for each of the essential oils studied; oils are studied alphabetically.

The focus of the ACHS Aromatherapy Department is holistic aromatology. Holistic aromatology focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils. We use the terms “aromatherapy” and “aromatology” interchangeably throughout the program. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person—the physical, emotional, and spiritual—can health and wellness occur.

Course Objectives:

At the successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Identify, discuss, and safely use the 23 organic or wildcrafted essential oils studied, including: Botanical information, identification, sources,historical uses, parts used, cultivation, harvesting, production, characteristics, active constituents, therapeutic actions, medicinal uses, evidence-based uses, household uses, perfumery, recommended doses, cautions and contraindications, regulatory status, and formulas.
  • Create lifestyle plans and aromatherapy programs to support optimal health.
  • Identify, describe, and discuss appropriate and safe uses of a full range of administrative methods for the oils studied.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and write a case study on aromatherapy.
  • Discuss the concepts in evaluating the validity of aromatherapy research.
  • Identify the components of a literature review and the process involved in locating and accessing appropriate research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and write an in-depth literature review on a specific aromatherapy hypothesis.
  • Build on skills acquired in Aroma 503 and continue to learn to interpret and evaluate aromatherapy research

Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $312.41. This includes:

  • ACHS Textbook eBook (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $98)
  • Online Materials and Library Resouces (OMLR) $100
  • Aroma 504 Essential Oil Kit
  • Aroma 504/505 Basic Blending Kit
  • 5 ml  Amber Bottles with Cap and Orifice Reducer

The Required Publisher Textbooks & Media are:

Total Course Price: $1335 (3 credits X $445 per credit) + $312.41 Course Pack = $1647.41

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online

Course Description

AROMA 503 takes students to the next step in their aromatherapy training, looking deeper at the historical uses of aromatherapy and the modern scientific research being carried out in this fascinating modality. Students study methods of administration for essential oils in more depth than AROMA 501, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the related body systems.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss aromatherapy, including its historical basis
  • Locate, review, and discuss current research using full-text reference materials and online databases
  • Demonstrate ways to locate developing essential oil and applied research
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of a research study
  • Apply research methodology and terminology
  • Identify the components of a research paper and the process involved
  • Identify and discuss the anatomy and physiology of the olfactory, skin, and muscular systems, and the influence of aromatic molecules on each
  • Assess essential oil quality and be able to describe the primary production methods of essential oils
  • Discuss how essential oils interact on physical and emotional levels
  • Understand the chemistry of essential oils and the physiological effect and pathway of individual chemical components
  • Compose aromatherapy blends for therapeutic purposes, perfumery, cosmetics, and soap making
  • Use a full range of methods of administration
  • Locate clinical scientific studies examining the use of essential oils

Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $372.03. This includes:

  • ACHS Textbook eBook (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $98)
  • Online Materials and Library Resouces (OMLR) $100
  • Lab: Roll-On Kit
  • Aroma 503 Basic Blending Kit
  • Lab: Room Spray Kit

The Required Publisher Textbooks & Media are:

Total Course Price: $1335 (3 credits X $445 per credit) + $372.03 Course Pack + $82.90 Textbooks & Media = $1789.93

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online

Aromatherapy has become an increasingly popular modality in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), particularly in an integrated medical setting due to its ability to enhance quality of life for a wide range of patients.

This Aromatherapy Chemistry course provides students with a systematic approach to learning the chemical functional groups and pharmacological actions of essential oils.

Aroma 304 is the second of two 300-level aromatherapy Materia Medica courses at ACHS. This course continues the essential oil Materia Medica training with the remaining 20 oils studied in the Certificate in Aromatherapy.

At the successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Identify, discuss, and safely use the organic or wildcrafted essential oils studied, including: Botanical information, identification, sources, historical uses, parts used, cultivation, harvesting, production, characteristics, active constituents, therapeutic actions, medicinal uses, evidence-based uses, household uses, and perfumery
  • Create lifestyle plans and aromatherapy programs to support optimal health
  • Identify, describe, and discuss appropriate and safe uses of a full range of administrative methods for the oils studied
  • Synthesize the aspects of the body of aromatherapy research
  • Build on skills gained in Aroma 303 and continue to learn to interpret and evaluate aromatherapy research
  • Discuss the concepts in evaluating the validity of aromatherapy research
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review aromatherapy research
  • Explain the hierarchy of research (case study, a case series, pilot study, and trials)
  • Understand the importance of and perform aromatherapy research in order to maintain a practice of independent study to maintain and further develop expertise in the clinical uses of essential oils
  • Understand the critical process and evaluate it with a critical eye and identify ways to perform your own research study
  • Understand the importance of and perform aromatherapy research in order to maintain a practice of independent study to maintain and further develop expertise in the clinical uses of essential oils
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a case study and/or report on aromatherapy

Maximum Enrollment: 30 students

Required Materials (Course Pack):

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $390.71. This includes:

The Required Publisher Textbooks:

Total Course Price $915 (3 credits x $305 per credit) + $390.71 Course Pack = $1305.71

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.

Aroma 303 is the first of two 300-level aromatherapy Materia Medica courses at ACHS. This course begins the essential oil Materia Medica training, covering half of the oils studied in the two Level Three courses.

Aroma 203 takes students to the next step in their aromatherapy training, looking deeper at the historical uses of aromatherapy and the modern scientific research being carried out in this fascinating modality.

Aroma 101 provides students with an in-depth understanding of the history and uses of essential oils including basic methods of administration and therapeutic actions of each of the oils studied. This 3-credit course is the first level of aromatherapy training at ACHS.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:

  • Discuss aromatherapy, its history, and development
  • Identify and safely use nineteen essential oils, from bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia to ylang ylang Cananga odorata, including methods of application
  • Assess the quality of essential oils and understand the primary production methods
  • Describe the physiology of the sense of smell
  • Give an overview of the limbic system, lymphatic system, immune system, and skin, along with methods of absorption of essential oils
  • Discuss how essential oils interact on physical and emotional levels
  • Describe the major chemical constituents of essential oils
  • Identify contraindications and safety issues
  • Create a blend and choose from a range of carrier oils

Maximum Enrollment: 30 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping to the continental United States—is $624.00. This includes:

Total Course Price: $915 (3 credits x $305 per credit) + $624.00 Course Pack = $1539.00

 

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

 

Tuition Includes:

  • Interactive, instructor-led ACHS online classroom. Your instructor grades your work - ACHS does not outsource grading!
  • Online: Basics of Perfume Making DVD
  • Online: Aromamassage DVD online
  • Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
  • Assessments designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
  • Discussions with your instructor and classmates help you learn more, plus you'll make new friends from around the world with the same interests in holistic health and aromatherapy. 
  • 24/7 access gives you flexibility to study with your busy lifestyle. Study in your PJs!
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.

Program

The mission of the MS in Aromatherapy degree program is to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of clinical aromatherapy and professionally apply this knowledge to educate clients and consumers about a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness.

The Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy provides specialized training for Graduate students in the comprehension and application of essential oils for medicinal use.

Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) continues to increase, fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population. 

This terminal professional degree allows students to work towards two specializations: Herbal Medicine or Aromatherapy or to complete a general degree.

The focus of the Certificate in Aromatherapy is holistic aromatology. Holistic aromatology focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils. We use the terms “aromatherapy” and “aromatology” interchangeably throughout the program.

This advanced level Diploma is an in-depth study of the science and art of aromatherapy.

Benefits of the ACHS Diploma in Aromatherapy program:

  • Training that exceeds the curriculum requirements of the NAHA Level Two education standards.
  • Attend the only nationally accredited Alliance of International Aromatherapists' Level III Clinical Aromatherapy training program.
  • Qualify to sit the national registration exam with the Aromatherapy Registration Council and become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA). ACHS Aromatherapy graduates have a five year (2008-2012) success rate of 97.2% on the Aromatherapy Registration Council National Exam leading to registration as a Registered Aromatherapist.

As a full time student, you could complete your Master Aromatherapist credential in just one year!