Online Aromatherapy Degree Programs

Find out what you can learn in online aromatherapy courses or programs. See sample topics and the types of careers that are available in aromatherapy. Schools offering Complementary & Alternative Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Type of Online Degrees Are Offered in Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy, the use of fragrant substances for health promotion and mood enhancement, is a field seldom found in online programs. Most schools that do offer online aromatherapy programs offer certificates or individual courses, rather than entire degree programs. You may also find continuing education courses in aromatherapy offered in on-campus programs. Aromatherapy may be harmful if you're pregnant or have certain medical conditions, so you'll want to check the safety guidelines for any courses you're considering taking.

Online Degrees Only certificates are available online, not degree programs
What You'll Learn History, business, application techniques and how to use aromatherapy, blending oils and herbs with beauty products
Career Options Opportunity to work as an aromatherapist, aromatherapy retailer or spa assistant once certified
Most professionals licensed in an additional profession, such as nursing or massage therapy.
Online Programs Study through email, online lectures, discussion boards, DVDs, streamed audio/video

What Will I Learn?

You'll learn how aromatherapy is used as an alternative health method and as a compliment to holistic medicine, massage therapy and other natural health treatments. Courses will give you the skills required for blending essential oils and herbs into therapeutic products such as lotions, bath and body oils, soaps, cosmetics and more.

You'll received the training required to sit for the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) exam and become a nationally registered aromatherapist when you successfully complete a certificate or diploma program approved by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Depending on your program, topics of study may include:

  • Historical uses for aromatherapy
  • Developing a holistic health care business
  • Application techniques
  • Essential oil chemistry and safety
  • Use of carrier oils
  • Importance of essential oils for overall well being
  • Extracting and blending methods
  • Business and communication skills for aromatherapy practice

What Are My Career Options?

As a graduate of an aromatherapy certificate program, you may find career opportunities working as an aromatherapist, aromatherapy retailer or an aromatherapy spa assistant. The laws regarding aromatherapy practice vary by state, but most professionals are licensed in another profession, such as nursing, medicine or massage therapy. In fact, the NAHA states you must be licensed in a related profession before you can apply essential oils on patients (

What Do Online Programs Entail?

Online programs offer an education similar to that you'd receive as an on-campus student. The main difference lies in communication between students and instructors, which takes place through e-mail, online lectures and discussion boards. You'll need a computer with Internet access and an e-mail address. As an online student, you'll be able to access your coursework and studies 24/7. Your courses may be delivered through instructional DVDs, textbooks or streaming audio and video files.

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